Moses. Now there’s a man I can sympathize with.
By God’s providence and his mother’s desperation, he was raised by an enemy who sought to kill him at birth.
Moses was angry at the injustice done towards his native people even though he did not suffer it himself. He left a life of comfort, power, and luxury to be a desert dweller out of anger and fear and remained there until God called him back to the enemy’s camp, er, uh, his adoptive family, forty years later.
Moses was a deliverer, a leader, and, well, a hot-head. None the less, when I think of Moses the thing I always consider most is the great difficulty he faced throughout life as belonging to both Egypt and Israel, yet being so often rejected by both. How hard it must have been for Moses to leave the only family he ever knew out of love for the family he did not. How difficult it must have been for him to confront a family of would-be friends repeatedly on behalf of a family who often made him the enemy.
What can a man do when his own people do not trust him and he has obediently forsaken those whom God calls him not to trust? Little wonder why Moses was an angry man.
He was rejected by everyone – one group because he did right and the other because he would not do wrong. On a human level, Moses couldn’t win.
I feel you, brother. Sometimes trusting God and doing his will makes you the most unpopular person in the world. Doubtless Jesus can relate to this dilemma.
The good news is, Jesus won. Moses won. Despite the opposition, both accomplished God’s sovereign will.
Moses successfully led Israel out of Egypt and to the brink of the promised land. This journey is known as the Exodus. I will be spending the better part of the next year – if not longer – with Moses. I hope you’ll join me as I trace my way through the stubbornness of we people of God and out of the enemy’s enslavement by nothing less than God’s great mercy coupled with his provision of a strong, obedient leader.