In the book Fundamental Keys to Unlock the Plan of God, I share vital truths to help readers discover the plan of God for their lives. We have discussed the role that desires will play in helping us identify the plans and purposes of God are for our lives.
Moses’ life provides us critical life lessons for walking in the plan of God. These will help us learn to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as we walk on the path that God has called each one of us to travel.
We will see that Moses messed things up when God revealed what he had called him to do. Israel remained in bondage much longer than they would have if Moses had not gotten himself off track, and the people suffered as a result. Moses’ mistake resulted from him not having any idea regarding what to do once he discovered God’s plan.
Understanding Moses’ story will require us to examine Exodus, Acts, and Hebrews. Exodus provides us with his story but Acts and Hebrews then provide additional information that will help us to understand it.
We will start in Exodus chapter two and pick up Pharoah ordered all Israeli children to be killed. The Israelites had multiplied to the point where the Egyptians had started to fear they would take over. Pharaoh ordered the midwives to slaughter of all male children to keep this from happening.
God had a plan for Moses and preserved him from Pharoah’s attempts to kill the male children. His parents kept him for three months before putting Moses in a basket on the Nile River. The basket was coated in pitch and so did not sink. It floated downriver straight into the arms of Pharoah’s daughter!
The daughter of Pharoah raised Moses as her child. Her father was the man who had sought to kill him and all the other Hebrew babies. Satan’s plan to kill any potential leader failed and resulted in Moses growing up in the palace with the best of Egypt at his beck and call!
And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. (Exodus 2:11 – 15)
These verses provide us with highlights from the first forty years of Moses’ life. Pharoah’s daughter raised him in the palace, slew an Egyptian, and then fled from Pharoah to Midian. No other details are provided.
Stephen was the first Christian martyr. He recounted Jewish history to his accusers before they stoned him to death to show that Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies regarding the coming of their Messiah. He was speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and saw Jesus standing at the Father’s right hand to greet him as he died.
In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:
And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7:20 – 22)
I find it interesting that Stephen described Moses as being “mighty in words and deeds.” The reason is that Moses told God that he was “slow of speech, and slow of tongue” when the Lord appeared to him and directed him to return to Egypt to bring Israel out of captivity (Exodus 4:10).
Stephen was speaking under the anointing. The Holy Spirit inspired him to describe Moses as being “mighty in words.” I believe that Moses was just like you and I are when the Lord begins to reveal His plans to us.
It is one thing to discover the plan of God but totally another to walk in it. God will never lead us to do anything within our ability to do without the anointing. His plan will always be beyond our capacity and walking in it will require total dependence on the Holy Spirit and His anointing.
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