God can be angry
We all know that God is good, loving and kind. He is the all powerful and all knowing God. God loves his covenant children and has come down to deliver them from the hands of their oppressors. Moses was giving excuses upon excuses not to be sent to deliver Israel. At a point, he turned down the call. Moses’ stubbornness got God angry. He was to learn that God can be angry. Many times, we take God for granted, but we need to also know that God can be angry.
“And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou will send” (Exo. 4:13).
Moses had no more excuses left. All of Moses’ questions were answered. God patiently assured him of divine presence throughout the journey. Somehow, Moses still did not want to go. The failure of his first attempt in Egypt was still staring him in the face. Moses told himself “I don’t want to fail again”.
Let go of the past
The past, if not left in the past, could confuse the present and be an enemy of the future. Paul said:
“…..but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”. (Phi 3:13-14).
The failures and success of the past should be left in the past so that we can reach forth to those things which are before. Moses was still meditating on his past failures. He was afraid to step into the future with this same task that landed him into trouble in the past. Even though, God was giving every assurance that it shall be well, Moses was still hesitating.
God waited for Moses’s response. Will he say “Here am I send me?” Moses looked up and down. He shook his head and told God: “O my Lord send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send”. In other words, Moses told God “Please, Lord, send somebody else. Leave me alone. I still cannot do it”. The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses. God became angry! God can be angry! The obstinacy of Moses kindled the anger of the Lord. Even though, God is slow to anger, but God can still be angry.
Stubbornness can provoke God to anger. Moses proved stubborn. After all the divine explanations and assurances, Moses still said “it can’t work”. God hates stubbornness.
God expects our obedience
When God speaks, he expects a simple obedience. Saul the king failed to obey a simple instruction from God when he was asked to go and destroy the Amalekites. As a result of Saul’s disobedience, God rejected him as king:
“Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, it repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandment…” (I Sam. 15:10-11).
Disobedience and stubbornness can pitch a man against God. The obstinate man will perish suddenly without remedy. “He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Prov. 29:1). It pays to simply obey God. God is the almighty. He knows what is best for us. God’s instructions are for our good. Stubbornness does not pay. A stubborn man does not know when he is entering a ditch. A stubborn man cannot receive the fullness of his blessings from God. Apart from Moses stubbornness, there were eleven other instances when the anger of the Lord was provoked, i.e.
Idolatry Exo. 32:7-14, Deut. 4:25
Murmuring Num. 11: 1, 10
Pride Num. 12:9
Self will Num. 22:22
Adultery Num. 25:3-4, Ps 106: 28-29
Rebellion Num. 32;10,14
Backsliding Deut. 7:4, 13:12-18, II Chr. 34:25
sin John 7:1, 26, 23:16, Isa. 5:18-25.
Interfering with the Ark. II Sam 6:7, I Chr. 13:10
Spiritism 2 kings 21:1-16
Wickedness Jer. 44:3-6, Eze. 8:17
God appointed Aaron as his mouthpiece
Because the anger of the lord was kindled, God appointed Aaron to be a mouthpiece for Moses. “And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well …” (Exo. 4:14). By this, Moses lost the miracle that was to be done on his tongue. Without faith, it is impossible to receive anything from God. He was until his death, a stammerer because he had no faith in God’s word concerning the healing of his tongue. God told him; “I will be with thine mouth and teach thee what thou shalt say” (Exo, 4;12).
It is a terrible thing for God’s anger to be kindled against a man. When God is angry with a man, to whom will the man run to?
Disobedience stirs up God’s anger. Obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams. As you relate with God, also know that God can be angry. Do not take God for granted like we often do. Be obedient. Do not be stubborn with God. He is God, you are a man. When men refused to acknowledge God in their hearts, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient. May God not give up on you. Moses was startled to discover that God could be angry!
This is part of the series: Knowing God, Moses’ Experience