The notion of Moses’ mother abandoning him to God out of desperation by placing him in a basket on the Nile river, because she didn’t want him to die. His sister, Mariam, watching in the reeds to see what would happen to his baby brother as the waves of Nile River carried him off. The silent pain of Moses’ mother raising her son in the palace not as a Jewish boy but as an Egyptian according to what Pharaoh’s daughter instructed her to do, must have been agonizing for Moses’ mother. Moses, the person born in poverty but raised in prosperity, who ended up living in obscurity on the backside of the desert, seemed as though God had given up on him. But in reality, God was preparing him for an even greater and more effective ministry in the future. “The delivered one is to become the deliverer. Providence is quietly at work. The one who is called and gifted to lead must first be tested and validated.”
Moses’s life teaches us that tenacity, intercession, humility, accountability, and passion for the fulfillment of God’s work are essential qualities to pursue. Moses’ selfless love for and loyalty to his people surpassed his frustration with their “stiff-necked” disobedience to God and often repudiation of his leadership. He never gave up on them and was quick to intercede on their behalf, reminding God that He had claimed them as His very own and should not forget them. The Bible recognizes “Moses, along with Samuel as the greatest of Israel’s intercessors” (Ps 99:6; Jer 15:1).
Next, Moses’ humility is another attribute worth emulating. After God’s people resorted to idolatry when Moses went up to the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, God’s anger pronounces a judgment of the “stiff-necked people.” Moses, in humility and heartfelt concern of the people, prays and fasts forty days for the full restoration of the nation to its covenant pathway (Ex 32:30-35; Deut 9:18, 25).
Moses characterizes a higher level of accountability that is exemplary. His life story during his last forty years teaches that obedience, responsibility, stewardship, and leadership is required of those placed as leaders over God’s people.
Further, Moses’ life-dream was to enter the promise land; however, when instructed by God to bestow leadership on Joshua to lead the nation into the promised land, Moses expresses no concern for preserving his place in history or securing a personal legacy. Instead, he looks at the future and prays for Joshua’s success, Israel’s prosperity in the land, and, above all, the Lord’s honor.
May God grant us Moses’ tenacity, intercession, humility, a higher sense of accountability, and passion for working for the advancement of the gospel.
Howell Jr, Don N. Servants of the Servant. A Biblical Theology of Leadership. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003.
 Don N. Howell Jr., Servants of the Servant. A Biblical Theology of Leadership (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003), 28.
 Ibid., 38.