“Exposing the Exodus”
Separated From the World (Chapter 3 Verses 1-4)
The years are passing for Moses, he was forty years of age when he left Egypt. Now eighty years have gone by and he is still not passed his sell-by date, he lived until he was one hundred and twenty (Deuteronomy 34:7). The developments of the first two thirds of his life were in preparation for the work of the last and remaining forty years. The time scale is all God’s working, is hidden in the mystery of his eternal counsel (Acts 1:7). God’s working is always long-term. The spiritual ravages of worldliness and the back-slidings along the way, take time to be purged out of the saintliest of folk. Even those who have been instructed, some even from their childhood years (Exodus 16:2). Moses former attempt at deliverance was ill-timed, not it’s God’s timing. It’s here in the school of God where the Lord now breaks into the life of Moses. In the course of his very ordinary work as a shepherd. The shepherding business would have taught him to be very observant. Here in Horeb which is part of the Sinai Peninsula, Moses is separated from the world. This is a radical change for the man raised in a palace. Here in this wasteland’s not the place one would naturally look for the man who is to be the liberator of a nation, tending someone else’s flock, in total obscurity. But then God’s thinking and ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8).
But the desert is the ideal place where people and things, the world and self is put in the right perspective. It’s the place where circumstances and situations are seen for their real worth, value. It’s the place to find the divinely adjusted balance. No false colours, no empty pretensions, not even Satan can put a gild on sand. All is reality and starkly so. No din, no noise, no bustle, no traffic, no commercial enterprise. No sighs of ambition, no thirst for gold or hungering for power. No applause or censures of men either to elate or depress. Everything but the Divine presence is put aside. The only voice is God’s. Before Moses work can begin he needs to hear that voice. What is it that distracts you from hearing God’s voice (Isaiah 50:4; John 10:27)?
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)