'I want to be as holy as Moses' declared the boy with 'faithful fervor'.
Was Moses really 'holy'? What did Moses do that made him holy?
God called Moses from before he was born, and in delivering him from certain death, sent him to be raised and educated a Prince. In return, Moses committed murder, hid the body of his victim, and fled the judicial process.
Moses who for forty years had known privilege, settled down to forty years of exile, and it suited him just fine. He switched careers.
When God in the desert called Moses back to the leadership position unto which he was born, he said "No Thanks!" After considerable arm twisting by God and due consideration by Moses, Moses signed his work contract and set off back to Egypt, politely ignoring in the process, God's command to circumcise his son. His journey was almost over before it was begun. He should have paid more attention to the conditions of his calling.
The job in Egypt, as it turned out, was a little more complicated than Moses imagined, but, after calling down judgment on those who did not heed his voice, Moses and his motley crew set off for the Promised Land.
They didn't get very far before Moses discovered how ungrateful his followers could be, and over the next forty years of wandering in the wilderness, numerous things happened. For Instance:
He carelessly in a moment of anger, smashed the gift which God had given him (the tablet of the commandments); complained bitterly that God had no idea what dregs the Israelites were; tried to resign his job on several occasions; directly disobeyed orders about striking a rock; watched his right hand man compromise his authority, his dignity and his commonsense by giving into popular demand for a golden idol, and finally, as a result of his bad temper, he failed to benefit from the very thing he had led his people to over the preceding forty years - the promised land.
Moses' life was not a bed of roses. He was a rash man with a temper that made him careless. For decades his life just didn't go the way he had planned it and by the time he was content enough with his life and ready for a peaceful retirement, it was thrown into turmoil again by a pesky deity who for some reason considered him the best person for the job of 'leader'.
It sort of makes you wonder how long Moses would have lasted in one of our churches today! Would you have chosen him as a leader?
God's ways may not be our ways but his judgments tend to be accurate!
M. Wallace Johnson
Articles to date by M. Wallace Johnson
Introducing M. Wallace Johnson
Gifts of God
Prayer and Fasting