“Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?” —Exodus 2:13
Read Exodus 2:11-25
Moses was faced with a choice in Egypt: either enjoy riches there or suffer affliction with the people of God. By faith he chose the latter, the good part. However, in his haste, he killed an Egyptian and tried to conceal the evidence of his crime. The following day he asked a fellow Hebrew why he was beating his fellow man. Strictly speaking, he was not in any position to ask this question, since he had killed an Egyptian the day before. The reaction of the Israelite recorded in verse 14 was justified.
This episode makes us think of the beam and the splinter, doesn’t it? What is shown here in Moses’ life is often true of us as well. We must be careful that we do not pass judgment by hastily condemning Moses due to his temper. Of course, Moses stands to be corrected, especially when we see that Christ did not strike back against His adversaries who hit and killed Him without reason. He bore the greatest suffering most patiently! He was wounded for our transgressions, and He was smitten for our iniquities; yet He opened not His mouth.
Moses had much to learn. Near the end of his life we read that he was the meekest man upon the earth. This meekness was learned through the power of the Holy Spirit, by which even wolves are changed into lambs. This will also be shown in our relationships with our neighbours. Are you still a wolf? Look to the Lamb of God and ask, “Oh Lord Jesus, transform me into Thy image.”
In what way was Moses a type of Christ?
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