A Character Study of Moses

by Joanna Pierce on April 14, 2016

And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel (Deuteronomy 34:10–12, KJV).

Background

Deuteronomy 34:10–12 quite simply, is God’s high-level summary of the man Moses. Moses was a man who drew close to God. And, because of it, God used him to do an awesome work.

God shaped Moses’s life all through his upbringing—he attended Egyptian schools until about 20 years of age and then was activity in a military career (Acts 7:22). God used the natural circumstances in Moses’s life to prepare him for ministry.

Moses had a heart to do something when he saw the affliction of his brethren. He didn’t handle a situation in accordance with God’s will (Exodus 2:11–12), but God still had a plan for him. While Moses fled to the backside of the desert (Exodus 2:16) he was still open to hearing from God. When he saw the burning bush, he was curious enough about God to draw close to Him (Exodus 3:2–3). Because Moses drew close to the Lord, God was able to talk with him.

Moses’ Objections

When the Lord spoke with Moses and told him he was the chosen vessel to lead Israel out of bondage from Pharaoh (Exodus 3:9), Moses had three objections. His objections are all excuses we all have made when the Lord has called us to do a work for Him.

Who Me?

Moses’ immediate response to the Lord’s call was, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11, KJV). Moses knew that he wasn’t anything compared to the Lord’s greatness and power, but God sought him out to use him because he realized his inadequacy (Numbers 12:13).

God is always looking to do a work through frail and meek people. God can do more through human frailty than pride; He can’t focus people on His will who are too focused on themselves. God told Moses alone he wouldn’t do anything, but with God he would accomplish something (Exodus 3:12). God wants to use people who will give Him the glory. We cannot be interested in making a name for ourselves.

No Faith

Moses was concerned that if he went to the Nation of Israel, they wouldn’t believe he was called to lead them out of bondage. God told Moses the people would listen to him and would obey his voice (Exodus 3:18). The perception of others cannot persuade our obedience to the Lord and following our calling in Him.

God began to minister to Moses through a common item that helped him get through the day—a shepherd’s rod. God instructed Moses to throw down the item (rod) that most likely supported him and was something he leaned on throughout the day (Exodus 4:3). God wanted Moses to learn dependence on Him and not on something tangible. God changed the rod into a snake signifying He would perform the miraculous in Moses’s life if he would empty himself and allow God to take dominion (Exodus 4:3). When we put something down at the feet of Jesus, He will always replace it with something new (II Corinthians 5:17). When we use what God has given us, we will see supernatural results!

Not Equipped

Moses’ last excuse was that he wasn’t a great speaker (Exodus 4:10). But, God told Him, “Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11, KJV). God would be with His mouth and would tell him what to say to the people and to Pharaoh (Exodus 4:12). God didn’t ask Moses to complete the task—He asked Moses to be available so God could work through Him. If we allow God to flow through us, we will be effective in His kingdom. We need to get rid of the “I can’t” mentality and realize “He can.”

God will always surround us with resources and people who will help us complete a work for Him. He will not allow us to fail! We all have a spiritual purpose, and God has chosen and called each and every one of us to do a work for Him (I Peter 2:9).

Getting Close to Jesus

Moses was only able to complete signs and wonders because he was close to God (Deuteronomy 34:10). Because Moses was close to God, he heard God ‘s voice (Numbers 12:8)—others only saw the affects and direction of God. We need to evaluate our spiritual walk today and determine what we’re missing because we’re not close enough to God.

If we become close to God, we will become like Him. Moses was a type of the One who would come, Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 18:15). Moses pointed to what Jesus would be; he’s the only character to whom Christ likened Himself (John 5:46). Jesus was faithful to God just as Moses was faithful in his service (Hebrews 3:1–5). If we come close to God, we’ll adopt the Spirit of Christ (Philippians 2:5). Once we have His mindset, we can serve people the way that Jesus did. Then, God can say that He knows us face-to-face, just like Moses.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on April 13, 2016