Reading through the Bible together
After being raised in an Egyptian court, Moses attempted to deliver his own people by relying on his own strength. He had the right intentions but he went about them the wrong way. His actions may have been seen by Pharaoh as a threat to the throne, and therefore Moses had no choice but to flee from Egypt. His life was forever changed.
“Moses senses he is called by God to deliver,” comments theologian Jon Dybdahl, “but he pushes things too fast and tries to do them on his own. God had not told him to bring deliverance and/or start killing Egyptians. Both timing and methodology were Moses’ decisions, not God’s. In story after Old Testament story, God’s chosen people try both to rush fulfillment of God’s promises and bring them to pass by their own power. Abraham tries to help God give a son of promise by marrying Hagar. Jacob tries to get the birthright by deception and intrigue. Gideon tries to deliver Midian by raising a mighty army. In all cases, even though they are God’s chosen, they fail. They must wait for God’s time and God’s way. He, the Lord, must deliver—not they, the human instruments. Moses, the soldier leader and killer of an Egyptian, must become Moses the meek shepherd. Only then can God act through him to bring about the Exodus” (Exodus: Abundant Life Bible Amplifier, p. 40).
What Moses did in Egypt forever changed his life; he must have figured this was the end of his life. But it was only the beginning!
Think of a time where you have rushed ahead of God’s plans for you. What would you have done differently, knowing what you know now?
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