Post your thoughts on this week's readings: Sunday, Exod 5-7Monday, Exod 8-10Tuesday, Exod 11-13Wednesday, Exod 14-16Thursday, Exod 17-20Friday, Exod 21-23Saturday, Exod 24-26
As humans, our memories are short. How quickly we forget! Such was the ongoing case with Israel whenever they faced a challenge. When they became hungry they had the nerve to say, “Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat?” (The Message) Die in comfort?! Did they really say, in comfort?! Not to mention, were slaves really allowed to have all the bread they could eat? This whining and longing for the good old days (which really were anything but good) was a recurring theme with the Israelites. No wonder they irritated Moses to no end…and God too! Now, that’s a whole lot of irritation! But how different are we today? We have the Bible to inform our attitudes and behavior, and still we allow challenges to avert our focus from who God is, what He’s already done, and what He promised He would do. So, let’s ponder the degree of irritation we, as spiritual Israel, cause God and the leaders He has ordained to shepherd us.
I believe the magicians contributed to Pharoah’s stubborn resistance. The magicians, with their counterfeit wonders, gave Pharoah false confidence to put God’s power on the level of his magicians, and therefore he didn’t believe or fear God as he should have. And I’m sure ego played a part as well...reminds me of the egos of some politicians nowaday.
‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’
The New King James Version. (Ex 19:4–6).
After the deliverance comes the adoption.