Wafers and Whine

Moses is my new Bible hero. In our Story Group tonight we talked about what it was about Moses that won him the title “meekest man in all the earth” (Numbers 12:3). As we pondered that thought it became obvious that there are very few people in history who could be put in the position he was in and not let it go to their head. When God told Moses that he was ready to destroy Israel and start over with his offspring; Moses’ response was to intercede for Israel. I might have thought that someone who: a) Did not want to do the job in the first place, b) Was under constant attack and criticism by the ingrates whom he was trying to lead, and c) Had just witnessed the most appalling rebellion against God’s authority in the shape of a golden calf; might have jumped at the change to get rid of these people! But Moses was too humble for that. Instead of thinking that surely his offspring could do a better job; he appealed to God’s mercy and reputation. Would it be right for the Egyptians to think God took Israel out in the desert simply to kill them? Moses put God first and Israel second. If he thought about himself and his desires at all; they would come in third. Thank you Moses for leading Israel and us by showing us what humility looks like.


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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


2 Responses to “Wafers and Whine”

  1. avatar D Thompson says:

    Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite books – God Is No Fool. You read one of its many gems (the title piece). When I was a teenager my congregation’s youth group said farewell to graduating seniors with the one that begins “Bits and Pieces,” but I think my favorite is the one that begins “How does God’s truth prevail?”

  2. avatar Tommy says:

    Well said Byron! Sounds like some really good insights are blooming from your small group.

    From rejected nobility to the “meekest man in all the earth” (Numbers 12:3)…a very odd transformation. In the last few chapters, Moses has had a very strange life; as if ‘someones’ hand has been directing his steps, placing ‘tests’ before him, shaping him. The character trait that stands out the most, to me, is Moses patience…second would be his courage to stand between his people and God…though I’ve often pondered if a man could really change the mind of God. Did God really need reminding of the promises He first made Himself? I don’t have an answer, but if I were to guess, I’d say this standing up for the Hebrew nation was a test for Moses…since he started on such shaky ground (originally having to use Aaron to speak for him). Moses needed to have fire-like tenacity in order to carry out God’s will, and (assuming a human argument) if I were God, I’d want to double check and make sure Moses could get past his character flaws and lead God’s nation; a nation that did not know the end of their story… Because of this plank in my eye, I cannot judge the Israelite’s harshly, for I have often doubted God, I have often abandoned God, and I have often ignored God. Faith, it seems, is a two party dance.

    In the story, God needed to shape Moses with a superior steadfast will. As we all know, pluck a single person (man or woman) from a group and you may find a hero; however, large groups of people are more prone to form “mob” like mentalities. Often, it can could take a single spark of rebellion to set a field ablaze. This is why I admire Moses the most, he stood against the mob mentality and redirected his people to God. Who in our own age could do the same? No one. Moses is the image of God’s polished stone… an excellent example that the human condition has the capacity for good, if we can simply follow God’s lead. No wonder that Moses stood beside Jesus during the transfiguration, a testament that a human could have moral goodness, witnessed by three of the greatest pillars of Christianity: Peter, James, and John.

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