“And you shall speak to Aaron, and put words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do” (Exodus 4:15).
As it was in the days of Moses, the servant of God, so it is today. As then, there was a great need for one to speak to power; so today, the need is great for one to speak the word of the Lord to the powers in the earth, and to the powers behind them in the spirit world. As it is written, “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth” (Deuteronomy 32:1). We have been given ears to hear and mouths to speak; even so we must hear from heaven and speak that which we hear.
This ability to speak comes not from one with great oratory skills, or power of persuasion, nor eloquence of tongue. The ability to speak comes from the power of the prophetic word of the Lord.
Moses was a self-declared man, “not eloquent. . .slow of speech, and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10b). Yet, what was the answer of the Lord? “Who made man’s mouth. . .is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11). Yes, it is the Lord’s doing, and it is only for us to obey the prompting, the unction, the inspiration of the Almighty. It is the Lord Who will be our mouth, and it is the Lord Who will teach us what we are to say.
Did not Jesus, Himself, instruct us: “When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak, neither premeditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak; for it is not you that speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11). This is the key to our speaking in our day. Speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, not with “words that man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches. . .” (I Corinthians 2:3).
Moses was commanded to go to Pharaoh and declare “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Let My people go!” (Exodus 5:1). This required boldness, obedience and at the same time humility before and trust in the God Who sent Moses and gave him his assignment. This is our assignment in our day. We have been given a mouth and we have been given words to speak; and it is our solemn duty to obey and to go wherever we may be sent.
Apostello: Being obedient to the command of the Lord and speaking the word of the Lord wherever we may be sent is the essence of Apostello, the Greek word for sent. This is the mission. This is the calling to which we must be faithful and true. This was the vision from the beginning, and this is the pathway on which we will follow to the end.
The Psalmist declared, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14). O, may it be so. May our words resonate in the hearts of the hearers, as coming from the Lord. May it be with us as it was with the Apostles. Indeed, may it be noted that we have been with Jesus (cf. Acts 4:13).
It was the Apostle Peter who wrote: “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God. . .” (I Peter 4:11a). Speak as the mouthpiece of God. Speak the prophetic word as the Spirit gives utterance.
The Mouth of the Lord: When the Prophets spoke, they spoke not their own words from their own mouth; but declared the word of the Lord by “the mouth of the Lord” (Isaiah 40:5; Jeremiah 9:12; Ezekiel 3:27). This is the power of the word of God coming to us from the very heart of God by the Holy Spirit spoken through our mouths to the people.
Let all who have ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit is speaking through all who have a mouth to speak in our time and to this generation.