Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 28

This entry is part 28 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 27: Moses brought the children of Israel through the red sea and Pharaoh’s army was destroyed. The children of Israel saw God’s power once again. They were brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Moses now must keep these people alive as they look to him for everything. Did he make the right decisions along the way? Did he make many friends? Enemies?

Part 28

Moses and all of Israel face life outside slavery, outside the Egyptian influence, outside of everything they have ever known, and it seems fearful to all. They quickly learn that they have no water, no food, no direction and turn to Moses with all their needs. Moses must keep it together, how can he face the people and hold it all together. What stresses he must have faced each moment of each day. We as families in the congregation often think that our burdens seem enormous but put yourself in this man’s shoes. He always had an entire nation complaining to him. Also, Moses had to keep peace between the people and God. God often got upset with the wicked and evil things that Israel did and threatened to kill them on many occasions.

Moses did his part. “Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned” (Hebrews 11:28-29). “And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them” (Exodus 15:24-25). “And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no” (Exodus 16:3-4). “And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan” (v. 35).

Stephen tells the story to the Jews that killed him. He stood faithfully as they heard his speech. He proclaimed all that they knew. Stephen told them of Moses saying: “He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen” (Acts 7:36-44).

What is it we can learn from this faithful servant? How can we apply lessons he learned to our own lives? Moses had a heart that was obedient, and his faith helped him through many tough times. Moses talked with God and was heard by him. At times Moses persuaded God to forgive the children of Israel and allow them to live. We too must walk faithfully, walk with obedient hearts, he promises to hear those IN CHRIST, and awaits our every need. We must turn to him with all our needs and not turn to the world around us for the answers we seek. What did Moses know?

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