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We’re told in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that these stories written in the Bible have been written for our instruction and admonition.
And Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28 that our assignment, each day, is to come to Him and learn of Him.
Here are some lessons we can learn from the life of Moses that will be applicable to each of our own lives.
I always like studying the life of Moses, because I find in Moses a pattern that’s probably typical of most of us.
First off, let’s look at the backstory regarding the circumstances surrounding Moses’ birth.
Ever since God said, in Genesis 3:15, that the Seed of the woman would crushed Satan’s head (this is the first promise of the coming Messiah), Satan has been trying to either corrupt or terminate the bloodline of Adam; hence we have the account given in Genesis 6, which talks about how the Benai Elohim (these were fallen angels) came down to Earth and commingled with the daughters of Adam, producing Giants in the Earth.
And so prior to Moses’ birth the degree was issued that all male infants where to be killed.
Listen to what God has to say about Moses’ birth and his faith, in the Faith Hall of Fame – chapter 11 of Hebrews:
The Passion Translation
23 Faith prompted the parents of Moses at his birth to hide him for three months, because they realized their child was exceptional and they refused to be afraid of the king’s edict.
24 Faith enabled Moses to choose God’s will, for although he was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he refused to make that his identity,
25 choosing instead to suffer mistreatment with the people of God.
Moses preferred faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures.
26 He found his true wealth in suffering abuse for being anointed, more than in anything the world could offer him, for his eyes looked with wonder not on the immediate, but on the ultimate—faith’s great reward!
27 Holding faith’s promise Moses abandoned Egypt and had no fear of Pharaoh’s rage because he persisted in faith as if he had seen God who is unseen.
So Moses growing up in the lap of luxury and receiving all the benefits and the education for having been raised in Pharaoh’s household, at age 40 he decided that he was going to forsake all of that, and fulfill his destiny, to become the deliverer of his people, the Hebrew slaves.
But as often happens with most of us, things did not go as he planned.
I can see Moses now, probably telling God I got this God, see what all I can do, as he stepped up to the plate to become the deliverer of his people.
It didn’t quite work out as he planned though and so he spent the next 40 years on the back side of the desert, hearding sheep.
When God does finally call him, at age 80, Moses response was, “God who am I to do such a thing; I can’t even talk” (it seems as though Moses had some kind of speech impediment).
Like some of the other stories, we read in the Old Testament, it was that 40-year period in the desert, that Moses was in training to actually become the deliverer.
Typically, in our youthful enthusiasm, we start out with a little knowledge and we think we’re going to conquer the world; the only problem is we have no experience, and so often we just get beat up by the world and have our dreams deflated.
But as God would have it, at the time when we come to the end of ourselves and recognize that truly, as we’re told in the New Testament, that Jesus is Vine and we are the branches, and without Him we can do nothing, it’s at this time that God can finally use us.
Zachariah 4:6 puts it this way,
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD”
The point being in order for God to use us, we have to get out of the way and we have to die to ourselves and to our will, and give God permission (each day) to use us as His conduit of Love and Light, into all the dark places of this world.
That’s our assignment everyday!
Sunday, September 26
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
TRUST, OBEY AND FOLLOW
The Dreamworks team in Hollywood has discovered a new star. They’ve packaged him as the Prince of Egypt…but we’ve known him for a long time now as simply Moses.
His story is full of drama and action and conflict, and has been the subject of more than one movie. But at its core, it is a very basic story of one man learning to follow, trust and obey God.
Moses had a rocky start. He was nearly lost at birth, but was adopted into Pharaoh’s household instead.
He grew up an Egyptian prince, but he was really the son of a Hebrew slave.
He lived in two worlds until he was forty, then decided to cast his lot with his own people…but that quickly backfired.
His intentions were good-but Moses tried to do what he believed was God’s work his own way.
Sound familiar to anyone? He killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, then buried his body in the sand.
He thought no one saw, but he was found out. Maybe he didn’t dig deep enough, and as those desert winds blew, his victim’s toes were soon sticking up out of the sand!
When we take our evil and sin and try to bury it, we’re never successful.
It keeps coming back up. We’re forced to lie more, deceive more, if we want to cover our original sin.
Then fear comes in. Let sin come into your life and fear will quickly follow.
A man told me once, “I never knew gut-wrenching, paralyzing fear until I began to cheat on my wife.
Then I lived every day in sheer terror of being found out.”
When Moses struck and killed the Egyptian, he looked east and west…but he didn’t look up.
He was concerned about what men might see, but hadn’t considered the eyes of God.
Confronted with his sin and rejected by his people, he did the only thing he knew to do: he ran.
Until we are ready to trust, obey and follow God, we are not ready to be used by God, no matter how good our credentials or our intentions!
And she named him Moses, and said, “because I drew him out of the water.”
Come join the Adventure!