Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Spokesman for God

UV 2187/10000 A Spokesman for God
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
Exodus 4 v 16

Moses was anointed as God’s spokesman to Israel and to Israel’s enslaver Egypt. To this day, He calls and anoints spokesmen who speak His word to His people as well as to their persecutors and foes. God is with the mouth of the manger leader or manager. He puts words in their mouths. He teaches them what to speak even as He taught Moses and Aaron. Moses was trying to evade his responsibility on the excuse that he was not a powerful communicator and he had a stammer. His persistence on holding onto his excuse provoked the anger of the Lord. But the Lord withheld his anger and asked Moses to take the assistance of Aaron, his brother whom he knew to be a good speaker.

God allowed Moses to take his place as the leader and teacher of His people. Moses did not grab it by force. Instead, he was reluctant to take up such a great responsibility. Today, leaders blinded by their lust for power, wealth, pleasure and aggrandisement rush to assume high offices of influence and responsibility, jostling and outmanoeuvring rivals. But Moses had no pretensions about his leadership potential. When he was driven into the wilderness, his pride as a member of the Egyptian royal family was broken. It destroyed his self confidence and brashness that he had as a young man. For forty years, the Lord watched him closely even as Moses did the humble task of looking after his father-in-law Jethro’s flock.

The Lord used Moses to speak to Pharaoh to let His people go. He uses us to speak to the enemy of our souls, the foremost enemy of humanity as a whole, the thief, the robber and the killer of our souls. He asks us to speak to him to let His people go. He uses us to free His people of the chains of sin, disease, curses and death. Instead of Aaron, we have the resurrected Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide us, to counsel us, to teach us and to be with our mouths. Instead of the rod, we have God with us to speak for us, to speak to us and speak through us. We as manger leaders and managers have an immense responsibility to represent God to our people, to our nations and to the enemy and persecutor. When we speak, plagues as well as rivers of blessing will be released upon people. What we sow on earth will be reaped in heaven. Since as teachers, priests, princes of His people, we have great responsibility, influence and power, we need to be humble like Moses even as we need to be assertive like him. God will be with our mouths and will not let our words fall to the ground in vain. We should measure or perfect our words before we speak anything. Our words will break chains and open gates, remove barriers and release the floodgates of blessing, healing and deliverance. We will be the signet ring to seal the covenant that the Lord makes with His people. The Lord will reveal His power, mercy, grace and glory in seven different colours or ways- spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, financial and familial.

Prateep V Philip

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