Mentors have made me a better person; mentors from family, in the faith, at school, and in the workplace, have been gifts in my life. Gifts because they gave freely from their store of wisdom. However, wisdom received freely, is acquired at a price.
We see this in the story of Moses – an incredible source of wisdom to millions, if not billions, for thousands of years. In the Bible, we get a glimpse of the cost of wisdom for Moses. In Exodus Chapters 1, 2, and 3, we see Moses born and painfully given away; growing up in the palace with painful knowledge his Hebrew family are slaves; then turning his back on Egypt for 40 tough years in the Midian desert.
When Moses delivered Israel from Egypt, they all returned to the wilderness for another 40 years of tough living. In this period Moses gave them God’s laws and organizes them into a nation for the very first time. The wisdom and skill of Moses, gave Israel a strong leadership foundation, which other nations have learnt from.
Many years later Luke 9:29-31 (MSG) tells us: “While he [Jesus] was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah… They talked over his exodus, the one Jesus was about to complete in Jerusalem.”
This is Moses in a mentoring role to Jesus, before Jesus exodus in Jerusalem. Moses delivering Israel from Egypt and Pharaoh, becomes a source of wisdom for the Messiah as he delivers humanity from darkness to light through the cross.
Lord, we recognize Moses as an extraordinary gift; help us grow in wisdom as we study Moses over and over and over again, Amen!