Sunday, 8 July 2018
Question of the day: What are some comparisons between David and Moses?
Answer: They both ruled over all of Israel for 40 years. They both had to wait in a quiet place while God perfected their characters. Moses went to the back side of the desert to tend Jethro's flocks while David tended his father's flocks in quiet pastures.
Rabbi Trail: Although the Scripture is not specific, I believe there is evidence that Moses understood his calling when he slew the Egyptian task master. The next day two Hebrews were fighting and asked Moses, "Who made you ruler over us?" (Exodus 2:14) Additional note - here are two guys in the throes of an argument. This is a sign of their disfunctionality (not a real word). Moses wants to help them but they don't want help. They want to keep fighting as they continue to wollow (another non-word) in their disfunction (a real word). This should have been a sign to Moses that helping Israel out of Egypt is not going to be easy or rewarding. End RT.
Both of these men (back to Moses and David) had to endure years of solitary character building before they were ready to be used by God (David at a much younger age than Moses). Both of the had to deal with an abundance of trouble and trials throughout their leadership experience. Both of them heard from God and received direction from God.
As with all the reflections, what is the lesson God intends to apply in our own lives? It's this ... every time God came into the world (historically until now) people have rejected Him or rebelled from His leadership in one way or another. God's purpose for us in these last days is to raise us up as a people unto Himself (He will make us into a people who were not a people previously. - 1 Peter 2:10) who will stand with Him in the day of battle.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 "But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord - because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (TLV)
Rabbi Michael Weiner,