Tough to Be A Fully Godly Person

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The God’s chosen vessels had even some shortcomings. Let’s look at the three types of God’s instruments: Moses, Elijah, and Jonah.

Moses was taken out of the water by the Pharaoh’s daughter and as he grew he was raised by her in the manner of the high society in Egypt (Exodus 2:1-10). He was one day too furious to kill an Egyptian who mistreated one of the fellow enslaved Hebrews (Exodus 2:11-14) which cost him 40 years to wait on the Lord to be called through the burning bush without consuming by itself experience (Acts 7:22-29, Exodus 3).

Moses received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5) from God the Yahweh at Mt. Saini for 40 days in fasting (Exodus 34:28).

During the wilderness for 40 years (20 to 30-day journey on foot between Egypt to the Promised Land) after the exodus from Egypt led by Moses, he struke the rock twice (not once) which cost him not to allow to enter into the Promised Land (Numbers 20:1-13).

Moses was overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his unbelieving grumbling people of God (estimated well over 2 million Israelites left Egypt). Moses even said to God, “If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin” (Numbers 11:15 NIV).

Elijah was challenged by Canaanite god, Baal. It was highlighted at Mt. Camel as God the Yahweh and god the Baal contested each other (1 Kings 18:16-46). When Jezebel, the queen of wicked king Israel Ahab, chased Elijah to kill, he fled from Jezebel (1 Kings 19:1-9). Elijah said to God, “I have had enough, Lord. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors” (1 Kings 19:4b NIV). In the end, Elijah was succeeded by Elisah and he ascended to heave with a chariot (2 Kings 2).

Jonah was an angry runaway prophet from God who sent him to the Ninevites in order to save them against their wickedness. Jonah hated to go there because he was angry with the Ninevites. So he ran away to the opposite direction from Nineveh by boat. God sent a storm and sailors in the boat cast lots to pinpoint who caused the storm. The lots fell on Jonah. The sailors threw Jonah into the sea and the sea became calm. God’s mercy brought him a large fish to swallow him into the fish belly for three days. Jonah repented and followed the will of God. After out of the belly of the big fish, Jonah headed for Nineveh and gave them God’s message. The Ninevites repented as the result of his message. Jonah was eventually not always happy with the outcome. Jonah said to God, “Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” (Jonah 4:3 NIV).

While he made himself a shelter from the sun and sat down to observe the city, God grew a plant to make a shade for him. Next day God sent a worm to eat the plant. As the sun went high, God sent the scorching hot wind to Jonah. Jonah said to God, “It would be better for me to die than to live” (Jonah 4:8b NIV). God said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” (Jonah 4:10-11 NIV).

Among those prophets, Moses and Elijah were in the Transfiguration talking with Jesus (Matthew 17:1-23). Which prophet type are you in those three? – T

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