It’s not exactly recorded in the Bible how Moses eventually found out that he was a Hebrew and not a pure-blooded Egyptian. The Bible simply says that one day when he was all grown up, he went out to his brethren. The movie The Prince of Egypt takes artistic liberties with this knowledge gap and pins his finding his identity to a chance encounter with Miriam, his blood sister.
However he found out, what happened next was a defining moment in Moses’ life. He was, at this point, a full grown prince who knew who he was, and perhaps already had sensed a divine responsibility towards his enslaved people as their deliverer. It must have then made all the sense in the world to him to liberate his people whichever way he could.
During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.(Exodus 2:11[b]-12, NLT)
Problem solved? Not quite.
The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.
The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”
And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.(Exodus 2:13-15[a], NLT)
We won’t talk about how his own brethren did Moses “dirty”. What we will talk about, though, is the question that unnamed Hebrew man asked Moses, “Who appointed you?”.
That question is what Moses should probably have been afraid of the most, because the answer would have been “No one”. We know he was God’s appointed deliverer alright, but he was yet to acquire the trainings and encounters that would have prepared him fully for that role. He jumped the gun and had to flee Egypt, seemingly putting God’s plans in jeopardy.
This part of Moses’ story reminds me of Jesus’ third temptation according to the gospel of Matthew.
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and all their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ”(Matthew 4:8-10, NLT)
Jesus must have known that the kingdoms of this world would be His (Revelations 11:15), but here was the devil offering Him a sweet shortcut to that Glory ahead, bypassing the sufferings of the Cross. Jesus knew better than to fall for such schemes.
Moses didn’t. And some of us at this time still don’t know better than to fall for such schemes. If we want to lay hold of the promises of God, we can only be able to do so following His own way, and at His own time. You can’t fulfil God’s Word in the flesh.
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.(Habakkuk 2:3, NLT)
I know like it seems like it’s taking forever to be where you know God wants you to be, but please continue to hold on to God’s Word. Don’t attempt to get there by your own strength or cunning. Trust God. You will get there.
Even if you’ve made a mistake by trying to do things your own way and are now stranded in the desert with little or no hopes, dear Child of God, your Father still encounters people in the backside of the desert. He’s able to transform seemingly lost causes into great deliverers just like He did with Moses. You’re not finished yet.
Trust God. Hold on.