“If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles and he beholds the form of the Lord” (Numbers 12:6-8).
Early on, it was clear that God had a special plan for Moses. Hiding in a basket in the reeds on the Nile, God set Moses aside for a very special purpose. Growing up in Pharaoh’s home as an Israelite meant that Moses had a very unique background that prepared him for the significant leadership role he would play in helping God fulfill his mission of glorifying himself by rescuing his people. Yet, due to the fall, Moses sinned in a very horrific, disturbing, evil way.
Seeing an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite, Moses bottled up his anger for long enough to make sure that no one was looking. When he thought he was by himself, he then lashed out on the Egyptian in order to kill him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he tried to hide his body in the sand. Short of the cannibalism, this is like Jeffrey Dahmer bad.
Worldly perspective would look at a man like Moses as being not just totally lost, but one who could never accomplish anything significant in this life. Praise God that he doesn’t operate on worldly logic. He looks at the most despicable sinner of all and sees intrinsic value and worth in him. He looks at the vile sinner and declares him capable of being redeemed.
Obviously the fact that Moses wasn’t struck down on the spot speaks to a supernatural work of God. Not only did God show mercy in allowing him to flee untouched by Pharaoh, but then God showed him supernatural grace by calling him from the burning bush to a mission that would give Moses the opportunity to be sitting in the passenger seat of God’s show of glory.
Moses felt the Lord with him. He had wonders and signs performed through him. He saw God bring one plague after the next. He watched the Israelites grow in their trust of him. He saw God part the Red Sea and then swallow up the Egyptian army. He saw God give the Israelites water from a rock. He watched God feed the Israelites with manna. He was the only privileged one to sit on the top of Mt. Sinai to listen to the voice of God. He was granted the ability to see the backside of God’s glory. I could go on and on. Then consider how significant of a statement God makes in Numbers 12:6-8. With Moses alone did God speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles.
I believe this might be the best news of the day for you. God uses bumbling idiots all the time! Praise God! He uses donkeys and even murderers to accomplish his purpose. He can change our hearts and he can change the hearts of the most rebellious to cause them to be described as “faithful in all my house.” May God grant us hearts that are desperate to be found faithful. May God change our hearts to cause us to be instruments that not only experience mercy and grace, but are able to also show mercy and grace to those around us.