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GREAT MEN AND WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
5/1 THRU 5/31
Moses was blessed with godly parents named Amram and Jochebel. Both couple came together during such difficult times, which was an act of great faith and love. Because of this, God rewarded them with a child of His favor. Since they acted by faith (HEBREWS 11:23), they had to have a communication from God concerning the birth of their son, Moses. He was a “godly child” (beautiful in the sight of the Almighty), and so they gave him to God by faith. Parents never know what God will see in their children when they are born. It is important that parents raise their children in the fear of the Lord. As parents of the Baby Moses, it took real faith to put their child in the river which is the very same place where young boys were being killed in Egypt. The very basket that Jochebel and his sister put him into, protect Moses from the wrath of Pharaoh on every male Hebrew child, to possibly destroy the deliverer, was received by the daughter of Pharaoh.
Raised in the palace as the adopted son of the princess, Moses was trained in the great Egyptian schools. Certainly, Moses made use of his training but had no substitute for the wisdom of God that would usually have come through suffering and trials in his personal walk had he followed the ways of his true heritage. Moses then made his decision to leave the palace and seek and find out more about his own. We admire him for his love for his people and for his courage. While we may justly criticize Moses for his misdeeds, we must admire his courage and convictions. Moses saw the invisible, chose the imperishable, and did the impossible! Faith has its refusals and these refusals lead to rewards. Unfortunately, Moses was too hasty in his actions, and God has set him aside for further training. There is a lot to be learned from this for even though he committed murder against an Egyptian and was a runaway due to the Pharaoh trying to inflict justice upon him. God saw in Moses what was needed to give Him GLORY. No matter what we have been through and how discouraged we get, God sees an opportunity to use that which was meant for pain and to turn it into HIS GAIN!
THE ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
Imagine Moses’ reaction when he is leading the flocks to the far side of the desert and he sees a shocking event where he notices a bush on fire but was not consumed by the blaze. Moses was brought to the place where he bowed before God and adored Him in astonishment. He humbly bowed down and took off his sandals for he was standing on Holy Ground. The burning bush represents Moses as a humble shepherd, who with God’s help, would become a fire that could not be put out. God appointed Moses to take charge of His people to take them out of Egypt. Like most of us, Moses was taken aback and started thinking that he will have to depend on himself and questioned his ability with negative thinking about himself even after God told him what to do, how to do it and that He would be with him. This attitude of unbelief angered God, but He gave Aaron to Moses to be his helper. When Moses questioned God about who shall he say sent him to Egypt, God said to Moses, “ 'I AM WHO I AM', this is what you are to say to the Israelite: I AM sent me to you" (EXODUS 3:14).
Many times Moses went to Pharaoh to let God’s people go but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God. You may ask if God wanted His people out of Egypt, why would He harden Pharaoh’s heart? It was done for God to show His Glory to all of His people as to how awesome and divine He is. Pharaoh refused God’s command and so God sent His judgments on Egypt . He would fulfill His promise in (GENESIS 12:3) to judge the nations that persecute Jews. He would reveal His power (EXODUS 9:16), His wrath (PSALMS 78:43-51), and His greatness, showing that the gods of Egypt were false gods, and that Jehovah alone is one true God (EXODUS 12:12, NUMBERS 33:4). This is when the ten plagues struck the nation of Egypt . We admire Moses for his humility. He learned and was mighty in word and in his deeds (ACTS 7:22). Moses started in his new life service starting from God’s Word, discipline, his leading and the acceptance of the people. He led the Israelite out from the hands of Pharaoh by faith and crossing the Read Sea by God’s encouragement to him by His covenant (EXODUS 6:4), his personal concern (EXODUS 6:5), and His faithful promises (Exodus 6:6-8).
WALKING BY FAITH
By faith when Moses had grown up, he refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He look upon disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value that the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead for his reward (HEBREWS 11:24-26). By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him invisible (HEBREWS 11: 27). By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel (HEBREWS 11:28).(HEBREWS 11: 29) By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned . Moses was a man of God who put His full faith in God and despite some instances where he fell to anger and impatience.
A FRIEND OF JEHOVAH
Moses is known in the Bible as God’s friend simply because he humbled himself and for the most part was obedient to the Lord. How many of us would love to be known as a friend of Jehovah God? In (EXODUS 33:18-23), Moses asked to see God’s glory and God responded that He could not show him His face for Moses would die but then He told Moses to hide between the cliff of a rock and God will cover Moses' eyes as He walked by. Then removing his hand once, He passed by him allowing him to see God’s back parts! This incident shows that even though God was against showing Moses His glory because it would bring him certain death, He did entertain Moses' request showing that God didn’t want to discourage him because he was an obedient servant and His friend. I often also think about the many times that God’s anger was rekindled against Israel and it was Moses who stood up for Israel and protected them even though they had done wrong but God listened to Moses and turned away from His wrath (EXODUS 32:7-14). This shows me without a doubt that God respected Moses as not only His beloved child, but as a friend in the truest sense of the word because he valued his opinion and his insight of that particular event. What a joy it is to be able to call ourselves God’s friend and as we make request unto Him, He is willing to fulfill simply due to our obedience and love for Him. This is what Jehovah saw in Moses and this was the foundation of their relationship. What we can learn from this is that Moses earned this through his tireless appreciation and dedication to his Father above and we have to remember this that God knows our heart!
MOSES IS CHRIST-LIKE IN MANY WAYS
Moses is a wonderful picture of Jesus Christ. Moses was a prophet (ACTS 3:22); a priest (PSALMS 99:6, HEBREWS 7:24); a servant (PSALMS 105:26, MATTHEW 12:18); a shepherd (EXODUS 3:1, JOHN 10:11-14,); a mediator (EXODUS 33:8-9, 1TIMOTHY 2:5); and a deliverer (ACTS 7:35). In his character, he was meek (NUMBERS 12:3, MATTHEW 11:29), faithful (HEBREW 3:12), obedient, and mighty in word and deed (ACTS 7:22, MARK 6:2). He led the people, fed the people, and carried their burdens. The Law/Ten Commandments was given to Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (JOHN 1:17). We can learn so much from this incredible man of God and this is why his life and journey with our Father is so awesome because the details of their relationship as you read the beginning books of the Old Testament can make you laugh, cry and give you a look with amazement as to how it all played out.
Yes we know the story about Israel leaving Egypt, but do we understand why so many details and specific instances are included in this epic? What is it that God is telling us and how does it relate to us today? What can we learn from a man like Moses and why was he favored by God? How can we be a friend of God and how does it feel like to be allowed to see even a part of His GLORY? Can we truly debate things with God and will we be able to talk and walk with God as Moses did? I don’t have the answers to all of these questions but I can tell you this that I learned a lot about Moses and His life gives me the desire to draw closer to our awesome Father above!