MOSES – the Greatest Old Testament Builder

Moses – Sculpture at the US House of Representatives

When we think of great Old Testament characters, we think of father Abraham, King David, Daniel in the Lions den, Queen Esther. We sing songs to father Abraham, we sing several songs from the Psalms written by David. We sometimes skip Moses; we don’t know where to place him. Lets learn a little more about Moses.

Before Moses, knowledge about God, was passed on by mouth, through stories the elderly told the younger generation. Moses was the first to write it all down as a document to be read and taught to the people regularly. In the 40 years he spent in the palace in Egypt, he learnt to read, write, and prepare official documents. This knowledge served him well as a nation builder, and as God’s first writing prophet.

At the transfiguration in Luke 9:28-31 (NIV) we are told: “About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure,[a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.”

Wow, just before the crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem, we see Moses and Elijah, join him in the place of prayer to discuss the crucifixion. Why was Moses there? Yes, he died at the end of book of Deuteronomy, but here we see that he is alive and well in heaven, and with Elijah, are part of God’s most trusted inner circle. These are men and women (like Anna in Luke 2:36-38) who fully understand God’s plan.

Moses training, caring, and love for God resulted in leading Israel, and most importantly produced Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. God used Moses to build a firm foundation for fulfilling his plans on earth. The Judges, Kings, and Prophets of Israel built on the foundation laid by Moses.

May the life of Moses inspire us to build with God, Amen!

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