February 5th, 2018
A Good Question
Acts 7:26-29 (KJB) And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
Two unnamed men were striving and Moses came and asked them a question hoping to calm their fight:
“Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?”
Moses’s question was aimed at getting these two men, who were believers, to see the futility of their actions towards one another knowing it was certainly not pleasing to God.
But, one of the men turned the table on Moses, asking:
Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
This question steered Moses away from disrupting their situation placing his mind upon his own dreadful circumstances. Moses had killed a man in anger and was in no spiritual place to point his finger at men who were having some sort of disagreement.
The Bible tells us there is righteous judgment (John 7:28) but, a child of God needs to make sure his life is indeed in proper spiritual order (Matthew 7:1-5).
Before handing out unsolicited biblical advice to others who are caught up in some sort of adverse or troublesome situation, regardless of whether their words are right or wrong for the situation, friends and strangers alike may not welcome such a bold “spiritual intrusion” or “finger pointing session”, as these men, or Job was subjected to.
Perhaps Moses was right in his estimation of the danger of the situation in the lives of these men but had spiritual business with God in his own life to take care of. Moses fled to a land where he was a stranger, knowing in his heart that he had sinned against God. God used His supernatural power to get the undivided attention of His servant Moses for giving him his “spiritual marching orders.”
God uses broken vessels from all walks of life who choose to recognize their own fallen nature and to agree with God about sin. God gives a man in good spiritual standing knowledge about right judgment with an eternal purpose to bring Him honor and glory!