THE MIGHTY BOLD & GUTSY MIGHTY MIGHTY MEEK [5.5.12]
He killed an Egyptian who was abusing his people (Exodus 2:12).
He fled into, and survived, the Wilderness east of Egypt
He returned to Egypt, faced down Pharaoh and Pharaoh’s court spin doctors (magicians -- what else does a magician do but make things different by just saying they are? and what else is that but "spin-doctoring"?)
He led his people by the thousands out of Egypt while chased by the military on a night flight that ranks among as dramatic as any in recorded history (in fiction too, for that matter)
He led them through, and himself survived and outlived most of them in, the Wilderness for 40 years
He put down rebellions, settled disputes and such “lawsuits” as they might have had prior to the giving of Hebrew Torah (“law”).
And when Torah was given by Yahweh God to the people (Exodus 20) – and later given again (Exodus 34) – it was Moses alone who had the guts to brave what probably was an active volcano (see Exodus 19:16ff) to let God speak through otherwise pure natural fury and terror … to blow away any and all tattered filaments and ripped-up threads of his former way of life, his former mind and “world view,” by its (the volcano's) inconceivable and raw, unfiltered sheer power … so that in the “raw meat” of what was left of his consciousness, a new mind and understanding might be placed … engraved in flesh as if on tablets of stone … and in turn relayed faithfully to these folks now gone wild back in the valley below … this absolutely dreadful, fearful encounter with Yahweh God, face-to-face … in order to come away dramatically changed but not, surprisingly, annihilated … with this new understanding of what would be required for life together in this new and scarred and intense community one day to be known as the Nation of Israel.
(That doesn't mean we don't have our own prophetic calling to challenge the 1%. We do.)
Jesus was, and is, One of them. If we want to find Him, Jesus, it is to them that we must go, and it is they whom we must serve (Matthew 25:31ff).
We must learn to be like them inside ourselves – in such nether-regions as our thoughts, emotions, world-views, values, ultimate passions and goals (Matthew 5:3, just two verses prior to our text here.