Moses is first found in the Book of Exodus in the Bible. He was a great man, a hero, and one of the prophets of the nation of Israel. He was born when the Hebrew children were being murdered by their oppressors, at the time, enslaved by the Pharaoh of Egypt. Moses’ parents sent him down a river to save him and he was adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter. However, he knew his heritage and was forced to flee Egypt after killing a man who was beating a slave.
While in the land in Midian, Moses married, became a shepherd, and while there, God appeared to him in the form of a burning bush. He returned and brought plagues to the slave masters before rescuing his people. While not a perfect man, he led a life that we can glean some wisdom from.
As the writer of the New Testament Book of Hebrews says,
“24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 (ESV)
Here are seven things we can learn from the life of Moses:
- God knows you by name. (Exodus 3:1-4) When calls you, He knows who you are. He chose you for the specific calling on your life. When He calls you, stand still, listen, and do not run. Moses took off his shoes and bowed before God. We can learn to do this.
- It won’t come easy. (Exodus 5:1-2) Even when Moses confronted Pharaoh, the dictator did not give in right away. He let his people suffer through plagues before giving in. God gave every person a free will, that includes evil people. That means you have to wrestle to do the right thing.
- God is not small. (Exodus 6:1-8) Books and movies (sometimes literally) portray God as small or small-minded, but He is big and He proves that He is mighty.
- Get alone with God. (Exodus 3:1-4) Moses often got alone with God to commune with Him and pray. Sometimes, it is good to pray with God one-on-one. Those are the best moments.
- We have to believe. (Exodus 4:10-17) When Moses tried to excuse his way out of God’s calling on His life, He tried to pass the buck. God was not having it. The Father will not abandon you in your calling. He never abandoned Moses.
- Get help. (Exodus 18:13-14) Moses was not just a prophet. He was a leader, a lawmaker, a military commander, a judge, a spiritual leader, and so much more. He was versatile, but that he became overwhelming. He did need help and his father-in-law Jethro encouraged him to get help. That way he did not suffer from burn-out.
- God was with Moses. (Exodus 15:1-21) This portion of scripture is a song of praise for all God did. It was a song that Moses and his sister Miriam sang to thank Him for all He did. God led and fought for His people. He does the same for you.
- Be Courageous (Numbers 31:7-8) As Moses passed the mantle of leadership to Joshua, he told him to be not be afraid or be discouraged. God is with you.
Now I know this is a simplified look at the text and while there are deep meanings to the Bible, I often find that there are simple truths as well.
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