In verses 18-21, we’re reminded of Moses’ intense visit to receive the Ten Commandments.
In verses 24-28, we read about several examples of Moses’ faith.
I’m a big fan of Discover the Word, but I rarely take the time to respond to a particular episode.
I’d like to take a couple of moments to reflect upon yesterday’s discussion about Moses.
Haddon and Alice and Mart discuss the importance of making purposeful decisions about our lives. Then they describe Moses’ decision to set aside the easy life in Egypt and identify instead with the Israelites, particularly as Stephen describes him in Acts 7.
But I’m not so sure Moses would have had to rough it, even as a Hebrew, if he hadn’t murdered an Egyptian.
God used this impulsive choice to nudge Moses in the right direction, but I don’t sense that Moses was planning ahead when, at age 40, he suddenly found himself on the lam.
A picky detail, and I appreciated the conclusions that the DTW team drew during yesterday’s discussion, but I’m not so sure about using Moses as a positive example of purposeful, long-range life-planning.
Joshua 1 illustrates a model transition in leadership. This is the way it’s done, folks.
Then, in verses 20-44, Stephen summarizes Moses’ life.
Next, Stephen describes the accomplishments of Joseph and introduces Moses (vv. 9-20).
In verses 21-23, we are reminded that Jesus’ ministry was predicted over a thousand years earlier.
In Joshua 22:5, we read that the Israelites are expected to continue walking in the way of Moses.
God expects both obedience and our souls and minds.
Moses prays on behalf of Pharaoh several times throughout the plagues.
It is interesting that another early model of prayer is intercessory, not directly from the sinner to God.
Here he is, leading a bunch of whining, ungrateful fools through the desert.
He loses his temper and hits a rock to produce water instead of speaking to it.
God informs Moses that he’ll be dying in the desert.
When is the last time I “hit the rock” in anger?
Justifiable anger is not an excuse for disobedience to God. Eeek.