If you were blessed to have your name mentioned in the Bible, what would be said about you? What impression would people have as they read what the Holy Spirit revealed about an aspect of your life? Would the information given make your family proud and inspire faithfulness to God? Or, would it be embarrassing and be used in sermons about how one ought not to behave?
Throughout the Bible we are given examples of both. Sometimes the Bible says nothing but good about an individual (see Samuel, Daniel, and Nehemiah). Other times an individual is mentioned only to help us learn from their unrighteous behavior (see Nabal, Judas, Ananias and Sapphira).
One particular person to have some of the most commendable words spoken about them in the scriptures is Moses.
Moses was one of the most important people to ever walk on this earth. He was born into the world during a time when Israelite male babies were being murdered by the Egyptians (Exodus 1:22). Through His providence, God made a way for Moses to survive this massacre and actually be raised by the daughter of Pharaoh (Exodus 2:1-10). God wanted Moses’ life to be spared because He would have some important work for him to do in the future.
Moses lived to be 120 years old. His life story can be broken down into three distinct parts,
- For the first 40 years he grew up in Egypt as a son of Pharaoh’s daughter (Hebrews 11:24). During this time he became learned and acquainted in the ways of the Egyptians.
- Due to him killing an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave, Moses was forced to flee from Egypt and spend the next forty years of his life as a shepherd in the land of Midian (Exodus 2:11-25). This would prepare him to shepherd God’s people later.
- Once Moses turned 80, God miraculously called him to go back to Egypt and deliver His people (the Hebrews) from slavery (Exodus 3). Although he was reluctant, Moses obeyed God. He went before Pharaoh several times speaking the message of God. After a series of plagues sent by God throughout the land, Pharaoh was forced to release the Hebrews. For the next forty years Moses would serve as deliverer and leader of Israel.
The significance of Moses in Bible history cannot be overstated. Not only did God use him to deliver His people from hundreds of years of slavery, but he was also a counselor, judge, and lawgiver for Israel. He wrote the first five books of the Bible (John 1:17; 7:19, 23; Luke 16:29; 24:44). He was a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15). He is mentioned in almost 80 verses in the New Testament!
Many good things can be said about Moses, but probably none any better than these three that have been preserved in the scriptures.
- So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. – Exodus 33:11
- But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel. – Deuteronomy 34:10-12
- By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. – Hebrews 11:24-26
If you had your life story preserved in the Bible, would you want the things said about Moses also said about you? Would you want it said that you were a friend of God? Would you want it said that you were a person of faith? Would you want it said that you sacrificed worldly rewards to follow God?
Moses’ story is finished. But yours is still being written. Live for the Lord and ensure it reads well for you on the Judgment Day.
– Shawn Jeffries