After writing about Moses on Friday, I found myself asking why he was doubting God's statement about the quail? After all, isn't this the same God who opened the Red Sea and allowed all Israel to pass through on dry ground? Isn't this the same God who closed the sea and swallowed up the host of the Egyptian army?
So for context, I rewound the story just a bit more to the story of the 10 plagues down in Egypt. You'll remember the first two plagues the Egyptian magicians had been able to mimic, but the plague of lice from dust they couldn't. Turning to Pharaoh they said, "This is the FINGER of God" (Ex 8:19).
So when Moses now doubts, it's against the backdrop of all the power of God's finger. But God doesn't ask if His finger is to short--which was powerful enough. He asks has His whole arm been shortened? In other words, "Moses, if there was enough power in My finger to do all that I did to Egypt, how much more could My arm do for you?"
Interestingly, after Jesus had a cast a demon out of a fellow, the people were questioning how He did it. Was He Himself a devil so that He was capable of this? So in Luke 11:20, Jesus answers that He cast the demons out Himself, with His finger! But what I love in the following verses (20-23) is that Jesus says, "the Kingdom of God has come upon you." He then continues to explain that the strong defend themselves, but when one comes who is stronger, then the former are overtaken. Essentially Jesus is saying I'm stronger, and I'm overtaking this world--with just My FINGER!
Irony. The Egyptian magicians, who weren't believers, had enough sense to recognize God's power was beyond demons, but the people of God couldn't see past their own blind beliefs and traditions to attribute such a powerful miracle to God.