The Sinai Covenant

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.

Moses 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
which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3 (KJV)

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; Deuteronomy 9:14,18,26).

Even today we must focus on what God has done, and not on the activities of human beings.