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Topic: Write for the BIOGRAPHICAL Genre (12/04/14)
TITLE: Moses, Man of God
By Dot Hannah
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December 10, 2014
Late in the afternoon on a warm spring day, one of the most significant characters in the Bible was born to Hebrew parents enslaved in Egypt. His humble beginning quickly became a life of luxury in the king’s palace, because of circumstances instrumented by God Himself. This child, along with all Hebrew boys, was ordered to be killed by the Hebrew midwives, but because the midwives feared the Lord, these children were spared. At three months of age, Moses was placed into a floating basket of reeds in order to be found and rescued by the king’s daughter before he was discovered and killed. This was a sacrifice that only a mother could make.
God handpicked this man from birth. Banished to the backside of nowhere for forty years for killing an Egyptian, God was humbling and preparing him for a most noteworthy and meaningful mission with historical significance. Forty repetitious years toiling as a simple shepherd, Moses abandoned the earlier dream he had of being a deliverer of the Israelites. Isn’t it like God to quickly come onto the scene when we are ready to give up on ourselves? Greatness comes only through a process that contains an element of pain.
Moses, like most of us, had excuse after excuse why he could not accomplish God’s commission. For each of his objections, God had a promise. In their suffering and bondage, the Israelites groaned and cried out to God, and God had a plan. He would use Moses as His instrument to lead them from slavery to freedom, in spite of his handicaps. God is never limited by our limitations.
Leading a nation of unbelieving grumblers, Moses lived under tremendous pressure. However, he always sought God, who provided one supernatural solution after another. His life as a leader was lonely and frustrating. He was summoned to the top of Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, only to return and find the same people who had witnessed miracle after miracle, worshipping a golden calf. Moses became angry and threw the tablets out of his hand, breaking them into pieces, but when God expressed His intention to judge them, it was Moses who interceded on their behalf and changed God’s mind, a picture of our intercessor, Jesus Christ. Time and time again, when his back was against the wall or the Red Sea, Moses prayed. God always responded to his prayers.
It was the man, Moses, who oversaw the building of the tabernacle, precisely as God commanded, and because it was acceptable to God, He filled it with His glory. It was the man, Moses, who saw the glory of God when God took away His hand and allowed him to see his hind part. This was a man highly favored by God because of his obedience and faithfulness, a character you and I can obtain through obedience and faithfulness. God is not a respecter of persons. Moses was a great leader, but he was also human. When he disobeyed God and struck the rock rather than speaking to it as God had commanded, he was forbidden to enter the Promised Land.
Moses obeyed God and sent twelve spies to explore the Promised Land for forty days. He asked them to find out if the people in this land were strong or weak, many or few. They returned with the news that the land flowed with milk and honey, but ten of the spies returned with a negative report that the people were too strong, and the cities were walled. This negative report spread through the camp, and the Israelites wept all night. God was prepared to smite them with pestilence, but again, Moses interceded. God forgave their sin, but He did not remove the consequences of their sin. They would die wandering in the wilderness for forty years, and their children would inherit the Promised Land.
Moses life work was now done. He had been entrusted with and accomplished God’s marvelous plan, and he left a tangible heritage to the new generation. The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses and are a testament to the greatness of Israel’s God. God had a unique love and relationship with Moses. There was no other prophet in the entire Bible whom the Lord knew face to face and who was buried by God Himself. No one knows his burial place to this day.
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