Moses said: “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD.” (Exodus 16:28-30, NASB)
He who hears and heeds you [disciples] hears and heeds Me; and he who slights and rejects you slights and rejects Me; and he who slights and rejects Me slights and rejects Him who sent Me. (Luke 10:16, Amplified)
For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification. Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also gives you His Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8, HCSB)
This is not of my doing (the works Moses performed). The person who is poor in spirit is a person surrendered to the will of God. Never is there to be a work done by the will of man; and that means none. The Moses that was used greatly of the LORD was a broken and contrite man who did not act in his own best interests. Though Moses was often frustrated (and who wouldn’t be?) he chose to do God’s will in the power of the Holy Spirit. Moses the leader; Moses the intercessor; Moses the profit; Moses the judge; was always Moses the humble.
This section of Scripture ends with judgment as the earth swallowed up the leaders of the rebellion. Sometimes judgment is immediate and sometimes it is not. The Believer will face a judgment of his works someday. The person who is poor in spirit is sure to receive his reward because it is the judgment of the motive, of whose will is being followed. Submit to the will of the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit like Moses.
If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost; yet it will be like an escape through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15, HCSB)
The people of Israel were constantly in rebellion in the wilderness and died there. They never learned the lessons that Moses did in his training in the very same area of land. We are all given similar wilderness experiences in order to build us in the character of Christ. We have a choice set before us. Will we chose to be like Moses and become poor in spirit or will we die in the wilderness? I pray we all choose to become like Moses and go forward in our walks with God.
Prayerfully read and meditate the following additional passages when the rebellious people rose up against Moses. Take note of Moses’ response in each case.