We are going to see the life of Moses one of the greatest men to ever live not because he was better than any one of us but because God chose to use him in a mighty way. Moses is one of the ones who came back and met with Jesus in what is called the Mount of Transfiguration. This is when Moses and Elijah appeared on the mountain with Jesus which was witnessed by a few of the disciples. (Matthew 17:1-8)
Moses was not just significant in the lives of the children of Israel but he also holds a high place in history among all the nations. Moses was the law giver for Israel, a writer and a soldier. His accomplishments are still talked about today among those who believe and even those who do not believe in God.
Like the circumstances of Joseph the path that God has Moses go through is not the usual path we would plan for ourselves. Although Gods plan does not make sense to us it always has a purpose and the main purpose is for people to know Him as their God.
In our society where we believe that God would never let His people suffer we miss out on the purposes and plans that God has for suffering including His own suffering on the cross.
Genesis 15:13-14 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
This means that God’s plan is on track and His timing is perfect because 400 years has come and God is ready to continue with what He has in store for the nation of Israel.
How we got here:
In Exodus 1 we see where the problem begins. If you study history and love seeing all the different kings and what was going on you can study how there were power plays and betrayals fighting to be the King. So when this Pharaoh took the throne he was already bitter by being kept from attaining the throne earlier in his life.
Exodus is history but the problem is that it did not give us enough details to date exactly when it happened and the exact Pharaoh that was in charge. There are many speculations and people have several dates in mind. Because the Bible does not give some specifics some people doubt its legitimacy of it being actual history instead of folklore. Although there is a lot to still know about the Exodus Archeology and the details in the story are proof enough. The writer was more focused on God than on all the names of the Kings because his sole purpose was to show Gods mighty power in saving His people.
Exodus 1:8-14 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us.10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites13 and worked them ruthlessly.14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
The fact that they were multiplying was a promise God gave to Abraham about his descendants being as numerous as the stars or the sand on the beach. God was fulfilling His promise to Abraham and because they were multiplying as a nation was causing the Pharaoh to become paranoid about being overtaken by them.
If we go back to the end of the book of Genesis we remember that Joseph was sold into slavery by His brothers. By Gods design Joseph went through many trials until Joseph became second in command over all of Egypt because he interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream.
It was because Joseph interpreted the dream correctly and planned accordingly that the Egyptians, the surrounding areas, as well as Josephs family were spared death through famine. Joseph and his family were loved but now a new King had forgotten the blessing that the Egyptians received because of the people of God.
Because paranoia set in, and him thinking they might turn against him if a war broke out so instead of making their lives better he made them more difficult. His first plan was to have the midwives kill every male child when they were delivered but the midwives feared God so they would not do it and God blessed them for it.
Read Exodus 2:1-10
Satan has always tried to stamp out the Jewish people because he did not want the Messiah coming to defeat him which was promised in the Garden of Eden. Satan knew that Jesus would come through a specific line of people and if you study prophecy you will see that only Jesus could fulfill the Old Testament prophecies perfectly.
The Children of Israel were Gods chosen people to bring salvation to the whole world. As you study history and even see the events of today you have to always wonder why so many hate such a small nation
1) Trust that God has a plan
To disobey our government is one thing but this meant certain death to anyone who would defy the King. Some say Moses mom did do what the government wanted because she put her child into the nile river as was commanded.
Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
Society and the government will put a lot of pressure on you to conform to their ways. The pressure to conform can be great at times and you may wonder is it worth it to fight against the accepted norms. Trusting God in the midst of the pressure, especially with your own children, can be very difficult.
Women are facing more pressure than ever to abort babies simply because there may be an issue. There have been many cases where mothers have been told to abort babies simply because the doctor thought there was a problem with the baby. Many cases have come back to show that the baby was perfectly healthy and in some cases a protegy intellectually. Even if the child is not healthy we do not know the full purposes of God allowing that child to be born into this world. (See John 9).
Some people see the evil in the world and are deciding not to have children at all. The fear of the unknown keeps them from experiencing one of the greatest gifts ever and that is raising children. By Faith we have to trust God with our children even if we do not fully understan His purpose for them.
Just because we do not understand it does not mean that He is not using it somehow.
…the Grand Weaver does weave a beautiful design albeit sometimes with strange threads.” (Ravi Zacharias, Why Suffering, pg 162)
The people were suffering and being treated harshly and before they get out of Egypt it will get worse. So the Children of God are crying out to Him and He says “don’t worry I am sending a Baby.” If you think about it in the midst of the Pharaoh killing all the male Hebrew children it does not make sense that God would send a male Hebrew baby. Not only did God send a Male Hebrew baby, He also had it raised right under the nose of Pharaoh. Only God could do something like that.
In the darkest of times God is always raising up a leader. When it seems that He has forgotten you God is at work , secretly working on delivering you.
2) You do not have to know the whole plan
When you are in a crisis situation many times you do not know what to do so you just take one day at a time. When Moses was hidden by his mother she did not have a long term plan and after several months had to come up with another plan. When we begin worrying about all the details of what and how things are going to work out then we will not act at all.
At this point she could no longer hold onto Him so she made a basket and put him in it. It would have been a basket that was coated with some of the Nile mud which created a water tight seal. Coating a lid on top would have also insulated the basket to keep the baby from getting burnt by the sun. Many see this as a parallel to the Ark that Noah built because the language is similar to the story in Genesis.
Did she know that the daughter of Pharaoh bathed there? Maybe, we are not told. Some believe that there was a fenced off area for her so that she would not have to worry about crocodiles and that was were Moses mom placed him amongst the reeds so that he was positioned just right to be seen.
Again, she did not know the whole plan of God at this time but she did what she thought was best and trusted God for the results. She was not sure what would happen to her baby and there was still a possibility of Moses being killed.
My dad was a contractor and so as a young man I would go to work with him as we built houses. One of the things he alway pulled out was a set of plans that were large and usually had many pages attached to them. I could not understand one thing on the plan so I would just wait for him to tell me what to do. Although it did not make sense to me I would do what I was supposed to do and by the time the house was built it all made sense.
It is the same way with God because we will never understand the whole plan so we just need to do what we know we are supposed to. At the end of time when we get to Heaven it will all make sense. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
If you are making big decisions for your life, you have to realize that you have a loving Father who is watching over you.Pray, Seek His will, Seek wise counsel from other Christians but then place that decision in a basket and push it out there. God will guide you one step at a time. Psalm 119:105 is clear that Gods word will light your path enough to see the next step you should take.
Moses name means “To draw out’ in Hebrew and “Son” in Egyptian. His name would fulfill the promise that God made when He said he would draw His people out of Egypt later.
Moses mother not only saw her baby saved but was also paid to nurse him and train him up. Who would have known that not only was her baby saved but that she would be paid to raise her child? Only God can do things like this and that is why we need to trust Him because He can do things that we would never believe could happen.
3) The plan replaces death for life
The very place where many male children were being thrown into was the very place that Moses was saved. Just like the cross seems to lead to death it actually brought life. The place you are going that you think is going to kill you is the very place God is taking you to give you life.
Trusting God with your children is very difficult. Moses mother took all the precautions she could take and yet still had to send him out. Every one of us has to launch our children into the unknown and we must also follow God into the unknown.
Psychologist will tell you the early years of a child’s development are crucial. God knew that Moses would learn his faith from His mother but only for a few short years and then he would be raised as an Egyptian. The short amount of time she had with Moses was crucial for her to pass on the faith. We need to see our time with our children the same way. Our children are going to face dangers and trials and it is our job to raise them so they can stand the trials.
You never know the difference your child will make so make a difference in your child
Someone had to be Moses Parents. Someone had to be Billy Grahams parents. Many Christian praise Tim Tebow for living out his faith in public but his faith was passed down by His parents. They were radically sold out for Christ and that was instilled in their son.
Are you willing to be a parent that is sold out for Christ so that your children see it and will one day live it?
God has a plan but:
Do you trust God through the dark times of your life?
Can you trust that He has a plan even when it seems He’s forgotten you?
God has a plan and you can be a part of it if you just learn to walk by faith and trust Him. Never dread the crocodile infested waters of the unknown because it is there you will find God.