Moses told God that he wasn’t good at speaking. Did this imply that he was not fluent in Hebrew?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

So Sean is asking when God called Moses in the wilderness, moses said that he isn’t good at speaking. Does this imply that he is not fluent in Hebrew?

Speaker 2

Do you want that, Tina?

Speaker 3

I can take a shot at it real quick. So there’s different interpretations of what Moses meant when said, I am not eloquent in the book of Exodus. And he says, I can’t speak, I have ring tongue. And some people believe that it was because he hadn’t spoken Hebrew in so long, so that could be a piece of it. And other people say that he actually stuttered like he was a stutterer. And so there’s different takes on exactly what Moses meant when he said that. But I don’t think that there’s a very clear biblical explanation from what I’ve.

Speaker 4

Gathered exactly, but I think it could.

Speaker 3

Be some form of maybe even both or one or the other. But yeah, I’m not 100% sure exactly if he meant he wasn’t really familiar with Hebrew anymore, which would make sense because he had spent 40 years in the wilderness and so he was living with the Midians at that time, so they probably spoke a different language than the Hebrews. And then he also had spent most of his adult life before that in the Pharaoh’s house, so that he was speaking Egyptian. And so it was only from those young years that he knew the Hebrew language. So I don’t know, I don’t know if it was just that or if he also just he didn’t feel like he was a confident, good speaker and so that could have been it too. I don’t know. Jay, do you have any other thoughts on that?

Speaker 2

Yeah, no, that’s a great answer. And I think maybe just the extra thing to keep in mind, too, is yeah, because he came from this royal background, he grew up in the house of pharaoh. He probably would feel like he’s going to be held. To even higher standard and would be ashamed to come and be speaking poor man’s English or what would sound like poor man’s English, but to them be a lesser form of Hebrew. Who knows? Yeah, the story is he’s trying to come up with excuses. Right? That’s the point there. I love how God gets upset, almost.

Speaker 4

Like this firing made man’s mouth. He was like, didn’t I? So if I tell you to do something, I’m going to give you the.

Speaker 2

Tools to do it and look what happens. He ends up being the greatest leader that Israel ever.

Speaker 3

One of the closest people who ever walked with God. I mean, his face shone with literally shined with the glory of really it took time, but as he surrendered and submitted to God’s will, he got to know God. And I think the life of Moses is probably one of the best stories of somebody of how to have a walk with God, especially if you weren’t raised in that atmosphere because the first 40 years, he’s basically he is a Hebrew, but he lives mainly in the house of Pharaoh the Egyptian, which was heathen. And then the next 40 years, God UN teaches him all that stuff in the wilderness. So he learns how to be a.

Speaker 4

Shepherd, which is like, the most humble and frustrating jobs you could have. You were taking care of sheep. They’re not fun to take care of. And then God, then he’s like, okay.

Speaker 3

Now you’ve unlearned that. Now the next step is the next 40 years. We’re going to wander in the wilderness. You’re going to shepherd my people. And through time, he just grows and grows with the Lord. And I just see so many beautiful things in his character that I’m like, wow, I hope I can be like that in my development of my character. But that’s a really great question, because it’s not super clear exactly what Moses means in that passage in Exodus.

Speaker 2

What intrigues me is how God’s solution was, okay, fine, you won’t speak. You just tell Aaron what to say. Then Aaron will say it. So it’d almost be funny, moses sort of whispering in Aaron’s ear, and then Aaron speaks it. And we’re not told at what point, really, that Moses finally had the boldness to just speak himself right. Without Aaron. But that’s interesting thing to me.

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