God shaping Moses to lead

– Who is Moses?  Acts 7.22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.  Exodus 2.6 This is one of the Hebrews’ children.  Acts 7.23-25 Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel…For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.  Hebrews 11.24-27 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.  Acts 7.27/Deut. 18.18 This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, “the Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren.  Him you shall hear.  John 1.19-21 The Jews sent priest and Levites to ask him, “Who are you? …Are you the Prophet?  And he answered, “No.”  John 5.45-46 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you – Moses, in who you trust.  For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.

– It seemed that God stirred Moses heart as he grew.  He killed an Egyptian executing justice from his perspective.  Yet by covering it up, he knew it was wrong.  But there was something stirring inside of him to be who he was created to be.  When he confronted the Hebrews the next day, that replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge?”  It’s so interesting to me that this is who God appoints him to be.  Yet, it was not God’s timing and not through God’s strength can those titles be carried.  But I wonder how Moses felt when they said that.  I wonder if part of him thought, well why not, something has to be done and someone has to lead.  Part of him knew that he somehow desired that with pure motive.  Yet, his flesh and guilt of his actions from the previous day overwhelmed him with the idea and the burden that this role would require.  Yet, these events kick off his character training to become just that, the prince and judge for the people of Israel as God’s chosen instrument.

– I love how God says in 3.10, “Now go, for I am sending you”  Now go.  The Lord knows exactly when a season ends and when a new one is to begin.  He knows exactly what it will take to transition the seasons.  “I will be with you.”  I am sending you to Pharaoh.  You are my messenger.  And God’s gentleness, but firmness with Moses’ insecurity.  The fatherly touch of meeting Moses where he needed to be met, but with the reality that he must walk in the truth of who God says he is.  God knew exactly what it would take to get Moses to walk into the leader he needed to be.  God knew what uses of Aaron would help in that, and just knowing that as Moses experienced God in this new role, that alone would also increase his confidence to respond.  When we encounter truth over and over again, the Spirit promises to have it’s effect on us so that we do change and grow in confidence as children of God.

– When Jethro says, “Go in peace” I wonder if he was thinking it’s about time.  Did God give him a heads up?  Did the Spirit of God fall in a mighty way that day that just changed the direction of the wind in a way?  I love that they road a donkey.  Paralleling that to Jesus riding into Bethlehem before His Passover experience.

– Why wasn’t Moses’ son already circumcised?  I feel like with the mentality today, people would look at the externals.  Moses hadn’t followed the basic “rules” so he can’t be picked for any task of God.  Yet, as Moses walked into His calling, God was going to make sure that he did obey all His commandments for the sake of His Name.  But God didn’t wait for a to-do list to be accomplished before the path began.  Then as all the pieces started coming together, after connecting with the elders and sharing God’s heart, “they bowed down and worshipped.”  I love the constant response to stop and worship. There wasn’t an entitlement attitude or it’s about time.  It had been over 400 years.  To me, it marks an attitude of humility.  God acts exactly when He means to.

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