Moses: Exodus 3:1 – 4:17

Though his first few months of life would poetically indicate his future calling, as a young adult, murderous Moses found himself settled in a foreign land, tending his father-in-law’s sheep with few ambitions other than to keep a low profile.  Perhaps he liked his life the way it was.  Perhaps he was just sensible enough to be frightened by the flare of his own temper.  Either way, Moses’ repeated decline of God’s direct call indicates that he did not see himself as a leader of God’s people, nor did he believe any one else would either.  And yet, through a bizarre negotiation process, God angrily persists, finally cajoling a reluctant Moses by equipping him with gifts for ministry:  a series of magic tricks and one eloquent brother.