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Circumcision of lips

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"And Moses spoke before God, saying, 'The children of Israel have not heeded me. How will Pharaoh listen to me, when I am of uncircumcised lips?'" (Exodus 6:12,30 Darby).

When the Lord asked Moses to be like God before Pharaoh, he replied that he was of uncircumcised lips, meaning that his lips spoke with difficulty. God had then to use Aaron to prophesy to Pharaoh (Exodus 7:1). On the other hand, when Isaiah saw that his lips were impure, a seraphim purified them so that he could become the prophet of God (Isaiah 6:5-8).

The apostle, James said that the same lips may utter blessings and curses (James 3:10). If we want to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we must circumcise our lips: "Whoever speaks the word of God, let him fly from evil" (2 Timothy 2:19). In fact, whoever is sanctified becomes a vessel of honour for his Master. It is for us to choose!