The Sixties Radical

God’s Choices Are Astounding

Moses and David Were Two of the Greatest Heroes of the Bible

 

I have always wondered how God goes about choosing the people he does to do his work. God’s choices on the surface do not make much sense. When you examine the choices, you will end up scratching your head in amazement.

Lets look at Moses and David, these two Biblical heroes were in modern terms life’s losers. They were not the strongest nor were Moses and David the smartest. They were the wrong choices. Moses and David had many character defects yet God chose Moses and David to become the fathers of Judaism.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why God chose those two men to be the leaders of the Jewish people. Moses was a hot head. He killed a man in a fit of anger. Moses was a stutter. He couldn’t talk right. He saw weird stuff like burning bushes that didn’t burn in the Egyptian desert.

David was a shepherd boy. His own father didn’t want anything to do with him. David was weird. He was one of those artist types. David wrote poetry. He was a musician. David hung out with sheep all day. David was an adulterer. David murdered a man.

You have to be kidding me. God chose Moses to lead the Jews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. God gave Moses The Ten Commandments. God and Moses spoke to each other all the time. God gave Moses the words to write the first five books of the Bible. Moses was the lawgiver for the tribes of Israel. This is pure craziness.

David was the greatest king that Israel ever had. David killed Goliath. David’s son Solomon built the Holy Temple in the city of Jerusalem. God’s Son Jesus was a direct descendant of David. Every Jewish person born traces his or her heritage back to David.

David and Moses do not seem like very logical choices or are they?

Let us look very closely at the life of Moses. Moses was supposed to die at birth. The king of Egypt directed that all male children born to Hebrew women were to be killed. Exodus 1:16 The Amplified Bible states, ” When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birth stool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”

The Hebrew midwives in charge of these deeds decided to disobey Pharaoh and let the Hebrew males live. This angered Pharaoh. He saw more and more Hebrews being born and taking over the land. Pharaoh issued a new directive, Exodus 1:22 The Amplified Bible, ” Then Pharaoh charged all his people saying, Every son born (to the Hebrews) you shall cast into the river (Nile), but every daughter you shall allow to live.”

Moses’ mom Jochebed hid him for three months before she put Moses in a basket and sent him down the Nile. This is the crazy part. Guess who found Moses. Pharaoh’s daughter decided to take a bath and that’s when she discovered Moses on the bank of the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter gave Moses back to his mother so she would nurse him. When Moses became older, he was returned to live with Pharaoh’s daughter. She named him Moses,” Because I drew him out of the water, ” Exodus 2:10, The Amplified Bible.

Moses, now grown up, came upon an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew slave. Moses became enraged. He looked around to make sure no one saw him and killed the Egyptian. The next day Moses stumbled upon two Hebrew men arguing and fighting. Moses asked them to stop but one of the men fired back at Moses, Exodus 2:14, The New Living Translation, ” Who do you think you are?” replied the man. “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Do you plan to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Moses was badly frightened because he realized that everyone knew what he had done.”

Pharaoh put a contract hit on Moses. Moses split the scene. He ran away to the desert. He hid there for forty years until God revealed himself to Moses in a burning bush.

Saul was the king of Israel. Saul got himself into hot water with God. Saul decided to disobey and reject God. God became angry with Saul so the Lord sent Samuel in search of a new king. The Lord directed Samuel to Jesse. The Lord said to Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:1, The New Living Translation,” Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I selected one of his sons to be my new king.”

Jesse paraded all seven of his sons before the prophet Samuel however the Lord rejected them all. Samuel asked Jesse, 1 Samuel 16:11, The New Living Translation, ” Are these all the sons you have? ” ” There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep. “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. ” We will not sit until he arrives.”

David never entered his father’s house. David hung out with sheep. He was the weirdo of the family. David played the harp. He wrote poetry. He was the runt of the family. He was not at all like his older brothers. They were the warriors of the family. They were born to lead.

Samuel 16:12 The New Living Translation, described David as, ” He was ruddy and handsome, with pleasant eyes.” The rest of the verse states, ” And the Lord said, ” This is the one, anoint him.” Samuel did and he left.

David’s family was in total shock. David was going to be the next King of Israel. He’s not a leader. David’s not a warrior. He’s handsome. Abinadab and Shammah are the real leaders and warriors not David.

Goliath came on the scene and he challenged the manhood of Israel. The entire Israeli army cowered in fear. David heard the ranting of Goliath and so he stepped forward to fight the Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:45 states, ” David shouted in reply, ” You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to in the name the LORD Almighty? the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

” Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is one God in Israel,” 1 Samuel 17; 46 The New Living Translation.

” And everyone will know that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people, It is his battle, not ours. The LORD will give you to us.” 1 Samuel 17:47 The New Living Translation.

David killed Goliath. God had his victory and the world knew that THE LORD is one true God.

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