Characters of the Bible: “Moses”

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Article Written by Charles Head

Moses is one of my great heroes of the Bible. Giving up a life of pleasure in Egypt, he became a man of God choosing to lead God’s people out of Egypt.  He was a man with faults and yet in spite of his personal weaknesses, God used him to:

  • Deliver His people from slavery in Egypt.
  • Lead the people to national identity.
  • Establish laws and structures.
  • Lead the people to become a worshipping community.
  • Advice and counsel a nation.
  • Lead purposefully and effectively in the face of great criticism.

God knew Moses had faults and failures, but He still chose him to do this mission because He knew Moses’ heart. Some of us would have quit at the very minimum of adversity and would have thrown in the towel leaving the mission unfinished, but not Moses, he endured until the end. He loved his people so much that as they continued to complain and murmur against God and wanted to go back to Egypt, which made God angry, Moses continued to reason with the Lord, pleading for his people not to be destroyed because of disobedience.

Moses had strong leadership abilities and because of his relationship with God, he was chosen by God for the large task of leading millions of Israelite children out of Egypt to go to the “Promised Land.”  Moses never entered the Promised Land because of his anger, brought on by the Israelites. He disobeyed a command that God give him to “speak to a rock” for water to come forth. Instead of speaking to the rock, he smote the rock twice with his rod rather than speak to it as commanded.  Moses’ life was one of confidence, trust and belief in God; he believed God would fulfill all that He promised. Before Moses died God showed him “all” that He would accomplish with the children of Israel.

Haldeman Says of Moses: “the life of Moses presents a series of striking antitheses. For instance, he was the child of a slave, and the son of a queen. He was born in a hut, and lived in a palace. He inherited poverty, and enjoyed unlimited wealth. He was a leader of armies, and the keeper of flocks. He was the mightiest of warriors, and the meekest of men. He was educated in the court of Egypt, and yet dwelt in the desert. He had the wisdom of Egypt, and the faith of a child. He was fitted for the city, and wandered in the wilderness. He was tempted with the pleasures of sin, and endured the hardships of virtue. He was backward in speech, and yet talked with God. He had the rod of a shepherd, and the power of the Infinite. He was a fugitive from Pharaoh, and an ambassador from Heaven. He was the giver of the Law, and the forerunner of Grace. (Expositor Study Bible)

Did You Know

Did you know that man can control a whole ship with a small helm, yet his tongue he cannot without God’s help? (James 3:1-12)

Did you know that Jesus knew and demonstrated His purpose when He healed the servant of the High Priest’s ear before His crucifixion? (Luke 22:49-51)

Did you know that the prodigal son’s brother’s heart was so self-righteous that he would not rejoice when his brother came home? (Luke 15:25-32)

Did you know that you should serve God with your whole heart and not be lukewarm (a straddle the fence Christian). The church of Laodicea was corrected because of two things: 1) being lukewarm, and 2) having pride. (Revelation 3:14-22)

Did you know that it is very dangerous to speak against God’s anointed leaders regardless of their faults (no exceptions)? (Numbers 12:1-16)

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