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时机决定一切。作了40年卑微的牧羊人之后，摩西在神的眼中已经预备好了，即使他自己还不这么想。他用各种理由试图推卸神的任命，但神没有容许。摩西最终还是极不情愿的去了。在今天的读经中，我们看到了他三次形容自己是“拙口笨舌”的人，而且他连为他儿子行割礼都不在乎，这可是希伯来人的基本礼仪啊。而当困难来的时候，他便开始抱怨“为什么打发我去呢？ ... 你一点也没有拯救他们”（5:22-23）。
“凡事都有定期，天下万务都有定时。”（传 3:1）。凡事都有神的时机，但我常有的问题是如何知道神的时机。 “如果你先让我知道你的时机，那么我肯定跟随”。这就是我们说的。但我现在稍稍懂了。神在告诉我们：“如果你先跟随我，那么我就会让你知道我的时机。”他的道路确实是高过我们的道路。
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Matthew 16 [Read]
Timing is everything. After being a humble shepherd for 40 years, Moses was ready in God’s eye even though he himself did not think so. He used all kinds of reasons to try to get out of the appointment, but God did not let him. Moses finally went, but he was very reluctant. Three times in today’s reading we saw him describing himself as “slow in speech”, and he did not even bother to take care of the basic Hebrew ritual of circumcision on his son. The moment difficulties came, he started to complain “is this why you sent me? ...you have not rescued your people at all” (5:22-23).
I wonder why Moses recorded these embarrassing past about himself here. It seems to make sense to omit such episodes. After all, they really do not add to God’s salvation plan for His people. If anything, it only made himself look bad, look normal, look human. But that is the point, isn’t it? When Moses was writing for and reading to the Israelites in the wilderness, he had no intention to glorify himself. Instead, he wanted to show that he was once a stiff-necked person like they were. But God did not take back his love and faithfulness because of that. If so, then God would surely not abandon the Israelites. God loves not because who we are, but because who He is.
In stark contrast, our Lord Jesus showed no such reluctance. Matthew 16 is a pivotal chapter of the book, because Peter confessed the true identity of Jesus to be “Christ, the Son of the living God”. That is the signal for God’s timing. From that point on, Jesus moved towards Jerusalem in his final journey. His response to Peter’s well-meant rebuke (16:22) seemed harsh, but the spiritual battle was raging and Peter had no idea what he was doing. The Evil One would try everything to deter God’s plan and His timing, and Jesus was not going to allow that.
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecc 3:1). God’s timing is indeed everything, but the trouble I often have is to know God’s timing. “If you just let me know your timing first, then I would follow”. That is what we say. But I understand better now. God is telling us “if you follow me first, then I will let you know my timing.” His way indeed is higher than ours.
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