"What is that in thine hand?"

In Exodus it is related that Moses, while tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, "came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb." It was in this same mountain that, later, he was to receive the Ten Commandments; but on this, his first coming to Horeb, as it is related, God instructed him to return to the place whence he had fled some years before, and deliver the children of Israel from their oppressors.

It was then that Moses voiced his concern for the skepticism of those he was to save. "They will not believe me," he said, "nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee." Then we read that "the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod." The account goes on to tell how it was shown to Moses that the rod, a sign of power, symbolized the power of the law of Truth, through the understanding of which Moses was indeed to become the deliverer of the children of Israel.

Answered Prayer
December 12, 1931

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