Biblical Lessons To Learn From Moses
EXODUS 33:11 “And the LORD spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
Moses was born in Egypt during the restriction of the growth of the Hebrews by Amram and Yochebed from the tribe of the Levi. During the time of his birth, there was a law in Egypt that all newborn male Hebrew children should be cast into the Nile. His parents hid him for three months but was later put into a basket and taken to the river where Pharaoh’s daughter normally takes her bath in the hope that he will be saved. As expected, he was rescued by the daughter of Pharaoh, named by her, and was brought up in the splendor of the Egyptian court as her adopted son. Despite his upbringing by Pharaoh’s daughter, he was aware of his origin as a Hebrew. When he saw the bad treatment of the Egyptian soldiers to his people, he impulsively killed one soldier, fearing Pharaoh’s wrath and punishment, he fled into the desert of Midian. At Midian, he became a shepherd for Jethro and married one of his daughters called Zipporah.
While tending to the flocks at Mount Horeb which was far away in the wilderness, he beheld a bush burning but was not consumed, a revelation followed, in which he was informed that he had been chosen to serve as a liberator of the children of Israel. Initially, he felt he was not worthy of the tasks, but God assured him that he had prepared Aaron, his brother, to be his spokesman both to the children of Israel and to Pharaoh. That was how the journey of Moses began and through his 40 years in the wilderness of Sinai, he overcame tremendous obstacles, led the former slaves of the Egyptians, shaped them into a nation, set them on divine purpose, consecrated them to the highest ethical and moral laws. Moses was a man of compassion, patience, humility, and great faith. He delivered the Ten Commandments which were used to regulate the social and religious life of the people. However, Moses was not permitted by God to lead the children of Israel into Canaan, the Promised Land since he disobeyed God by striking the rock with his staff for water when God asked him to speak to the rock. His simple act of disobedience cost him his entry to the Promised Land. Moses lived for 120years, died in the land of Moab, and was buried opposite Bethpeor. In this article, we will be learning some vital biblical lessons to build our lives on and what we can each take with us on our own individual journeys with the Lord.
- PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:10 “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”
One thing unique about Moses is that he has a personal, intimate, and close relationship with God. He was not fearful like the elders of Israelites to maintain a direct contact with God. As Christians, we should endeavor to build a personal and intimate relationship with God, don’t be afraid to approach God by yourself. God sent his son, Jesus to bridge the gap caused by sin and we should be willing to enter his Sanctuary without being afraid. It is never too late to establish a relationship with God and this can cause remarkable changes in our lives if we adhere to God’s calling.
- EXCELLENT AMBASSADOR OF GOD:
The life of Moses showcases an excellent representation of God. He was truly a good ambassador of God when he was on earth. Even when God punished him after his disobedience, he never left or forsook God. As Christians, we are God’s ambassador here on earth. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been given a mandate to continue from where he stops. One of the lessons from Moses was that despite all the lack, murmuring and grumbling around him by the children of the Israelites in the wilderness, he faithfully trusts in God and was loyal to him completely. We as Christians should completely depend on and have faith in God. God’s words and commandments must be always spoken by us. We must not neglect the reason for our existence on earth. Be a true ambassador for God indeed. Moses never allows negativity and pessimism to affect him, we can learn a lesson from this too. During trying times, don’t stray away from God, be his loyal representative.
- BE A GOOD INTERCESSOR: Exodus 32:11-14
Moses was with God for 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai when he was getting the 10 commandments and other basic laws while the Israelites were busy creating a golden calf as a false idol to worship, God was furious and ready to destroy them immediately, but Moses started interceding on their behalf, he pleaded to God, and this made God to change his mind not to kill them. God can be moved to answer prayer, especially one that comes from the heart. As Christians, we can stand in the gap to pray for someone else when they are weak to pray for themselves, not saved or have no real personal relationship with God. Once we have a good and personal relationship with God, we can begin to intercede for others through prayers. Such prayers can save lives, transform lives, and even alter the course of natural events. As Christians, we can talk to God, reason with him, plead with him and even persuade him to change his mind on something.
- ANOINTING TO DO EXPLOITS: Exodus 3
Moses went about arguing with God when God first met him and told him how he had been chosen to deliver the children of the Israelites from the Egyptians. He complained and gave reasons why he wasn’t fit for the work, but he forgot that fact that who God called, he was equipped with the supernatural abilities to accomplish the tasks God gave him. Likewise, we as Christians, we should realize that if God called us to do anything for him, he will anoint us with his supernatural powers to do it completely. The Holy Spirit is already there to help us every step of the way. The anointing in action has been given to every Christian to accomplish what appeared to be an impossible mission. There is nothing impossible with God, the Father.
- GOD’S DAILY PRESENCE:
During the journey in the wilderness of Moses and the Israelites, God’s daily presence was manifested in the form of clouds during the day and fire by night. They never suffer any harm. God did not just anoint Moses to do the task, he guided and led him every step of the way to get it done. God also accompanied Moses to talk to Pharaoh about letting his people go and even perform 10 powerful judgments at Pharaoh’s place to break him to release his people. Even at the parting of the red sea, God manifested his presence, and his wrath came into full manifestation on the Egyptians. God is always willing to accompany his own people and protect them if he must. If you are willing to surrender all unto him, you will get his full divine protection all the time. God can also fight all your battles too.
- DON’T DISOBEY DIRECT ORDER FROM GOD:
The saddest part of Moses’ story was that he was not allowed to go into the Promised Land because of one singular act of disobeying direct order from God. God instructed him to speak to the rock for water, but Moses ended up striking the rock twice for reasons best known to him. God places a much higher standard on Moses because he has been with God for so long to know the ways of God. To whom much is given, much more will be expected according to biblical standards. God wanted to perform a great miracle amid the Israelites, but Moses’ disobedience obstructed that. As Christians if God wants to manifest a particular miracle through you, it is better to do it as instructed by God because this is one area where you cannot question God or attempt to try and do it your own way. The consequences of doing it your way can lead to seriously jeopardizing anything else that God may want to do through you, you might lose your call, your ministry, your anointing and other blessings that God may have in store for you. In some cases, it could be a matter of your own life and death. Be careful enough because there is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is destruction.
Moses in his lifestyle was able to get some things right with God. He was able to speak with God directly, God use him to deliver the Israelites from slavery, personally receive the 10 commandments from God, showcase the physical presence of God to the people in which God showed him his back side too, and he directly teach the laws of God to the younger generation of Israelites who eventually would be the ones to enter the Promised Land. Despite him not entering the Promised Land, his story lessons are good for balanced growth as Christ as Christians.