In the New Testament book of Acts, Stephen -- testifying before the Sanhedrin -- has this to say about Moses:
- Who am I? (I'm not important enough.) Exodus 3:11
- What is His name?...What shall I tell them? (I don't know enough.) Exodus 3:13
- What if they do not believe me or listen to me? (They'll think I'm crazy.) Exodus 4:1
- I am slow of speech and tongue. (I'm not a public speaker and I can't think on my feet, and my goodness, this is the Pharaoh I'll be standing in front of...) Exodus 4:10
- Who gave man his mouth? (I'm God. I created you. I'll help you. I'll teach you what to say.) Exodus 4:11-12
Although shocking in its honesty, I suspect that we might have to admit that at least once, we have shared that exact attitude. We would like to see something done about a particular need or situation, to see an injustice made right or an evil exposed. However, we do not necessarily want to be the one in the spotlight, the deer in the headlight, the place where the buck (pun intended) stops. At least Moses was honest enough to admit it. Even with all of God's assurances, Moses still did not feel capable of taking on this assignment.
Unknown to him, this probably made Moses the perfect candidate for such a mission.