Tag: Exodus 3-6

Holy Separation!

Scripture reading for January 20th: Exodus 3-6

Moses was picked by God to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  He knew of this early in his miraculous life.  First, the Hebrew midwives spared his life; they feared God and hid him.  Then God showed his parents a plan to save Moses’ life.  He was placed in a basket and released in the Nile river.  Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing just downstream.  She “found” Moses, named him and paid his own mother and sister to raise him!

Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household and was taught in Egypt’s schools.  At 40 years of age, he tried to protect his  Israelite brothers by killing an Egyptian who was mistreating them and ended up on the back side of the desert, a wanted man.  He went from a prince in Pharaoh’s household to a fugitive wanted for murder in a story as bizarre as Joseph’s in Genesis.   For forty years it appeared that he was forgotten by God!

God’s delays and detours are for His purposes and our preparation.  When God appeared to Moses at the burning bush in the desert 40 years later, Moses was called to take off his shoes and deliver God’s people from slavery in Egypt.  Moses was said to be the most “meek” of men.  (Numbers 12:3) God honors humility and brokenness.  Moses, after 40 years of separation from the culture of Egypt in the desert, had learned a valuable lesson.  He couldn’t do anything on his own!  He needed God for everything!

Are you open to learn humility and brokenness?  What area of your life needs the most help right now?  Submit it to the Lord and wait patiently on Him.  He will take you through a course of ‘holy separation’ where you remove your shoes and submit totally.

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1st Peter 5:5-7

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The Issue is Worship!

Scripture reading for January 20th: Exodus 3-6

A healthy fear of the Lord, a respect for who He is, gives us a desire to worship Him.  Worship is a response to the wonder and majesty of God our Creator and Father!   He is the God who is, was, and will always be!  (Revelation 1:8)  He is the One all of heaven and all of earth will one day bow before and worship.  (Revelation 5:13)  The main issue with each man and woman is worship.  Who will you worship?  Will you worship the One true God?

After Moses had spent forty years on the back side of the desert tending sheep, God came to him.  He appeared to him in a burning bush and called him by his name, “Moses!, Moses!” (Exodus 3:4)  Moses responded and God told him to remove his shoes, because he was standing on holy ground.  God spoke to him, “I am the God of your father, the god of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (Exodus 3:6)  Moses hid his face and was afraid to look at God.  God then told Moses of His desire to deliver the Israelites and told him that he was the one to go and bring them out.  The sign that God was with them would be worship of God on that very mountain where Moses was meeting with God!

Moses asked God how he should answer the Israelites when he went to them and told them of meeting with the Lord.  God responded with a simple name and statement: “I AM WHO I AM”  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14-15)

God had a relationship with His people.  They were considered His “firstborn son”! (Exodus 4:22-23)  He wanted fellowship with his children, especially his “firstborn son” !  From this people who were marked by God through circumcision, would come God’s actual “Firstborn Son”, Jesus Christ!  This fellowship must be in Spirit and Truth, not in the ways of Egypt or the world!  God’s people must come apart to truly worship Him who is their “I AM”.

Today the issue is still worship.  The world does not want God’s people to worship!  The issue is still “Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him?” (Exodus 5:2)  If you don’t know Him as the great “I AM”, your Father, and have a relationship of separated worship of Him alone, you are lost!

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Moses: BSDD (Back Side of Desert Degree)

Scripture reading for January 20: Exodus 3-6

One of my brothers is a law professor.  He went to 4 years of college and over 5 years of post-graduate study for his degree.  My other brother is a surgeon.  He went to 4 years of college and 7 more years of graduate study for his degree.   God’s ‘graduate school’ sometimes takes 40 years to get the degree.  Some of us are in class right now and we think God has left us as a perpetual student (or maybe in the dunce chair).  But He is working with us just like with our forefather, Moses.

Moses was picked by God to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  He knew of this early in his miraculous life.  First, the Hebrew midwives spared his life; they feared God and hid him.  Then God showed his parents a plan to save Moses’ life.  He was placed in a basket and released in the Nile river.  Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing just downstream.  She “found” Moses, named him and paid his own mother and sister to raise him.  God’s sense of humor in action!

Moses had an unusual life.  He grew up in Pharaoh’s household and was taught in Egypt’s schools.  At 40 years of age, he tried to protect his  Israelite brothers by killing an Egyptian who was mistreating them and ended up in the back side of the desert, a wanted man.  He went from a prince in Pharaoh’s household to a fugitive wanted for murder in a story as bizarre as Joseph’s in Genesis.  Sometimes we think we know God’s plan and we end up in the back side of the desert.  Life takes strange turns.  Stuff happens!  “Where is God now?” we ask. We get involved in life again where we find ourselves, but wonder what went wrong.  Ever been there?

God’s delays and detours are for His purposes and our preparation.  When God appeared to Moses at the burning bush in the desert 40 years later, Moses was called to take off his shoes and then go and deliver God’s people from slavery in Egypt.  Moses wisely took off his shoes but made excuses about  going.  God met Moses and answered each excuse.  Moses is said to be the most “meek” of men.  (Numbers 12:3) God honors humility and brokenness.  Moses, after 40 years in the desert university, has learned a valuable lesson.  He can’t do anything on his own!  He needs God at each turn.  You might say that Moses graduated with his BSDD!  He passed the exam and was ready for his assignment!

Are you in the School of the Desert?  Are you open to learn humility and brokenness?  What area of your life needs the most help right now?  Submit it to the Lord and wait patiently on Him.  He will help you pass the course!  He’s preparing you for your assignment too.

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1st Peter 5:5-7

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