Moses Moments

4 Crossroads in Moses’ Life – and Ours

1. Impatience disasters

“When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.
Acts 7:23 (NIV)

He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian.
Acts 7:24 (NIV)

Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
Acts 7:25 (NIV)

The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’
Acts 7:26 (NIV)

“But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?
Acts 7:27 (NIV)

Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
Acts 7:28 (NIV)

When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
Acts 7:29 (NIV)

2. Inadequacy challenges

“Who am I, Lord?”
“No, Moses.  Who am I?”

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
Exodus 3:7 (NIV)

So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
Exodus 3:8 (NIV)

And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Exodus 3:9 (NIV)

So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Exodus 3:10 (NIV)

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Exodus 3:11 (NIV)

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Exodus 3:12 (NIV)

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
Exodus 3:13 (NIV)

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”
Exodus 3:14 (NIV)

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
Exodus 4:10 (NIV)

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Exodus 4:11 (NIV)

Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Exodus 4:12 (NIV)

3. Eternity choices

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Hebrews 11:24 (NIV)

He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Hebrews 11:25 (NIV)

He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Hebrews 11:26 (NIV)

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)

4. Decisive surrender

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Exodus 4:1 (NIV)

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
Exodus 4:2 (NIV)

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.
Exodus 4:3 (NIV)

Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
Exodus 4:4 (NIV)

So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
Exodus 4:20 (NIV)