A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Now comes the hard part:
God wants Moses to go back to Egypt and become His spokesperson in Pharaoh’s court, asking Pharaoh to release 600,000 slaves!
This is unbelievable! This is an impossible request! Yet knowing Moses may need some extra persuasion, God goes to extra lengths to convince him,
for instance by appearing in a burning bush that is not consumed by the fire, and by turning Moses' walking stick into a snake and back into a stick again.
Miracles are never used by God for our entertainment.
They are never intended to provide us with some kind of magical power. Rather, they are used by God on the special occasions when He wishes to make an important point. For Moses, this was one of those times.
that he's not a speaker are met with God’s assurances and agreement that his brother Aaron can help with him in.
To his credit, and in response to God’s considerable persuasive efforts, Moses bids his father-in-law and wife farewell, and goes to Egypt. At Pharaoh’s court he is received and asks permission of the king for his people to be released to worship the LORD in the desert.
Pharaoh is unimpressed and unmoved
, simply loading on more work to the Israelite slaves to make clear he does not look favorably on requests of this kind.
The people become angry with Moses
; even though they had agreed in advance to what he did, and Moses complains to God (the first of many such encounters). The LORD reassures him that everything will be all right.
After reissuing His commission to Moses, He sends him and Aaron back
to Pharaoh again. Almost as a form of diversion, the genealogy of Moses and Aaron is presented just before the final action begins.
Do you ever get settled into things so far and so comfortably
that any hint of change could throw you off? Moses was already eighty years old in this story. How old are you? How willing to follow God’s call whatever it might be?
Do you believe God protects you when you do His will, or what is right?
Think about Moses: he was never tortured or killed, but throughout the story which follows he will face the king’s considerable anger, the threat of death, criticism from his own people and a few other uncomfortable and disturbing events.
God does not always keep us out of hot water, but He is always with us
wherever we are.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011