Lessons from the life of Moses (1)

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The story of Moses is also the story of the Lord Jesus Christ and is also a precursor to our own lives.

  • Moses was born in a land that was ruled by an oppressor. Ex 1:8-11
  • This oppressor wanted to kill all the male children in the land. Ex 1:15-16, 22
  • Although he succeeded, God had a way of protecting Moses supernaturally. Ex 2:1-9
  • The name Moses means, drawn out. Ex 2:10. He became the ruler (prince), deliverer and redeemer to his people. Acts 7:35AMP
  • Moses tried with his own wisdom and strength to help his fellow brothers but failed miserably. Ex 2:11-14
  • But as in the case of Abraham trying to fulfill God’s promise in his own way, Moses had to flee from the consequences of his own effort. Ex 2:15
  • The place of refuge became the place of learning. Ex 2:16-21; Ex 3
  • Only after Moses did not believe and trust in himself anymore, could God call him. Ex 4:1-17 (How contrary to the ways of the world, where we are constantly motivated and encouraged to believe in oneself.)
  • God’s call was never for Moses’ own safety and comfort but for His people’s rescue and deliverance! Ex 5:1

 

The similarities in the life of Jesus are:

 

  • Jesus was born in a land that was also ruled by an oppressor. Matt 2:1
  • Herod, just like Pharaoh, killed all the Hebrew baby boys, aged two years and under. Matt 2:16
  • Although Herod slew all the children, Joseph was instructed to flee beforehand and Jesus was saved. Matt 2:13
  • Jesus was God’s chosen in order to bring deliverance and became the Redeemer of mankind. Matt 12:18; 1 Pet 2:4; Titus 2:14
  • Jesus did not do anything from His own power but waited until he received the Spirit and power from on high. Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:14-19
  • God’s call on his Son was for the benefit of others (us). Luke 4:14-19

 

Our calling

  • We are physically born into a spiritual kingdom of darkness, which is ruled by an oppressor. Eph 2:1-3; Acts 10:38
  • That’s the reason we need to be born again (form above) into the kingdom of light. John 3:3-8; Col 1:13-14
  • This oppressor (the devil) will do anything to kill you or your relationship with the Lord. John 10:10; 1 Tim 3:71 Pet 5:8
  • God has called us and chosen us to be His children. (the word church means called-out-ones.) Matt 22:14; Eph 1:4; 2 Thess 2:131 Pet 2:9; Rev 17:14
  • The fact that you are reading this article is a proof of God’s protection on your life, His calling and the fact that He has chosen you for a specific purpose!
  • We can try to do many good things for the Lord. But our own strength and wisdom is not what God needs. We need to be anointed, empowered and equipped from on high in order to be able to do His work. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Eph 4:11-12; 1 Tim 4:14
  • God has called us to be co-workers with Him. 1 Cor 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1
  • Our calling is not for our own comfort but for the benefit of others. 2 Cor 5:18; 1 Tim 4:6-16

 

May we realise we are not here by accident but are called and chosen.

 

May we, like Moses, come to the end of our own efforts and labour and,

 

May we all be anointed, empowered and equipped to do His work.

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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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