Saturday, December 26, 2015

I heard You in the desert,
saw the plagues in Egypt’s midst,
felt the tug of good and evil
from within the Pharaoh’s heart;
yet I who witnessed all these things,
cannot comprehend Your deeds.

I saw pursuing warriors,
heard their cries of utter hate,
then safely crossed the dry Red Sea
which brought but death to Egypt’s proud;
yet I who witnessed all these things,
cannot comprehend Your acts.

I tasted manna rained from heaven,
implemented Your great laws,
drank flowing water from a rock
which represented Christ;
yet I who witnessed all these things,
cannot comprehend Your ways.

I, who through these many years
have seen Your wondrous deeds,
am overwhelmed by Your great acts,
am amazed by who You art;
Almighty God, You’ve just begun
to show me Your great self!
                               M. Robbins

     When you think of Moses, your spirit probably is struck with great wonderment upon all he saw, did and accomplished as a prophet of God.
     In fact under the Egyptian law, Moses shouldn’t have even lived past birth, because any Hebrew baby boy was to have been put to death by the attending midwife.  Exod 1:17 states - “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”
     So as we look back upon the life of Moses, we see a man who escaped death at birth, was considered a “son” of the Pharaoh’s daughter and was raised in court luxury.  We know that when Moses was 40 he killed an Egyptian who was hitting a fellow Hebrew and shortly afterward Moses fled for his life from the wrath of Pharaoh.  He lived away from court for 40 years.
     But hundreds of years earlier God had made a covenant to Abram as recorded in Gen 15:13-14 - “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”
     And since Moses was the man God had chosen to fulfill His covenant.....when the time came, God finally spoke to Moses and sent him back to Egypt.  Exod 12:40-41 states - “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.”
     Today, we would say that Moses was THE MAN FOR THE OCCASION.  But for Moses and for all the other Hebrews, everything had just begun.
     All.......all that Moses went through the next 40 years was a time of testing, trials, endurance, joys, and triumphs and the Bible records some of those experiences.
     But everything.......yes, everything that Moses experienced in the workings of God, he summed up in a few brief words of amazement, awe and anticipation of God, Himself.  In Deut 3:24, towards the end of his life, Moses wrote - “O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?”
     So whenever you consider the life of Moses, go ahead and be in awe of all he experienced and accomplished as a prophet of God.  But be sure to put things in their proper place.
     Though mighty and great, Moses was still just a servant of God.
     And God?  Well, the great I AM, the God of whom nothing is impossible, the God who blots out our transgressions, the God who inhabits eternity......this same God had just begun to show Moses His greatness and His might!
     And this God in 1 Cor 12:6 - “is the same God which worketh all in all.”
     May you know His greatness and His might for all eternity!     
                                                                                                                                                M. Robbins 

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