The 11 months at Sinai had brought about many changes in the life of Israel. The people had
arrived at Sinai a fugitive and unorganized people; they left a well-organized nation, molded into
a commonwealth of 12 tribes. All was beautifully ordered.
Moses had spent the first 40 years of his life being trained in the courts of Pharaoh as a possible
successor to Pharaoh. As such, Moses was trained in organization and was the general of the
He learned all that would be necessary to lead the greatest nation on earth at that time. Moses
used all the knowledge he had accumulated in leading the Israelites. It was not, however, the
unaided genius of Moses that God used.
God leads through minds competent to receive and transmit His teaching. In Moses’ case, his
mental abilities were used to transmit to the Israelites an order of organization that was second to
none. What Moses had learned in the world was translated into use for the glory of God.
The Israelites left Sinai as a mighty nation in battle array. They had been furnished with a code of
laws, including sanitary regulations, which have been a model for civilized peoples of the
world.They had also been provided with a system of sacrifices that continued for centuries.
These sacrifices prophetically pointed to the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ for believers.
Be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of
hosts (Hag. 2:4).