The Sinai Covenants
In the history of mankind there are certain
people who stand out because of ability, position, and personal
characteristics. They appear at the right place at the right time and
are able to make the most of their opportunities. These people include
Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Job, Joseph, Moses and many others.
was one of these men. He was trained in the best military schools of
Egypt and able to lead a large group of freed slaves through the
wilderness of Sinai. He had the poise, reverence, and humility to
literally stand in the presence of God to receive the Law. And most of
all, he had the sensitivity to know the purpose of God for himself and
for his people.
It was under the leadership of Moses that Israel
became a nation. By communicating the messages and the power of God to
the people, they moved to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant and take
possession of the Promised Land. The eternal law of God was proclaimed
by God and written in stone. Grace was illustrated and a home for the
presence of God was made in the Sanctuary and its services.
Israel through prosperity, and in the wisdom of its laws became an
example to the nations. Even through their mistakes and their frequent
apostasy, a loving forgiving God was proclaimed. It was the spring of
their opportunities and hope beat strong throughout the nation.
With all his abilities and accomplishments, Moses was very meek:
Now the man Moses was very
meek, above all the men
On several occasions Moses refused to take
credit for leading Israel out of Egypt, or even to take over the
responsibility for doing so. He always insisted that God was the leader
and the One who delivered them from Egypt. He never pointed to himself
(Exodus 32:10,11; Numbers 14:12,19,20;
which were upon the face of the earth.
Numbers 12:3 (KJV)
Even today we must focus on what
God has done, and not on the activities of human beings.