In whose strength, for whose glory?

Acts 7:23 -29

“Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.  And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian.  For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.” verses 23 -25

Can we see any similarities here between Moses sent and chosen to free the Israelites and Jesus sent and chosen to free us all?  Do we see the same  reception?

“And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?’ “ verse 26

A man of peace, not afraid to kill to protect and defend another.  A paradox.

“But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?’ Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.” verses 27-29

Here is an example of receiving a charge to be a leader, separated from the rest, yet trying to step out in one’s own strength.  Who is receiving the glory here?  When we attempt to do something on our own, we are not glorifying God.  We are not trusting in Him to do the work.  And then Moses allowed fear to enter him and he turned away from the task.  This showed where his trust was; it was not in God but in his own strength.  This passage speaks to the importance of staying close to God and following his commands and timing.  He does the work, we are his means, when we are obedient and faithful.  To be used by God is so rewarding, to try to do good in our own strength brings disappointment and many times failure.  This can cause us to lose faith, allow fear to influence us and drive us away from the work God wants to accomplish.

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