Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Was Moses A Sinner And A Criminal?

The story of Moses is known all over the world, and is part of more religions than just the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is highly regarded as a prophet, teacher, religious lawgiver, leader, and writer. But are his accomplishments blemished by his early actions?

 

As the story goes, Moses was responsible for killing an Egyptian task-master, or slave-master (see Exodus 2:11-15 Here). However the “Ten Commandments” had yet to be introduced, so we could argue that he never knew of the God-given law, and was thus free from committing a sin.

 

At the same time, Moses was part of the ruling family of Egypt, and as such could easily be exempt from any law as his status allows.

 

Or was this so?

 

If we know of no laws the early believers of God followed (before Moses), how could they be held accountable for anything?

 

Regardless of his legacy, Moses was guilty of sinning against his God, and of a capital crime against his home country. We know this by his behavior after the murder took place. Moses knew in his heart that what he had done was wrong. Additionally, he could have made up a story for the Pharaoh-king of why he had murdered the man. But instead Moses’ guilt forced him to recognize what he had done and he ran, unknowingly into the arms of an all forgiving God who would later use Moses to do wonderfully miraculous things that are only imaginable today.

 And here is the point:

if the people of Israel held captive in Egypt had not forgiven Moses,

and had not accepted God’s forgiveness for his earlier murder,

would the story have been the same?

We easily dismiss murderers in our society as a plague who deserve punishment, and perhaps that was something Moses felt of the time he spent in the desert herding sheep. But when it was done, he got up and did what God asked, even if his own burden of guilt seemed too heavy to accept the forgiveness of Go at the moment.

As a follower of Christ, forgiveness is not an option for me, and neither is it for those who have accepted His salvation.

As a society we recognize there is too much pain to keep from forgiving, lest we become isolated form one-another for too many hurts by others.

 

If we cannot learn to live, show, and teach forgiveness to others, then we will only build up more walls between us, and the pain will continue indefinitely.

 

Be a part of the solution.

Start by forgiving yourself,

then help someone else

  find the forgiveness they so badly need.

 

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