There has never been a time in history when it was easier to put our lives on display. The advent of social media allows the public to broadcast their daily activities, showcase their latest accomplishments, and even publicize “those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph 5.12). While there is great need for display in its proper context (Eph 2.7, 1 Tim 1.16 Darby, Col 2.15 NASB) in the scriptures it is most often mentioned in a negative sense (2 Cor 11.27 NASB, Matt 6.1 NET). It is of great interest then to see the antitheses to the showmen of our times in the great men of scripture who lived their lives in “the secret place,” and “under the shadow of the almighty” (Psa 91.1).
Benjamin Disraeli, twice UK prime minister in the 19th century, once said, “without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.” Though perhaps true on the political stage it is the opposite in the spiritual realm. Although our daily spiritual health is certainly subject to ‘decay’ it is those hidden moments with God that preserve and strengthen us. We must learn the practice of getting away from the ‘public’ and ‘scheduling in’ consistent, private communion with the Lord.
It is intriguing to follow the theme of hiddenness in the scriptures and much time should be spent searching out the hidden sinners of Genesis 3, the hidden spies of Joshua 2, the hidden spoil of Joshua 7, the hidden standing of Colossians 3.3, and the hidden manna (our Saviour) of Rev 2.17. For the purpose of this short series we will notice the ‘hidden servant.’ We read of Moses being hidden 7 times and there is great spiritual blessing in tracing out the practical lessons of each event.
Moses was hidden at his birth Ex 2.2, in a basket Ex 2.3, in the backside of the desert Ex 3.1, twice beyond the boundaries at Sinai Ex 19, 34, in the breach of the rock Ex 33.22, and in his burial Deut 34.5-6. It is no wonder then that such a man was molded into the greatest leader in the scriptures in the years before one “counted worthy of more glory than Moses,” (Heb 3.3) was first “found in fashion as a man” (Phil 2.8).
In the following articles we will look at the seven hiding places of Moses and therein discover the backstory to the grand statement of Numbers 12.3, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”