Dr. Jeanette Parker
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Moses had lived a life of privileges and luxury – the Egyptian lifestyle – for about 40 years. He had seen firsthand how the Egyptian culture worked where he learned science, mathematics and other highly cultural ethics and intelligences. Speaking metaphorically, his whole life was like being “on the run.”  

He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth (so to speak), but he was not even born into an ordinary Hebrew lifestyle. Why? Jehovah had a grand plan in mind for Moses from before his birth. Jehovah’s plan was for his family and the whole Israelite nation.  

Think about Jehovah (Hebrew=YHWH). He is the Master Planner! You know if we could just remember who is really in charge, He who knows everything and all things at any instant in time, it would give a great relief in our minds and would consistently hold up our faith without wavering.  

Moses, after having lived those 40 (40 is the number for probation) years with those experiences, he was fed up and decided he was going to get back and in a spirt of anger, he impulsively killed the Egyptian! In his shallow mind of thinking, he thought he could kill and get away with it. His mind was held imprisoned to a way of thinking that kept him further away from carrying out Jehovah’s plan.  

Thinking he had gotten away with murder, he discovered he had been found out. Someone saw him, much to his surprise. Learning that he had been found out by Pharaoh, he was on the run again. This time as a full-grown man. He gets called by Jehovah to go back and visit his people.  

This could have been risky, except for Almighty God, who had made all necessary plans for his safe return. In my own human sense, I would say he was wondering what would happen to his people and wanted to do something to help them, but not really seeing clearly just what could that be.  

Think about this. Pharaoh and his daughter – the daughter who had nurtured him and named him – now he is a turncoat, a traitor, a murderer and a fugitive “on the run.” Pharaoh’s daughter took Moses (named drawn from the water) and unknown to her, hired Moses’ mother to nurse Moses.  

Moses sister, Miriam, had watched carefully to see what would come of him after Moses’ parents had hidden him for three months and then built a little ark for him to sail in the water. They had released him into the water.  

Moses’ mother had been the leader in hearing God’s voice to manage the life of Moses while other baby boys were being murdered by greedy, fearful Pharaoh. God spared his life when his parents saw Moses had a kind of divine beauty about him. I would say there was a kind of “glow” about him that told them there was something special about this boy.  

Pressing the fast forward button, Moses flees and finds himself in Midian where he rescues some young maidens (seven daughters of the priest, Jethro or Reuel) at Midian who were “seemingly being harassed” by some shepherds.  

Here we see that Moses had a personality willing to take matters into his own hands to help others. Jehovah took this quality characteristic of Moses and made something of it by calling him to a much greater rescue mission to do for His glory!  

Moses stayed in Midian and married one of Jethro’s daughters. Moses has now spent 40 years in Midian and decides to go back to check up on his people. This was after receiving the revelation from Jehovah to start the mission already planned for him. Jehovah gives Moses some directions, but we learn that Moses was reluctant to carry forth the mission and presents Jehovah with some objections and questions.  

This whole narrative about Moses is teaching us about how God operates behind the scenes and plans our destiny. However, our task is to listen to God to seek His divine guidance and follow His roadmap for success.  

Listen to these passages and learn to take on a higher level of faith in God’s word. Exodus Chapter 3:10-11 reads, “Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  

Although, he shows humility, Moses also demonstrates doubt. God responds with reassuring words and promises to let Moses know that He will never leave him and will never forsake him and tells him what to do when he reaches this mountain  

V. 12 says, “And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When you hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. Moses presents Jehovah with another question: (v.13) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? Jehovah tells Moses His name for all eternity.  

(v.14) And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt you say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. God continues to give him reassuring promises and answers. Then He takes him way back to let Moses know for sure I AM THAT I AM who is sending you. (v.15) And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt you say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”  This promise is for me and for you too!  

Call on Him! He further promises enemies will be removed and land promised. He will bring His people from under the affliction of Egypt. Yes. It is true this takes years for all this to happen, but His promises are unshakeable and irrevocable.  

Moses continues to ask other questions and bring up other objections of why he thinks he cannot do what Jehovah wants him to do. You can read further in Exodus 4 and beyond. You get my point. Moses mind was imprisoned by fear and doubt. His mind was constipated.  

Jehovah gave him a laxative of trust, faith and belief to move forward. He gave him a laxative of courage and perseverance. Study this and receive hope and faith. He began to want to put doubt in the minds of the people, but again God stopped him. 

Thanks for reading! Jeanette Grattan Parker is founder-superintendent of Today’s Fresh Start Charter School, 4514 Crenshaw Boulevard, L.A., 90043, 323-293-9826, www.todaysfreshstart.org (Ask Dr. Jeanette TM) Inquiring Minds Want to Know” All articles are copyright. All rights reserved © Errors? Let me know. Join Sundays for music & message: 11:30am {1-712-775-8971—code 266751} Keep praying and keep hoping. References: (The Holy Bible