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Monday, January 5, 2015

Moses to the Rescue

God used Moses when he was a shepherd, God didn't use Moses when he was confident and powerful
Moses saw himself as a rescuer (Exodus 2:11-25)

He killed an Egyptian while rescuing a Hebrew slave and had to flee for his life.

When he reached Midian, his first act was to rescue Reuel's daughters (including his future wife) from bully shepherds.

 But the years that followed changed Moses. He lost his self-confidence.  

God could have used the confident young Moses, Pharaoh's adopted grandson. He was bold and self-assured. He had a position of power and influence.

But God used the elderly, fearful shepherd Moses, the "nobody" who no longer imagined himself a rescuer (Exodus 4:1-17).* 


We choose leaders who are confident in themselves, confident in their abilities, those with good self-images, who believe they can do anything they set their minds to do. We choose them and try to emulate them.

But God waited until Moses was drained of his own self-confidence so he could place his confidence in God (1 Peter 5:6).  May we make that our goal as well.

* God rebuked Moses for his excuses at the burning bush, but he wasn't trying to make Moses believe in himself. He was trying to make Moses believe in Him.

Bible Study

1. What does Jesus say about our ability to do great things?

John 15:4-5: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

2. What does Paul say about his abilities?

1 Corinthians 2:1-5: When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

3. What key insights are found in these two passages?

1 Peter 5:5b-6:  All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 

Numbers 12:3: Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.
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All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted
Insights
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1. What does Jesus say about our ability to do great things?

John 15:4-5: Only when we do things in His strength and in His will do we do anything of value. Jesus makes this perfectly clear in this passage.

2. What does Paul say about his abilities?


1 Corinthians 2:1-5: Paul makes it clear that he is merely a messenger. The Message is the value and power behind his work. It's interesting (in light of Moses' excuses) that Paul specifically says it isn't "eloquence" or "wise and persuasive words" that matter. 

3. What key insights are found in these two verses?

1 Peter 5:5b-6:  God values humility and uses men who are humble.

Numbers 12:3: Imagine this! God's Word says Moses was more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. That's the kind of leader God wants!
copyright, 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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