Lessons from the life of Moses (3)

November 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When we compare the life of Moses and that of Jesus, we find many similarities.

Should a person just have a quick glance or casually read their individual stories, one may not be aware of those parallelisms.  However, taking the time to study their lives, the student will be amazed by the fact that two lives could have such resemblance.

Firstly, as was the case with Moses, and I have written in the previous article about that, the birth and life of Jesus began with an oppressor.  Only this time it was King Herod, ruler over Judea.  The Magi from the East brought him the disturbing news of a new Jewish king to be born in Bethlehem, so the Bible says in Matthew chapter two.  Upon hearing their message, he decided to kill all the baby boys under the age of two in the land.  Supernaturally, by way of an angel, his parents were warned and they escaped the genocide. Matthew 2

Have you ever felt you were the lucky one to escape an ordeal?

Was that coincidence or Providence?  Did you brush the experience aside?  On the other hand, did you take some time to contemplate the hows and whys of your nightmare?

Maybe there is a greater reason for your existence than what you may realize!

When the Joseph-family returned from their place of refuge, they settled in a town called Nazareth.  In the Bible there is not anything written about the life of Jesus from the age of twelve until the age of thirty.  Although there are a few books written on the whereabouts of Jesus in that period, no factual confirmation has ever been documented.  Thirty was the age for priests and rabbis to be anointed in their offices of duty.  John the Baptist was thirty when his ministry began and no different was the case with Jesus.  However, before Jesus stepped into his office, God ordained him at the river Jordan and sent him for a time of testing.  Here at the river, He received his supernatural anointing as the heavens open and the Spirit of God settled on him. Luke 3:21-23

The second correspondence between the life of Moses and that of Jesus is their time spent in the desert. Moses lived for forty years in the wilderness before he had his burning bush encounter and God sent him to be a deliverer for his people.  Jesus spent forty days in solitude, being tested with the desires of the flesh (food), the desires of the eyes (riches), and the pride of life (ego),  before he returned in the power of God’s Spirit and became the deliverer for a spiritual people – those who would follow his ways, learn his truths, and experience his life. (compare Luke 4:1-12 and 1 John 2:15-16)

The tests in life are not for God to see if we will make it or not.  He already knows.  They are for our own insight and understanding.  We have to see and realize our own weaknesses, shortcomings, and areas of growth.  A series of tests are called a trial according to the Bible.  The Oxford dictionary explains that a trial is a test of performance, qualities, or suitability.

The Apostle James provides us with an explanation why we need to be tested in this life.

Firstly, he said, consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors .  So do not try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well- developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:1-4

Secondly, God will bless you, if you do not give up when your faith is being tested.  He will reward you with a glorious life, just as he rewards everyone who loves him. James 1:12

Both Moses and Jesus received their individual time of pressure, challenges, and tests.  They did not get out prematurely and thus were crowned with a glorious life.

Therefore, because God is no respecter of persons, we will also go through tough times and should we stay the full course of trials, be one of those who will receive an outstanding life!

Stay on the course!  You will need His help, wisdom, and strength to make it.  He gave it to Moses and Jesus.  He will give it to you.

He, more than what you can believe, wants you to succeed in life.

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

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