MIGHTY MOE: YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME
(Writer’s note: You’ll notice no chapter/verse references in this “study.” What I’ve tried to do is keep the entire account of Exodus under consideration, and try to figure how Moses finally emerged from obscurity.)
One thing, which strikes me as being supremely important in Moses’ “Comeback,” is the fact that he was chosen for the task. We must not overlook that. Also worth nothing is the fact that Moses had nothing to do with that part of his “comeback.” He did not choose. He was chosen. From among all the people on the planet, God chose him for that important assignment!
I don’t much believe in “coincidences.” As I’ve been dwelling on the life of Moses, I’ve thought how he “dropped off the radar” and then reappeared at possibly the most critical time in Jewish history. Just a day or so ago, I saw a church sign that caught my attention. The Baptist Church across the street from us in the little village were we own property had this notice: “God does not choose the ‘qualified.’ He qualifies those whom He chooses.” Everywhere I see God at work, that seems always to be the case. He chooses those whom He uses! And he uses those whom he chooses!
When we look at Moses’ life from our vantage point in history, we can see a lot of “stuff” which seemed to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle: The way he was protected from the wrath of Pharaoh by being hidden in the bulrushes; his being discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter; then his own Mother was hired and paid to raise him. In the palace, of course, he was afforded the highest possible quality education and standard of living. Because of that, he was not “bowled over” with eyes bulging and mouth agape when he reappeared on the Egyptian scene with the magnificent architecture and the trappings that accompany royalty. He’d already “been there, seen and done that.”
Even when there was an unexpected turn of events and he found himself a fugitive, he fled to the backside of the desert. Personally, I do not believe that was accidental. There he learned the meaning of hard work, discipline, sacrifice, how to navigate in the harsh wilderness and how to eke out an existence and find water. Although we can look back from our “safe” perch in history, Moses did not KNOW what was going on at the time it was happening. God had chosen him, and was preparing him for his great leadership role in the history of the Jewish nation. . . and he may not have been “saintly-certain”at the time!
It doesn’t take a great stretch of the imagination, or such a huge leap of faith to believe that same God could just at this very moment be working this kind of miracle in my life today. And in yours. Does it?
Let’s think about this just a bit further. Have you ever thought about how world events seem to be swirling, tottering on the abyss? Has it ever struck you that, at times such as this, that there is an uncannily strange convergence of events and the emergence of a great leader? Isn’t that strange? Can you really attribute such things as mere coincidences?
Take Britain, for example, in the dark days that preceded their being dragged into World War II. Neville Chamberlain, their Prime Minister at the time, had sought to appease the madman who led the Nazi war machine. He came home from one of his futile missions and announced proudly that through negotiation he’d “achieved peace in our time.” Even as he spoke, Hitler was raping another victim nation. With the light of hope almost extinguished in all of Europe, England wisely turned to a tenacious, brilliantly eloquent, cigar-chomping, Sir Winston Churchill. As nearly as I can recall from reading several works by, or about him, Sir Winston said that night for the first time in a long while, he slept peacefully. “It seemed,” he said later, “that all my life was but a preparation for this hour.”
Perhaps you can think of other comparable situations. It seems that in every crisis God has a plan and a man. I’m not being chauvinistic when I write that. I believe you grasp the point I’m trying to make. In my mind, I cannot help but think of Billy Graham in a context such as this. The idea of a young “farm lad” being chosen as God’s spokesman to nations and generations, assembling a loyal team about him, and their working faithfully together for more than half a century! By any account, that kind of sterling leadership, never besmirched by scandal of any sort, is more a tribute to the Sovereign grace of God than it is to any mere man. And Billy Graham would say the same thing. He was chosen. As were those who served so faithfully for so long with him.
So, something else occurs to me as I contemplate the importance of being “chosen.” Not everyone is Moses. Or Sir Winston Churchill. Or Billy Graham. Other members of those “teams” were also chosen. It only takes a smidgling of common sense to understand the importance of a great maestro to conduct a great symphony. But what about the first chair in the violin section? Or the Trumpet section? What about the person who sits at the grand piano? Don’t you see they were chosen, too? And if you are more into athletic analogies, how about the Coach? Wouldn’t you say he is chosen? And the quarterback? Are they the only ones on a team who are “chosen?” Oh, no. Not by a long shot.
I’m not being very subtle, and I realize that. What I think we ought to understand as we consider Moses’ being chosen for a specific role in history, is that WE ALSO ARE CHOSEN. I have an idea I’m not telling anyone anything which you don’t already know. Just reminding you of your opportunity. And your responsibility. You’re chosen, and your assignment is important. Incidentally, before these comments ever got “online” they went through my heart and mind.
That’s enough to think about for a while, isn’t it? If you’ve read the Exodus account of the events and personalities we’ve been considering, you’ve probably drawn the same conclusion. It seems to me that a current of logic is flowing here, and if followed to its destination, each of us can see God has a plan for us. He has chosen us for a specific purpose.
Serious study of scripture is not a “spectator sport.” It is not intended for us simply to see facts and acquire little bits of interesting, entertaining information. It appears quite clear to me that the “Author” intends that we apply truth to our lives and operate as though the “message” was meant for each of us as much as for the original participants!
Seriously, I don’t know how God works. I do believe He works, though, and my responsibility is to try to understand how I fit into His plans. I cannot honestly claim to have seen a “burning bush” or heard God speak to me audibly. Ever. Perhaps God feels it is enough for someone like me to read about someone like Moses. And through such an experience understand that He intercepts me on my path today and calls me to do His will. The “burning bush” then, doesn’t really seem to be the most important thing about this step in Moses’ “comeback.” It was, instead, his personal contact with the living God, and his bending to the will of his Creator.
You and I can experience that . . . “burning bush” or not!
His servant, your friend and fellow student ~donkimrey