YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
by Tony Alamo
Moses lived one hundred twenty years in three forty year sections.1 Moses was the deliverer, the leader, the lawgiver, and the prophet of Israel. The name in Hebrew is Mosheh (“drawn out”). His original name is Mas, meaning a “Child”, a “Son.” Pharaoh’s daughter simply named him “Child,” Thutmose, Ahmose, in which the same element appears frequently in Egyptian names. Thutmose means “Son of Thot.” Moses belonged to the Jewish tribe of Levi, and was the son of Amram by his wife, Jochebed.2 The other members of his family were Aaron and Miriam, his elder brother and sister.
Again, the life of Moses was divided into three equal segments of time, forty years each (Acts 7:23, 30, 36): these comprise his life in Egypt (forty years), his exile in Arabia (forty years), and his work with God, in charge of the government of Israel, the government of God (forty years). At the time of Moses’ birth, the decree commanding the slaying of all male children was in force (Ex. 1:10-16), but his mother was, by Godly means, able to conceal him. She hid him away for three months. When concealment was no longer possible, she placed him in a small boat or basket of papyrus, more than likely following an Egyptian belief that papyrus was a protection against crocodiles. She placed him among the reeds of the Nile, leaving his sister to watch guard over him and wait to see what would happen. The daughter of Pharaoh came to the river to bathe, saw the basket, and had it brought to her. It was opened, and the cry of the child moved the princess to compassion. She determined to raise it as her own. The sister of Moses was at hand to recommend a Hebrew nurse, the baby’s mother, who was hired by the princess (Ex. 2:1-9). Acts 7:22 states he was an educated Egyptian and a man of power in both words and deeds.
When he was forty years old (Acts 7:23), Moses resolved to cast in his lot with his brethren (Heb. 11:24-26). Coming upon an Israelite being beaten by an Egyptian, and thinking they were alone, he killed the Egyptian, and buried the corpse in the sand. The next day, he endeavored to act as peacemaker between two Hebrews, but his offer was refused, and he became aware that his act the day before was known. He would be safe only if he fled. (Ex. 2:11-15) That was the end of the first forty year segment of his life.
Moses’ second forty year segment began in exile in Arabia. These middle years of Moses’ life culminated in his return to Egypt as a prophet of God. Moses fled at the beginning of the reign of the famous Thutmose III.
Midian was in or near the peninsula of Sinai. Here Moses rested himself by a well, where he helped some young women to water their sheep. Because of this, they returned to their home earlier than usual, and when they told their father Jethro the reason, he had Moses called in. Moses consented to live with him, later taking Jethro’s daughter Zipporah as his wife and assuming charge of his father-in-law’s flock (Ex. 2:16-21; 3:1).
At this time, Moses had no PURPOSE in life but to shepherd sheep, and he tended sheep for forty years.
The Lord Gives Moses PURPOSE
In the seclusion of the life of a sheepherder, Moses received his call from God as a prophet of God. It was in the valley of Shoaib, on the north side of Jebelmusa, it was to the west side of the wilderness at Horeb (Ex. 3:1) which in Hebrew is “mountain of God.” Upon the mountain was Acacia, the thorn tree of the desert, which spread out its tangled branches, thickset with white thorns, over the rocky ground. The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire in the midst of the bush, the dry branches of which would normally have burned in a moment but remained unconsumed (Ex. 3:1-3). The two-fold revelation was made to Moses of the eternal self-existence of the one God and of His mission or (purpose) to deliver His own people.
Two signs attested to His divine Purpose, or Mission. These were the staff that turned into a serpent, and the hand of Moses made leprous and afterward cleansed (Ex. 4:3-7). If these didn’t convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, the water of Egypt would turn into blood, then nine other wonders of God would follow (Ex. 7:17-21). Moses went from a purposeless life to the most purposeful life in the Old Testament.
God has a purpose in this life for everyone, and He has a great and mighty purpose for you.3 So many people are giving up on life because they see no reason for living. This is because they don’t know the Lord, and they don’t seek Him to find out what Purpose He has for them.
God, through Moses, turned Egypt into a wilderness for the Hebrew children.4 He is going to do the mightiest works in these last days, and you can be in on it.5 Surrender your life unto the Most High God. Whatever you’re doing now has no purpose, just as Moses’ life as a sheepherder had no purpose.
You’ll find a life worth living full of tremendous excitement and reward!! Start your new purposeful life right now by accepting Jesus’ life by saying this prayer to God:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You’ve just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God’s Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Your Purpose In Life footnotes:
1. Ex. 16:35, Num. 32:13, Deut. 1:1-3, Acts 7:22-23, 30, 36 return
2. Ex. 2:1-4, 6:20 return
3. Matt. 28:18-20,Luke 24:46-49, John 15:4-17, Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 1:3-12, 17-23, I Thes. 4:3-7, II Tim. 1:8-14, 4:2-5 return
4. Ex. Ch. 7-14, Psa. 105:24-38 return
5. Isa. 13:9-11, 40:31, Jer. 30:7, Dan. 2:29-45, 7:24-25, 12:1-4, 11-12, Matt. 7:24-25, 24:3-39, 42-44, Eph. 6:10-13, I Thes. 5:2-9, Jas. 5:8-9, I Pet. 4:7, 12-13, II Pet. 3:3-14, Rev. 3:10, 6:12-17, 11:18, 18:7-20 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return