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So, where were we again?
Ah, yes: a national foundation for restoration. That’s what God needed; for now, at least. It’s hard to do anything with just a family foundation.
But wait! Weren’t the Israelites in Egypt under slavery? Why yes, they were. So they need to get out of that situation. Somehow.
It’s funny because whenever I think of Moses, I think of an old man with a long coat, beard, and staff doing superhuman things.
I’m not wrong, am I?
Who is this guy, anyway? Well, buckle up because we’re going to talk a whole lot about him.
(Side note: you may call them miracles. I call them superhuman powers because that's a million times cooler.)
If God needs a national restoration, then Moses is the guy to do it. He’ll be our central figure for (almost) the entire journey. Now, what about the object for the condition?
You’d think it’s a sacrificial offering, after allyou’ve learned. But nope! Not this time.
All Moses had to do was obey God’s Word. That’s it!
Of course, I’m kidding. But sacrificial offerings are so out of style. We’re in a new age now. All you need for the object for the condition is a dispensation of forty for the separation of Satan.
It’s okay, it took me a while to say it the first time, too.
But what is that thing? A dispensation? Of forty? For the separation? Of Satan??
It’s kind of exactly what you think it is. It’s a period of 40 (days/months/years) for the purpose of the central figure separating himself from Satan. That’s it! It’s basically a condition, but in fancier terms.
Naturally, this means the time period is a period of 40 of something. That’s no big deal. What is a big deal is why Moses gets special treatment while the other central figures had to deal with these sacrificial offerings. I mean, come on, how is that fair?
1) Moses stands on the foundation of three successful foundations of Abel, Noah, and Isaac. It is because of them that he can receive this kind of grace.
2) More importantly, though, we’re entering a new age. In the previous age, human beings could not receive God’s Word directly, so offerings were a substitute for the Word. But, by this time, that age had come to a close. Since people can now receive God’s Word directly, there’s no need for sacrificial offerings. So we’re kind of here:
3) But that doesn’t mean life is all bliss and roses now. You still need to establish the foundation of faith, so that’s what this is all about. Except no more sacrificial offerings. Just dispensations now.
But wait… what about the foundation of substance?
This one’s easy. So easy that I can badly draw it:
Got it? Great, now we can actually start the story.
Let’s make this easy. God has plans. If the current plan fails, He works with the next plan. That being said…
Plan A: Moses becomes Pharaoh
Now this is insane. Just how I like it.
But really, can you even comprehend these three words in the same sentence? Moses is supposed to be some old guy with a beard and a staff, not some god-like character sitting on a throne in front of Egyptians. Blasphemy, you’d say.
But let me explain. If you guys don’t know Moses’ childhood story yet, you should. He almost died as an infant, and with his mother fearing him being killed, she put him in a basket in the Nile River.
Then, with some stroke of luck (or heavenly fortune? Hmm?), the Pharaoh’s daughter finds him and wants him adopted. And boom, just like that, Moses is part of the most royal family in Egypt. Not bad for a ‘stroke of luck’, huh?
Except that’s not the full story. If you have a baby, you need someone to nurse the baby. Or you need things in order to nurse the baby. But back then, there was no such thing as baby formula. So what do you need?
Your mother! No, I’m not talking about your mother, but Moses’ mother, of course. She signed up to be a nurse (to nurse the child, I mean), and she got the job. Nobody knew that she was actually Moses’ mother.
While she was doing that, she was also giving education to Moses. Secretly, of course. She was educating him as part of the chosen people, the Israelites, imparting pride and consciousness of this. So, even after 40 years of living in the palace, Moses remained faithful to Israel. His mom did her job. Moses did his job. The dispensation of forty was done.
And now, Moses can become Pha—
Wait what? You can look through the Principle all you want, but it never mentions anything about Moses becoming Pharaoh. Not even close.
Instead it talks about how Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster and how that started the dispensation and the wilderness and . . .
Okay, this doesn’t make sense anymore. Why would the Principle not talk about this? This is crucial stuff. How can you just ignore this?
Actually, there’s a very good reason why the Principle doesn’t talk about this. Three, actually.
1) God only acts according to the fruits (results) of actions.
With the human portion of responsibility in full swing, God can’t intervene when you’re doing something wrong. He can only work with what you have. And those are your results. Because Moses killed the Egyptian (we’ll get to that later), the only thing God can do is work with that.
2) It’s not good to criticize central figures.
Seriously. I will only do it once here (I haven’t done it yet), and the only reason I’m going to do it is to make a point. You don’t know what these central figures have to go through. If you were put in the same position, you might not even be up to the task.
Also, this brings up another point. Do central figures know what they’re doing? Does God go up to them and go like
No of course that doesn’t happen, that doesn’t even make any sense. Central figures have no idea what they’re doing. It’s kind of incredible. We might look at it from our eyes and go, No what are you doing, you had one job!
But these central figures don’t know how important it is. God is just looking for anyone to do the job. They all probably got a dream (revelation, perhaps?) and they followed what the dream said. They don’t have any knowledge of the providence or anything for that matter.
So let me say it again: these central figures mentioned so far have no idea what they’re doing. It’s amazing, really, how they can be up to the task to do these things.
Build an ark on top of a mountain? Oh sure, I’ll do that! Bring some animals and cut them in half and put them in an altar? Sure. Not many people would agree to do these things, but somehow, God found people that would. Anyways…
3) It’s a politically sensitive topic.
I won’t go into this too much, because people seem to be more politically sensitive these days, but I’ll try to explain this as simply as I can without offending too many people.
Egypt. Israelites. New Adam. Crazy, right? Okay I’m done, you can stop being offended now.
But Moses could have become Pharaoh! He was second in line. He was so close! Let your imagination run wild if Moses actually became Pharaoh.
Done? Great. Because it didn’t happen. Let’s not talk about it anymore.
Plan B: Moses Takes the People out of Egypt
So what really happened? Well…
So Moses was walking along one day, you know, just minding his own business, doing whatever a Pharaoh’s son would do. Lo and behold, it’s an Egyptian taskmaster! Torturing an Israelite! Oh no, Moses can’t let that slide. Not today.
And wham! He struck and killed the man.
Let me just say this once: that was a huge mistake. And that’s the last time you’ll ever hear me criticizing a central figure.
But what now? Well, this isn’t pretty, but God has to work with this somehow.
Moses didn’t know what to do either. There’s no way he can turn back to his old ways of being a Pharaoh’s son now.
There was really only one way out of this. The Israelites should have been deeply inspired by his love of Israel despite being the Pharaoh’s son. God wanted them to think, wow, he’s on our side! We can follow and trust this guy!
It’s a little … strange, I know, but it’s the only way God can work at this point.
Moses thought no one noticed what he did. But nah, the next day, all of the Israelites were talking about it.
So Moses had no choice. He had to run away. There goes the foundation of substance. And with that, we move on to…
Plan C: Moses Takes the People Out of Egypt, Again
Well there goes 40 years of Moses living in Egypt. Now we have to restore and re-lay the foundation of faith. So let’s do it. Except… no more palace. Just the wilderness of Midian. No big deal, right?
I guess. He finished his dispensation of forty and he still kept his faith, so that’s really something.
So Moses comes back! This time with 3 signs and 10 plagues.
In case you’re curious, the three signs are turning a staff into a snake, turning a non-leprous hand leprous and then non-leprous again, and turning water into blood. Does it have a deeper meaning to it? Yes. But that’s for another time.
Why did God send these signs, anyway? 3 reasons, all of which should be self-explanatory:
1) Restore through indemnity the position of the elder son (since Satan has taken that position since like, the Fall)
2) Cut the Israelites’ attachment to Egypt (no turning back now!)
3) Let the Israelites know that Moses is sent by God (and boy, He did)
So Moses is unstoppable with his superhuman powers and now he’s going to rescue his people and—
Wait, that didn’t happen? Well it did. But before that, God tried to kill Moses.
I’m sorry, what? Yes, I said it: God tried to kill Moses.
Now what in the world is going on here? I don’t know, either.
Nah, just kidding, I do know. I’ve actually explained it before. God can’t just give away love and blessings (in this case, it’s superhuman powers). He wants to, for sure. But Satan is going to accuse God and go ruin Moses’ life. God can’t let that happen. So there needs to be some kind of condition so that Satan cannot accuse. And, for blessings (read: superpowers) as great as this, the condition has to be big.
So how was Moses’ life saved? Easy, his wife just circumcised his son, and that was that. Yeah, I don’t really get it, either. But circumcision is interesting. Not that we should do it now, but since our first human ancestors fell sexually, circumcision signifies, through indemnity, removing the blood of ‘death’ (By this, I mean spiritual death). But we’re not at that age anymore, so don’t go around circumcising people.
Anyway, let’s get back to business. Moses returns, and boom(!) goes the Egyptians. Only took 10 plagues. No big deal.
With this, the Israelites truly believed that Moses was sent by God. They finally believed and followed Moses, and now we can all return to Canaan. The end.
Haha, nope. You’re going to need much more than that. The Israelites had to remain faithful and obedient to Moses for the remainder of the journey to Canaan. Well, that shouldn’t be a big problem, right? There’s nothing like following a guy with superhuman powers.
But oh boy, we’re just getting started here. Well, for starters, God was worried the Israelites would turn faithless again (after all, we’re in Plan C here). The original plan (Plan B) was to go the direct route to Canaan. But God was worried that the Israelites would want to turn back after encountering the war-like Philistines. So I guess we have to take a detour…
Oh by the way, Plan B would have taken 21 days. Plan C would take 21 months. No big deal, right?
Well, I’ll tell you what a big deal is. Pillars of cloud and fire? Getting free manna and quail every day for food? Oh, and don’t forget this iconic moment:
Epic, isn’t it? Makes you wonder, did it really happen? Well, that’s up to you to believe.
Anyway, Moses and the Israelites arrive at Mount Sinai. God instructs Moses to do a 40-day fast. Crazy, I know. You know what’s even crazier? Moses receives two tablets of stone from God at the top of the mountain, and gets instructions for building the Tabernacle (what?) and the Ark of the Covenant (what what?). We’ll talk about that later.
But first… Moses comes down the mountain, and the Israelites… are worshipping a golden calf. Bummer. Lost their faith already. Makes me sad. It made Moses angry, though. So angry in fact that he broke the two tablets at the base of the mountain. Sigh.
So God instructed Moses to do another 40-day fast and go up the mountain again. And he did. This time, when he came down, they honored Moses. And they followed the instructions to build the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.
But wait, what are those things anyway?
I’ll try my best to explain. The two tablets basically had the 10 commandments on it. It symbolized restored Adam and Eve.
The Tabernacle… well, it symbolized the new Adam, but in symbol. (A temple would symbolize the new Adam in image.)
But wait, what is a tabernacle anyway? I’m not really sure, either. I’d like to think of it as a fairly large, movable, altar-structure hybrid. The tabernacle was divided into two parts: the holy place, and the most holy place. Works for me.
And what about the Ark of the Covenant? Oh that’s inside the most holy place. What was it? Well, it contained the two tablets. And manna, the life-blood of the people for now. And a golden urn. And Aaron’s (Moses’ brother) staff. The Ark symbolized the cosmos. (p. 246)
(Side note: By the way, if you were wondering like me, I had no idea what manna is. So I searched it up. And I still don’t know. I just know it’s some kind of edible flaky thing and that’s all you need to know, too.)
None of this may be interesting to you, and it’s okay, I don’t get what this has to do with my life, either. But what’s crucial to know is why these objects were needed. And there’s a pretty obvious answer to that.
It seems apparent to God that the Israelites have turned faithless before and might turn faithless again. Perhaps even Moses could turn faithless, too. Well, that’s inconvenient. How is God going to deal with that? Easy. Just make an object of faith—it will remain unchanged even though people might change. If even one person revers the object with absolute faith, God can continue the providence through him.
Keep in mind though, that if Plan B worked, there would be no need for any of these objects, because Moses and his family would be the object of faith themselves. These objects were only created as a means for salvation after the people became faithless.
…But of course, even after building the Tabernacle and all, and trekking through all this distance from Egypt, the people began complaining and murmuring against Moses again. Sigh.
But God wants to give them one more chance. Since Moses kept his faith this entire time (though with a few hiccups), they had one more opportunity to indemnify their mistakes. How would they do that? With a forty-day spying mission of Canaan, of course.
12 spies were sent to see the land of Canaan for 40 days. When they came back, 10 of the 12 came with faithless reports, saying that these people there are strong and their walls are fortified. (p. 251) The 2 remaining spies, Joshua and Caleb, said nah don’t worry about this, we got this, God is with us. (I might be paraphrasing a bit here)
So who are the Israelites going to believe? Yeah, that’s right, they went with the majority. Sigh. They murmured against Moses. Again. Faithless again. And there goes Plan C.
Plan D: 40 Years in the Wilderness
40 Years? Yep. One year for each failed day of the spy mission. This is a classic example of greater indemnity.
Wait. 40 years?! Isn’t that a little harsh? Yeah, maybe. But greater indemnity is greater indemnity. Well, there’s another important reason why it was 40 years and not 40 months, but we’ll get to that soon.
Since Moses kept this faith the entire time in the wilderness, he was qualified to lay the foundation of faith. He kept his faith for another 40 years. The foundation of substance was also the same: Israelites need to unite with Moses.
So alright, the journey goes on, and then the Israelites started complaining again. So God instructs Moses to strike this rock so water can flow. No big deal.
But something rather interesting happens at this point. Because of all the murmuring and complaining, Moses went into anger again. It wasn’t just anger though, it was uncontrollable rage. Because Moses couldn’t keep his virtue and represent God before the people, Moses was no longer allowed to enter the Promised Land. He could only gaze upon it from a distance.
From first glance, it seems so unfair. Moses made it so far, and he was faithful the whole time, and he gets this kind of treatment? That’s not very kind of God.
But think of it again, and you’ll kind of see it. You see, Moses was a good guy. He just had one little problem, and that was that he could not control his anger (this is not a criticism, it’s an observation). His first bout of uncontrolled anger was when he killed the Egyptian. His second was when he broke the tablets. And now, his third was when he was striking the rock.
I think God is really serious about giving someone a maximum of three chances. After that, God can’t grant you any more chances. Your principled grace will have run out.
It’s true that God gave Adam’s and Noah’s family just one chance. Moses, however, was standing on a much larger foundation, so God was able to stick with it a lot longer. But sorry, three strikes and you’re out.
I’m not saying anger is bad (usually is, though). But uncontrollable rage, though, is a lot more than just anger. And it’s true that one can’t represent God in front of the people if you’re filled with uncontrollable rage. So I guess that’s why God had to let him go.
Of course I’m joking. Somebody has to finish what Moses started. Who could it be? Well I’ve mentioned him already. His name is Joshua. Why Joshua? Well, he kept his faith the entire time, too. Remember when everybody but two spies came back with faithless reports? Yeah, well Joshua was one of the faithful ones. That’s why he was qualified to lead the people.
(Side note: Why not Caleb? You know… I have no idea. Joshua it is.)
So… why was it 40 years again? You see, there were basically two groups of people here. There were the External Israelites, who were adults when they left Egypt. Then there were the Internal Israelites, who were either children when they left Egypt or were born on the journey there. God wanted the Internal Israelites to enter Canaan, and for good reason: they had little or no connection to Egypt anyway, so they won’t complain about turning back. That’s why He made the greater indemnity period 40 years.
So 40 years pass, and here comes the spy mission again. This time, the spies return with faithful reports, and the Israelites believe, too. Let’s take Canaan!
But wait… how? Easy, just take some soldiers, take 7 trumpets, and walk around the city for 7 days. No big deal.
And on the 7th day, they circled the city 7 times, blew the trumpet 7 times, raised a great shout, and the walls came tumbling down. And the foundation of substance and foundation for the new Adam was finally laid. The end.
You’d think the New Adam could come then, but… yeah. You can’t just enter and conquer Canaan and expect the New Adam to be safe there. You need to build a sovereign kingdom that can welcome the New Adam when he comes. It happened, but it took a lot longer than it should have… But that’s another topic for another day.
Lessons from Moses
Simple lessons, all of which should be self-explanatory:
1) Humans have a portion of responsibility.
2) God will not intervene; He can only act on your results.
3) God’s Will is absolute.
4) The greater the mission, the greater the test.
5) God does not grant grace without a necessary condition (or else Satan will accuse).
One more thing: you know how I said people could finally receive God’s Word directly? It sounds like an amazing thing… until they get a bunch of commandments that they have to follow. What was that about? That's not very fun.
Sure, human beings could receive God’s Word directly now… but were they ready to receive it? Probably not. And God knew that. But He had to give it to them somehow. And apparently, commandments is the easiest way for people to understand.
You see, there is a 3-step ladder to all of this. And we are at the bottom rung. It’s called works. This requires the least spiritual effort, and that’s why it’s on the bottom. Human beings weren’t ready for anything else. And the other rungs?
After works comes faith. This means believing, basically. This requires a bit more spiritual effort. And the highest rung, attendance, requires the most spiritual effort. It seemingly a combination of both works and faith mixed with understanding and passion. At this stage, you take ownership of your actions and decisions. YOU are in control.
It’s probably a bit complicated to understand now, but I’ll go more in-depth at a later time. For now, just remember the phrase “follow…believe…do.” That pretty much sums up what I just said.
Remember, the whole point of all of this is for us to expand our potential to love. We haven’t reached it yet, and all of this (and all the religions, really) is part of a long process of teaching humanity how to love. That’s what it is. Or that’s how it should be.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and see you next post!
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