“...when Moses had grown up,... he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw and Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian... “When Paraoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.
“Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped themand watered their flock.”
The life of Moses may be divided into three 40 year periods:
Birth to 40 Years Old
A Hebrew baby boy was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter. She named him Moses and raised him as her own. Moses was “educated in all the learning of the Egyptians” and grew to become “a man of power in words and deeds” (Acts 7.22). At the age of 40, Moses killed an Egyptian he witnessed abusing an Israelite. He assumed “his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him” (Acts 7.25). However, “they did not understand.” His crime was made known to Pharaoh who “tried to kill Moses” (Exodus 2.15). He fled for his life into the land of Midian.
40 to 80 Years Old
Moses encountered a family of shepherdesses, “stood up and helped them,” and later married into the family. “After 40 years had passed” (Acts 7.30), while Moses was tending his father-in-law’s sheep, “an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush” (Exodus 3.2). The voice of the Lord announced Himself as “I AM WHO I AM” and called Moses to go and set His people free from their bondage in Egypt. Moses miraculously led an entire nation “out of the affliction of Egypt” (Exodus 3.17) and embarked on a journey to the promised land.
80 to 120 Years Old
“This man [Moses] led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years” (Acts 7.36). Moses delivered the Ten Commandments on “stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God” (Deuteronomy 9.10). Under his direction the people of Israel built a mobile worship center called the Tabernacle and enjoyed God’s provision of daily manna until a whole new generation of Israelites prepared itself to possess the promised land of Canaan “flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3.17).
There is no doubt that Moses was a truly gifted man of God. He was the greatest leader who ever lived, second only to Jesus Christ. I am inspired by the character of the man Moses who, when encountered by people in need, “stood up and helped them.” But, how inspired am I? Am I inspired enough to take risks like Moses did to help others in need? Or, am I content to admire this great leader without exerting myself to assist the plight of downtrodden people in my own community? I should get a rubber wristband that reads: “What would Moses do?” and snap it every time I feel complacent.
The portrayal of "Moses" with “stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God” (Deuteronomy 9.10) is used by permission of the artist. It is the work of the amazing American illustrator, Louis S. Glanzman, whose paintings have appeared in Readers Digest, True, Argosey, Colliers, Boys Life, New Yorker, National Lampoon, Saturday Evening Post, and many more magazines. His covers for Time magazine helped to establish Mr. Glanzman's career as a portrait painter and he is a member of the 'American Portrait Society'. Check out his fabulous work at http://louisglanzman.com/.
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In spite of the inspired efforts of prophets like Elijah and Elisha, the northern nation of Israel with its capital city of Samaria suffered under a parade of unworthy kings who led the people into destruction and captivity at the hands of Assyria approximately 722 years before the birth of Christ. The author of 2nd Kings offered this explanation…
“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God” 2nd Kings 17.7
Following the persecution and dispersion of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8.1-4), chief accuser Saul miraculously converted to Christianity and together with Barnabas was appointed by the Holy Spirit to embark on a missionary journey (Acts 13.1-3). Being rejected by the Jews, Saul (later called Paul) brought the message of Jesus to the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13.47).
Twenty centuries later, believers are still bringing this message of power, hope, and salvation to “the ends of the earth”…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16.31
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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