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Like Moses!

Lessons from Moses, written by Victor

Moses, drawn from water, was born of Amram and Jochebed from the tribe of Levi, at a time when an urgent and extensive commandment to slay every male child, born to a Hebrew woman had gone forth from the king of Egypt. However, in the failure of the king’s intent, the decree was given “….Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.” – Exodus 1:22. Thus, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” Hebrews 11:23

Knowing that she could not hide him any longer, Moses’ mother prepared an ark for him and laid him there and placed it among the flags at the river’s brink. Moses’ sister lingered to see what would happen to his brother. “…And there were other watchers. The mother had committed her child to the care of God; and angels, unseen, hovered above his lowly resting place… Angels directed Pharaoh’s daughter thither. Her curiosity was excited by the little basket, and as she looked upon the beautiful child within, the tears of the babe awakened her compassion; her sympathies went out to the unknown mother who had resorted to this means to preserve her precious little one. She determined that he should be saved; she would adopt him as her own. Miriam, perceiving that the child was tenderly regarded, ventured nearer, and at last said, “Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?” Permission was given. The sister hastened to her mother with the happy news, and without delay returned with her to the presence of Pharaoh’s daughter. “Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages,” said the princess.” EP167.

Growing up with his mother, he was taught to fear the Lord of the Hebrews and was learnt in Hebrew matters and virtues. He was brought forth knowing that through him, God would bless the children of Israel. Until twelve years, when he was taken back to the palace. “And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how God, by his hand, would deliver them: but they understood not. And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.” – Acts 7:23-29

Moses perceived that all that was told of him, would come to pass in his own strength; he thought that he would literally lead a Hebrew army against the Egyptians, hence doing God’s work the wrong way. We may as well know God’s purpose for our lives and literally think that we can help Him perform it. But, no! Simply, let God perform! While in the land of Midian for forty years, “he beheld the majesty of the Most High, and in contrast, realised how powerless the gods of Egypt were. Here his pride and self-sufficiency were swept away. The results of luxury of Egypt disappeared. Moses became patient, reverent, and humble, “very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” – Numbers 12:3, yet strong in faith.” EP 171

His relationship with God grew every other day and while leading the Hebrews to the Promised Land, he learnt of God and there was great peace in his heart. The faith Moses had in God was so great that there was a zero gap in the friendship Moses had with his Creator. His conscience at one time troubled him and he longed to see his Friend’s face, God who loved him with exceeding love and, on the journey to Canaan, God called Moses to the Mount to commune with Him.

While the Hebrews, accustomed in Egypt to the material representation of deity saw that he tarried in the mount, they made a golden calf to worship hence provoking God to anger.”...let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.” – Exodus 32:10, were God’s words to Moses. The words “Let Me Alone” present to us an impression that it was only Moses that would literally reverse God’s intention. This shows us the kind of relationship Moses had with God. So strong! God declares of Moses “…If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” – Numbers 12: 6-8.

God would have our relationships with Him so bold like Moses’. “The Lord listened to his pleadings, and granted his unselfish prayer (of intercession for Israel upon worshipping a golden calf). God had proved His servant; He had tested his faithfulness and his love for that erring, ungrateful people, and nobly had Moses endured the trial. His interest in Israel sprang from no selfish motive. The prosperity of God’s chosen people was dearer to him than personal honor, dearer than the privilege of becoming the father of a mighty nation. God was pleased with his faithfulness, his simplicity of heart, and his integrity, and He committed to him, as a faithful shepherd, the great charge of leading Israel to the Promised Land.” PP 319

To be like Jesus, we have a duty of eliminating self from our plans and feel a personal responsibility to act as he would act in circumstances similar to those with which we are surrounded. Then we will impress the minds of others in such a way that God will be glorified. This can be achieved by our willingness to daily learn lessons from Christ. Then, we shall say “Thy gentleness hath made me great” – 2 Samuel 22:36. And we shall be like Moses too!

Christ declares, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Be blessed friends as you grow your relationship with our Saviour, Amen.

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Joshua Kats

April 1, 2023

Amen Amen. Through Christ, we can also be the meekest in our circles.

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Lauretta

May 25, 2023

Period!

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