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Speaking God’s Word

Exodus 6:28-29 (ESV) — On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.”

I remember being sent on an errand for a Drill Sgt while in Basic Training. He told me to go let the rest of our platoon know what time we were assembling and what things to have with us. When I went and spoke to the other soldiers, I carried authority. But it wasn’t because of my authority. No, the authority belonged to the Drill Sgt. His words carried authority, even when I was the messenger that delivered them. 

We see a similar thing in our passage today. In Exodus, we read of Moses’ interactions with God. The book begins with God appearing to Moses in a burning bush after Moses flees Egypt. The LORD is going to send him back to Egypt to rescue His chosen people, the people of Jacob, out of the oppression they suffer. Moses was afraid to speak. He wasn’t a great orator. Not only that, but what authority would he have with Pharaoh? None. But God tells him something profound. We read, “On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to Moses, ‘I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.’”

God instructs Moses to speak specific words to Pharaoh. In fact, the LORD tells Moses to speak everything He tells him to. This was great news to Moses. He didn’t have to be smart or inventive. He only needed to be obedient. The reason why was because God’s Word was more powerful than anything Moses could have spoken on his own. The words of God carried authority, not because Moses delivered them, but because they belonged to God. 

God’s Word still carries a power in them today. When we interact with people in the world, our words don’t have the gravitas that can change them. But God’s Word does. His Word remains powerful today. His Word is alive and active.

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It does something when spoken. These could be words of encouragement, calls to repentance, promises, or statements of truth. All of God’s Word is true and possesses a power in it that can open people’s hearts. We do not need to be creative. We simply need to be obedient. If we speak God’s words today, they contain the power within them to do things in the minds and hearts of hearers.

Reflection & Journal:
- Why does God’s Word possess such power?
- What are examples of how we speak God’s Word in situations that could be used by Him in the lives of hearers?
- How can we better prepare ourselves to be speakers of God’s words?

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