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Good Morning.

Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put the tunic o Moses had served as king, teacher and priest in that he alone communicated with God and led the people n him, girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him; and he girded him with the intricately woven band of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him. (Leviticus 8:6-7)

In the previous devotion, I mentioned that Moses had served the people of God in the status of king, teacher and priest. Yet for all of that, at God’s command, he humbled himself and washed the priests — his brother and nephews — in water. Not only that, he personally placed upon them the garments and articles unique to their new role as priests of the Most High. In short, here is more evidence that Moses was the most humble of men even though he was someone who spoke to God, face to face.

This event is somewhat similar to what took place on the night before Yeshua was crucified. As He sat with His disciples preparing to partake of the Passover, Yeshua washed the feet of His disciples. Having done this, He said:

“Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:12-17)

So consider that when the time came for Aaron and his sons to step into their calling, Moses humbled himself to wash them and pass the baton on to them. Likewise, as the time approached for Messiah’s disciples to step into their calling, Messiah humbled Himself and washed their feet, encouraging them to be faithful servants. In both cases, those with a calling from God were being initiated into service with an important message — serve God and His people with humility. Moses had faithfully served God and the people even with the people didn’t realize it. Yeshua also led by example, teaching His disciples to serve God by serving one another.

The lesson to us is, no matter who we are and what position we hold in the Kingdom, humility and the willingness to serve others is paramount to gifts, skill and charisma. It seems to me that the greatest talent a leader can possess is the ability to humble himself before those he leads by serving them. This ability is the hallmark of a shepherd and, more than all, is the characteristic God looks for in those He sets over His people. If the Savior of the world humbled Himself, why would we think that God expects less from us? So then, let’s close today’s thoughts with this admonition from a man who was there the night Messiah humbled Himself and who was compelled to learn the value of humility — Peter. 

Be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:5-6)

Blessings and Shalom,  




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