From Abraham to Moses
Our mind is filled with preconceived ideas and a rooted culture that gives birth to a way of thought that does not allow us to comprehend the ways of God. Today’s Western Civilization is partly founded upon the preconceived ideas that men and women centuries ago had about the stories in the bible. When people read those stories in the present, they read them with the same doctrines. We must stop doing this. If our civilization truly believes in God; that He is real and He exists, then we need to begin to reform to the culture He wants us to have; the culture of His heavenly kingdom. Faith has everything to do with righteousness, not the one of men, but the one of God.
As apostle James says in one of his letters, “Faith without deeds is dead in itself.” We can say we believe in God, but if we do not do the deeds, actions and works of that faith, which are about God’s righteousness and God’s love, we truly do not have faith in God. The righteous live by faith and love God above all things and love their neighbors as themselves. Love is the fulfillment of the law. God is love.
You see, Jesus said “repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Repent from its Greek and Hebrew etymology means to change the way we think. The way we think involves a belief, a culture and the actions we derive from it. Jesus was telling the Jews to change the way they thought. Something of the Jews’ belief and philosophy was hindering them from understanding the ways of God and His Kingdom’s culture.
The Jews, the masters of the Torah, the ones who gave foundation for today’s western civilization to be built, had a manner of thinking that did not please God. What makes us think we are different? As a matter of fact, when the Jews of the seed of Abraham told Jesus that their Father was Abraham and even God, Jesus answered them and told them that their father was actually the devil. Jesus said this because they did not do the works that Abraham had made, but they did the works of the devil, which were unbelief in Jesus, who is God.
When I read the stories from Abraham to Moses, I find the teachings of righteousness, faith, God’s faithfulness, and love. Abraham received a promise from God that he would be a father of multitudes through a son that God would give him. Abraham received that promise at an old age, without a son, and a sterile wife, Sarah. Abraham believed in God, but, by his wife’s advice, tried to give God a little hand and made the servant of Sarah bore a child, whom Abraham named Ishmael.
Ishmael, however, was not the son of the promise. God told Abraham that Sarah was going to be the one that would give birth to the child at her 90 years of age. What is impossible to man’s reason is not impossible for God, and Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
God then spoke to Abraham and told him to sacrifice the son of the promise. God did this to test Abraham’s faith, love, and righteousness. Therefore Abraham took Isaac to offer him to God. Isaac noticed that his father was not bringing along a lamb, so he asked his father where it was. Abraham answered Isaac that God would provide it. Abraham knew God’s promise according to Isaac and believed that God could raise his son from the dead. In the spirit, Abraham had already seen the day of the Lord Jesus and he knew that this was a foreshadowing of the things to come. Before stabbing his son, an angel stopped Abraham and God provided the lamb.
Isaac grew to be a wealthy man married to Rebekah. Rebekah gave Isaac boy twins, Jacob and Esau. When they came out of their mother’s womb, Jacob was holding on to the heel of Esau. Jacob grew up to be a quiet man that lived in tents and Esau grew up to be a skilled hunter and a man of the field. Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob.
One day Esau came home famished and Jacob was cooking. Esau asked his brother for food and Jacob told him that he would give him food only if Esau gave away his birthright of the firstborn. Esau agreed with Jacob, ate, got up and left. Esau sold his birthright through eating just as Adam and Eve sold the glory of Eden through eating.
Jacob married two women, Lea and Rachel. He had to work seven years to marry Lea and 14 years to marry Rachel. Jacob loved Rachel more than he did Lea, but she was sterile. However, in the end, Rachel gives Jacob two sons, out of the twelve sons and one daughter he had. They were Joseph and Benjamin. Jacob loved Joseph very much and gave him special gifts. Joseph also had dreams from God, where he saw that his brothers bowed before him. These dreams and his father’s unique treatment with Joseph caused the brothers of Joseph to be envious of him.
The brothers’ envy took them to sell Joseph as a slave into Egypt. In Egypt Joseph became the right hand of the Pharaoh for his ability of dream interpreting. Nevertheless he did undergo a tough process of misunderstandings and imprisonment before entering a position of great authority. His high position in Egypt’s hierarchy caused his brothers to bow before him and saved them all from the scarcity that struck the land. Through Joseph, the people of Israel were given the land of Goshen in Egypt.
When Joseph and the Pharaoh that was friend to him died, the next governor of Egypt enslaved the people of Israel. This is when Moses was born. Moses came into existence at a time when Israel was being tremendously oppressed by the Egyptian government. All the boy children were being killed by the Egyptians. Even so, the bravery of Moses’ parents helped save his life and he was adopted by the daughter of the Pharaoh.
When Moses grew up, he realized what the Egyptian government was doing to the Jews and he felt the calling inside of him to help them and deliver them. Moses tried to help them with his own strength and ability, but with this he only achieved to kill an Egyptian overseer that was whipping an Israelite. This incident spread amongst the Israelites and infused Moses with great fear of being killed or punished by the Pharaoh, thus he fled from Egypt and spent 40 years in the desert.
In the desert God appeared to Moses in the burning bush and told him to go back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites. This time, the hand of God through Moses would deliver the Israelites, not Moses’s strength and ability. However, Moses did not want to go back to Egypt and did not believe that he could do what God was asking him to do. Notwithstanding, Moses was convinced by God that it would be Him with His power through Moses, not Moses himself who would face the Pharaoh. Ultimately Moses obeys and believes in God. Moses’ righteousness and faith cause God to do glorious things for the Israelites to deliver them from the bondage of Egypt and give to them the Promised Land.
All of these stories, which are extremely summarized here, have to be read with a different understanding, one that is spiritual and according to the Kingdom of Heaven for them to be fully understood by those who read them. They contain a profound revelation and in order to be received, we must change the way we believe and the way we think. We need to have a retrained mind by the Holy Spirit.