JUNE 14: THE BACKSIDE

THE BACKSIDE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, 'Moses, Moses." And he said, 'Here I am.' And He said, 'Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover He said, 'I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God."
Exodus 3:1-6
Today's Read: Exodus 3; Romans 9
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The life of Moses is composed of three "40's":
-The first "40" years were canopied under the roof of Pharoah. 
Through an act of divine providence, Pharoah's daughter lifted baby Moses from the Nile and both claimed him and raised him as her own.
Every practiced luxery and accommodation was afforded Moses in those "40" years.
Every whim and want was tended to.
Every profitable favor garnered him.
*The reader should note the prized education afforded him and the cultural influence exerted upon him. Familiarity with the finest and interaction with the wealthiest bred a healthy mind and spirit, without spoiling or wrecking, the heart of a Moses.
-The second "40" years were spent in the desert.
While it would have appeared that Moses was aptly situated for all good things while housed beneath the palace roof; the heart of  Moses was firmly situated with the heart of God's people, the Israelites.
The Israelites, who were captives enslaved by Pharoah, were studied and observed by Moses. The unrelenting "bullying" of his biological "brother" finally worked its way out into a murderous activity:
"And it came to pass in those days when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren and looked on their burdens, and he spied and Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand."
Exodus 2:11-12
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Moses got caught and was sought.
Moses fled and found refuge in the land of Midian.
He married a foreign woman by the name of Zipporah, daughter of Reuel, and became a chief shepherd for him. He held a wooden instrument called a shepherd's crook and labored after great flocks of sheep.
-Is this really the man who will rise to power and lead God's people ouf of Egypt?
-Is this really the man who God will speak to in intimate expression and form a deep camaradie with?
-Does God seriously choose a man who has murdered another man to pen the commandment,
"Thou shalt not kill."
-Does God seriously anoint and determine a sacred hiding place for a run-away murderer?
Yes, dear reader, and the story grows even more fantastical:
The providential "lot" secured Moses was none other than Mount Horeb also known as the Mountain of God; Mountain of YHWH, and future home housing the resource of rock by which the Ten Commandments will be written and by which place Moses will meet "40" days with God.
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Mmmm ....
God captivates me wonderfully!
How can He not?
What curious and holy timing God chooses in making Himself known to a defeated man.
What a curious decision God makes in His selection of Mount Horeb as a place of authorship and anointing.
What wondrous glory does the Father bestow on a human murderer.
What timely, strange providencs are procured for God's elect.
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God tends to Moses while Moses is tending sheep.
God enflames and arouses Moses' curiousity while Moses is hobbling about on foreign heights stepping over sheep dung.
What a wondrous disovery awaits our weary Moses and a journey of a new "40" but yet to begin.
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Hmmm ...
Be encouraged by God's great faithfulness, dear reader.
Tend to the sheep in your pasture.
Tend to the flocks in your herd.
Tend to all that is placed in your care and apply yourself whole-heartedly to the station God has procured for you.
And when the time comes,
 Your bush will burn.
When that time comes,
Turn aside and witness anew ...
The glory of God.
Your time is coming and God remains faithful.
Expect to be granted a sighting of Him on the "backside."
Read His story and stay near the Author.
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Three Study Considerations:
1) Record your flaws and not your favorable conditions.
Press them into the hand of God and watch Him work His word through them.
2) Labor manually and work hard in whatever "field" God has brought you to.
He will press into you and make known to you intimate expressions of His glory.
3) Turn aside where you see the "bush burn."
Give God praise and glory.