Being Perfected

Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, o“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Exodus 3:10-11

Why did God choose Moses when he was eighty-years old? He could have used him, say, 40 years back when he was still in Egypt and was brave and confident. But at 80 years, he had none of his earlier capabilities; in fact he had a feeling of inadequacy. How could he impact the mighty Pharaoh?

Let’s look at some qualities Moses possessed at 80 that he didn’t have in his youth:

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Rejoicing in Justice

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 98:7-9 ESV

God is just, and his judgements are pure. The psalmist describes the celebrating of the whole creation when the Lord “comes to judge the earth.” Not only is he just, but a right response to his justice is rejoicing, and to be genuinely glad for it. As God’s people, we should join in the “roar” and praise him because he isn’t corruptible; he cannot be perverted or bought, he has no price. He isn’t like a judge presiding over our human courts, who can be swayed, payed off, or extorted.

Our God stands above and apart from creation as ruler and Lord.

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