PRAYER – MOSES THE SHEPHERD AND GOD

Yesterday’s post ended with Moses fleeing from Pharaoh because he killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew slave. Here’s the scripture

Exodus 2:15

15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

It just so happens… (remember what I said about happenstance? I don’t believe in it)… Moses was sitting at a well that the seven daughters of the Priest of Midian came to. They came to water their flocks and lo and behold… Moses was at the same well. Remember how many men met their future spouses at a well in the previous posts? Seems like a good place to meet. Anyway, after Moses helped them water their flock, the seven daughters went back to their father’s house and when asked how they got finished so soon, they told him that there was an Egyptian that helped them. Here is the scripture.956

Exodus 2:16-20

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

18 When they came to Reuel their father, he said, “How is it that you have come so soon today?” 19 And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.” 20 So he said to his daughters, “And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”

* Note:  Reuel is also Jethro – the Priest of Midian.  One in the same person. 

So, Moses found a home and a bride all at the same time. It doesn’t say how long a time period it was from the time he was first sitting at the well and then marries Zipporah… but nonetheless, Moses marries Zipporah and they have a son and they named him Gershom.

Next, the scriptures tell us that God hears the “groanings” of the Israelites in Egypt. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 2:23-25Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_Bibel_in_Bildern_1860_044

23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

The cries of the Israelites, I believe, were prayers to their God. The One True God that they served. This series is about prayer and I understand that I have covered a lot of things that didn’t necessarily have any prayer mentioned in it. However, I thought it necessary to share some of the history with you so you can understand the story line of each story that I share with you. I do try to find the “prayer” time and sometimes ipsalm_34_18t is just not mentioned but assumed that there was prayer because of the person being mentioned or the situation surrounding the person. Anyway, the cries of the Israelites came to God in prayer format, I believe, and He heard their prayer. Did you know that God always hears our prayers. His eyes are always on us.

Psalm 34:15

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.

If we humble ourselves He will hear our prayers from Heaven…

2 Chronicles 7:14-152-chr-7-14-web-watermarked

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

I would like to include an excerpt from a website that I found. It is from an article entitled “Moses in Egypt, and Moses in Midian” and is from “The Christian’s Friend”. The entire article is quite long and is written in “early English” somewhat, but this part is very interesting and I think you will enjoy reading this.

Moses was an eminent type of the Lord Jesus. And I would just notice, in passing, that they are the only two persons mentioned in Scripture whose course we are able to trace from their birth on to the glory. (** there is an addendum that I have made to this part of this quote – you can find the updated information on this part of this quote here on the next post… “CORRECTION – MOSES THE SHEPHERD“)

It is worthy of remark that the life of Moses is divided into three distinct periods of forty years.3-4_moses-shepherd

The first forty he spent in Egypt as the “son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”‘

The next forty in the wilderness tending the flock of his father-in-law. There, at the mount of God, he had a vision of glory, such as could never have been revealed to him in Egypt.

In the last forty we have the account of the sorrowful and trying course he had to run, as the servant of God and of His people Israel, in bearing the burden of that people.”

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So when the Israelites became so distraught about their situation, they prayed and continued to pray. God heard them and then He remembered Moses. God allows time to pass, sometimes, until we are ready and seasoned to do His will, before He tel162ba415-62c7-4c0e-af1f-c5fc7610922f_g_338ls us what He wants us to do. That is the case for Moses, as well. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness, tending his father-in-law’s sheep. These 40 years were a wonderful “proving ground”, if you will, for what is to come. Spending 40 years with his father-in-law, who was the Priest of Midian, was the perfect place for Moses to grow in a different way than he did in Egypt. In Egypt he had access to the finest education, luxuries and food. He was a very highly respected man and very well educated. However, this education and all the refinements got him nowhere in Midian. He chose to learn to be a shepherd and keep his father-in-law’s flocks. This can be a very rewarding undertaking, as I learned when I did the series on “The Good Shepherd”. It is also a time of solitude. I believe the combination of being with Jethro – his father-in-law –Moses_w_Jethro_1116-80 the Priest of Midian, and the solitude of being a shepherd allowed Moses to grow in his relationship with God. I can’t help but believe that those alone times that Moses spent with the sheep in the pasture or up on the high plains of the mountains in the Spring and Summer months allowed him to reflect and pray. I can just hear Moses’ prayers (conversations with God). I can hear the realness and the humanness in his prayers. The outright confusion about how his life began and “look at me now” kind of prayer. In those times – those 40 years – though, I believe God imparted wisdom and knowledge to Moses and when God called to him out of the “Burning Bush” it was time. God saw the man that was to “save His people” from Egyptian bondage. Here is the scripture..

Exodus 3:1-10

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.burning_bush-WS

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

God called him by name. Moses answered instantly. Do we answer God when He calls our name? Or do we ignore and walk the other way? God had something wonderful in store for Moses and He does for you as well. We just have to tune our ears, heart and spirit to hear God when He calls. As I said, I believe Moses spent a lot of time with God while he was tending the sheep. I also believe Moses recognized that familiar voice. It was the relationship they had.Moses Keeping Jethro's Sheep 1863 by Sir Edward Poynter 1836-1919

Now on further down in the scripture, Moses asks God – referring to going back to the Israelites and telling them that the God of their fathers sent him, he says “Who do I say sent me?” Now I believe Moses knew this was God but he was worried about telling the Israelites and wondered if they would believe him. Asking God… How do I convince them that I really had a conversation with You and You sent me….? I know it wasn’t exactly like that, but I believe that about Moses. I do believe he know who God was and was astonished about God appearing to him in this way. What an event! The One True, Almighty God. Speaking to him from a burning bush. Then telling him to go on this mission to save His people. WOW… I can see why Moses was a little overwhelmed.

I know sometimes I get so overwhelmed just in the presence of God in prayer or praise or when I listen to my Bible on my phone. It is just an amazing thing to feel the presence of God and it overwhelms sometimes. I believe this is what Moses was going through at about a 1,000,000+ on a scale from 1-10. So, he is overwhelmed, too. No doubt!

The next post on Prayer will be about the “real” conversation Moses has with God (the Burning Bush). If Moses had not had a relationship with God, he would not have been so real and honest about his reservations. Just my thoughts and opinions.

Tomorrow I will continue this conversation between God and Moses. It gets better!

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