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Exodus 7:1-13 Visit Two

God showed His power OVER Pharaoh’s power.

We go with Moses and Aaron as they stand before Pharaoh the second time to tell him to let God’s people go. Let the signs begin!

God gave Pharaoh one easy chance to let His people go. But even that “chance” was not really a chance but part of setting up the whole process. God knew Pharaoh’s heart. He also knew that He wanted to do a GREAT work for ALL to see and remember. So God used Pharaoh’s own arrogance to His advantage. He “hardened Pharaoh’s heart.”

Does this mean that God MADE Pharaoh and the Egyptian people suffer just so He could look good? NO! It means that God used a hard headed ruler to display His wonders to His hard headed people, and their neighbors. God KNEW it was going to take some doing to convince Pharaoh to see things His way. He just made sure his heart didn’t get in the way of his stubborn head. Pharaoh’s heart was really what would make him drive Israel out, but that is a story for another time. Read more »

Exodus 6:1-13 What I WILL Do

The leaders don’t want to hear anything Moses has to say. They are out of hope.

I want to start with an apology to all of you who are with me daily and have suffered through the rebuild of my site. Things are back to normal now and up to date. There were several new posts included with my last major upload. Now we are all starting fresh from today. PRAYING God gives us mercy and guidance as we continue on in His word.

Moses had just cried out to God, “Why did You send ME!” He was distraught because the people were angry with him and Aaron. Their plea to Pharaoh had backfired as far as they were concerned. Things had gone from bad to worse. Now we get to hear what God has to say about this latest development.

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In answer to Moses’ cry, God said “Good! NOW you will see what I will do!”

Moses’ mouth hangs open. He wanted to scream, “What do You mean ‘good’? This is ANYTHING BUT GOOD!” The people were raging against him. The requirements of the Egyptians were impossible to meet so the people were continually punished. And no one believed God was really on their side. Read more »

Exodus 5:1-23 Step One

This is the first of many visits with Pharaoh.

Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh for the first time with God’s command. He DOES NOT respond favorably to their visit, just as God had said he wouldn’t. The heat gets turned up on the children of Israel.

When we left Moses and Aaron yesterday they had met up at Mt. Horeb. I should have followed them back to Egypt where they met with the elders. That was actually part of yesterday’s reading but I’m going to include that in today’s story instead. Let’s catch up to them as they make their way towards their first step in the chain of release for God’s people.

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Evening was falling by the time Aaron and Moses came back to join Zipporah and the boys. Traveling at night was not safe so the group decided to wait until morning to continue their journey. It was hard for Aaron to sleep that night as he contemplated all that God had in store for him. It was less than a week ago that he was making bricks alongside the rest of his people. Now he was expected to stand before them and deliver Moses’ message from God. He was honored beyond words to be involved but was wondering why Moses didn’t take this task on himself. He would have to ask him tomorrow as there would be plenty of time to talk on the road. Read more »

Exodus 4:18-31 Return to Egypt

Moses brought all of his family for this first return trip.

We join Moses as he journeys back to his father in law after his encounter with God at the burning bush. It’s time for him to return to Egypt. God has a job for him to do.

After God told Moses that Aaron would help him out he stopped fighting God’s call on his life. Now he just has to go back and settle things with his father in law, Jethro. Last time I got wrapped up in finding the location of the mountain where God met with Moses. I had a hard time dealing with it being on the other side of the Gulf of Aquaba. But today’s reading makes me wonder if it was in fact on the other side of that body of water. When we first encountered the burning bush we were told it was on the “west side of the wilderness” (3:1b). That location certainly agrees with the majority of the maps but not with the one I was drawn to. This location will be where Aaron meets Moses on his way back. Anyway, let’s get into our story and see where it takes us today. Read more »

Exodus 4:1-17 Not It!

I’m with Moses; AIEEEEEE! I don’t do snakes. God would have to either make me brave of give me another sign to show the people.

We left Moses listening to the angel of God at the burning bush. God knew what His people were going through and He knew who to send. Moses DID NOT agree with His choice!

Moses stopped and listened when God spoke. He even immediately answered when God called his name. He was quiet and willing until God finished the job description. Then he wanted NO part of it. He was on board when he thought he was just going to the people of Israel but then God said he would have to stand before the king of Egypt too!

“Time out! Wait a minute God. That’s more than I can handle and more than I’m willing to do. Not it! Find someone else. Besides all that, who’s going to believer me?!”

God addressed Moses’s first objection before he even voiced it. “Then Moses answered, ‘But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice’” (verse 1). God had just said, “And they will listen to your voice” (3:18a) a few minutes earlier. But instead of scolding Moses for not listening or not believing God gave him a signs to share with the people.

I love watching a great magician! The setup is half the trick. I’m NOT calling God a “magician” but His setup is amazing!

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“What is that in your hand?” Read more »