Wednesday, October 30, 2013

He will refine you, prepare you, and call you forth...Promises for the Wilderness #12

Moses fled into the wilderness.  His attempt at becoming Israel's deliverer in the power he had as a prince of Egypt was not received well.  But the education Moses had received as an Egyptian was part of God's plan - Moses' confusion never negated God's purpose.  In fact, when Moses ran to the wilderness, he ran straight into a divine appointment - right into the home of the priest/prince of Midian.

Who can deny God's hand in this simple "Godcidence"!?

Jethro, the priest, was a priest of the Most High God.  There is a probability that the title "prince" could mean ruler or governor, as the word is also translated as such, but other ancient non-Biblical writings have used the title of "prince" for Jethro.  Jethro is very similar to the character "Melchizedek" who was both priest and king.  They both served God and acted in His authority.  Moses was trained in the ways of Egypt; now he would be trained in the ways of the Spirit.  The wilderness would now become his "proving" ground.

Jethro = "his abundance" .  Jethro's name comes from the word  yathar; meaning properly, an overhanging, i.e. (by implication) an excess, superiority, remainder; abundant, cord, exceeding, excellancy(-ent), what they leave, that hath left, plentifully, remnant, residue, rest, string, with.

Moses ran out of the splendor of Egypt straight into "His abundance".  Moses found God's excess, superiority, the remainder of what was needed (more preparing), the abundance of what was needed (God is able to provide all that we need), His "cord" that could bind all Moses' life's experiences together, exceeding far more than he could think or imagine.  Moses came to a place and person of excellency, and his preparation would result in excellency.  God showed forth that even in the wilderness, traces of His work and Presence are abundant, He always holds a remnant in reserve, there is a place of rest (in His Presence), and He provides the string or thread that ties our lives to His (think of the red thread of redemption that is found throughout the Scripture).  This is the "tether" that ties us to Him, giving us stability in the storms of life just like a tent cord anchors the tent to the firm ground and stabilizes it.  Moses is always connected to God, even when he doesn't realize it, and so are we...

Moses ran right into the priestly prince of his time in the wilderness...this is a type and shadow for us to see what Jesus intends for us...He is our priestly prince, already in the wilderness when we flee there and lovingly He continues the refining, preparing, the equipping for the call...

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
Proverbs 17:3

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ...
1 Peter 1:6-7

For God's gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.
Romans 11:29 NLT 

and receive these words from Jesus, that He spoke to Peter:

...but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, 
when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
Luke 22:32