Why did God speak directly to Moses i.e. face to face and not through dreams; plainly and not in dark sayings? Numbers 12:6-9 tells us that this is because Moses was "faithful in all His house." Sounds deep right? But what does this mean?
25 things you probably didn’t know about Moses 🤓
Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness in the land of Midian before God called him to his life's mission. What on earth was he doing during all those years? How did he cope with going from being a prince in the most powerful country on earth to living life as a shepherd in the wilderness? What prepared him for this experience and what was God doing in Moses' life to prepare him for the mission ahead? Over the past few months, I've been studying a Bible guide on being in the crucible with Christ. Last week, I was studying about meekness in the life of Moses and got inspired to study his life a little closer, particularly his life before he received the calling that defined his life on earth and in death. As you might know, I only write when inspired to, and I thought my findings this time around were too interesting not to share. Happy reading!
The Midianites – who were they? 🤓
Studying the history of the Midianites through the pages of the Bible reveals some interesting facts. Most fascinating is that they were almost annihilated by Moses who had married one of them (Zipporah) and had lived with them for 40 years while he was in exile. For Moses, he must have found it really hard to war against his wife’s own people, slaying their kings and rulers as well as people. You may be surprised at the number of other things the Bible tells us about these people:
Why God allows “the wilderness” and the importance of responding correctly while in it
God didn’t intend for the Israelites to spend 40 years wandering in the Wilderness. In fact, God thought them ready to possess the promised land within 2 years of leaving Egypt. But right at the border of receiving the promise, the people succumbed to fear, rebelling against God, disobeying Him and lacking faith to step forward. Oh what a shame - right at the border! In God’s eyes, this was an exceedingly great sin and not only were the people who doubted destroyed, but the people were made to wander in the desert for another 38 years. 😞
Echoes from the wilderness: The cloud and pillar of fire. ☁️🔥
Why did the cloud and pillar of fire keep moving all over the place during the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness? Studying it, I found that in our wilderness seasons, God tells us when to move and when to stop. Whether it was two days, a month or a year that the cloud/fire remained static, the Israelites also remained in place and did not journey. Each movement or stopping was done at the command of the Lord. (Num 9:23). Better said, the wilderness period is intentional of God and His children must root themselves in Him so they know the reason for the season and what to do therein.
God moves as we move! 😁
One of the questions we often ask as we go through life is what should I be doing right now? For example, we could be believing God for something and we have such tremendous faith that we see the vision so clearly. The question then becomes what should we be doing in the interim? Pray, fast and just watch? Looking at a series of examples in the Bible, what is clear is that God often comes to people when they’re in an active state. In other words, they’re not simply lying idle and sucking their thumbs.
The ten commandments existed before God wrote them for Moses
Genesis 26:5 Amazing! God’s laws/commandments existed even before they were finger-written and handed down to Moses. Those holy, perfect, eternal and unchanging laws of His kingdom 🙌🏾🙏🏾😇 One has to wonder why God subsequently saw it fit to write them down, on tablets of stone. It’s probably because the Israelites had forgotten them after living … Continue reading The ten commandments existed before God wrote them for Moses
Does God overlook small sins? Why did God intend to kill Moses before he’d even begun his rescue mission of the Israelites? 🤔
Acts 17:30-31; Exodus 4:24-26; Genesis 17:9-14 Once upon a long time ago, God winked at the ignorance of men; but now, He calls all to repent because judgement is at hand and His word is with us (Acts 17:30-31). There is no more room for excuse. Moses experience with God shows how serious God is … Continue reading Does God overlook small sins? Why did God intend to kill Moses before he’d even begun his rescue mission of the Israelites? 🤔
The ‘how’ is just as important to God as the doing of His instructions
The ‘how’ is just as important to God as the doing of His instructions. Continuing willfully in sin after receiving the truth is abusing God’s grace and there are significant consequences. 🙅🏾♂️
So many river splitting miracles in the Bible…
Exodus 14:21-22; 26-28; Joshua 3:13-17; 2 Kings 2:8; 2 Kings 2:14 So many river splitting miracles in the Bible: Moses split the Red Sea; Joshua with the ark split the River Jordan to enter Jericho; Elijah split the River Jordan after leaving Jericho before being whisked to heaven 🌪; Elisha also split the River Jordan … Continue reading So many river splitting miracles in the Bible…