Journal Acts 7 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “When he (Moses) was 40 years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.
And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down (killing) the Egyptian. He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand—but they did not understand.
And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, “Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?”
But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?”
At this retort, Moses fled….” Acts 7:23-29a
Observation: There are a number of high emotion issues here, many that I have indirect experience with, just like a lot of folks.
Analysis: Right off the bat, I haven’t killed anyone. But I have verbally attacked, assuming a position and character of Authority. “Look, I know what I am talking about and it is self-evident what is right and wrong, so therefore I COMMAND you to behave.”
As a young Christian that assumption of command authority, in order to change or alter behavior, occurred a lot. As an older Christian it still is a reflex within me that I have to deal with. As Jesus has said, “It shall not be the way with you…” (cp Luke 22:26a)
Moses (a high-level royal) took deadly retribution against an Egyptian low-level authority with the thought, “My newfound allegiance with my Hebrew brothers will be lauded and recognized as the hand of God.” This can be thought of as corresponding with the emotion of “finding Christ”. But, witnessing to former friends, relatives, and acquaintances, a common backlash (just like the Hebrew), “Who made you worthy to command me? You just killed a guy! (or lied, committed adultery, stole, etc.) You are just like me, admit it! Now leave me alone you hypocrite.”
And my response (probably very common): I ran away. I fled. I hid. I pulled into myself and kept from talking for a long while.
As an example, Moses here is every Christian. He made mistakes and thought he was doing right. Took himself too seriously, no learning, no seasoning, not following and being discipled from another. The modern word is “mentoring”.
Nobody should be walking the “way of the Cross” alone. No one should think they should or can successfully. Many do, just the same, and not many mature doing that.
Every child should be looking primarily to their Father and Mother for guidance in the Faith. Every Father and Mother should be ready to be a guide in the Faith. Every wife should look to their husband for the same. Husbands, you have a Holy Responsibility to your Wife, obligations to your Children. (c. Eph 5).
Adults: Find a mentor in the Faith—a person who exhibits Wisdom and Perseverance in the Word, displaying Growth in Holiness.
Moses didn’t. He had a mid-life crisis at 40 years, found the Root of being Hebrew and…..blew it. God redeemed the end anyway.
Prayer: Lord, I wanted to write about Stephen, but this popped out. Never thought about Moses like this before and how similar this situation was (and is) to this dunce in the Faith. Thank you for unfolding Scripture like this.
Bring revival, heal this land,