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Moses and David - Learning Through Experience

This is a reminder- God taught these people through their experiences.


Moses, a Hebrew, grew up as the son of the Egyptian king’s daughter. He still knew where he came from. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew unmercifully; Moses killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Later another Egyptian told Moses he saw what happened.

Moses fled and had to start a different kind of life- married and was with his wife and her family. Then he had an encounter with God with what some called “the back side of the mountain” This was all God’s plan to teach through his experience to become a great leader of God’s people. 

The first forty years of Moses’ life was in Egypt; from Egypt to the  wilderness forty years. Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian (Acts 7:23-24).

Moses was eighty years old before he went back to Egypt to deliver God’s people out of bondage. And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai (Acts 7:30).

Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3), despite his temper (anger issue). Moses was also a deliverer of God’s people. This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush (Acts 7:35). Moses was also symbolic of Christ being our Deliverer.

David – The Giant Experience

At a young age David killed a lion and a bear, which was a small thing compared to him facing a Giant! But David said to Saul, ….. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God (1 Samuel 17:34, 36).

As a king, David committed adultery and he had the husband of the woman he had sex with killed. David even tried to trick the man into having sex, so the heat would not be on him. The man (Uriah) refused to have sex with his wife (Bathsheba). So, David had him put on the front line during a war and Uriah died (2 Samuel, chapter 11).

Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel before the sun. (2 Samuel 12:10-12). 

He had issues with his children. One son tried to take his kingdom (2 Samuel, chapter 15); another son had sex with his sister (David’s daughter) –(2 Samuel, chapter 13).

Despite David’s failures, God said David was a man after His heart. And when He had removed him [Saul], He raised up David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will (Acts 13:22)

God does not see us like others see us, or how we see ourselves. We should be forever grateful to God's unchangeable love for us in spite of ourselves. Think of yourself the way God sees you, His Masterpieces! For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

There are always consequences to our sinful behavior; God disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 11:6). That’s why we should always look to the hills from where our help comes, knowing that we can do nothing without Him, this will keep us humble. 

Betty A. Burnett ~

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