The Arm of Flesh will Fail You

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 an Egyptian smiting an 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 KJV

Long before Moses had an encounter in the burning bush, he believed that he could be the deliverer of the Jews. He should have read John Maxwell. Maxwell consistently uses a phrase in his books on leadership: ” He that thinketh he leadeth, when no one is following is merely taking a walk”. Moses was forty years old,trained in all the crafts of knowledge in Egypt but he was yet to get the permission of the people to lead them. That leadership says that people follow you because they want to. Great leaders are given permission to lead. He was a great contrast to the people he desired to lead and did not have their permission then. They were basically pastoral, He was raised with the finest taste of the courts of Pharaoh. The murder he committed became the initiating action of his becoming a fugitive. The arm of the flesh had failed him. Stephen reports that story in Acts 7:23-26. Moses’s rejection by his people reminds us of that of Jesus. ”He came to his own, and his own received him not”.(John1:11). Now that is a difficult place to lead from. It took a few more decades for that leadership skill to emerge. GM.

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