Could you imagine one day sitting at home with people, who have accepted you into your family as one of their own, and suddenly God is telling you to fight your sibling for the freedom of a family you never really knew. It’s hard to imagine it in today’s world. Even writing it I’m questioning if I’m even going about this correctly, it hardly sounds right. Yet, it really happened, and I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to do it.
Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, and he was treated as if he were family. He grew up with a brother, who eventually became Pharaoh himself, and I can only imagine that he was treated as an Egyptian. Though apparently, killing someone beating up one of the slaves was a huge line he crossed. In my mind, it was an accident, but I also grew up watching the Dreamworks version.
Anyway, after that whole murder, he ran away to a nearby country called Midian, and after marrying one of the women there, he met God in the form of a burning bush. I’m not sure what God’s fascination with fire was at the time, because he later also becomes a pillar of fire. Anyway, this is the part where God tells Moses, “Hey, the old Pharaoh died, there’s a new one, it’s your brother. Also, you’re adopted, you’re really an Israelite. You will probably have to fight your brother, but it’s not gonna be some epic WWE style brawl, we’re not savages. Let’s beat him with a stick instead.” Moses said, “Okay, but they won’t listen. I grew up Egyptian, you know, and I’m also an Israelite, like you said, so…kind of a tough spot, you know. You should choose someone else.” God said, “Fine, I’ll turn it into a snake! I’ll perform a bunch of signs when he refuses you.” Moses said, “I don’t talk well.” God said, “Just go.” And this is when the plagues happen!
Somewhere along the way, Moses gathered courage, and even after he was refused multiple times by Pharaoh, he continued to pester him about letting the Jewish people go free. He wasn’t afraid of the whispers later on in Exodus even. Moses went through a lot in a short amount of time.
This is, of course, a very simplistic version, and Moses would have to go through a lot of challenges, including not being able to step into the land God promised to the people. However, in each and every one Moses gathered courage to argue with even God! I don’t think a lot of people would do that.
A lot of us fear a lot of things that won’t hurt us. No, I’m not talking about anxiety either, it’s just a fear that was somehow instilled into us. Okay, maybe a little bit of this is about anxiety. Sure he even threw a few temper tantrums too.
God isn’t afraid or even disappointed by our anger or our failures, it’s hard to disappoint God. In truth, He knows we’ll stumble and fall, and He knows we’ll argue. He still guides us. He still stands by us even when it feels like He’s not there. Even when we don’t feel at peace, and we don’t hear him when we pray, and even when we forget He’s there.
Moses led a mass exodus out of Egypt. God isn’t expecting any of us to do that…I hope not, anyway. He is expecting us to trust that what’s on the other side of the desert is really something better. Whatever better might mean to you.
For me ‘better’ is finding a job, the ‘desert’ is the depression and anxiety about being jobless. I have to trust that there’s something out there for me, and in the meantime I’m walking blind into the depths of the desert.
“So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey-the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.” Exodus 3:8 NLT