Just about every American over the age of 12 has had a chance to see The Ten Commandments directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston as Moses. Not so many have seen Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 silent version starring Theodore Roberts. Both films were huge budget films for their times and both sold millions of tickets.
But the real Moses was a real star. Raised in the Pharaoh’s household to become a provincial ruler. At age forty, he killed an Egyptian guard and fled to Midian where he tended sheep for forty years. At the tender age of eighty, God called him to lead the Hebrews to the Promised Land. That experience cost him another forty years.
While the Bible spends very little time on the first two/thirds of his life, it is none the less important to understanding how he became a star. His first forty years were spent learning his way around Pharaohs. God wants well-trained ambassadors. His second forty years were spent in meditation and perhaps atonement.
Finally, at the age of eighty, Moses was ready to get to work. No social security for him. First, he had to face the most powerful man in the western world, and one who held an arrest warrant against Moses. He had to talk that Pharaoh into turning thousands of slaves loose at a time when there were enormous building projects in need of labor.
Then Moses had to guide a resistant people through a nasty bit of desert and listen to their whining, complaining, and their, ‘are we there yet’s.
With all that, Rock Star status came when he spent weeks on the mountain listening to the Word of God so that he could return to his people and deliver the message to them. You might recall that the Hebrews got a bit rowdy while he was gone and Moses had to return to the mountain for a second round.
With all that face time with God, Moses’ face began to radiate like he was on fire. Moses took to wearing a scarf when he met with the people.
Moses was a prophet. God talked to Moses. Moses talked to the people. Many others have had the job, including Jesus. Jesus who met with Moses and Elijah in full view of Peter, James, and John. Peter who said, “we were eyewitnesses to of his majesty,” speaking of Jesus. NIV Peter the prophet.
Be righteous and do good.