Lessons from the life of Moses (2)

August 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The life of Moses can be divided into 3 equal timeframes of 40 years each.

 This corresponds with the many “three-fold things” we find in the Bible.

  •  Holy Spirit, Son and Father,
  • Spirit, soul and body,
  • Way, truth and life,
  • Ask, seek and knock,
  • Peter, James and John,
  • Faith, hope and love,
  • Children, young men and fathers,
  • Beast, False Prophet and Dragon,
  • Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles,
  • Prophet, Priest and King,
  • Saul, David Solomon,
  • Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
  • And many more…

 

His first 40 years.

  • Moses grew up as one of the princes of Egypt.
  • According to Josephus[1], Moses was a very successful general of the Egyptian Army leading them into victorious battles against the Ethiopians.
  • Thus the first 40 years of his life, he became a prosperous and famous person in own wisdom, power and abilities. Acts 7:22
  • From this place of personal strength, at the age of 40, he came upon an Egyptian who mistreated his kinsmen and killed the Egyptian.
  • After being found out, Moses had to flee from Pharaoh and settled in Midian as a foreigner.

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  • We can liken this stage of Moses’ life to a new born-again child of God.
  • Although born from above (with the very seed of God in his heart 1 Pet 1:23), the sinful nature is not being crucified yet. Gal 5:24
  • Paul calls them “carnal, even babes in Christ” who can only be fed with the milk of the word. 1 Cor 3:1, 1 Pet 2:2
  • A carnal or baby Christian is those who not only need the milk of the Word (basic doctrines of Christ Heb 6:1-2) but are still governed by the sinful nature. Rom 8:5, Rom 13:14, Gal 5:13
  • His heart is not circumcised from the fleshly nature yet (Col 2:11-13) and he or she still follows that nature’s desires and thoughts. Eph 2:3
  • From that (sinful, fleshly, human) nature such a person wants to serve and please God. This can not be done as God is not pleased with that. Rom 8:8
  • God loves his children unconditionally but the nature and character need to change.
  • It is like any mother or father who deeply loves their child but do not accept the child’s rude behaviour – the attitude must change.
  • The difference is that we can not change our nature as a dog can not change his.
  • We need the Spirit of Christ to do that inner work. Rom 8:12-13, Gal 5:16
  • It is a pity that so many children of God, never grow beyond this place of spiritual childhood.

 

Moses’ next 40 years.

  • From the age of 40 until 80, he looked after sheep in the desert.
  • If that does not change a man, nothing will.
  • In this wilderness experience his own abilities and dreams died a slow death.
  • In the desert Moses lived with the priest if Midian (his father-in-law Ex 2:16, Ex 18:1), where he learnt the ways of God.
  • After 40 years the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, calling him to action – back to Egypt. Acts 7:30-33
  • Moses’ self-esteem was so low; he made excuses not to go – a different man than 40 years earlier. Ex 4:1-17
  • The man who was “powerful in speech” (Acts 7:22) has now become “slow of speech and tongue”. (Ex 4:10)

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  • When we continue to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”, the Spirit of God begins to deal with our sinful nature. That nature which is rebellious, stubborn, unclean, strife, envy etc. Gal 5:19-21, Matt 15:19, Mark 7:20-23
  • As the inner conflict between the Spirit and the human nature continues, He painstakingly changes our character (name) like he did with Jacob. From supplanter/deceiver to prince. Gal 5:17, Gen 32:22-28
  • It is here where we experience the painful work of the cross and where our human wisdom and power and abilities are slowly being nailed to death. Matt 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, 1 Cor 1:18-25
  • The power of God can work through the weaknesses of man. The stronger, wiser, and smarter we are, the less of Him is flowing through us. How contrary to the ways of the world! 2 Cor 12:10, 1 Cor 1:27, Is 66:2, 2 Cor 3:5
  • You are ready for the higher calling when there is nothing left of you. Phil 3:14, Phil 3:7-8

 

His 40 years in the wilderness

  •  The last third of his life, Moses spent on leading the Israelites out of Egypt into their own wilderness experience. Acts 7:36
  • The one who through experience, knows the ways and processes of God, is the person who is qualified to help others.
  • God chose him not because of his competence or expertise neither in the Egyptian Army, nor of his genius and “powerful speech” but because Moses has become the most humble man on the face of the earth. Num 12:3
  • God could speak face-to-face to Moses, revealing the beginning of His creation to him. In fact, the face of Moses shone after dialoguing with God. Ex 34:29-35, Deut 5:4, Deut 34:10, Ex 33:23
  • Only a few people in the Bible were prophet, priest and king simultaneously. Moses was one of them. Deut 34:7, Deut 33:5, Ps 99:6
  • “Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.” Deut 34:7

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  • He makes us ministers of the spirit – the spirit that brings life. 2 Cor 3:6
  • This ministry of the New Testament exceeds the ministration of condemnation and death (the Law of Moses). 2 Cor 3:8-9
  • As Moses received his strength from fellowshipping with God and ministering to the people, so we are also changed from “glory to glory” as we spend time in the presence of Christ Jesus and then ministering with the Spirit of Life. 2 Cor 3:18, Rom 8:2
  • As we behold (look at, discern, take notice, and set our eyes on) the nature, character and peculiarity of Christ Jesus, we are being changed into that very image. 2 Cor 3:18, Rom 8:29, Rom 12:1-2, 1 Cor 15:49, Col 3:10

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Pet 2:9
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[1] The new complete works of Josephus: Kregel Publications 1999

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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