THE LIFE OF MOSES
Of the great multitude of men who have lived on the Earth the life of Moses stands as the supreme testimony of the
power of GOD to save from sin and the grave. This one man, raised up by the LORD of heaven established a foothold of GOD’S
salvation in the Earth that Satan and all his minions among demons and men could not extinguish.
Let’s take a brief review of the life of Moses and the moral standard GOD established through him that will carry
to the end of the age of sin in the Earth.
Being raised in the house of pharaoh Moses was given every benefit a man could receive in this world: the best education
available, the prestige of living in pharaoh’s household, and a future position at the right hand of pharaoh, just as
Joseph stood, centuries before. But his passion against the injustices of slavery imposed on his Hebrew family led him to
commit murder against a certain cruel and abusive Egyptian. The law of Egypt demanded the death-sentence against Moses, so
“Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian” (Ex.2;15). For forty years Moses lived
in the wilderness of Midian. There he raised a family and was a shepherd over “the flock of Jethro” (Ex.3:1).
Although this way of life may seem drab and uneventful to most, this life was the perfect education to teach invaluable lessons
to prepare Moses for the long journey he was soon to take in leading the children of Israel. The same method of GOD’S
training for leadership is seen in the life of David in the lessons he learned watching over his father’s sheep. So,
those of us in low standing in our society should not be discouraged. Historically, it has been those who are viewed as the
least who became great men and women, having received some the finest blessings and encouragement from the LORD.
GOD’S great providence coordinated the
timing of Moses’ readiness to receive the call of GOD with the time when Egypt’s brim of iniquity was reached,
and demanded heaven’s intervention to put an end to the abuse. The LORD could now send Moses to deliver the Hebrew children
from the brutal slavery in Egypt.
before pharaoh, Moses spoke: “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me
in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD,
neither will I let Israel go.” Ex.5:1,2.
GOD’S first request of Pharaoh was to allow the Hebrew family of Abraham to take a mere three-day weekend, after
which time they would return to serve Pharaoh (Ex.3:16-20). GOD never intended the permanent departure of the Hebrews from
Egypt, which would cause economic and social ruin, but rather designed to win all of Egypt to His Gospel through the humble
servitude of His nation Israel. But “Pharaoh hardened his heart.” Ex.8:32. This one man determined the fate of
a whole nation. GOD, knowing the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart, even warned Pharaoh that if he would not allow the Hebrews
to take their “three days journey into the wilderness” (Ex.3:18; 5:3; 8:27) that He would cause the death of all
the firstborn of Egypt, [which occurred in the tenth and final plague of Egypt, even before the first plague began (Ex.4:22,23)].
Nine miraculous plagues took place, with each reminding Pharaoh of GOD’S first warning of the deaths of all the firstborn.
But Pharaoh lived his life without the discipline of humility; therefore his pride would not allow him to see GOD’S
intended blessing to the people of Egypt: the very people he claimed with pride to be responsible for. And once Pharaoh determined
to never free the Hebrew slaves
under his rule, the nation of Egypt had passed the point of no return. It was then the LORD led the children
of Israel to permanently leave Egypt and guide them to the Promised Land. And Pharaoh’s pursuit of them led him to perish
along with all who followed him in his determination (Ps.136:15).
After this amazing display of GOD’S power to deliver from all enemies, Moses led the children of Israel to Mount
Sinai, where “the LORD” wrote with His own finger the eternal law that rules the heavens. Within the Law of GOD
is seen His character. This is the Law that established utopian perfection in the beginning of GOD’S creation. This
same Law even commanded “the Son of God” to come and save the human family from the inevitable extinction that
sin’s dominion is ushering! GOD did not step outside the boundaries of His Sacred Law in the salvation of man. On the
contrary, it is within the boundaries of His Law that provides His jurisdiction to save. And those who stand outside of GOD'S
Holy Law, the devil claims as his.
churches seem to walk as blind men to the verse that declares Jesus as the One Who Inscribed the Ten Commandments with His
own finger, as it is written: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.”
Jn.8:58. “And the LORD [I AM] said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon
these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” “And he gave unto Moses, when he had
made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”
Ex.34:1; 31:18. The Ten Commandments were written by none other than “the Son of God.” It was He “Who, being
in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” (Phil.2:6). Jesus said it plain enough: “I and
my Father are One.” Jn.10:30.
the Voice of “the LORD” spoke the Sacred Ten Commandment Law from Sinai to the children of Israel. His preamble
applies to all who stand in the bondage and slavery of sin: “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy
God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Therefore, “Thou shalt not…”
Ex.20:1,2. First came the deliverance. Then came the call to righteousness. The Apostle Paul complimented this principle:
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…God commendeth his love toward
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom.5:6-8. The call to faith in Christ’s salvation
comes first. And through faith in Christ the Holy Spirit comes into the life to strengthen, guide and comfort the soul living
in a sinful world and prepare that soul for the community of heaven when Jesus comes for His bride.
As the Sacred Law was spoken, GOD’S display of power to
save and His warning to abstain from sin had to be carried to the very citadel of the souls of the children of Israel. Holy
angels were there and protected the children of Israel from devils’ temptations while GOD spoke His Sacred Law to the
great congregation. A host of heaven’s angels formed over the congregation. Oh, if only eyes could’ve seen that
living cathedral in the event that took place that day. But to establish and fortify faith in GOD and His Christ has always
been necessary to succeed in one’s salvation, as Peter said, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing
of Jesus Christ.” I Pet.1:7.
came the ‘proving ground’ for the children of Israel. Many among them were there not because of the leading of
the Spirit of the LORD in their lives but only for the enthusiasm of the movement that led to Israel’s deliverance.
But when temptation came their characters were unstable and unable to resist the ploys of Satan and they became the first
to murmur and threaten. Forty years Moses patiently led the children of Israel. The Spirit of kindness, longsuffering and
wisdom attended Moses in all that he said and did. Even at Sinai when the children of Israel went right back to worshipping
the traditional golden calf of Egypt as their god, Moses stood in the breach and interceded before the LORD: “Yet now,
if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” Ex.32:32.
This is the only hyphen in all of Scripture: the pause of pleading tears that turned the heart of the LORD to spare them for
Moses’ sake. Throughout the Scriptures we see the LORD blessing the many for the sake of the one. And the pinnacle example
of this is seen with Jesus as our "high priest" standing before "Our Father which art in heaven," interceding
for those who look to Him for their righteousness.
Sin is the cancer that plagues the Earth. And throughout history, great men and women have stood in the gap to intercede
for others. This intercession is necessary because Satan, “the prince of this world” holds the dominion of Earth,
and as such, it is only through the prayers of GOD’S faithful children that gives GOD the right to step in and overrule
the purposes of Satan. And Christ is the Supreme Advocate to overrule the enemy’s jurisdiction, as He said, “In
the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Jn.16:33).
But then came the day when Moses sinned before the
people. GOD had to now show the children of Israel what their constant whining, complaining, condemning, bickering, and selfish
rants against GOD and his servant Moses had done. Moses was to be laid to rest in the grave. But this was to draw remorse
and humility from the children of Israel for their incessant iniquitous behavior throughout those many years in the wilderness.
Moses said to them: “Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan,
and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” Deut.4:21.
Moses was not allowed to enter the
inheritance because of his one sin provoked by an amazingly and relentlessly disobedient people (Ex.16:2). “And Moses
went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD
shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of
Judah, unto the utmost sea, And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And
the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto
thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the LORD
died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he [“the LORD,” personally,] buried him
in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. And Moses was an
hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. And the children of Israel wept
for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.” Deut.34:1-8.
But GOD would not leave His beloved
Moses in the grave (Jude 9). Immediately the LORD called Moses from the grave—to be at His side, and see the plan of
salvation unfold through the coming centuries. Moses and those resurrected with Jesus are the archetypes of the vast throng
who will be raised from the grave at Christ’s second coming.
If there was one man in those days in whom you could place your trust, it was the man, Moses. All were safe in his