Moses The Magnificent

J. D. Conley
January 28, 2018

The Old Testament contains more information about Moses than any other individual. This wealth of information is to our advantage and we can glean much from the example he set, although it was on rare occasion an imperfect one. Of course Jesus, is our one and only perfect example, (1 Peter 2:21-22). Nevertheless, Moses was a rare and remarkable man. Consider the accolade bestowed upon him by the Holy Spirit in Numbers 12:3, "Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." Furthermore, he was a man who must've possessed some additional admirable qualities, because God chose him to lead His people out of Egyptian exile. But the magnificence of this man is seen most clearly in the choices he made. Let us consider three:

1. He Said "No!" To The Pleasures Of Sin."Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season " (Hebrews 11:25). How many today would make such a choice? Not many. And neither would many back then, but Moses did! He said "No!" to the transient.

2. He Said "No!" To The Treasures Of Egypt."Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of reward." (Hebrews 11:26). He said "No!" to the tawdry. He looked ahead, past the glittering but mundane trinkets of this world, to His eternal reward. He refused to live foolishly for the moment, choosing to live in the next world.

3. He Said "No!" To The Vainglory Of Earth."By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter." (Hebrews 11:24). He said "No!" to the temporary. Egyptian luxury meant nothing to him, even perhaps Pharaoh's crown if he had remained in the palace. What would be considered a foolish choice by most, was a wise one indeed!

This triad of choices comprise all that is in the world, "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life" (1 John 2:16). Moses wasn't perfect, he sinned, (Numbers 20:10-13). But the choices he made to be God's man, revealed a degree of magnificence rarely seen in one's character. Would that we be as resolute as he!