Monday, July 5, 2010

"... than anyone else on the face of the earth."

i've written a few times about the Bible Experience that i like to listen to in the shower. i'm trying to "read" through through the whole Bible in 2010 while in the shower via the Bible Experience. (You can read some thoughts about that HERE.)
i really love it because the Bible was meant to be read out loud. i wonder if it all hits you better hearing it rather than reading it? That's the way it was read for THOUSANDS of years. it's just a recent phenomenon to read the Bible to yourself. i'm thinking it was maybe written in such a way to hit people more powerfully when it is read out loud?

that's what happened to me. I was "reading"/listening through Numbers and it was just in the middle of the story and then there is this crazy RANDOM phrase and it came out of nowhere and hit me like a lightning bolt:

"(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)"

Wow. i want to be like this guy.

this phrase is so random it's even in parentheses! anyway, why don't you just think on that for a day like i did. let it hit you like it hit me.
i'll come back and write some thoughts tomorrow and i'd love to hear yours. you can read it for yourself in Numbers 12.


Nick Blevins said...

I just think it's hilarious that Moses may have written that...about himself.

patrick mitchell said...

HAHA! i love it. great point. that would be possibly the most ironic line in the whole Bible then... haha.

Jon said...

Moses does appear to be VERY humble in spite of his own admittance to being "more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth." [Numbers 12:3]

He questioned his own qualifications to be a leader.

"Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” [Exodus 3:11]

The eighty year-old shepherd even asked God to send someone other than himself, because he did not feel qualified to do what God was sending him to do!

Exodus 4:10 "Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

Can you imagine someone as legendary as Moses telling God to send someone else to do the job?!?

Surely, this was a humble man that God could use to do some of the mightiest deeds that would ever be assigned to any human being.

Exodus 7:1 "Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet."

Moses was undoubtedly led to write this comment about his own humility, because it is an extraordinarily important attribute that he had, and worthy of mention to any reader that should want to know WHAT was so special about Moses that God had called him and empowered him to lead this great mission.

I don't think it is ironic that Moses would write about this, nor hypocritical, since he probably understood that his humility was a key to his unique relationship with God.

"Exodus 3:6 When a prophet of the Lord is among you,
I reveal myself to him in visions,
I speak to him in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the Lord."