Moses was one whom God had given revelation He was going to use him to deliver God’s people out of Egypt. Moses knew he was to be Israel’s deliverer long before the burning bush experience and Stephen gives us insight into this in his sermon recorded in Acts 7:22:
Acts 7:22-25 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.KJV
Moses killed an Egyptian because he thought His brethren understood God would use him to deliver them out of Egypt but they didn’t understand that. At the age of 40 Moses had the revelation he was the deliverer out of Egypt. And Stephen tells us that in verse 22; Moses was mighty in words and deeds, educated in all the wisdom of Egypt.
We know from the writings of Josephus, who wrote Jewish history for the Romans, Moses was a tremendous military commander. It stands to reason why Moses killed the Egyptian and then buried him because Moses assumed his Jewish brethren had the revelation also that he was their deliverer out of Egyptian and they were going to follow him. Moses thought God was going to use his military skills and kill the Egyptians and then they would get out of Egypt. He thought his brethren understood this but they didn’t. This confusion cost Moses forty years in exile where for one third of his life he was a shepherd and not a deliverer until the burning bush experience and the Lord revealed to Moses he was not going to do it in a military fashion but by mighty signs and wonders.
This is another point where we make mistakes and that is we receive revelations, things the Lord shows us for our personal life and then we assume our spouse, friends and others understand the revelation we have and just as it was with Moses they don’t. When God reveals things to us individually He is not necessarily going to reveal it to others. So don’t expect them to take your word for it because you got the revelation. You may have the revelation but they don’t.
The revelation Moses had was genuine but God didn’t speak anything to him nor did Moses have a dream. It just came into Moses’ heart. He just knew he was the Jew’s deliverer and he assumed everyone else knew this was his life’s call. He made a terrible mistake and it cost him forty years on the back side of a mountain and the children of Israel suffered more and more every day at the hands of the Egyptians.
This happens a lot with couples and one of them is called into the ministry and the other mate does not see it that way.
There are times people receive what they call a revelation from God but they never have it confirmed as the Word of God teaches that out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let everything be established. This is so necessary so that we too don’t get caught for forty years in our own backside of a mountain and God’s plan be interrupted or stopped all together.
Moses had the right revelation from God but he didn’t have the right timing for it to take place.
Hebrews 11 we read the “Hall of Faith” where Moses is listed.
Heb 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. KJV
Moses left Egypt not fearing the king of Egypt but Moses endured or persevered “as seeing him who is invisible”. Moses did not know what he had done wrong. He knew he had the revelation from God but he had missed God’s timing and missed how God was going to do it. He knew the revelation was genuine but he had to take a detour in his life and just wait until the Lord revealed what the rest of the plan was. So Moses’ confirmation and direction came at the burning bush.
This is the same thing that happened to Simeon in Luke 2:26 when it say that, “it was revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah,” but it doesn’t say when this would happen. If Simeon would have assumed some things, as did Moses, he might likely would have never seen the Messiah.
This is where a lot of us get into trouble when we receive a revelation or a perception of something from the Lord and we project how and when we think it is going to take place. We then set our faith and hopes on that but when it doesn’t come to pass the way we had thought it would we think we have missed God.