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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 »

Exodus 3:1-22 Moses Called

Moses went to check out this strange sight and met God in that place. Ready or Not! Here I AM!

Something strange was happening in the wilderness today. Moses HAD to check it out! He met an angel of the Lord in the middle of a burning bush and boy did He have a lot to say.

Moses was minding his father in law’s sheep, like any other day, when something caught his eye. Before he went any further he HAD to check it out.

Now I have to interject a question here. I was trying to find a map showing me these locations and I ran into a problem. I am told by MANY bible experts that Mt Horeb and Mt. Sinai are probably the same place. Moses’s father in law is a priest of Midian and Moses’ job was watching the sheep for his father in law. The bible maps that I have found put Mt. Sinai on the western side of the Gulf of Aquaba and Midian on the eastern side of it. I don’t think sheep swim that well and that would be a LONG way for them to travel between the two points. Is it possible that the two mountains are different? I REALLY would expect Moses’ burning bush encounter to take place in Midian territory. I found one map that puts this encounter on Midian’s side but I’m not sure I trust it fully but I’m going to hang onto it. I’m not certain the physical Read more »

Exodus 2:1-10 It’s a Boy

Moses was a beautiful baby and his mom was willing to risk her own life to hide him.

Pharaoh is trying to systematically wipe out Israel by killing all the boy babies. But God has other plans. Moses gets a special upbringing because of it.

The midwives had been ordered to kill all male children born to the Hebrew women but they had refused. Now the Egyptians were tasked with killing all male infants they came across. I wonder how many of them did it with relish. Did some refuse? Did some do so reluctantly? Did Pharaoh set up squads of soldiers for this particular purpose?

We will find out later that Moses had a brother. He was older than Moses and didn’t have to be hidden like Moses did. We meet his sister today. Apparently she is quite a bit older than he is. Later on we find out her name is Miriam. But today, she is simply a big sister watching over her baby brother.

I can’t imagine the fear Moses’ mother endured during those first three months. Did she dress him as a girl? Did she hide him away during the day? She would have had to respond immediately to every one of his cries to keep him silent. Babies are not quiet. Trust me on this one! Read more »

Genesis 49:28-50:14 Jacob Dies

Jacob’s final wish is carried out. He is taken back to Canaan to be buried.

We come to the end of Jacob’s life. His sons fulfill the promise made by Joseph and bury him with his fathers in Canaan.

Jacob knows his time is ending right away. The blessings/prophecies he just gave his sons are his dying declarations. He also has one final wish, which he has already sworn Joseph to uphold. Now he shares that one final request with the rest of his sons. They will all be part of the fulfillment of that promise.

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All the sons of Jacob have gathered by his bedside. The room is overly warm to offer comfort to their father. This is a private time between a father and his sons. Everyone else had left at Jacob’s command. Read more »