Moses, Part 2
Moses shepherded a very large group of unruly, complaining people. He put up with their forgetfulness of God’s many miraculous interventions. When there wasn’t good water to drink or good food to eat, they complained. Most of the time, Moses was patient with his grumbling flock. On a few occasions, Moses got angry with his people. But he never deserted them. He faithfully and humbly served them.
Even when his brother and sister turned against him by publicly complaining against him for marrying a Cushite wife, he showed compassion. Moses was merciful to Aaron and Miriam, asking the Lord to heal them of leprosy.
Moses’ humility was first expressed in surrender, and later expressed in using his authority to release God’s saving power through signs and wonders. The order of those two things is key. First surrender, then come works of power.
When Moses said yes to God’s call to set the Hebrew people free, amazing miracles happened and millions of people’s lives were radically changed for the better. God poured out his grace.
But, even after the Red Sea miracle, it seems that Moses had no illusions about the limitations of his own power. He carried a sobering responsibility—leading a small nation to freedom. He knew it was way above any human’s ability level. He knew his only choice was to depend on God’s help.
Jesus shows us the definition of humility – saying “yes” to his loving Father’s plan. He cooperated with his Father, saying “not my will, but yours be done.”