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Young Moses had enough.
Moses, remember, grew up in the palace of the Great Pharaoah because as an Israelite baby who was abandoned by his mother, Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him as her own.
Pharoah’s daughter was his mom.
Pharoah was his grandfather.
That’s kind of weird, mind you, because the Israelites (in case you forgot) were enslaved by the Egyptians and forced by Pharoah to make bricks – bricks, bricks, bricks, and more bricks and more bricks.
No matter how hot.
No matter how tired.
… They were forced to make bricks out of mud and straw that would be used by Pharoah to build his powerful cities.
And if they didn’t make bricks?
Or if they complained?
Or didn’t make them fast enough?
Or if they didn’t make enough?
THEN they were beaten and kicked around and spit on and flogged and whipped.
I have to imagine that this wasn’t easy for Moses to watch, right? Because while he (an Israelite, himself) hung out in Pharoah’s palace and was served by Pharoah’s staff and ate food made by Pharoah’s Master Chefs, Moses’ people slaved out in the sweltering heat, making bricks, and being screamed at and ridiculed by Pharoah and his army of nasty slave drivers.
I bet Moses (at times) felt like a real jerk; I mean, he was living it up as an Egyptian while his flesh and blood was out in the dry heat being beaten and worked to death.
What made HIM better than them?
What gave HIM the right to have a seat of luxury over them?
It doesn’t seem fair.
It doesn’t seem right.
But, one day, the Bible says that Moses lost his cool and had enough when he saw from a distance an Egyptian slave driver beating the living you know what out of an Israelite.
Real quick, this is how the story goes …
“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”
So Moses beat the Egypt right out of the Egyptian and left him for dead, which raised Pharoah’s blood pressure just a bit so much so that he sent a hit man after Moses.
“Bring me his body!”
And so Moses high-tailed it out of Egypt and headed to a place called Midian where the Bible says that he ended up marrying one of Jethro’s daughters and being a shepherd to his sheep.
Odd turn of events, right?
Moses spent the first part of his life in the palace and the second part of his life in a field.
The first part of his life was lived in royalty, the second part in poverty.
The first part in upper class, the second part in lower class.
[ QUICK SIDE NOTE: I bet that when Moses was in Pharaoh’s court that he never imagined He’d marry a young woman in Midian and I bet that when he was in Midian, he never thought he’d be back in Egypt breaking his people out of prison (more on that in a moment).
The season God has you in TODAY probably won’t be the season He has you in TOMORROW and the season He has you in TOMORROW probably won’t last all that long either.
This season is meant to prepare you for the next.
This season will prepare you for the next. - @GlennSiepert #MorningEncouragementClick To Tweet
The the next season will be to prepare you for the one after that.
Just as God used Moses’ knowledge of leadership that he learned from Pharaoh’s court AND also from the backfields of Midian to make him into the leader that the Israelites would need to take them through the desert, so God is using today and yesterday and all of your tomorrow’s to prepare you for whatever He has next for your life. ]
Anyway, so then one day some 40 years later, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told him to head back to Egypt and demand that Pharoah set the Israelites free.
Can you imagine the look on Moses’ face? “Pharoah? The dude has an assassin after me. If I show my face anywhere near his palace, I’m done. Finished. Caput!”
A crazy command, for sure, but even more afraid of going back to Pharoah, I think (if I were Moses) I’d be 1,000,000 x more afraid of what my father-in-law, Jethro, would have to say about me uprooting my entire family (his daughter, mind you) to go ahead with this insane command that I’m pretty sure God gave me from a magical bush that was on fire, but didn’t burn.
I wonder what Moses’ pitch to Jethro was like? Like, maybe over dinner one night he said something like, “You know, dad, so I was out in the field the other day and the craziest thing happened. I swear I didn’t have any of those mushrooms and I swear I wasn’t drinking. This bush went up in flames and God spoke from it and told me to head back to Egypt to tell Pharoah that I’m busting God’s people out of slavery. Are you, like, cool if I take your daughter and our family and do this?”
I mean, if I’m Moses I have to wonder …
“Would Jethro just kill me on the spot?”
“Would he refuse to let me take my wife?”
“Would he make my life miserable?”
“God might kill me if I don’t go, Jethro might kill me if I do!”
I’d be so torn, as I’m sure Moses was. But that’s what makes Jethro’s response so incredible.
See for yourself, this is the short interaction they had …
“Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
I love this!
Jethro didn’t give Moses a hard time.
He didn’t give him some money for a therapist.
He didn’t tell him to take some meds to make the burning bush vision go away.
Rather, he smiled (maybe – that’s how I imagine it, anyways) and sent him on his way – “Go, and I wish you well!”
In other words, Jethro believed Moses.
He believed IN Moses.
Sure, he might have been a little worried. And he might have been a little unsure. And he might have felt a bit unsettled about sending his daughter and family with his son-in-law who may or may not have really heard God speak through a burning bush.
He believed in Moses and encouraged him to go and do what he believed God had told him to do.
Who are you being Jethro to this week? This month? This year? Who, in other words, in your life believes they have heard from God?
Maybe it’s something insane.
Maybe they had their own burning bush moment.
Maybe they believe God wants them to do something that will take great courage.
And maybe everyone in their life thinks they’re insane – their spouse, their kids, their friends, their family.
BUT, you, Jethro? How will YOU respond?
If the person is sincere and the person really believes that this is what God has for them …
To start that business.
To apply to that university.
To write that book.
To marry that girl.
To go after that job.
To quit that other job.
… Will you be a voice that only echoes the already negative and condemning and hateful voices inside their heart OR will you be someone who encourages them and pushes them to pursue their God-ordained dreams and step into the next season of their life and all that God has for them?
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Yes – be a Jethro to someone today. The world needs more of us.
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