Numbers 12:1-3 1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); 2 and they said, "Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the Lord heard it. 3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.
One of the things that has always struck me in the writing and public speech of Bishop N. T. Wright is his consistent self-deprecation. He constantly qualifies his statements by saying things like, "I think," or "it seems to me," or "it feels to me," or "I guess."
And, as a result, people praise Wright for his humility... His "Christlike attitude" is contrasted with the "cocksure" approach of his Reformed critics. In truth, nothing is more vain in a messenger of God than the admixture of personal opinion with the Word of God. The job of a prophet is not to speak his own thoughts but to declare God's Word. Moses is thus, by God's own judgment, the most humble man who ever lived. Yet, at the same time, Moses is reviled by the people--and even his own family--for pride.
The more I read Wright's obsequious I thinks and it seems to mes, the more I question why so many regard him as speaking for God. By his own profession, he's just telling us what he thinks.
Meanwhile, let's agree that true humility requires speaking God's truth in God's voice. If Moses had spoken more haltingly, if, for instance, he had sprinkled the Decalogue with a few self-referential I thinks, he would have been guilty not of humility, but pride.