Why was Moses chosen by God to deliver the Israelites?

The Bible tells us that “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). The quality of character here described as meekness is essential to leadership in the cause of God. The Lord can’t use people that lack that trait.

But Moses was not born naturally meek as shown in (Ex. 2:11–14). That trait, he acquired as the result of 40 years spent in the hard school of the wilderness of Midian. God trained him to be a good leader there. Only a meek man knows how to be submissive to God and to his subordinates and at the same time be a courageous and strong leader. There is no place in the ministry of the Lord for a leader who makes it his job to boss his fellow workers and control them.

Moses resembled Jesus in character. Christ spoke of Himself as “meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29), and because He is, all “that labour and are heavy laden” (v. 28) may come to Him and find rest for their souls. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

Meekness is the attitude of heart and mind that prepares the way for holiness. Therefore, a “meek” spirit “is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). “Meekness” is often mentioned by NT writers as a Christian virtue (Gal. 5:23; 1 Tim. 6:11). The word meek appears also in the Messianic passage of Isa. 61:1–3 and in Ps 37:11.

“Meekness” toward God means that we submit to His dealing with us and accept His will as good, without complaining. Also a  “meek” person has full self control. Through self-exaltation our first parents lost paradise and through meekness it may be regained. The Bible tells us, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

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In His service,

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