Summary: A brief study of the life of Moses and lessons drawn from it.
Moses, Prophet Without Peer Deut. 34:10
INTRO.: Moses was unique among the prophets of God. He was privileged to deliver Israel its first code of law. He inaugurated the covenant relationship between God and Israel. He led Israel out of slavery and welded together a nation to bring glory to God. He gave that nation the moral standard and political system by which they were to live for the next 1400 years.
No other prophet has influenced the thinking of the modern world as much as Moses. Tremendous controversy centers on his revelation of God’s Law. For some reason, there are those who think we have no right to display it in public places in spite of its huge role in the establishment of our nation.
The influence of Moses’ writings goes on and, as always, the detractors and critics attack it for all they’re worth. This is because Moses delivered the Word of God and the enemies of God will always deny and attack it.
In our land and in every civilized nation, moral decisions, judicial verdicts, and civil statutes are based on principles Moses revealed.
What a man he was! His life is worthy of notice! The life of Moses can be divided into three 40-year periods. Let’s look briefly at each of them.
I. The first 40 years of his life were spent in Egypt:
A. His preservation was miraculous: Exod. 2:1-10
1. He was a slave child in a foreign land and fated to die.
2. In his preservation, we see God’s hand at work 80 years in advance preparing for Israel’s deliverance. That’s long range planning!
3. It’s unlikely anyone would have thought he would achieve greatness. God was at work.
1. As an infant, his mother taught him the religion and traditions of his own people.
2. His adopted mother provided him an education in the culture and science of Egypt.
3. He lived in the courts and universities and it didn’t destroy his faith in God. Even the rank paganism of Egypt didn’t taint his faith.
4. He saw the inhuman spectacle of wealthy, powerful people living in luxury supported by slaves.
C. Seeing the injustice in this, he became a rebel: Exod. 2:11, 12
1. Angered by the oppression of the Israeli’s, he strikes out at his peoples’ enemy.
2. Maybe he thought the people would rise to follow his leadership
3. There is no indication he sought any divine guidance. He simply struck out in anger and indignation.
4. It’s good to become angry about injustice, but the Christian must act under God’s direction.
5. His plan, if such there was, was a failure and the second period of his life begins in which he learns godliness and discipline.
II. The second 40 years: spent in Midian in relative obscurity. Exod. 2:16-25, a mere ten verses, tell the story of the entire 40 years.
A. Moses’ education continued. God qualified him before calling him.
1. He learned the responsibilities of parenthood, found love and acceptance among godly people.
2. Learned more of the religious traditions passed down from Abraham.
3. He learned the rigors of a hard and lonely life as a shepherd in the wilderness.