Moses: God’s Chosen Leader

“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” — Hebrews 11:24–25 (ESV)

To Read: Hebrews 11:23–28; Exodus 3–4

Biblical Synopsis: When Pharaoh ordered his guards to throw the Hebrew baby boys in the Nile, Moses’ mother put him in a basket and placed it in the river hoping for a miracle. The Princess found him and adopted Moses as his own but allowed Moses’ mother to nurse him until he was weaned. As an adult, Moses sided with his biological clan and led the Israelites out of Egypt in the great Exodus.

Application for Today: Growing up in the Egyptian palace, Moses likely had extensive training in reading, writing, hieroglyphics, various scripts, foreign languages such as Akkadian and Canaanite dialects, mathematics, music, sports, military combat, and rhetoric.[1]

Yet, when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told him to confront Pharaoh, Moses was terrified and said, “Who am I?” (Exod. 3:10).

The Lord reminded Moses that he would be with him but Moses was full of excuses, “What shall I tell the Israelites?” (3:13), “What if they don’t listen?” (4:1), “I am slow of speech and tongue,” (4:10), and “Send someone else” (4:13). Moses overestimated his lack of qualifications and underestimated God’s ability to use whomever he chooses.

In fact, God had sovereignly orchestrated every single event in Moses’ life to prepare him for the task of leading his people. His close ties with the Egyptian court probably helped him gain an audience with the pharaoh, which would have been unlikely to happen without his formal court training. His education helped him in the writing of the Pentateuch. And additionally, his military training and many years as a shepherd in the wilderness aided him in leading the people through the desert.

When God asks a person to do something, God knows what he is doing. He makes no mistakes. Even when we don’t understand why God is asking us to do something, he does. We can proclaim God’s message with confidence!

[1] Charles F. Aling, Egypt and Bible History: From Earliest Times to 1000 B.C. (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Book House, 1981), 74.