As we read about Abraham’s descendants who were exiles in Egypt, they had plenty to fear from human authority but what we learn is that If you run into a situation between fearing God and fearing human authority, give allegiance to God because with Him are advantages and resources that no human authority can provide.
Moses was born at a time when the Pharaoh demanded all new born Hebrew boys be killed. Reading in Exodus 2, his mother put him in a basket where he floated down the river until Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket with Moses in it. So Moses was raised within the palace as the son of the princes.
After many years living the life of a prince and after many years living in exile, he then comes to the point of fulfilling the main purpose God had for his life. The lesson of the life of Moses is that if facing adversity, be patient because with God on your side, adversity can enrich the world more than privilege. We cannot fail with God on our side.
Moses faced doubts because he didn’t feel qualified and continued to give excuses for not wanting to do God’s work. We all have doubts but we must believe that God will provide and our job is to carry out His instructions. Things can be frustrating but the thing to do is be patient and keep going. Remember God is working the plan. Go to Him for assurance and support when you’re pressured with problems or criticisms.
As the journey continues, I will be studying and sharing from Exodus 6-10. The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply God’s Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The questions for reflection for the study of Exodus 6-10 below will help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
What difference does knowing that God is actively involved in history and knowing something of His overall plan make in your attitude toward life? In view of their hopeless situation in verse 12, why don’t Moses and Aaron quit? When confronted with a hopeless situation, is your tendency to quit or to look for a solution?
How does God answer Moses’ despairing plea? What is the underlying reason for the plagues? How is your obedience or disobedience contingent on your view of God?
Though the magicians imitate Moses and Aaron, where does Pharaoh turn for relief? Am I living in obedience to God’s Word? Recall situations in which you needed advice. Where did the best advice come from?
Distinguish the twofold purpose of God in sending these catastrophes. On what basis is the plague of hail “selective”? For what reason is the plague stopped? What is the danger to you in not listening to God? What qualities of Pharaoh are revealed by his actions in this passage?
How does the ninth plague affront the Egyptian sun god Ra? How many opportunities has God given Pharaoh to repent? Considering this what is different about the last catastrophe?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast