will never believe me or listen to me!" Moses protested. "They will
say, ''The Lord didn''t appear to you.''" Then
the Lord asked him, "What''s that in your hand?" He answered, "A
shepherd''s staff." The Lord said,
"Throw it on the ground." When Moses threw it on the ground, it
became a snake, and he ran away from it. Then
the Lord said to Moses, "Reach out and grab the snake by its tail."
He reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a staff as he held it.
The Lord explained, "This is to
convince the people that the Lord God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to you." The
Lord said to him, "Put your hand inside your shirt." So Moses did
this, and when he took his hand out, it had a skin disease. It looked as flaky
as snow. "Now put your hand back
inside your shirt," the Lord said. Moses put it back, and when he took it
out this time, it was healthy again like the rest of his body. Then the Lord said, "If they won''t believe
you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second.
But if they won''t believe these two
miraculous signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile River and pour
it on the ground. The water you take from the Nile will turn into blood on the
said to the Lord, "Please, Lord, I''m not a good speaker. I''ve never been a
good speaker, and I''m not now, even though you''ve spoken to me. I speak slowly,
and I become tongue-tied easily." The
Lord asked him, "Who gave humans their mouths? Who makes humans unable to
talk or hear? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? It is I, the Lord! Now go, and I will help you speak and
will teach you what to say." But
Moses said, "Please, Lord, send someone else." Then the Lord became angry with Moses and
asked, "What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak
well. He''s already on his way to meet you, and he will be very glad to see you. You will speak to him and tell him
what to say. I will help both of you speak, and I will teach you both what to
do. Aaron will speak to the people for
you. He will be your spokesman, and you will be like God. Take that shepherd''s staff with you, and use it
to do the miraculous signs."