I’m finishing up my last couple of weeks in my first Men’s Bible Study Fellowship (commonly known as BSF) where we studied the life of Moses. It’s been a great experience for two main reasons. One, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from many great men in our community who trust solely in Christ. And two, I’ve read and studies a couple books from the Old Testament that otherwise I’d likely (as I have before) have skipped over. So as the saying goes, it has been a “win-win” for me.
As the study now winds down, I have been reflecting on all I’ve learned and how it’s increased my faith and my relationship with Christ. Although at times challenging (alright, I’m just going to say it, boring) to read, the books of Leviticus and Numbers provide so much insight to God’s design and plan for civilization. And it’s been awesome to go through and study the tabernacle and how it, and the law and entire sacrificial system, all pointed to Jesus.
But the title of this study is the “Life of Moses.” What have I learned about Moses? Clearly, he was an amazing and special man (I mean, he lived nearly 3,500 years ago and movies are still being made about him!). He led the Isrealites, enslaved by the Egyptians, the most powerful empire of that time, into freedom. He performed many miracles. He spoke with and saw God, the creator of the universe. In the end, Moses and his life ultimately pointed to Christ (Deut 18:18).
The thing that stands out most to me, and that I hope to apply in my life, is that Moses loved and trusted God, no matter what life situation he faced. He understood that life and its circumstances change, but that God never does. Teaching this principle to the Isrealites, he often described God as an unchangeable rock, where he got his strength. He knew God to always be full of mercy and grace, faithful and loving, forgiving yet just. In the end, Moses always loved God, and this is what made him great.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you might” (Deut 6:5).