by Rick White

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What Is That in Your Hand? (5 of 5)
Series: Giving My Best. . .Lord
Rick White
Exodus 4:1-5

Message Truth: When the ordinary things of life are surrendered to the purposes of God, He can use them in extraordinary ways. The key to our involvement is obedience.

(Exo 4:1-5 NIV) Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?" {2} Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. {3} The LORD said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. {4} Then the LORD said to him, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. {5} "This," said the LORD, "is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has appeared to you."

Introduction: I can't do it. That was the reply Moses gave to God when He called on him to go before Pharaoh. "I am not a public speaker, he will laugh at me". "What do you have in your hand"? "It's my staff".
- It is the ordinary tool of my occupation
- It is also part of my identity.
- It also represents a sense of security.

"Throw it on the ground". Then in one simple act the course of his life was changed as he responded in obedience. The staff became a snake. It was a demonstration of the power of God. (Exo 7:10 NIV) So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. It was this same staff that would be used to part the waters of the Red Sea (Exo 14:16 NIV) Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. It was the same staff that would be use to bring forth water from the rock, (Exo 17:5-6 NIV) The LORD answered Moses, "Walk ...

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