Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. It is no surprise at the attacks on this man of God as if he was irrelevant or non- existent.
This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest. And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses. And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.
When the arch-enemy of God came along with a whisper in the garden of delight, the existence of God was never an issue. The devil is not stupid to cloak the obvious. Beguile is the correct word which has sadly been refined over time. Indeed, he is a tactician.
Some Many have said Moses was a fictional character. Kind of strange really to advance an idea that even the devil himself would not touch; yet he certainly could suggest it to others who are more than happy to do his bidding.
Sure, do away with Sinai, the law, the covenants, the promises of God, the services of God, the tabernacle, the adoption, the glory; conveniently dismiss he who died at 120 years old having his natural strength not abated, nor his eye sight undimmed; and while there is playing in the sandbox of unbelief and arrogance, insolence and depravity, just say Aaron was a mirage as well.
But the wise-crack is more insidious than challenging the life and times of a man. The integrity of heaven is also mocked, as if God is put on trial for His creation of life in general, the preserving of His word in particular, and the life of Moses specifically.
Say the man of God Moses never lived, and one kinda says the Lord Jesus Christ is a
liar; (perish the thought and strike these words from the page) say Moses never lived, and Peter, James, and John are cited as delusional, for they were eyewitness of the majesty of Christ, where both Moses and Elijah appeared with him, and spoke ahem, of His EXODUS, that’s right, (Greek for decease) which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.
You may want to allow this thought to sink in; they spoke of ‘HIS exodus, which HE should accomplish, at Jerusalem. Oh yes, and quite a ‘going out’ it was, leading to Calvary’s tree, and coming from the tomb first rising, then ascending, sitting, and sending. And who does the King lead but they who are called out?
No Moses eh? and once more you have the Lord Himself participating in a ‘routine meal’ in the upper room with his friends celebrating the last passover. Might as well take your great eraser and remove the Feast of tabernacles, the Feast of unleavened bread, Pentecost, the day of Atonement, and the Feast of trumpets. No Moses? No lamb, no blood, no frogs, lice, hail, and no death of the first-born. It must be wonderful to have history erasing power.
No law given through Moses? Hmmm, no grace and truth given by Jesus Christ either. Once more strike this word from the page.
No Moses in the flesh huh? Okaaaay. So he who was a servant, a prophet, a priest, a shepherd, a mediator, an intercessor, a builder, and also a judge, somehow escaped the notice of the human race. Well done, a convenient attempt to dismiss the credentials of Christ, for He was much more than Moses, as God in the flesh.
Sure do away with Moses, and the life of Joshua is erased. Presto, gone. What the heck, may as well say Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob never lived either. But why stop: there were no twelve sons, no twelve tribes, no Benjamin, no King David, no wisdom of Solomon, no King Saul, no tribe of Judah, and again, it all leads to the dismissal of the Lord Christ, and people’s hatred of His glory and truth. Yea, good luck with that.
Yep, that great sinner and saint Saul of Tarsus, also of the tribe of Benjamin, that learned Pharisee of the strictest sect who sat at Gamaliel’s feet, who was astute in the law of Moses, but who explained more perfectly the grace of God, he too either did not live, or was part and parcel of continuing the eternal lie. Oh my, while the devil knows better than to challenge the life and times of Moses, he surely tries to cast aspersion and doubt on scripture. Sorry, no can do.
Perhaps you have read of the so-called scholars who have ‘proved’ (insert slight chuckle) Moses was a myth, citing, cough cough, a lack of evidence. Just like there is no evidence it snowed a thousand years ago I suppose. Yea, okay.
Not only do the genealogies of Matthew and Luke preserve and protect the lives of men and women, they verify the law of Moses as sure as the sun.
‘For the law (may I remind you of not ten, but 613 commandments) having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things……’ says the Hebrew writer speaking of better things brought through Christ, has been a great instructor in proving man’s shortcomings, but also a wonderful harbinger of the grace of God.
There was a dispute about the burial of Moses, and God in His infinite wisdom prevented a shrine from being made lest people worship the grave of Moses, and yet again, the devil crawled away having nothing. God is not the God of the dead but of the living.
So you say Moses never lived and so what? It is easier to believe Moses lived and died than to believe YOU will live to see tomorrow.
A group of men pleaded the Lord for ‘proof’ of His word and doings as being from above. The Lord answered:
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
This is precisely the argument Paul the apostle made in Antioch of Pisidia as a visitor. He sat patiently on the sabbath in the synagogue, and rose to speak when invited to do so. He referenced Moses, and testified what he knew in the scriptures of truth, and how the entire word of God speaks of the son of God, the Messiah, the Christ of God as revealed in the law and the prophets.
Such is the strength, reliability, and unimpeachable testimony of scripture.
Try to hide from the effects of law from an all-wise God; sure, ignore history and paint a canvas minus the lives of they who had the greatest influence on life; ignore geography such as Jericho, Tel Abib, Eden, Sodom, Gadara, Nazareth, Bethlehem; ignore the specific instructions in the building of the tabernacle with the exacting craftsmanship; ignore the reviving of the Hebrew language after a hundred generations, ignore the promise of God to preserve Israel with an oath as good as the light of the moon; ignore the catalogue of men and women who all died with faith intact in the living God; ignore Daniel the prophet, Jeremiah, Isaiah, the baptist, ignore the people of history who would embarrass the miscreants of today with their character; ignore God’s written revelation of your caustic commentary of His word; ignore the other worldly hatred of nations toward Israel; ignore the effects of sin and proof in the lives of men; ignore the blindness of a world bent on displacing the Creator from his very universe; and ignore the obvious assaults on all that is good, pure, and decent.
There is nothing new under the sun, for ‘seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.’ The same resource people had thousands of years ago, is the same resource we have today: the sure word of God.
A man may be able to whiteout a mistake on a piece of 8 x 11, but one cannot blot out the truth from the bone and marrow from humanity. Moses lives. The Lord Christ agrees. Scripture proves man’s hardness of heart, and scripture demands our attention.
For a person to conclude the man Moses never lived, is to walk through life with zero credibility in areas which have forever been settled.
Yes, the arrows of doubt, delusion, and decadence always fall short, but: ‘Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.’