Summary: Moses often failed in his attempts to help--But he never gave up and quit--Even when we fail we must never give up, we must not quit.
It is fun to watch young children try to help their parents. Remember the first time you tried to teach your child to crack an egg? The egg shells scattered throughout the scrambled eggs gave an interesting crunch as you and your child ate that breakfast. Remember when they tried to help you clear the table and dropped your great grandmother’s antique plate
and broke it into three dozen pieces. When my son was three and one half years old, he helped me by licking a roll of one hundred postage stamps, putting some on envelopes and the rest on the headboard of his bed.
Often the learning, helping process involves making mistakes. Remember helping teach someone to drive a stick shift car? Lurch, Lurch, Lurch. Was your first attempt at helping your food budget by planting a garden wiped out by a late frost? Over the years I have helped several young men, who were ready to enter college, learn how to do their own laundry. A couple did not heed my instructions to wash colored clothes separate from whites. One called me asking, "How do I make pink underwear white again?" The first time I used a cash register I needed help and still made plenty of mistakes. I kept trying and I learned.
We all want to help ourselves have a better life: And most want to help those around us when ever possible. At times we fail. Do we quit? No, we keep on trying. We keep on helping. Today, I want to tell you about
Moses, the Helper. Before Moses could become a Great Deliverer he had to learn how to help. HE MADE MISTAKES: BUT HE DID NOT QUIT. He did not give up. Let us see if we can learn something about helping and persevering as we look at three experiences in Moses’ history.
I. HELP THAT BROUGHT MOSES EXILE.
Most of us know the story of Moses. Because Pharaoh had commanded all new born Hebrew boys to be thrown into the Nile River. Moses’ Mother hid him for three months and then prepared a basket boat, and knowing that Pharaoh’s daughter would come to a certain spot to bathe, she put him in the boat and placed it into the reeds along the banks of the Nile. In a sly way, she obeyed Pharaoh. The princess found and fell in love with the baby. We all know that a woman can not resist picking up a baby. She took Moses as her son and chose Moses’ Mother to become the baby’s nurse. In
his early years, Moses probably spent more time with his real mother than he did with the Egyptians. Formative years are important.
Moses was raised as Pharaoh’s adopted Grandson—But his Mother taught him of his heritage and of the God of the Hebrews. Moses loved the Jews and at about age forty he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. Thinking that no one was watching, he killed him and buried him in the sand. His brand of justice was observed by some Hebrews and, probably out of jealousy and a lack of gratefulness, they turned against Moses. Moses was afraid, and rightly so, because Pharaoh heard of his actions and tried to kill Moses. As a result Moses ran away to live in Midian.