Moses Part 1

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 1

BACKGROUND, BIRTH and CHILDHOOD

BACKGROUND

God created man in His own image and likeness to be in love with Him and subjection to Him, and to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. (Gen.1: 26-28) But as soon as man fell in sin (Gen.3) the glory of God departed from man, and man was disqualified for the purpose for which he was created. (Rom.3: 23) So the incumbent ruler, Satan continued to hold the scepter, and have dominion over the whole world. (2Cor.4: 4, Matt.4: 8,9, John 12: 31)

After about 2000 years the God of glory appeared to one man Abraham. (Acts.7: 2,3) God wanted to make him a channel through which the whole of mankind will be blessed and be brought back into the original purpose for which man was created.

At that time Abraham and his family served other gods. And God took Abraham from beyond the River (Josh.24: 3,4) out of Ur of the Chaldeans in Mesopotamia to go and posses the land of Canaan and also to inherit the 7-fold blessings of Gen.12: 1-3. Abraham believed God and obeyed. Abraham’s grandson Jacob had 12 sons. One of those 12 sons was Joseph, who was sold into Egypt by his brethren because of envy. Later Joseph became the governor over Egypt. When there was a severe famine in all the lands, Joseph called all his kindred into Egypt. According to God’s providential plan the children of Israel were in Egypt, and God increased them abundantly and made them exceedingly mighty.

BIRTH

After Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation, there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and fight against us. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. Then Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, “Every son that is born, you shall cast into the river to the end they might not live.” In such a time Moses was born, and was exceedingly fair, and was hidden and nourished up in his father’s house three months. And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7: 19-22)

FAMILY

Moses was from the tribe of Levi. Levi was the third son of Jacob. Levi had 3 sons, Gershon, Kohath and Merari. And Amram was one of the sons of Kohath. Amram took Jochebed to his wife and she bore Miriam, Aaron and Moses. (Exo. 6: 16-20) Miriam must be at least 10 or 12 years elder to Moses and Aaron was 3 years older than Moses was. (Exo. 7: 7)

LESSONS

We learn the following lessons from the matters related to the birth and childhood of Moses.

1) It is mentioned 3 times in the Scriptures that Moses was exceedingly beautiful. (Exo. 2: 2, Acts 7: 20, Heb.11: 23) The original words used in these portions imply that Moses was beautiful before God. How can we be found beautiful before God? We were originally created in the image and likeness of God. But our beauty was marred by sin. But our Lord Jesus Christ who became our substitute on the cross of Calvary took upon Himself all our defilement and suffered our punishment and His appearance and form was marred more than any man. (Isa.52: 14, 53: 2) Now, if we receive Him as our personal Saviour and also examine ourselves continuously in the light of His Word, and submit to His will, we will be transformed day by day into His glorious image and beauty. (Rom.12: 1,2, 1Cor.3: 18, 2Cor.4: 16, Col.3: 10)

2) The more the people were afflicted the more abundantly they grew and exceeded in might. When we, as the children of God, pass through sufferings and afflictions in this world we can still rejoice. We know that sufferings will bring greater blessings to us. The Psalmist says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psa.119: 71) Job said, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job23: 10) In 1Peter 4: 12,13 we are exhorted to rejoice while passing through fiery trials. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” We have great reward in heaven when we patiently endure tribulations, which come to us because of our faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5: 11,12) When the New Testament believers were persecuted, they were scattered. Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word. (Acts 8: 4) And the word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12: 24)

3) God cares for His chosen people in wonderful ways. The provisions for the nourishment of Moses came from that very same house of Pharaoh from which there was a command to cast all the male children into the river and kill them. This was the unfathomable providential care bestowed on Moses by God. The house, which should have destroyed Moses, now bestowed upon him great care and nourishment and extraordinary training to make him the king of that country. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7: 22)

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