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In the 4th Chapter of the Book of Exodus^ and the latter

part of the 20th verse :
*' And Moses took the rod of God in his hand."

In the 4th Chapter of the Book of Exodus^ and the latter

part of the 20th verse :
*' And Moses took the rod of God in his hand."

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 19, 2013
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THE ROD or GOD.BY REV. J. BATTERSBY,In the 4th Chapter of the Book of Exodus^ and the latterpart of the 20th verse :*' And Moses took the rod of God in his hand."Moses was a shepherd and was tending his father-in-law's flock when the Lord appeared to him, and spoketo him out of the midst of the burning bush at mountHoreb. In the 3rd Chapter you will read that, theLord informed Moses that He had seen the affliction of His people Israel in Egypt ; and that He was about todeliver them ; and that the instrument which He wouldemploy to this end, was Moses. See the loth verse.'* Come now therefore, and I will send thee untoPharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people thechildren of Israel out of Egypt." Moses objects,saying, ** Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh,and that I should bring forth the children of Israel outof Egypt ? " The Lord meets his objection, ** AndHe said, * Certainly I will be with thee.' " Mosesagain objects, and he *' said unto God, * Behold, whenI come unto the children of Israel, and shall say untothem, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you ; 'Digitized by VjOOQIC50and they shall say to me, * What is His ame ? ' whatshall I say unto them ? " God told him that he was tosay, '* I AM THAT I AM : and he said, ' Thus shaltthou say unto the children of Israel, * I AM hath sentme unto you ' ! " The Lord further revealed His Mindto Moses in this Chapter to the end that he was to goand tell the children of Israel that the Lord God of their fathers had appeared unto him for their deliver-ance and salvation, and they would hear him, but theking of Egypt will not let you go. The discourse iscontinued to the end of the 3rd Chapter with certain
encouragements that ultimately the Israelites shall leaveEgypt spoiling the Egyptians. In the opening of the4th Chapter, Moses still further objects to going intoEgypt. ** Behold, they will not believe me, nor hearkenunto my voice : for they will say, ' The Lord hath notappeared unto thee.' " The Lord now gives Mosestwo signs. First, " What is that in thine hand ? Andhe said, A rod ? " Well, '' Cast it on the ground.'' Hedid so, ** And it became a serpent ; and Moses fledfrom before it." The Lord told him to take it by thetail, ** And he put forth his hand, and caught it, andit became a rod in his hand." This was done, '* Thatthey may believe that the Lord God of their fathers,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the Godof Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.'' The Lord giveshim a second sign. ** Put now thine hand into thybosom." And he did so. ** And when he took it out,behold his hand was leprous as snow." He told him toput it into his bosom again, and then to pluck it out.And he did so, ** And behold it was turned againas his other flesh." It was whole as the other ; theleprosy was gone. These are two miraculous signs.ow read what follows, ** And if they will not believethee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, thatthey will believe the voice of the latter sign. And itshall come to pass if they will not believe also thesetwo signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thoushalt take of the water of the river, and pour it uponthe dry land : and the water which thou takest out of Digitized by VjOOQIC61the river shall become blood upon the dry land."Moses still further objects to go into Egypt. He says :** O my Lord, I am not eloquent neither heretofore,nor since thou hast spoken unto Thy servant : but Iam slow of speech, and of a slow tongue/' The Lordmeets this objection by saying : '* Who hath mademan's mouth ? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, orthe seeing, or the blind ? have not I the Lord ? owtherefore go, and I will be with thy mouth and teachthee what thou shalt say." Moses then said to theLord; **0 my Lord, send, I pray Thee, by the hand of 
him whom Thou wilt send." And after this we readthat the Lord sought to kill Moses. The Lord thentold Moses that Aaron his brother who could speak well should be his spokesman to the people. The Lordpromised to be with their mouths. In the 17th verse,the Lord said, '* And thou shalt take this rod in thinehand," this wonderful rod, *' Wherewith thou shalt dosigns," or miracles in the land of Egypt. Moses thenwent and took leave of his father-in-law. And Jethrowished him God speed. ** Go in peace." And Mosesreturned into Egpyt. ** And Moses took the rod of God in his hand." This was a miraculous and sacredrod. God had made it so, having dedicatad it to Hiswork and service. This brings us to notice the wordsof our text./ shall direct your attention to this rod of God underthree aspects. First, the miraculous rod of God ; Secondly,the Gospel rod of God; and thirdly, the chastening rodof God. All these expressions will be supported by theScriptures. I hope that our meditations this eveningwill prove both instructive and profitable, and to ourGod shall be ascribed all the glory through Christ ourLord.First then, the miraculous rod of God. There wasnothing particularly striking in the rod itself. It seemsto have been the staff of Moses which he had in hishand at the time the Lord appeared to him at Horeb.A shepherd's staff. But this rod was to be in the handof Moses a token of the Lord's presence and power inDigitized by VjOOy It!62working miracles for the deliverance of His peopleIsrael. It was to be a rod of judgment to the wickedEgyptians, and a rod of mercy to the Israelites. A rodto settle the question of the priesthood — and a rod tobe abused — and then a rod to be thrown aside, havinganswered the end designed of God. In the 7th chapterwe are told, when Pharaoh should ask for a miracle,that Aaron was to take the rod and cast it before him,and it should become a serpent. The thing was done

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