MOSESSTAGE IN FAITH
MosesStage in Faith
Accordingto the Fowlers stages of faith,Moses happens to be in ConjunctiveFaith. In this stage, he finds a new way to see and commit to hislife. He finds himself greatly concerned with the story of his peoplein slavery. The questioning of the interfaith and cultural dialoguehappens to Moses. This is the advantage of the encounter as he isable to be stretched further by the spirit of God. The stage ofConjunctive Faith when a person is able to deal with paradoxes inlife. Hence, develop a new and much greater relationship with God.1
Duringthe period when Moses was living in the desert, the Israelites wereliving in slavery. When God showed him the reality of his people,Moses embraced the vision and made this reality his own. He includedthis reality into his world as if he was also a slave, whereas, hewas free in the desert. After hearing the Israelites story ofsuffering, the truth about his people, the slaves in Egypt, he wasable to apply it in his life. Hence, what once had no meaning to himhad a profound meaning and effect on him. He was faced with newrevelation and conscience.2
Godrevealed to Moses what he could not see. In other words, God madevisible to Moses the suffering of his people, which was onceinvisible to Moses. The fact of the Israelites being slaves in Egyptwas very visible to God. Hence, if Moses opened for the people ofIsrael, then he was opening up to God, and if he ignored them andtheir cries, he would be ignoring God. Therefore, as Moses heard thestory as told by God, his life changed. Since the story was not as amemory or an event to Moses but a moment of conversion. Hence, thestory can be seen as God’s medium. Moses’ deeper understanding ofGod came because of him understanding the suffering of the slaves inEgypt. God, Moses, and the slave’s lives became intertwined in thestory to liberty. The way Moses lived and understood his lifechanged. As he took a new approach, where the slaves become hisneighbors. People who needed his help.3
Also,Moses’ understanding of God’s love would increase as he carriedforward the liberation of the Israelites. He would know it as thelove that leads to justice. The love that enables freedom andliberation. Moses was transformed in such a way that if he could nothave gone through with the mission of liberation, he would have beenguilty of committing a sin. This is if he had not come to the aid ofanother man. Moreover, if he did not commit himself to the freeingand liberation of his people, he would be a person who did not obeyGod. As he would not only be disobeying God and showing how he doesnot love Him but also he would be showing and proclaiming hisdivinity. Hence, Moses accepting God was doing according to God’slikeness, and, rejecting God’s command would be the same as beingin opposition with God.
Inconclusion, Moses questions his beliefs and values as God reveals tohim suffering of His people. Moses’ life is transformedsignificantly because of the story. His life takes a new course thatleads him to be the liberator of the people of Israel. In this, he isalso able to develop a greater understanding of God and his love.Hence, his life is shaped according to the story as he develops adeeper understanding of God and has a better relationship with Him.
Conde-Frazier,Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. AMany Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation.Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
1 Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. A Many Colored Kingdom: p.24
2 Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.31
3 Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. A Many Colored Kingdom: p.66