Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.
· It is important to see Moses didn’t start out as the most humble man on earth; he grew up proud and confident in his abilities. It was only time, desert time, lowly time, that made him a humble - and greatly usable - man.
· Some scholars have pointed out that the word translated “humble” could also translate to “depressed”
Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?
· The idea isn’t that Moses was above being questioned or above being held accountable
o Earlier, in Exodus 18, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro confronted Moses on an issue, and was used by God to bring needed change.
o God’s people are to keep God’s servants accountable
§ First and foremost in their conduct and in their doctrine
· But the issue is instead that they were criticizing Moses not on things that he was teaching, or on whether or not his conduct was consistent with a minister of God, but:
o Their criticism was petty and over something he had no control over
§ His wife’s ethnicity
o Their criticism was slander – it wasn’t even true
§ The Spirit’s assessment of Moses: He wasn’t a proud dictatorial man at all
o Their criticism was motivated by self-interest
§ They were jealous of Moses’ authority and wanted some of the attention he was getting for themselves.
· God’s servants must make themselves transparent, open, approachable, accountable, and open to questioning and criticism - nobody is above submission to the Body of Christ, nobody is a lone-wolf, one-man-show that cannot be bothered to be accountable for what they teach, what they do, or how they live – no matter how big their britches get.
o But it’s another thing entirely to slander anybody in the Body – whether we’re talking about a pastor or anybody else.
o And specifically with pastors, elders, and anybody else in public ministry, the Bible says not to receive an accusation against them except by the mouth of two or three witnesses.