Born in Egypt, Moses is beautiful in God’s eyes. He experiences the best of worldly knowledge, power and riches as well as spiritual power and riches yet remains most humble in all the earth.
- To understand God’s preparation ground for Moses:
- In his family
- In the palace
- In the wilderness
- To understand humility and its benefits
- To apply humility in our lives
- Palacial Training – (first forty)
- Providential Training – (next forty)
- Purposeful Living – (last forty)
Beautiful in God’s sight
Acts 7:20 At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in the sight of God.
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.
Heb 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
Acts 7:22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.
Point to Ponder
Why does Moses tell God he cannot speak when Acts 7 records that he is “mighty in words and deeds”?
Acts 7:27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 At this retort Moses fled, and became an exile in the land of Midian..
Palacial Training – The Choice
Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Palacial Training – The Choice
Hebrews 11:26 He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
Moses was chosen to be trained in the cradle of the most powerful nation – as prince. He was:
- Chosen by God
- Chosen by the King’s daughter
- Chose God over the King
Acts 7:35 “This Moses whom they refused, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ God sent as both ruler and deliverer by the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush
Providential Training – A Shepherd’s heart
Interestingly similar to David
Ps 78:70-73 “He chose David, his servant
Handpicked him from his work in the sheep pens
One day he was caring for the ewes and their lambs,
The next day God had him shepherding Jacob
His people Israel his prize possession
His good heart made him a good shepherd
He guided the people wisely and well”
At the end of God’s training Moses learnt:
- How to care like a shepherd
- Humility – became “the most humble person on earth” (Num 12:3)
- Unconditional Obedience
- Unconditional Faith
“With great power comes great responsibility”
Moses was ready to:
- Successfully deliver a nation in the most dramatic Exodus the world has ever known through circumstances the world has never seen.
- Be the voice of God to a rebellious nation.
Acts 7:36 He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea…39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods to go before us….
Moses Held the miracle rod
He wielded the greatest power and yet he remained….
- Most humble before God
- Inspite of greatest wealth of the world
- Inspite of greatest power of God
Numbers 12:3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.
- Till the end, he had all faculties intact.
- God himself buried him..
- He appeared with Elijah at the transfiguration on the promised land.
- Palacial Training – The Protected Years (first forty)
- Providential Training – The Rejected Years (next forty)
- Purposeful Living – The Elected Years – (last forty)
- What is true humility? Define it in your own words.
- Humility is tied to your identity. Discuss/ Enact scenario/s of how even when humiliated you can react in confident manner, and maintain humility. You may contrast it with pride.
- Did Moses’s punishment of not being able to enter the promised land strengthen his humility? Discuss.
- Reflect on Miriam’s journey from proactive sister to ambitious leader. What can we learn?