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26th February 2014
Moses, a man just like me!
No, I’m not confessing to having murdered someone and then run away for 40 years! I’ve reread the account of Moses encountering God at the burning bush, and how Moses reacts. But then also, how God continues to require less and less faith from Moses.
So, God tells Moses that he’s to release the people from the grip of Egypt. Moses, quite reasonably I think, says, who am I to do this. He’s probably nervous about going back and getting caught for his crime, but also aware of the gulf that’s now between him and the palace of Egypt. And then God gives him a sign or a proof, but one that requires the most amount of faith. He says, when you’ve succeeded you’ll worship God on this very mountain. It’s not much of a sign to give courage when he’s about to knock on Pharaoh’s door, but then that’s why it requires the most faith.
What follows is a series of requests from Moses demonstrating that his assessment of his faith level differs dramatically from God’s assessment. And one step at a time, God provides more tangible signs that require less and less faith, until eventually he says, OK, take a friend with you.
I can see myself so clearly in Moses. I hear from God and then immediately doubt it. And believe me, it’s nothing so radical as releasing millions of people from slavery. I don’t move but I find God moving closer to me and giving me more and more encouragement to do his bidding.
Do you know what? I’m going to try to respond sooner, perhaps even on the first request. God, make me less like Moses and more like Jesus!
Posted by Kevin Rose