Moses is a very special character in the Bible. A Hebrew adopted and raised by an Egyptian princess, this prince of Egypt had a great calling in his life. He was chosen to be the deliverer of the children of Israel who were slaves under cruel taskmasters.
Many years ago, there was a severe famine in Egypt. A prophetic dream was given to the Pharaoh. Joseph, a Hebrew prisoner interpreted the dream and gave a solution even before the famine happened. During the famine, Egypt became richer and stronger by selling food to other nations. They acquired vast amount of land and money during a famine because of the solution given by Joseph. However, all these were long forgotten when that generation died. Instead of taking care of the Hebrews, Egypt enslaved them because of fear.
Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” ~ Exodus 1:8-10
Many fear what they do not know. Many fear that their friend today may become a foe tomorrow. Many fear that they may lose their favourable position. Because of fear, self preservation kicks in. Today, many chose to control and manipulate people and situations. This allows unclean spirits to come into their lives to torment themselves and others.
Right from the very beginning, Moses’ life was not that of a normal child. Acts 7 says that Moses was not an ordinary child. When he was born, his mother had to hide him because the Pharaoh had issued a decree to kill all male babies. I believe the enemy knew what God was about to do. But God preserved him. He was hidden for 3 months before his mother left him in a basket and let the river carry him away. The basket floated to where Egyptian princess was taking a bath. She liked him and adopted him. (I’m sure Moses looked really cute!) What amazing thing is, she got his mother to nurse him. Moses’ mother got paid for nursing her own son!
This is such an amazing act. Can you imagine how she must have felt to let her 3 month old son floating in a basket to nowhere? It reminds me of the things that I hold dearly to. When we finally let it go, it ended up coming back to us with greater blessings.
The Void in Our Hearts
Moses was brought up by the Egyptian princess in the language and culture of Egypt. In Acts 7:22, it states that Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. As a royalty, he led a very comfortable life with servants, no financial problems, beautiful clothings and probably a very high position in Pharaoh’s court. He had everything anybody would ever wanted.
But Moses had a call on his life. Someone once told me that if we did not walk in the purpose that God has for us, we will never be fulfilled. There will always be a void within us. Deep down inside his heart, Moses cared for his people. All the riches and treasures of Egypt could not satisfy that deep desire within him.
When Moses visited his people at age of 40, he saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. He came to defend him and killed the Egyptian. Exodus 2:12 said that Moses looked this way and that way. He make sure that no one is there before he committed the act. This tells me that Moses was afraid. He probably do not want to let his adoptive family and friends know that his heart was always with his own people, the Hebrew slaves. He was fearful and ashamed to be who he really was yet the desire in him propel him to visit his people. On the outside, he was an eloquent and wise Egyptian prince. Deep in his heart, he was a Hebrew. Can Moses come out and be who he really is? God will not allow us to fulfil our destiny hiding or pretending to be who we are not.
Moses visited the Israelites again the next day. He tried to resolve the conflict between 2 Israelites and he was rejected by them. One Israelite said, ‘Who made u a prince and judge over us?’ Wow.. that must have felt like a knife plunged into his heart. To make things worse, they knew about the murder he committed against an Egyptian the day before! Soon, the word spread. Rejected, ashamed and fearful, Moses fled Egypt as a criminal.
The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” ~Exodus 2:14
Let’s imagine what is going on in Moses mind. He lost everything in a day. His status as a royalty, comfortable lifestyle, honour, money, friends, family and became a fugitive. Perhaps, he shouldn’t have been such a busybody. If only he had mind his own business! At this point, when he was at his lowest, God is still in control. Moses happened to come to Midian, helped the the priest’s daughters. He ended up living with them and married one of his daughters.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. ~Hebrews 11:24-25
Moses life changed totally. He was living in palaces. He now lives in tents in the wilderness. As a prince, he was trained to run and lead a nation. He used to have maidservants, unlimited entertainment for his evening after his sumptuous dinner. In Midian, he helped people to look after their sheep. But he was happy. He was contented. Never once did bible said that Moses desire to go back to Egypt. In fact, Exodus 2:21 says that Moses was contented to live with the man. Moses chose God.
Are we contented with what God has given us? Or are we comparing our lives with others? Do we covet what others have? Are we complaining about how tough our situations are? In whatever seasons we are in, we can have joy and be contented with our portion. Without contentment, no matter how much blessings God gives us, we only want more and more. That’s a horrible way to live.
The Burning Bush
Moses lived 40 years in Midian. Maybe he might have felt that it was never meant to be. God didn’t call him to deliver his people. Perhaps, this is how he shall live for the rest of his life. One day, while doing his routined, mundane daily chores, he came across a unique situation. A burning bush that was not consumed. There, Moses received his calling. Finally!!! However, this once eloquent, powerful in speech ex-prince of Egypt felt inadequate. His conversation with God in Exodus 3/4 showed that he gave a lot of excuses. But God in His mercy, told Moses how He will help him in the mission.
- “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh?” ~Exodus 3:11
- “What do I say to them?” ~Exodus 3:13
- “What if they do not believe me?” ~Exodus 4:1
- Moses said to the LORD, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” ~Exodus 4:10
- “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” ~Exodus 4:13
The last thing Moses wanted was to go back to Egypt and faced the place and people he ran away from. It reminded him of his failure and the rejection from his people. When we try to fulfil our destiny before God’s timing in our own way, we ended up in failure and defeat. When God call us, let’s not shrink back and tell God we cannot do it. It is God who enable and empower us to do what He want us to do. So that we cannot boast in our own ability.
“So God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected when they demanded, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ ~Acts 7:35
The very area Moses was concerned about, rejected by, fearful and ashamed of was the very area He was called. Were you rejected? What are you fearful of? Look closer at the burning bush. Hear what God is saying to you.