LESSON 74 JASHER CH 72
THE PREPARATION OF MOSES
1. And it was in those days that there was a great war between the children of Cush and the children of the east and Aram, and they rebelled against the king of Cush in whose hands they were.
2. So Kikianus king of Cush went forth with all the children of Cush, a people numerous as the sand, and he went to fight against Aram and the children of the east, to bring them under subjection.
3. And when Kikianus went out, he left Balaam the magician, with his two sons, to guard the city, and the lowest sort of the people of the land.
4. So Kikianus went forth to Aram and the children of the east, and he fought against them and smote them, and they all fell down wounded before Kikianus and his people.
5. And he took many of them captives and he brought them under subjection as at first, and he encamped upon their land to take tribute from them as usual.
6. And Balaam the son of Beor, when the king of Cush had left him to guard the city and the poor of the city, he rose up and advised with the people of the land to rebel against king Kikianus, not to let him enter the city when he should come home.
7. And the people of the land hearkened to him, and they swore to him and made him king over them, and his two sons for captains of the army.
8. So they rose up and raised the walls of the city at the two corners, and they built an exceeding strong building.
9. And at the third corner they dug ditches without number, between the city and the river which surrounded the whole land of Cush, and they made the waters of the river burst forth there.
10. At the fourth corner they collected numerous serpents by their incantations and enchantments, and they fortified the city and dwelt therein, and no one went out or in before them.
11. And Kikianus fought against Aram and the children of the east and he subdued them as before, and they gave him their usual tribute, and he went and returned to his land.
12. And when Kikianus the king of Cush approached his city and all the captains of the forces with him, they lifted up their eyes and saw that the walls of the city were built up and greatly elevated, so the men were astonished at this.
13. And they said one to the other, It is because they saw that we were delayed, in battle, and were greatly afraid of us, therefore have they done this thing and raised the city alls and fortified them so that the kings of Canaan might not come in battle against them.
14. So the king and the troops approached the city door and they looked up and behold, all the gates of the city were closed, and they called out to the sentinels, saying, Open unto us, that we may enter the city.
15. But the sentinels refused to open to them by the order of Balaam the magician, their king, they suffered them not to enter their city.
16. So they raised a battle with them opposite the city gate, and one hundred and thirty men of the army of Kikianus fell on that day.
17. And on the next day they continued to fight and they fought at the side of the river; they endeavored to pass but were not able, so some of them sank in the pits and died.
18. So the king ordered them to cut down trees to make rafts, upon which they might pass to them, and they did so.
19. And when they came to the place of the ditches, the waters revolved by mills, and two hundred men upon ten rafts were drowned.
20. And on the third day they came to fight at the side where the serpents were, but they could not approach there, for the serpents slew of them one hundred and seventy men, and they ceased fighting against Cush, and they besieged Cush for nine years, no person came out or in.
21. At that time that the war and the siege were against Cush, Moses fled from Egypt from Pharaoh who sought to kill him for having slain the Egyptian.
22. And Moses was eighteen years old when he fled from Egypt from the presence of Pharaoh, and he fled and escaped to the camp of Kikianus, which at that time was besieging Cush.
23. And Moses was nine years in the camp of Kikianus king of Cush, all the time that they were besieging Cush, and Moses went out and came in with them.
24. And the king and princes and all the fighting men loved Moses, for he was great and worthy, his stature was like a noble lion, his face was like the sun, and his strength was like that of a lion, and he was counsellor to the king.
25. And at the end of nine years, Kikianus was seized with a mortal disease, and his illness prevailed over him, and he died on the seventh day.
26. So his servants embalmed him and carried him and buried him opposite the city gate to the north of the land of Egypt.
27. And they built over him an elegant strong and high building, and they placed great stones below.
28. And the king's scribes engraved upon those stones all the might of their king Kikianus, and all his battles which he had fought, behold they are written there at this day.
29. Now after the death of Kikianus king of Cush it grieved his men and troops greatly on account of the war.
30. So they said one to the other, Give us counsel what we are to do at this time, as we have resided in the wilderness nine years away from our homes.
31. If we say we will fight against the city many of us will fall wounded or killed, and if we remain here in the siege we shall also die.
32. For now all the kings of Aram and of the children of the east will hear that our king is dead, and they will attack us suddenly in a hostile manner, and they will fight against us and leave no remnant of us.
33. Now therefore let us go and make a king over us, and let us remain in the siege until the city is delivered up to us.
34. And they wished to choose on that day a man for king from the army of Kikianus, and they found no object of their choice like Moses to reign over them.
35. And they hastened and stripped off each man his garments and cast them upon the ground, and they made a great heap and placed Moses thereon.
36. And they rose up and blew with trumpets and called out before him, and said, May the king live, may the king live!
37. And all the people and nobles swore unto him to give him for a wife Adoniah the queen, the Cushite, wife of Kikianus, and they made Moses king over them on that day.
38. And all the people of Cush issued a proclamation on that day, saying, Every man must give something to Moses of what is in his possession.
39. And they spread out a sheet upon the heap, and every man cast into it something of what he had, one a gold earring and the other a coin.
40. Also of onyx stones, bdellium, pearls and marble did the children of Cush cast unto Moses upon the heap, also silver and gold in great abundance.
41. And Moses took all the silver and gold, all the vessels,and the bdellium and onyx stones, which all the children of Cush had given to him, and he placed them amongst his treasures.
42. And Moses reigned over the children of Cush on that day, in the place of Kikianus king of Cush.
As terrible as the sins of Moses were, and since there were likely two such murders of Egyptians, Moses still had not lost the concept of being the deliverer of the Hebrews. We may know what God eventually wants to do with us, but we must await God's timing. We may be impatient, and hasten to effect God's plan. Jacob tried to deceive Isaac and receive the birthright his way, but it cost him greatly. Moses here attempted twice to begin God's plan of deliverance, but God demands we do it His way, and in His timing. Forty years after the second murder, God finally delivers the Hebrews.
Acts 7:30 (KJV)
30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
The big three events in the plan shown are the second killing of an Egyptian (age 40), and the deliverance of the Hebrews (at age 80), and his final departure from this earth, his own deliverance into the presence of God, at age 120 (Deuteronomy 31:2).
Jasher shows us the details of the years surrounding these events.
Moses fled Egypt, was obviously discouraged, and yet still God had a purpose awaiting him. Some think God will only use perfect, spotless vessels. I have met pastors who look for past flaws and sins in the lives of the congregation, and if they find any, the person cannot be on the board, stand behind the pulpit to pray, etc. Is it not wonderful, that our God is a forgiving God, the only One Who truly forgets what sins we repent. Though the "saints" may try to remind us, and never forget or forgive, our Lord is still working on us. The rejection of the Hebrews of their deliverer, the one God was sending to remove them from bondage and abuse is a type of the rejection of Jesus in His first coming, and also a type of the rejection of the true Christians by many congregations in the last days.
God's grace is total, forgiving, cleansing, and renews even a murderer. God does not make divorce, youthful rebellion, besetting sins, etc. to be unpardonable sins, as do the congregations in many places today! Unfortunately, many congregations have lists of "nice sins" and lists of "bad sins". Nice sinners can be forgiven, and bad sinners, may be forgiven in word, but in practice are only allowed to occupy lesser positions in the congregations.
Too many Christians are taught this hypocritical, Pharisaical judgmentalism, moralistic, and legalistic attitudes by their dogmas. It is sinful, ungodly, and make many stumble over the depths of the grace of God. God took a murderer, and made him the deliverer of the Hebrews. His mercy, forgiveness, restoration, and grace is abundant, unfathomable, and certainly not like mankind's!
The consequences of the rashness of Moses made him flee, twice he had to flee. He had to be drained of all self-sufficiency and become completely dependent upon God. This prepared him to be the deliverer. The education of his mother was not sufficient. The education of the Egyptians was not sufficient. The wealth and power of being the ruler of Cush was not sufficient. The Lord God needed one completely dependent upon Him and His power. It took years to make Moses that dependent. For years, Moses needed to contemplate his mission.
Moses did not pick the Midian desert as his final testing, and teaching place.
His ten years in prison there was similar to the years of Joseph in prison. Paul also spent years in prison. Jeremiah had also been imprisoned. God seems to allow the solitude of prison, the loneliness, and total rejection by mankind to mature, prepare, and equip his saints.
Do not fear the rejection, the pushing out of the "sanctuaries" of this earth. Those who remain in the "sanctuaries", and from fear do not step forth for God, are not the ones that end up in the power and service of God in the miraculous revivals God sends. The prisons of life, the loneliness of solitude from rejection, are part of God's plan and He will soon reveal how those times have developed you into the dependent, usable saint that He needs you to be!
The two names of the sons of Moses reveal that Moses knew his time in Midian was soon to end, and that God was going to aid him to finally fulfill his mission.
His first son was "Gershom" which means "a stranger there." The other son showed his faith in the plan of God, "Eliezer" means "God is the help."
Another note needs to be made of the first wife of Moses. He was forced to marry Adoniah, the widow of Kikianus, when he ruled Cush. He did not conceive with her, for he knew God did not want him to marry a Cushite. She later forced his removal from kingship, and had the people enthrone her son by Kikianus, named Menacrus. (Jasher 76:9)
Thus, Moses was:
a rejected husband,
a rejected king of Cush,
a rejected deliverer of the Hebrews,
a rejected future Pharaoh of Egypt,
a rejected helper to Reul (Jethro),
but an accepted deliverer by God.
He may have been:
an ex con,
guilty of murder,
but God chose to use him mightily.
It was a hard thing for him to go back to Egypt where all this started for him. It was hard for him to trust God to change the events of life that had so hurt him, and to allow God to empower him to do his mission. Feelings of:
must have been there to dissuade Moses from attempting what God was telling him that his mission was.
God took what Moses was, and what Moses had in his hand (the rod) and said that is all you need, for you have the Almighty God. Whatever we have is enough when we have God. God can use the weakest instrument to accomplish the greatest ends.
Moses had the "rod," and elsewhere in the Bible, we find others who had only:
a "ram's horn",
a "handful of meal",
an "earthen pitcher",
a "shepherd's sling",
"five loaves and two fishes", etc.
With God, whatever we have is enough. Do not await riches. Many today are preaching a prosperity gospel. They are telling saints to get rich so God can use them. God tells us to step forth from rejection, divorce, imprisonment, poverty, and take whatever we have and do our missions for God.
Why was the first attempts of Moses to deliver the Hebrews failures? All the wisdom of Egypt could not prepare him for the work of God.
"And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians."
Yet, the attempts of Moses were carried out in the flesh, without the guidance, and direction of the Lord.
"For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them; but they understood not."
Therefore, God took Moses from the scene of Egypt to drain him of all self-sufficiency. These next years drained him from "somebody" to a "nobody" that God could use. Finally, Moses qualified, by realizing that he was "nobody".
"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
Why did God decide that this was the correct time to deliver the Hebrews? God heard the "groaning" of His people, He remembered His covenant of promise to them, and He loved this people.
"And God heard their groaning, and remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them."
"And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows."
Moses was fully prepared, educated, but drained of all self-sufficiency.