Ps Rob Mann - Sunday - 11th July 2021
|Many of us know of the story of Moses so well that we have become familiar with it and forget how difficult this moment of surrender would have been for Moses. Not only does God show up in the form of a burning bush, but He asks Moses to do what seems impossible (leading the people of Israel out from Egypt), and as a sign that God was with him, God asks him to lay down His shepherds rod in an act of faith and surrender.|
Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, the Lord did not appear to you?'"
Then the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?"
"A staff" he replied.
The Lord said, "Throw it on the ground."
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 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.
So what can we learn from the rod of Moses?
1. It marked his identity
2. It was his source of provision
3. It was his source of protection
4. It was his means of control
In laying down his rod, Moses was putting his full trust and identity in God. So the question that Ps Rob posed to us: What's in your hand that God is asking you to lay down?
It was a powerful moment of asking ourselves some hard questions;
Are you afraid to lay down your identity?
Are you comfortable with what you have, not wanting to put it on the line?
Are you afraid of being defenseless, vulnerable, and not the one in control?
God can be trusted!
Are we willing to lay it all down in trust and surrender before God?