East Martin CRC
He’ll Be Like Me
Verse 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to Him.
Today’s verse is Moses telling the Israelite people what the Lord had told him. Though Jesus wasn’t a prophet that was exactly as Moses, there were similarities that would be good for us to look at.
One way that Moses was different was that he was a reluctant prophet. While Jesus was in on the plan to come to earth as the Redeemer, Moses was called to the position. Moses came up with every excuse he could think of but God had an answer for each of them. Born in a time when Jewish boys were to be killed at birth, Moses’ parents chose to disobey the Egyptian rulers who were trying to control the Israelite population.
After being adopted by the princess, Moses would have had the best education and had likely witnessed management skills as household and maybe even non-household servants were dealt with daily. He would have known the finer things of life as he grew up and it seems by his righteous anger at seeing an Israelite man being beaten, that he had stepped into the role as a savior. But he wasn’t yet ready for the position, he needed more training that wasn’t from earthly royalty.
The next day after being called out by an Israelite who didn’t understand that God had purpose for Moses, the 40 year old prophet fled to the wilderness. Jesus spent some time in the wilderness before His ministry and so did Moses. God had a different reason for bringing Moses to the wilderness, training for the mission that God was calling him to. With a visit in a fiery bush, God informed Moses of his mission. Moses gave his excuses and God answered each one with a provision that Moses couldn’t ignore.
Moses went back to Egypt and faced his adopted family on behalf of his birth family. He wasn’t going in as a powerhouse speaker but was going in as God’s mouth piece. Jesus also came as one that seemed unqualified, babies seldom are, but He was God’s mouth piece and was here to change lives forever.
Making It Personal
Have you ever been reluctant about obeying something that God wants you to do? What excuses do you use? Do you allow God to use you even when you don’t feel qualified?
Making It Personal Kids
What are some things that Jesus may call you to do? Do you like to do what He wants you to do? What do you need to do for Him today?
Father, thank You for all the details that You work out in our lives. Help us to surrender to the work You are calling us to do for You. Give us wisdom to carry out Your work. In Jesus’ name, amen.