Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” And the child (Moses) grew, and she (Moses’ sister) brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter (after being weaned) and he became her son. So she named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:5-6 10)
Moses’ birth was truly miraculous because the Egyptians were under direction to exterminate all Hebrew born males. Being found by Pharaoh’s daughter was undoubtedly God directed. Because Moses was adopted into the royal family it gave him privilege and opportunity in the most advanced and powerful empire of its time. Moses had access to the greatest education on earth. All the comforts and easy life was Moses’ and he would have been blessed beyond anybody on earth in the eyes of the world. But something will change in Moses’ life. Knowing he was a Hebrew, Moses began to consider his people who were slaves to the family who adopted him. Moses soon came to the point of embracing The Plow.
Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”
Then he said, “Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well. (Exodus 2:11-15)
The Plow was beginning to plow over the privileged care-free life in which Moses grew up. A new work had begun and Moses learns a crucial lesson of following after The Plow: do not get ahead of God. Moses knew his call, but in his own strength he gets into trouble and the hand of God guides him to go get proper training as a leader in the desert of Midian. The Plow will now need 40 years to perfect the work it has started. Moses goes from royalty to tending flocks of his father-in-law as The Plow has its way in his life. The breaking of new ground is painful and disrupting, but rewarding and fruitful.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his Father-in-law, the priest of Median. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said: I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Exodus 3:1-3)
The Plow does its job in the life of Moses and brings about an encounter between the Maker of the heavens and earth, and a humbled man who can hear the voice of God. The Lord is always there, and the Holy Spirit dwells within, but it takes a heart prepared by The Plow to hear the call of God. Is it any wonder Jesus used the phrase, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15, and 13:9 and 43; Mark 4:9 and 23; and 7:16; Luke 8:8 and 14:35);” and “He who as an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; and 3:6, 13, and 22);” and “If anyone has an ear, let him hear (Revelation 13:9)”? The Apostle Paul warned Timothy of a time will men will turn away from seeking the voice of God, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).” The Plow opens up communication between the Creator and His creation, but The Plow is often unpleasant because it rips open the ground on which it works. The Plow brought Moses to the proper timing of his call:
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:10)
Because Moses had earlier tried to fulfill his call before his time he questions the timing now:
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children out of Egypt?”
So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:11-12)
God reassures Moses that the timing is now favorable and gives him the promise Jesus gave in The Great Commission: His presence will be with Moses. Please notice the sign given to Moses: Moses will serve God once again on this mountain, the symbol of His presence. In other words, Moses is to serve under the power and revelation of God. Later Moses finds himself at this mountain (Exodus 19) to serve God before the people. At this point The Plow wanted to work in the people and make them a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6). But unlike Moses the people would not submit to The Plow (Exodus 20:19) and will die without entering the Promised Land.
Are you being prepared by The Plow for a new work of God? How is God preparing you? If it hurts remember you are not alone. After pain comes growth and fruitfulness. Then it may be time again to embrace The Plow and be prepared again for a new work of God.
To Him be all the glory!