Moses is a powerful figure in our Scriptures. He’s a prototype, in many respects. He’s the model leader, an agent of God’s will in human history, and the original prophet. There are traits, as I spoke of Sunday, that he got from somewhere, handed down in his family tree, yet Moses is special. His life is the example of a Life Lived with God. I wanted to spend some time focusing on Moses’ life and experiences because I wanted that example fresh before our eyes, yours and mine both.
For one thing, his example is important because it gives us something toward which we may inspire. He did marvelous things with tremendous courage. He stood for the right, communed with the Holy One, led a nation, and battled kings. Moses is a remarkable man. Often times, we find that we are capable of much more when someone else crosses that mythical barrier before us. No one could run a mile in under 4 minutes until Roger Bannister did it. But then all of a sudden, others could too. It was as if the mental barrier was broken and now it was possible. Moses can be that for us. Look what is possible in a Life Lived with God.
The other reason Moses is a great example is because he’s not actually that great. I know I just got done talking about how awesome Moses is, and I mean that. But he’s not made of different stuff than you or me. He’s not some mythological figure born of Zeus or an ancient alien with super powers. He’s us. He messes up, he has flaws, he has doubts about himself. That’s why his example is so good. Even a guy like Moses could be part of God’s plans. Even a person like you and me can be great through a Life Lived with God.