The Reunion

The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went; and he met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had charged him. Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites. Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and performed the signs in the sight of the people. The people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had given heed to the Israelites and that he had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. (Exodus 4:27-31)

People who need people are not just the luckiest people—they’re normal people. Moses had seen God in a burning bush. He’d received miracles that he could perform whenever he needed. God had answered all his questions. But it had taken the offer of his brother’s help to overcome his continued reluctance to do the task God had assigned. Moses knew that his big brother Aaron would stand with him and so he would face the job God had given him.

At the same time God was recruiting Moses, God was also recruiting his brother. Moses did not have to talk Aaron into helping him. God had already paved the way, letting Aaron know what was up and had sent him off on the long journey from Egypt to meet his brother on the mountain of God.

Moses did not have to face his return to Egypt alone. He did not face the other Israelites alone. He didn’t have to face Pharaoh alone. From the beginning, his big brother acted as his spokesperson. All Moses had to do was perform the miracles. If the work that God calls us to is more than we can do alone, God will have already made provision for any help we’ll need. For God, failure is not an option.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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