ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS…

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 13 even if
We are still in the middle of our government led quarantine. We hear that the virus will get worse before it gets better so we stay home, stay clean to stay safe, and we wait. We long for the day when we can connect with each other face to face. We long for moving about without being bound to our homes. Every day we do not contract the Corona is a good day. We are all a candidate for the disease so we pray that we and our loved ones are “passed over” by this virus.
 
Exodus 13 God willBecause of forced isolation, many are reevaluating their lives, asking for prayer and how to read the Bible more than asking for a sandwich. I am amazed, but not surprised, how God is using this to call all people, lost and disconnected, to come back to Him and BE with him…to be connected to Him intimately and to others who know Him.
 
“Always remember”, says God to Moses, “when I helped you”.
 
I think this phrase speaks volumes to me today. In the days when we get beyond this terrible virus attack, I pray we will ALWAYS remember when God helped us through it. I pray that we praise Him even now this day as well as the day we are set free from this virus that tried to take over the world, holding us in bondage to our homes. I also pray that our thinking about God, His Son who saved us, will set our minds free right now. For nothing can hold us down or take away our hope, if we truly believe in Jesus and what He did to save us.
Exodus 13 cross
We are free from the bondage of sin and the evil that attacks us daily. We are free indeed to love, care, show mercy, walk humbly and extend grace all because of Jesus and in His Name. Amen.
 
Can I get an amen?!
 
HOLY PAUSE
What particular freedom of Christ are you grateful for today?
 
Exodus 13, The Message
1-2 God spoke to Moses, saying, “Consecrate every firstborn to me— the first one to come from the womb among the Israelites, whether person or animal, is mine.”
 
Exodus 13 remem3 Moses said to the people, “Always remember this day. This is the day when you came out of Egypt from a house of slavery. God brought you out of here with a powerful hand. Don’t eat any raised bread.
 
4-5 “You are leaving in the spring month of Abib. When God brings you into the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he promised to your fathers to give you, a land lavish with milk and honey, you are to observe this service during this month:
 
6 “You are to eat unraised bread for seven days; on the seventh day there is a festival celebration to God.
 
7 “Only unraised bread is to be eaten for seven days. There is not to be a trace of anything fermented—no yeast anywhere.
 
Exodus 13 remember this day8 “Tell your child on that day: ‘This is because of what God did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
 
9-10 “The day of observance will be like a sign on your hand, a memorial between your eyes, and the teaching of God in your mouth. It was with a powerful hand that God brought you out of Egypt. Follow these instructions at the set time, year after year after year.
 
11-13 “When God brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he promised you and your fathers, and turns it over to you, you are to set aside the first birth out of every womb to God. Every first birth from your livestock belongs to God. You can redeem every first birth of a donkey if you want to by substituting a lamb; if you decide not to redeem it, you must break its neck.
 
Exodus 13 first born13-16 “Redeem every firstborn child among your sons. When the time comes and your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you tell him, ‘God brought us out of Egypt, out of a house of slavery, with a powerful hand. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, God killed every firstborn in Egypt, the firstborn of both humans and animals. That’s why I make a sacrifice for every first male birth from the womb to God and redeem every firstborn son.’ The observance functions like a sign on your hands or a symbol on the middle of your forehead: God brought us out of Egypt with a powerful hand.”
 
Exodus 13 redeeming God
17 It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn’t lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, “If the people encounter war, they’ll change their minds and go back to Egypt.”
 
18 So God led the people on the wilderness road, looping around to the Red Sea. The Israelites left Egypt in military formation.
 
Exodus 13 guided19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the Israelites solemnly swear to do it, saying, “God will surely hold you accountable, so make sure you bring my bones from here with you.”
 
20-22 They moved on from Succoth and then camped at Etham at the edge of the wilderness. God went ahead of them in a Pillar of Cloud during the day to guide them on the way, and at night in a Pillar of Fire to give them light; thus they could travel both day and night. The Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night never left the people.
 
HOLY PAUSE
Exodus 13 Jesus
God is now teaching His people how to stay connected to Him. It is important to God and to us to keep the memory alive of what He did and how He did it! When we remember, I believe it is a form of worship to God!
 
Do you believe God will powerfully bring us out this present trouble? How is He guiding us today?
 
What will we tell our children and their children when this is over?
 
“Tell your child on that day: ‘This is because of what God did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ (Or this virus epidemic)
 
Exodus 13 I amIt is good to stop and remember, write it down, as we live to tell what God provided, what God did and how we saw God at work before, during and after this world virus event.
 
If we lose a loved one or dear friend in this event, will we still praise Him? Does this change the fact that we are all in God’s hands? If we are believers, “To live is Christ, to die is gain”, says Paul about himself in the thick of incredibly hard times. (Philippians 1:21)
 
Hang on, cling, get a grip on the Hope that drives us to God. Journaling our prayers is a good start. This alone time with God each day connects us with the One who loves us most. You will not regret a single moment with God the Father, talking to Him, in Jesus Name, while listening to Him speak to us through His Holy Spirit in us.
 
Exodus 13 rem MeAlways remember, it is because of Jesus, Lamb of God, who paid for our sin, that enables us to be free to walk right up to God and talk with Him. Don’t forget to be still long enough to listen to Him answer you. THIS is an amazing freedom which knows no bounds.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
I remember many other times when you rescued us from trouble so deep we didn’t know if we would survive. But we did…all because of your miraculous work in us and all around us. You are GOD, LORD of all and in all. We are not. I worship you this morning as I remember how you work in the lives of all who believe. I see you at work now. I still believe. I watch you daily with expectation and amazement. Oh how, I love you, Lord. May I never forget!
In Jesus Name, Amen
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SANDALS ON, IT’S TIME TO GO!

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 12 sandals onWhat is the first thing you say to your kids when you are ready to leave? “Get your shoes on! It’s time to go!” I would be rich if I had a dollar for every time I said this to kids and grandkids! They are never prepared to go until you tell them.
 
God tells His kids the same thing. It is time to leave! God’s way out of their bondage is happening now! “Slaughter the lamb, get dressed, put on your sandals, eat standing up and prepare to leave.” God provided the Way Out and the time is now!
 
NEED TO KNOW
Exodus 12 blood of the Lamb
Something must die in sacrifice for our sin to be fully redeemed. Our sins, our turning from God to go our own way, must be repented and reconciled before we can come into His Holy Presence. Why? Because God is perfectly Holy. God cannot be where sin is. So if we have sin in our lives, unresolved, not repented, God can not and will not come where we are. He still loves us but cannot come near us.
 
God knows us and knew we needed a way to Him.. God planned a Way out of the mess we find ourselves in when we go our own way, fail miserably in life and relationships and wonder, in our emptiness that brings fear and anxiety, if there is something more. There is. There is God, our Father, Creator, who longs to be with us and is waiting form us to turn back in His direction.
 
He designed a way in Moses’ day that sufficed for centuries, paving the Way for the coming day when all sin, once and for all, would be paid in full by our perfect Redeemer, His Son, Jesus Christ.
 
Exodus 12 from slavery to sal
God’s people were enslaved in Egypt for generations. In their misery that forgot who God was and is. God came near enough to hear their cries for help. God then provided a Way Out. He redeemed them from their oppressors in power and strength. He was not only showing His power to the Egyptians but to His own people who had forgotten Him.
 
God’s people needed to be saved. They needed to know God was their God, their only God. God presented His plan. They got their sandals on and did EXACTLY what God told them to do. This EXIT (Exodus) plan is still remembered and celebrated all over the world by those who believe.
 
This plan of God’s Passover was created to, again, distinguish God’s people from the Egyptians. The blood of the lamb over their door posts showed who belonged to God. Death passed over the blood stained doors of God’s people. They were spared and saved from death in their household. God’s plan also involved His detailed instructions for preparing to leave their old way of life for a new life with Him!
 
The first Passover also signified their final and complete release from bondage. It all began with the shedding of the blood of unblemished lambs.
 
Exodus 12, The Message
 
Exodus 12 passover1-10 God said to Moses and Aaron while still in Egypt, “This month is to be the first month of the year for you. Address the whole community of Israel; tell them that on the tenth of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one lamb to a house. If the family is too small for a lamb, then share it with a close neighbor, depending on the number of persons involved. Be mindful of how much each person will eat. Your lamb must be a healthy male, one year old; you can select it from either the sheep or the goats. Keep it penned until the fourteenth day of this month and then slaughter it—the entire community of Israel will do this—at dusk. Then take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat it. You are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire, that night, along with bread, made without yeast, and bitter herbs. Don’t eat any of it raw or boiled in water; make sure it’s roasted—the whole animal, head, legs, and innards. Don’t leave any of it until morning; if there are leftovers, burn them in the fire.
 
11 “And here is how you are to eat it: Be fully dressed with your sandals on and your stick in your hand. Eat in a hurry; it’s the Passover to God.
 
12-13 “I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am God. The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood I will pass over you—no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
 
Exodus 12 1414-16 “This will be a memorial day for you; you will celebrate it as a festival to God down through the generations, a fixed festival celebration to be observed always. You will eat unraised bread (matzoth) for seven days: On the first day get rid of all yeast from your houses—anyone who eats anything with yeast from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off from Israel. The first and the seventh days are set aside as holy; do no work on those days. Only what you have to do for meals; each person can do that.
 
17-20 “Keep the Festival of Unraised Bread! This marks the exact day I brought you out in force from the land of Egypt. Honor the day down through your generations, a fixed festival to be observed always. In the first month, beginning on the fourteenth day at evening until the twenty-first day at evening, you are to eat unraised bread. For those seven days not a trace of yeast is to be found in your houses. Anyone, whether a visitor or a native of the land, who eats anything raised shall be cut off from the community of Israel. Don’t eat anything raised. Only matzoth.”
 
Exodus 12 door posts21-23 Moses assembled all the elders of Israel. He said, “Select a lamb for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the bowl of blood and smear it on the lintel and on the two doorposts. No one is to leave the house until morning. God will pass through to strike Egypt down. When he sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, God will pass over the doorway; he won’t let the destroyer enter your house to strike you down with ruin.
 
24-27 “Keep this word. It’s the law for you and your children, forever. When you enter the land which God will give you as he promised, keep doing this. And when your children say to you, ‘Why are we doing this?’ tell them: ‘It’s the Passover-sacrifice to God who passed over the homes of the Israelites in Egypt when he hit Egypt with death but rescued us.’”
 
The people bowed and worshiped.
 
28 The Israelites then went and did what God had commanded Moses and Aaron. They did it all.
 
29 At midnight God struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, right down to the firstborn of the prisoner locked up in jail. Also the firstborn of the animals.
 
30 Pharaoh got up that night, he and all his servants and everyone else in Egypt—what wild wailing and lament in Egypt! There wasn’t a house in which someone wasn’t dead.
 
Exodus 12 new31-32 Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron that very night and said, “Get out of here and be done with you—you and your Israelites! Go worship God on your own terms. And yes, take your sheep and cattle as you’ve insisted, but go. And bless me.”
 
33 The Egyptians couldn’t wait to get rid of them; they pushed them to hurry up, saying, “We’re all as good as dead.”
 
34-36 The people grabbed their bread dough before it had risen, bundled their bread bowls in their cloaks and threw them over their shoulders. The Israelites had already done what Moses had told them; they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold things and clothing. God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people and so readily gave them what they asked for. Oh yes! They picked those Egyptians clean.
 
37-39 The Israelites moved on from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 on foot, besides their dependents. There was also a crowd of riffraff tagging along, not to mention the large flocks and herds of livestock. They baked unraised cakes with the bread dough they had brought out of Egypt; it hadn’t raised—they’d been rushed out of Egypt and hadn’t time to fix food for the journey.
 
The Passover
Exodus 12 spread the blood40-42 The Israelites had lived in Egypt 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, God’s entire army left Egypt. God kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as he brought them out of Egypt. Because God kept watch, all Israel for all generations will honor God by keeping watch this night—a watchnight.
 
43-47 God said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the rules for the Passover:
 
No foreigners are to eat it.
 
Any slave, if he’s paid for and circumcised, can eat it.
 
No casual visitor or hired hand can eat it.
 
Eat it in one house—don’t take the meat outside the house.
 
Don’t break any of the bones.
 
The whole community of Israel is to be included in the meal.
 
48 “If an immigrant is staying with you and wants to keep the Passover to God, every male in his family must be circumcised, then he can participate in the Meal—he will then be treated as a native son. But no uncircumcised person can eat it.
 
49 “The same law applies both to the native and the immigrant who is staying with you.”
 
50-51 All the Israelites did exactly as God commanded Moses and Aaron. That very day God brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, tribe by tribe.
 
CONSIDER THIS…
Exodus 12 parallels
Our sin, and the sins of the world, has a high price. Jesus willing and sacrificially laid down his life to redeem (buy back), paying the high price our souls. HE was the Lamb. He thought of us as the nails were hammered into his hands and feet. Our souls held him in place on that cross. A perfect God-man, without sin felt all the pain but loved us enough to sacrifice himself for you and I. He died so that we would be saved forever. He rose that we would believe that He did! Hallelujah, Christ arose! Hope has risen! Our sins are gone…if we believe.
 
This powerful, holy relationship with God begins with our decision to humbly, sincerely come to Him and simply admit, “I’m sorry for all my sin” with a heart that loves and believes in what Jesus did, a mind that never wants to go back to our sin lifestyle along with a soul ready to be cleansed with all that Jesus bled, died and rose again to save. Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain as a sacrifice for our sin.
 
Exodus 12 ChristBE RECONCILED TO GOD
Be reconciled back to God. Until we decide to “die” to self and the sin that enslaves us, we are separated from God who longs to fill all that is empty in us. We are separated from God until all our sin is paid in full. So God, who loved the world so much, sent His Son, Jesus, our Savior from sin, the perfect Lamb sacrifice for our sin. Jesus’ blood paid the price we owed and deserved.
 
HOLY PAUSE
Are you ready to be reconciled to God, through Jesus, and begin an intimate, holy relationship with Him? THIS is the most important relationship you will ever have. All other truly loving relationships begin with this one with Jesus. The more we realize God’s love for us, the more we love like Him…unconditionally and relentlessly.
Exodus 12 provision
Are we living as a redeemed people? Are we grumbling or grateful since we left the old sin nature for God’s holy best lifestyle? Our behavior, in what we are willing to “lay down”, shows our sincerity and humility before God.
 
Are we leaning on God’s promises to always be with us in this time of confinement in our homes as we try to avoid the virus?
 
Friends, there is a greater “virus” epidemic that evil is trying to spread. Satan wants a whole generation to himself, a generation of people who have never heard of Jesus and his saving power. Sometimes it looks as thought he is winning. But there is greater evidence to prove that God is in control. We see Him moving mightily among us as we deal with Corona virus.
 
Exodus 12 the lambAs believers our response will make a difference in the lives of those God brings into our lives. Watch God work, testify of His power and rejoice in what He is doing. While we are sitting at home, praying, God is STILL at work! AMEN! Use technology or whatever means God’s gives you to get the word out…Jesus is alive. He has risen indeed!
 
Get your shoes on, be dressed and ready! There will be a day when we leave our homes. Be prepared. Be in God’s Word. Do exactly what He says for He still speaks to our hearts. Memorize what He has said to us. Encourage each other. Then GO when He says go!
 
In Jesus Name and By His power in us, Amen. I believe!
 
 
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GOD MAKES IT CLEAR

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 11 redeemedOur plague of corona virus has caused most of us to reconsider life purpose and importance and what it means to give all of ourselves to God. Life comes from God and returns to God for all who believe. We believe that His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for our sins and rose again to prove, without doubt, the power of God. God also proves is relentless love for us. God first in all thinking and behaving should be our life song and our lifestyle.
 
People who need God are looking back at us who know God to see how we are reacting to this world crisis where some are taking it seriously and some are “partying while Rome burns” as Nero did in ancient history. They will be looking for the reaction our faces. What will they see, fear or peace?
 
Exodus 11 Gods clear distinctionNotice how God makes a clear distinction between His people and the Egyptians, once again, in our passage for today. This time, death is the plague that will strike the hearts of every Egyptian from slave to Pharaoh. No one will be passed over EXCEPT those who obey EXACTLY what God will tell His people to do.
 
Chapter 11 is only part one of the God’s instruction to Moses telling Pharaoh what will happen next is he does not give in. This plague of death will also be the final chance for Pharaoh to make a decision between two choices:
Obey the God of all and let God’s people go or keeping believing in his own power on earth which is painfully limited.
 
HOLY PAUSE:
Exodus 11 a plagueWe are faced with two choices daily. Who will we follow heart, mind and soul? Who will we trust with everything? Who will supply our needs and helps through troubles in this world? Who gives peace in trying times and wisdom for living life well? WHO will show us the WAY OUT?
 
Who do we choose? God’s best with life forever or Satan’s worst that ends in death?
 
Who we choose to follow, what we believe and who we obey affects everyone around us.
 
Are obeying the laws of our leaders seriously to avoid the spread of this virus? What we do affects others.
 
God will show His glory, power and strength to and in us who believe. He made a clear distinction then of who His people were and He will it now in the way His believers react to trouble. Watch and listen.
 
Exodus 11, The Message
Strike Ten: Death
 
God said to Moses: “I’m going to hit Pharaoh and Egypt one final time, and then he’ll let you go. When he releases you, that will be the end of Egypt for you; he won’t be able to get rid of you fast enough.
 
2-3 “So here’s what you do. Tell the people to ask, each man from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor, for things made of silver and gold.” God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people. Also, Moses was greatly admired by the Egyptians, a respected public figure among both Pharaoh’s servants and the people at large.
 
Exodus 11 speak Gods heart4-7 Then Moses confronted Pharaoh: “God’s Message: ‘At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl working at her hand mill. Also the firstborn of animals. Widespread wailing will erupt all over the country, lament such as has never been and never will be again. But against the Israelites—man, woman, or animal—there won’t be so much as a dog’s bark, so that you’ll know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.’
 
8 “Then all these servants of yours will go to their knees, begging me to leave, ‘Leave! You and all the people who follow you!’ And I will most certainly leave.”
 
Moses, seething with anger, left Pharaoh.
 
9 God said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s not going to listen to a thing you say so that the signs of my presence and work are going to multiply in the land of Egypt.”
 
10 Moses and Aaron had performed all these signs in Pharaoh’s presence, but God turned Pharaoh more stubborn than ever—yet again he refused to release the Israelites from his land.
 
CONSIDER…
 
Exodus 11 idolThe tenth plague attacks the very heart of Egyptian faith, which was in life itself. The Egyptians were obsessed with keeping the good life of Egypt intact right into the next world.
 
What does our faith look like? What ever is in our hearts is reflected in our behavior, demeanor and actions. Do our reflect God’s peace and lead others to Him?
 
Though the Egyptian gods, who were after all carved representations, might fail, still, if life and the life force continue, then Egyptian faith could survive. When the Lord shows that even the continuation of life itself (as symbolized in the firstborn) is within his control, there is nothing left but to admit defeat. Though Pharaoh may never see Moses again, Pharaoh’s officials will; and far from loftily permitting the Israelites to leave, those officials will beg them to go.
 
Our choices matter to others and affects others.
 
Exodus 11 God protectsGETTING PERSONAL…
Being quarantined is not fun. Week three will be trying to all those in the household, especially now that we know we must stay inside with limited access to the outside world and our previous lifestyles.
 
How will we respond? Will we obey? Will we “go rogue”? Whatever choice we make affects all those around us.
 
Part Two tomorrow…
 
Exodus 11 obey
Dear Heavenly Father,
We realize your clear instructions to us in this passage…to obey is better than sacrifice. To come to you with sincere hearts of worship only for you is what you desire from us. You are a jealous God because of your deep love for us. Your jealousy arises when sin threatens our relationship with you and pulls from your protection and holy presence of safe haven. I get it.
 
Exodus 12 ChristYes, when we truly look at You, it makes us stop thinking about what we want and run to what You want, which is Your best for us. May our reaction to world troubles lead others to you. Help us, Lord to stay focused on you first and less on what is going on around us. Our lives depend on it.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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SO YOU CAN TELL YOUR CHILDREN…

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 10 hope
Last night the order to “stay home” was extended to the end of next month. We thought this was a very temporary situation. Now it will last a lot longer than we first thought. Are we grumbling a bit about someone telling us to be safe?
 
In our country, someone telling us what to do when it comes to our personal lifestyle is new to us. Very new. Most of us are trying to obey because the spreading virus is all over the news with the affects it is having here and all over the world. We don’t want to get it so we stay home. We obey. We should first be thinking about trying to help others not succumb to it by staying home and stopping the rapid spread. The decision to obey is NOT just about us personally. It is for everyone.
 
But some are stubborn. When some are stubborn, we all have to pay the cost.
 
Exodus 10 go tellToday, as we read our next passage, I think of the Egyptians. Their very selfish leader, who is a god to them, does not have their best interest at heart. He is chief god to them among their others gods. Their leader is hanging on to this form of self-made and people driven power as long as possible with everything in him.
Pharaoh is refusing to obey the LORD God of Creation to let God’s people go, come back to Him and worship Him alone. Why? Because Pharaoh will lose his control over a people called Hebrews, who are his slaves and slaves to his people. He will be seen as weak in the eyes of his people if he does not stand firm, or so he believes. He is afraid of losing the respect of the Egyptians all because of his arrogance and selfish pride.
 
And what is the result of a god versus THE GOD? Suffering. The Egyptians will suffer greatly because of the decisions of their leader. The suffering will take it’s toll. In the suffering, they will finally see the power of the real, one and only God and some will bow down to Him.
 
Seeing the miraculous power of God will be always be remembered by God’s people. The Story of God will be told over and over through all generations.
 
HOLY PAUSE
Exodus 10 psalmWhen Corona virus “passes over” us and dissipates, what will we tell our children? What will our children and grandchildren tell their children? THIS, too, is the story of God in us in our generation.
 
What will be said of God’s power, His miracles, the good He did around us, in us and through us in a bad situation around the world?
 
“…you’ll tell them the stories of the signs that I brought down on them, so that you’ll all know that I am God.”
 
Think about it…I am.
 
Exodus 10, The Message
 
1-2 God said to Moses: “Go to Pharaoh. I’ve made him stubborn, him and his servants, so that I can force him to look at these signs and so you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren how I toyed with the Egyptians, like a cat with a mouse; you’ll tell them the stories of the signs that I brought down on them, so that you’ll all know that I am God.”
Exodus 10 know
3-6 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “God, the God of the Hebrews, says, ‘How long are you going to refuse to knuckle under? Release my people so that they can worship me. If you refuse to release my people, watch out; tomorrow I’m bringing locusts into your country. They’ll cover every square inch of ground; no one will be able to see the ground. They’ll devour everything left over from the hailstorm, even the saplings out in the fields—they’ll clear-cut the trees. And they’ll invade your houses, filling the houses of your servants, filling every house in Egypt. Nobody will have ever seen anything like this, from the time your ancestors first set foot on this soil until today.’”
 
Then he turned on his heel and left Pharaoh.
 
7 Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long are you going to let this man harass us? Let these people go and worship their God. Can’t you see that Egypt is on its last legs?”
 
8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. He said to them, “Go ahead then. Go worship your God. But just who exactly is going with you?”
 
9 Moses said, “We’re taking young and old, sons and daughters, flocks and herds—this is our worship-celebration of God.”
 
10-11 He said, “I’d sooner send you off with God’s blessings than let you go with your children. Look, you’re up to no good—it’s written all over your faces. Nothing doing. Just the men are going—go ahead and worship God. That’s what you want so badly.” And they were thrown out of Pharaoh’s presence.
 
Exodus 10 one locust12 God said to Moses: “Stretch your hand over Egypt and signal the locusts to cover the land of Egypt, devouring every blade of grass in the country, everything that the hail didn’t get.”
 
13 Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt. God let loose an east wind. It blew that day and night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.
 
Exodus 10 locusts14-15 The locusts covered the country of Egypt, settling over every square inch of Egypt; the place was thick with locusts. There never was an invasion of locusts like it in the past, and never will be again. The ground was completely covered, black with locusts. They ate everything, every blade of grass, every piece of fruit, anything that the hail didn’t get. Nothing left but bare trees and bare fields—not a sign of green in the whole land of Egypt.
 
16-17 Pharaoh had Moses and Aaron back in no time. He said, “I’ve sinned against your God and against you. Overlook my sin one more time. Pray to your God to get me out of this—get death out of here!”
 
18-19 Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to God. God reversed the wind—a powerful west wind took the locusts and dumped them into the Red Sea. There wasn’t a single locust left in the whole country of Egypt.
 
20 But God made Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He still didn’t release the Israelites.
 
Exodus 10 darkStrike Nine: Darkness
21 God said to Moses: “Stretch your hand to the skies. Let darkness descend on the land of Egypt—a darkness so dark you can touch it.”
 
22-23 Moses stretched out his hand to the skies. Thick darkness descended on the land of Egypt for three days. Nobody could see anybody. For three days no one could so much as move.
Exodus 10 Light
Except for the Israelites: they had light where they were living.
 
24 Pharaoh called in Moses: “Go and worship God. Leave your flocks and herds behind. But go ahead and take your children.”
 
25-26 But Moses said, “You have to let us take our sacrificial animals and offerings with us so we can sacrifice them in worship to our God. Our livestock has to go with us with not a hoof left behind; they are part of the worship of our God. And we don’t know just what will be needed until we get there.”
 
27 But God kept Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He wouldn’t agree to release them.
 
Exodus 10 never see28 Pharaoh said to Moses: “Get out of my sight! And watch your step. I don’t want to ever see you again. If I lay eyes on you again, you’re dead.”
 
29 Moses said, “Have it your way. You won’t see my face again.”
 
God does not judge the world in this way anymore. He doesn’t need to send plagues. Nature takes care of that. Bad decisions of humans cause some things to go terribly wrong. God did not cause this virus to cover the world. But, God will USE the virus to bring people back to Himself in personal relationship with Him. (That is actually my prayer each day!)
 
Exodus 10 lamb of GodGod wants the best for us and that best for us is Jesus. Jesus, God’s Son, settled our sin debt once and for all. He took all our sin and the affects of sin’s self indulgences to a cruel cross and left them there to die. Jesus was buried in a tomb in a cave. God then raised His Son up after three days as a display for many to see and believe in His power and might. God is in control. Jesus conquered sin and death for us. We who believe are saved forever and more than conquerors until we see Him face to face in all His glory! Amen! Yes!
 
Be assured of God’s power. Be assured of His love for us who suffered and died for our sin. Believe and be saved.
 
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
 
GO TELL…
 
Exodus 9 Son sets freeDear Heavenly Father,
We are in the midst of a plague we have never encountered in the history of our lives and in the lives of our previous generations. They experienced bad times and stay true to you and told us about it. We lean on you and their example of tenacious faith. So we know YOU will help us through it because we believe. We believe that you saved us and will raise us up from this present circumstance. You are our hope and stay.
 
We pray that lost people without you will be found and begin following you. Explode man’s creativity in technology, medicine and in all other ways that guide others to Your power, might and The Way out of their present misery. YOU are THE WAY OUT indeed. I believe. The grave is empty. Hallelujah!
In Jesus Name, Amen
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WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 9 power
We have asked this question in frustrating circumstances. What will it take to fix this thing? What will it take for this to work? What will it take for these kids to behave? What will it take for me to get life right? What will it take for my loved one to be well again? What will it take to get out of debt? What will it take for this virus to diminish? What will it take for us to be out of quarantine?
 
It could be worse. At this point in our story of God, Moses is probably asking what will it take for this mission to finally be over? What will it take for Pharaoh to cave?
 
Remember, while plague after plague is occurring, there is no respite for the Hebrews! God’s people, slaves to the Egyptians, are still driven to work beyond human physical and mental limits every day from sun up to sun down building straw bricks. We are sure they are crying out, “What will it take for this misery to cease?” They don’t have time to do anything but work hard during the plagues. But, they do see the power of God at work and are beginning to let hope rise.
 
Let’s read what is happening next…
 
Exodus 9, The Message
Strike Five: Animals
Exodus 9 pride1-4 God said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, says: Release my people so they can worship me. If you refuse to release them and continue to hold on to them, I’m giving you fair warning: God will come down hard on your livestock out in the fields—horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep—striking them with a severe disease. God will draw a sharp line between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. Not one animal that belongs to the Israelites will die.’”
 
5 Then God set the time: “Tomorrow God will do this thing.”
 
6-7 And the next day God did it. All the livestock of Egypt died, but not one animal of the Israelites died. Pharaoh sent men to find out what had happened and there it was: none of the livestock of the Israelites had died—not one death. But Pharaoh stayed stubborn. He wouldn’t release the people.
 
Strike Six: Boils
Exodus 9 soot8-11 God said to Moses and Aaron, “Take fistfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses throw it into the air right before Pharaoh’s eyes; it will become a film of fine dust all over Egypt and cause sores, an eruption of boils on people and animals throughout Egypt.” So they took soot from a furnace, stood in front of Pharaoh, and threw it up into the air. It caused boils to erupt on people and animals. The magicians weren’t able to compete with Moses this time because of the boils—they were covered with boils just like everyone else in Egypt.
 
12 God hardened Pharaoh in his stubbornness. He wouldn’t listen, just as God had said to Moses.
 
Strike Seven: Hail
Exodus 9 hail13-19 God said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh. Tell him, ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, says: Release my people so they can worship me. This time I am going to strike you and your servants and your people with the full force of my power so you’ll get it into your head that there’s no one like me anywhere in all the Earth.
 
You know that by now I could have struck you and your people with deadly disease and there would be nothing left of you, not a trace. But for one reason only I’ve kept you on your feet: To make you recognize my power so that my reputation spreads in all the Earth. You are still building yourself up at my people’s expense. You are not letting them go. So here’s what’s going to happen: At this time tomorrow I’m sending a terrific hailstorm—there’s never been a storm like this in Egypt from the day of its founding until now. So get your livestock under roof—everything exposed in the open fields, people and animals, will die when the hail comes down.’”
 
20-21 All of Pharaoh’s servants who had respect for God’s word got their workers and animals under cover as fast as they could, but those who didn’t take God’s word seriously left their workers and animals out in the field.
 
22 God said to Moses: “Stretch your hands to the skies. Signal the hail to fall all over Egypt on people and animals and crops exposed in the fields of Egypt.”
 
Exodus 9 the LORD23-26 Moses lifted his staff to the skies and God sent peals of thunder and hail shot through with lightning strikes. God rained hail down on the land of Egypt. The hail came, hail and lightning—a fierce hailstorm. There had been nothing like it in Egypt in its entire history. The hail hit hard all over Egypt. Everything exposed out in the fields, people and animals and crops, was smashed. Even the trees in the fields were shattered. Except for Goshen where the Israelites lived; there was no hail in Goshen.
 
27-28 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. He said, “I’ve sinned for sure this time—God is in the right and I and my people are in the wrong. Pray to God. We’ve had enough of God’s thunder and hail. I’ll let you go. The sooner you’re out of here the better.”
 
29-30 Moses said, “As soon as I’m out of the city, I’ll stretch out my arms to God. The thunder will stop and the hail end so you’ll know that the land is God’s land. Still, I know that you and your servants have no respect for God.”
 
31-32 (The flax and the barley were ruined, for they were just ripening, but the wheat and spelt weren’t hurt—they ripen later.)
 
33 Moses left Pharaoh and the city and stretched out his arms to God. The thunder and hail stopped; the storm cleared.
 
Exodus 9 hard heart
34-35 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he kept right on sinning, stubborn as ever, both he and his servants. Pharaoh’s heart turned rock-hard. He refused to release the Israelites, as God had ordered through Moses.
 
WHAT is it going to take for this hardhearted man to give into God’s overwhelming power?
 
HOLY PAUSE
 
I think of people I love among my family and friends who do not know or follow God. What will it take for them to come to God and believe, really believe He is who He says He is. What will it take for them to realize how much He loves them? What will it take for the lost to be saved?
 
CONSIDER THIS…
 
The fifth and sixth plagues especially affected livestock. Here again is a contest between the Lord and the Egyptian gods. The great gods were symbolized by sacred animals such as the bull, the ram, and the he-goat. God shows that these gods are as helpless before him as are their human magicians.
 
Exodus 9 God's powerIn a forceful statement to Pharaoh, God underlines the purpose of the plagues (9:15-16). If destruction was God’s purpose, he could have done that long since. Rather, using the Egyptian gods and Pharaoh himself as foils, God intends to reveal himself to the world.
 
“But for one reason only I’ve kept you on your feet: To make you recognize my power so that my reputation spreads in all the Earth.”
 
Because of the desert on the west, rainstorms are uncommon in Egypt. It would be frightening enough that this great storm should occur at all. But that it should begin and end precisely on Moses’ cue would make it frankly terrifying.
 
Exodus 9 proverbFinally, Pharaoh admits that there is some other standard than his own to which he is accountable (9:27). But intellectually knowing does not guarantee surrender of the will (v.35). From the perspective of his own responsibility, Pharaoh hardened his own heart. But from the perspective of God’s purposes this act was entirely within a plan.
 
Pharaoh’s words are ironic. He says something like, “The Lord really will be with you if I ever let you go on those terms.” Faced with proof of his helplessness before God, Pharaoh still tries to dictate terms. Pride would rather see everything around it ruined than admit anything superior to itself. Finally Pharaoh is forced to recognize the Lord’s existence even if he will not acknowledge him (“the Lord your God,” v.17).
 
Exodus 9 Son sets free
What will it take? We will find out as we continue to God’s Story in Moses and in His people.
 
What will it take for us to really believe what we say we believe about God?
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God, our Creator, our Sustainer, Deliverer, Protector, and Giver of Life eternal through Jesus Christ, Your Son. You have all power to do what you know is best. We lean into your power, love, mercy and grace this morning. We pray for the hearts of the lost to soften, eyes to be opened and ears to hear you, come to you in surrender to you and your will for them. I thank you for saving my soul, healing my broken spirit and loving me back to spiritual health. I thank you for our intimate relationship. Thank you for allowing me to see your glorious power at work each day.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
What will it take? Humility.
 
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV
 
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INVASION OF LIFESTYLE

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 8 roachesWith one toddler and one on the way, we bought our first home. It was a small, affordable, two bedroom home. The home was plain but functional. What sold me was the big backyard with beautiful roses, irises, and other beautiful plants. However, once we moved in, we discovered a huge problem. Our home had an infestation of roaches. If you have ever lived in the southern regions, you know what kind of ruthless insects these are. We were plagued with them! They got into everything!
 
I would pull out a pot to cook in, scream at a couple of these unwanted, detestable live-ins crawling around and then scour the pot after getting rid of them. It was a nightmare. We tried to take care of this problem ourselves. We pulled everything from cabinets and closets to spray pesticides that were supposed to kill them and make them go away.
 
But it wouldn’t last. They would come right back with packed bags ready to live with us again! There is nothing like coming into a dark kitchen at night to get a drink and see them scatter when you turned on the light. We crashed their “party” many times. Yuck. This was an invasion of our lifestyle!
 
There is nothing more sickening than to step on one of these critters in bare feet as you get out of bed in the dark or walk into the washroom or pantry. They were disgusting and they were everywhere. I completely understand why God used plagues of frogs and insects to get the attention of Pharaoh (and His people).
 
You feel powerless when small insects take over your life. So we called in someone greater than us. Here’s what we learned from our exterminator. He had the “right stuff” to rid us temporarily of this problem, but the roaches will just go next door and infest the neighbor’s house. When the neighbor sprays for the pesky intruders, they will come back to our house when the poison disseminates.
 
What do we do then? Our exterminator had a stronger solution that would rid our home of them for good. It was not on the market, but he had it in his arsenal. It was so strong we would have to leave our home for a few days for it to work without hurting us!
 
No problem! If this works we were willing to do whatever it took! We wanted our home back in our control, not controlled by roaches! By the way, it did work! Then there were the termites…
 
Can you imagine thousands upon millions of frogs, gnats and flies? I think I threw up a little in my mouth. I am having flashbacks to my roach days. When our exterminator completed his work. We returned to our home a couple of days later to sweep up all the dead bodies. I know what that is like, too. Were these plagues, (like the corona virus), invasions of the Egyptians’ lifestyle?
 
Now imagine all the dead bodies of frogs, gnats and flies to be disposed of because the GREAT EXTERMINATOR ceased their lives! They didn’t come back, either. But the evidence of God’s power lay all around them. Did that bring Pharaoh to his knees, not yet.
 
Exodus 8, The Message
 
Exodus 8 MosesStrike Two: Frogs
1-4 God said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘God’s Message: Release my people so they can worship me. If you refuse to release them, I’m warning you, I’ll hit the whole country with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs—they’ll come up into your houses, into your bedrooms and into your beds, into your servants’ quarters, among the people, into your ovens and pots and pans. They’ll be all over you, all over everyone—frogs everywhere, on and in everything!’”
 
Exodus 8 frogs5 God said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Wave your staff over the rivers and canals and ponds. Bring up frogs on the land of Egypt.’”
 
6 Aaron stretched his staff over the waters of Egypt and a mob of frogs came up and covered the country.
 
7 But again the magicians did the same thing using their incantations—they also produced frogs in Egypt.
 
8 Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to God to rid us of these frogs. I’ll release the people so that they can make their sacrifices and worship God.”
 
9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “Certainly. Set the time. When do you want the frogs out of here, away from your servants and people and out of your houses? You’ll be rid of frogs except for those in the Nile.”
 
Exodus 8 no one like10-11 “Make it tomorrow.”
 
Moses said, “Tomorrow it is—so you’ll realize that there is no God like our God. The frogs will be gone. You and your houses and your servants and your people, free of frogs. The only frogs left will be the ones in the Nile.”
 
12-14 Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, and Moses prayed to God about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. God responded to Moses’ prayer: The frogs died off—houses, courtyards, fields, all free of frogs. They piled the frogs in heaps. The country reeked of dead frogs.
 
15 But when Pharaoh saw that he had some breathing room, he got stubborn again and wouldn’t listen to Moses and Aaron. Just as God had said.
 
Strike Three: Gnats
Exodus 8 gnats16 God said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and strike the dust. The dust will turn into gnats all over Egypt.’”
 
17 He did it. Aaron grabbed his staff and struck the dust of the Earth; it turned into gnats, gnats all over people and animals. All the dust of the Earth turned into gnats, gnats everywhere in Egypt.
 
18 The magicians tried to produce gnats with their incantations but this time they couldn’t do it. There were gnats everywhere, all over people and animals.
 
19 The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is God’s doing.” But Pharaoh was stubborn and wouldn’t listen. Just as God had said.
 
Strike Four: Flies
Exodus 8 invasion20-23 God said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes down to the water. Tell him, ‘God’s Message: Release my people so they can worship me. If you don’t release my people, I’ll release swarms of flies on you, your servants, your people, and your homes. The houses of the Egyptians and even the ground under their feet will be thick with flies. But when it happens, I’ll set Goshen where my people live aside as a sanctuary—no flies in Goshen. That will show you that I am God in this land. I’ll make a sharp distinction between your people and mine. This sign will occur tomorrow.’”
 
Exodus 8 flies swarm24 And God did just that. Thick swarms of flies in Pharaoh’s palace and the houses of his servants. All over Egypt, the country ruined by flies.
 
25 Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, “Go ahead. Sacrifice to your God—but do it here in this country.”
 
26-27 Moses said, “That would not be wise. What we sacrifice to our God would give great offense to Egyptians. If we openly sacrifice what is so deeply offensive to Egyptians, they’ll kill us. Let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to our God, just as he instructed us.”
 
28 Pharaoh said, “All right. I’ll release you to go and sacrifice to your God in the wilderness. Only don’t go too far. Now pray for me.”
 
29 Moses said, “As soon as I leave here, I will pray to God that tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh, his servants, and his people. But don’t play games with us and change your mind about releasing us to sacrifice to God.”
 
30-32 Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to God. God did what Moses asked. He got rid of the flies from Pharaoh and his servants and his people. There wasn’t a fly left. But Pharaoh became stubborn once again and wouldn’t release the people.
 
INCH BY INCH IN THE MISSION TO LEAVE EGYPT
 
Exodus 8 let my people go
Pharaoh is not going to budge. At least God’s people were spared the flies. (Remember the old camp song? Smiling at “There might be flies on some of you guys but there ain’t no flies on me”, UH!) God’s power is trumping all that the magicians have to offer through their slight of hand or imagery.
 
HOLY PAUSE
 
What do God’s people think and understand about God at this point?
 
What do we think?
 
Who is in control of the situation?
 
Who is in control of our lives? Plagued by the corona virus our faith is being tested. How we respond will speak volumes to people without God.
 
THE POWER OF GOD
 
Exodus 8 finger of GodAs we mentioned before the Egyptians had gods for everything around them but did not know THE GOD. The Egyptians gave special reverence to animals that could live in two different environments. They did this because they were eager to be able to live in the environment of the underworld after death. But God shows that these beasts and their representative gods have no special power at all.
 
Although the magicians also produced frogs, it is still to Moses and Aaron that Pharaoh looks for relief (8:8). Perhaps he finally has an inkling that he is dealing with a divine power beyond the reach of magic.
 
The third and fourth plagues, gnats and flies (8:16-30), represent God’s power over the insect world. Again, the Egyptians revered insects because of their apparent ability to thrive in filth and even bring life out of it. These powers would be of special importance to those who sought to live through the corruption of death. But God shows that the powers of the insect gods belong to him.
 
It is the work of the supernatural, God, to cause the gnats and flies to occur in one locality and not in another. In a profound illustration of human nature Pharaoh first attempts to bargain with God for his obedience but in the end refuses to keep his side of the bargain.
HOLY PAUSE
Do we bargain with God, only to drop our side of the bargain?
 
BETTER question – Who do we think we are to bargain with God? Yikes.
 
Remember, staying isolated to combat a virus that is spreading across the world is wise. Don’t bargain with God to be spared, instead get closer to Him, ask Him what He wants from us in this present circumstance. Ask God what He wast us to learn from this experience.
 
Exodus 8 tomorrowWhat do we see God doing these days?
Watch for Him. He is always at work . I am seeing people come together to help each other in ways that are loving and creative. I’m also seeing care and creativity in our lifestyles as we rediscover our families. We see rapid innovations in medicine and in the way we serve each other.
 
Most of all we are taking our care of people as believers to even greater heights with new ways to get out of the building to deliver the message of hope for people, helping them find and follow Jesus. We are using our minds to improve our methods using the technology available to us.
 
GOD is doing this. GOD is at work through us. GOD is in control.
 
This virus will run it’s course, but I pray our relationship with God and each other continues to grow and build. God has put this fire in our souls! He has our attention.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are learning so much about You as we read about the power of You working through your people. We are humbled, like Moses, that you would choose to do your work in and through us from time to time as you invite us to join you. Your Word is about YOU, your power, your love for us, and your way out for all of us. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrificial part to redeem us and bring us into a right relationship with God, the Father forever.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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I WILL BRING YOU OUT

Exodus – God’s Way Out
 
Exodus 6 GodI’ve done my share of whining to God when things don’t go as planned…in my mind and in my way. I have noticed something in me when life falls apart, my first thought is how did I go wrong. My second thought is to look for blame beyond myself. Finally, I consider that this is just life and life can be hard. I am reminded of all my weaknesses. It is in this time that I forget God’s strength and power for a little while. Nothing is too hard for God. Absolutely nothing. I am weak when I forget that even for a moment.
 
HOLY PAUSE
What has been so overwhelming for you lately that makes you angry, anxious, fearful and whiny?
 
Exodus 6 go tellMoses had his first run at Pharaoh who swatted him away like a pesky mosquito…(there’s worse in store for Pharaoh when it comes to insects!) Yesterday we listened to what Moses was up against as Pharaoh shouted, ““Why on earth, Moses and Aaron, would you suggest the people be given a holiday? Back to work!” Pharaoh went on, “Look, I’ve got all these people bumming around, and now you want to reward them with time off?” I am assuming and imagining that Pharaoh shouted these words at the thought of losing his workforce, even for a few days. I am also assuming that Moses and Aaron didn’t put a fight. They only said God’s words and left.
 
Exodus 6 hardNow times are tougher for the Hebrews. They are so beaten down, tired and weak that when Moses tries to reassure them that it wasn’t last forever, that God will bring them out of this present trouble, they don’t believe him. In fact their whining and groaning under the weight of bondage drives them to anger with Moses and ultimately with God.
 
Now Moses feels he cannot possibly do this work God has invited him to do. So God reassures him, “I AM God. I WILL bring you out…” Moses delivers God’s words of assurance to the Hebrews but they are too angry and weak to hear it. They only see the daily, heavy work load they are enslaved to doing.
 
Let’s pick up God’s story and see where this leads…
 
Exodus 6, The Message
God said to Moses, “Now you’ll see what I’ll do to Pharaoh: With a strong hand he’ll send them out free; with a strong hand he’ll drive them out of his land.”
 
Exodus 6 free you2-6 God continued speaking to Moses, reassuring him, “I am God. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as The Strong God, but by my name God (I-Am-Present) I was not known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the country in which they lived as sojourners. But now I’ve heard the groanings of the Israelites whom the Egyptians continue to enslave and I’ve remembered my covenant. Therefore tell the Israelites:
 
6-8 “I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I’ll take you as my own people and I’ll be God to you. You’ll know that I am God, your God who brings you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I’ll bring you into the land that I promised to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and give it to you as your own country. I AM God.”
 
Exodus 6 I AM9 But when Moses delivered this message to the Israelites, they didn’t even hear him—they were that beaten down in spirit by the harsh slave conditions.
 
10-11 Then God said to Moses, “Go and speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt so that he will release the Israelites from his land.”
 
12 Moses answered God, “Look—the Israelites won’t even listen to me. How do you expect Pharaoh to? And besides, I stutter.”
 
13 But God again laid out the facts to Moses and Aaron regarding the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he again commanded them to lead the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.
 
The Family Tree of Moses and Aaron
14 These are the heads of the tribes:
 
The sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi—these are the families of Reuben.
 
15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar, and Saul, the son of a Canaanite woman—these are the families of Simeon.
 
16 These are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their birth: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
 
17 The sons of Gershon by family: Libni and Shimei.
 
18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Kohath lived to be 133.
 
19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.
 
Exodus 6 bring you outThese are the sons of Levi in the order of their birth.
 
20 Amram married his aunt Jochebed and she had Aaron and Moses. Amram lived to be 137.
 
21 The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zicri.
 
22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri.
 
23 Aaron married Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she had Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
 
24 The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are the families of the Korahites.
 
25 Aaron’s son Eleazar married one of the daughters of Putiel and she had Phinehas.
 
These are the heads of the Levite families, family by family.
 
26-27 This is the Aaron and Moses whom God ordered: “Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt clan by clan.” These are the men, Moses and Aaron, who told Pharaoh king of Egypt to release the Israelites from Egypt.
 
“I’ll Make You as a God to Pharaoh”
28 And that’s how things stood when God next spoke to Moses in Egypt.
 
29 God addressed Moses, saying, “I am God. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I say to you.”
 
30 And Moses answered, “Look at me. I stutter. Why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
 
CONSIDER THIS
 
Exodus 6 fail and faithWhy is the family tree of the 12 Tribes of Israel plopped right in the middle of this crises? Because God is reminding Moses and Aaron where they came from and who they are and then tells them where they are going. They needed to be reminded.
 
God then reiterates the mission. “I am God. Tell Pharaoh…”
 
Moses, full of fear after his first failure to communicate to Pharaoh, returns to the list of all his weaknesses.
 
Do we do that?
 
When we fail do we immediately list all our human weaknesses and inabilities as a way to explain the failure?
 
We can’t be too hard on Moses then, can we?
 
Exodus 6 redeem
In 6:1-12 we see how the crisis, which now existed as a result of Pharaoh’s obstinately uncooperative attitude toward God’s authority speaking through Moses/Aaron dramatically worsened situation, provided a setting for the needed demonstration of God’s character.
 
“I am God. I will bring you out…I will rescue you…I will redeem you…”
 
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was sent down from heaven to do the same for us. He brought us out of sin, rescued us from a life enslaved to evil that leads only to death and redeem us by His blood to pay for our sin for life, life eternal with Him!
 
Love, mercy, grace is the character of God. Let us not forget that in our own troubles in this imperfect world. God will bring us out, rescue us and has provided The Way to redeem us.
 
Exodus 6 way outDear Heavenly Father,
YOU are the WAY out of this current situation that the world is fighting to control. As we quarantine, draw close and reassure us that you are God. Out of the bad, you bring your goodness to the situation but many people coming together. Continue that trend as You will bring us out of this trouble.
 
I know You will rescue us. You have already redeemed us and for that we are eternally grateful. Help us turn our whining into praise and our groanings into gratitude for Who you are and What you are doing in and through us as we wait for the day when we can leave our homes once again.
 
I pray for those who are working to heal the sick and for those trying to control the spread of this virus. Give us all wisdom. This, too, will pass. Great is Your Faithfulness, O God, our Father.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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