Poor Moses was chosen for an uphill climb, an impossible battle to get the nation of
He’s frustrated with his people. “You have been rebellious against the Lord ever since I have known you.” (Deut. 9:24.) This presumably includes Moses’ entire adult life, starting with the burning bush.
Come to think of it, Pharaoh didn’t listen to Moses either. But Moses was forewarned about that when God gave Moses his job description of “uphill climb” (Exodus 4:21 and following). God told Moses that Pharaoh wouldn’t listen, that God would harden Pharaoh’s heart.
Moses is also frustrated with God. The occasion of this address is the upcoming crossing of the
Psalm 50 also says in effect, “You aren’t really listening. You know how to go to church and do what’s expected, but your heart isn’t in listening to my instructions.” (Psalm 50:17.) The reading in Hebrews 4 is a commentary on our Old Testament readings. The author of Hebrews notes that we have to hear the word but also combine it with faith. (Heb. 4:2.)
So Moses was chosen for an uphill climb to do God’s work. He had a life of uphill climbing, next to God the whole way. Was it worth it? I think so. When he died, it was said that no other prophet knew God face to face (Deut. 34:10) and that he and God used to speak face to face, like friends (Ex. 33:11). May our uphill climbs for God take us to seek his face.