After all the numerous hikes up and down Sinai, I had to flip back a few chapters and recall, “how old was Moses at this point?”
“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.” (7:7)
What a life. Granted, Moses went on to live forty more years and we can’t really understand how aging was back then, but I think sometimes it’s good to slow down and read all the sweat between the lines. I think I counted 4 trips up the mountain just in chapter 19.
This won’t be the last time Israel makes him tired. He becomes the true go-between for the LORD and the people. Something not originally by design. Notice how the LORD set out to meet all of them.
“Then they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.’” (20:19)
I think there’s a tendency in Christian leadership to get used to having to spoon feed the people, because the LORD looks too intimidating for them.
If what Peter says in his letters is true, we should all be priests by now. A kingdom of priests, finally fulfilling Israel’s design. One of my favorite prophetic prayers is when Moses says,
“Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:29)
After some guys come to “tell on” other Israelites who were prophesying. He says, “are you jealous for my sake?”
Do you see yourself as a priest? Do you handle yourself as one? Do you rely on others to tell you what God wants? Do you represent Him to others fairly? This is a pretty serious job. That’s why Israel was hesitant to take it on and Moses was desperate to share it. Ask the LORD how you can grow in this role, today.