Today as I was reading Numbers, a verse arrested my attention. Moses was a humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth (Numbers 12: 3 GNT). The verse suggests a reason–perhaps the main reason–that God chose Moses to lead the Hebrews (along with many God-fearing Egyptians, by the way) out of Egypt.
It must have difficult for Moses to remain humble and to intercede for those who arrogantly criticized him. In Chapter 12, we find that even Moses’ brother and sister, Aaron and Miriam, complained about him. Here is what God said about Moses in response to Aaron’s and Miriam’s criticism:
6 He said, “Hear now My word: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all my household; With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD” (NASB).
Can you imagine speaking with God mouth to mouth (some translations say “face to face”)? Can you imagine beholding the form of God? (See Exodus 33: 11-23.)
Clearly, humility is a key component in having a close relationship with the Lord.
Here is what Jesus said about humility: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5: 5 KJV). Here’s the same verse in the Good News Translation: “Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!”
* I found the illustration of Moses and the burning bush in my grandmother’s copy of “The Holy Bible” (Southwestern Company, Nashville, TN).