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Moses the Murderer

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Today’s Torah Devotional from Exodus 33:12 – 16
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Ki Tisa,” “When you take.”

Todays reading begins with Moses/Moshe speaking to GOD, reminding HIM, HE told Moshe to bring the people to the Promised Land.

Moshe continues his oration to GOD stating, “if YOU are indeed pleased with me, allow me to know YOUR ways, so I will know how to remain pleasing to YOU. Confirm that this nation is YOUR people.”

GOD replies to Moshe stating HIS presence will go and lead them, not the presence of HIS angel.

Moshe continues his oration to GOD stating if HIS presence does not accompany them, do not make them leave this place.

…“Unless YOU accompany us, how can it be known that I and YOUR people are pleasing to YOU?”

Moshe finishes pleading his case with this last statement, “I and YOUR people will be distinguished from every nation on the face of the Earth.”

Here we read Moshe making the case not for himself but for GOD’s people and the manner in which they will be recognized.

He has appealed to GOD’s own words, HIS own desire to deliver HIS people.

He has taken up the case of GOD’s promise, HIS covenant with these people, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Moshe has shown his love for these people, his people, as well as his devotion, respect and love for GOD.

He has become the great mediator between GOD and HIS people.

This is most exciting as we see a type and shadow of the Messiah here in Moshe, yet again.

Moshe has brought the people out of Egypt, delivering them into the promise of their ancestors.

He has become the great mediator, the intercessor, between GOD and HIS people.

He has also become the great judge over the people when they fall back into their previous Egyptian ways.

He has also become advocate for the people, reminding GOD of whom HE chose as HIS people and the promises HE has made to them through their ancestors.

This leader, Moshe, is not afraid of the task he has undertaken, he is completely committed to fulfilling what GOD has assigned to him.

He keeps the people’s nature, constantly in mind, he knows they are wicked and unbending, yet GOD has chosen them to be HIS people.

He knows GOD is sovereign, almighty, and unyielding in HIS commandments, yet he still pleads the case for the people for GOD’s sake.

This is the fault of many believers today. We have become so dependent on our advocates and our leaders that we no longer take responsibility for ourselves, our actions, our words, our attitudes.

We no longer take ownership of our place in service.

We expect to be lead in worship, in teaching, and in ministry, yet we do nothing to insure we are walking in the fulness of all that GOD has commanded.

We have become lazy, unbending, unyielding and ungrateful for the leadership we have in place, just as the Israelites at the foot of the mountain.

We have taken to worshiping idols, maybe not ones of gold, but idols nonetheless.

The idol of laziness, the idols of haughtiness, the idols of self.

We are no less treacherous than the Israelites at the foot of GOD’s mountain, as soon as we become uncomfortable, we turn to our old wicked ways and then justify that by blaming it on the leadership.

Moshe had a heart for his people, but he wasn’t about to stand around and let idolators get away without penalty. He had them killed, murdered, on his own, enforcing the commandments of GOD.

Wonder what our faith would look like today if we followed Moshe’s example more closely?

If he were willing to murder those who broke commandments of GOD, what are we willing to do in order to keep them?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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