Murder | Devotion 2: Nobody?
D.L. Moody said that Moses spent:
40 years thinking he was a somebody
40 years learning he was a nobody
40 years discovering what God can do with a nobody.
Though he was born to a Hebrew family, Moses spent the first 40 years of his life living like a prince, the grandson of the King of Egypt. Acts 7:22 (NASB) tells us that “Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and action.” Moses was raised to think he was a somebody.
Exodus 2:11-12 says, “One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”
The Bible does not tell us how Moses came to know that he was a Hebrew, or if he always had knowledge of his true heritage. Yet there came a time when he made a choice, Moses chose God. He chose the Hebrew people, his people. He refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses saw the burdens of his people, and when he witnessed a slave being beaten, he intervened to help and murdered the Egyptian.
Sin does not go uncovered for long. The sands of life shift and the king soon heard about what Moses had done and wanted to kill him. The Hebrews did not understand why Moses, an Egyptian, was interfering in their affairs and the king was ready to put Moses to death for his crime. Moses must have been in much turmoil trying to understand his role, he was a prince, yet he was also the same as the Hebrew slaves. Moses fled to Midian and would stay there for 40 years learning that he was a nobody.
Acts 7:25 says, “He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.”
Hebrews 11:24-26 adds, “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. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
God had great plans for Moses from the day he was born. He chose Moses long before Moses chose Him. God would one day use this murderer, a nobody, to save His people.
It would take 40 more years for Moses to discover what God could do with a nobody.