June 7, 2017
Read: Exodus 1:8-2:10
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Scripture- Exodus 2:7-8- Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked. “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
Observations- In the midst of the evil call for the death of Jewish infant boys by the new Pharaoh, who had no memory of Joseph, God still has a subversive way of working out his will through two Egyptian midwives. An unjust order had been given and they maneuvered around it to the best of their abilities and were able to get the child of promise, Moses, back in the care of his mother.
Application- Jesus told His followers to be "as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves," because there would always be times when we would be required to be among wolves. We need to look with the eyes of God how to counter evil and do battle with forces that would like to devour us. Jesus taught us to repay evil with good, but He also taught us to be wise in all of our ways.
Prayer- Lord, You told us to turn the other cheek. You asked us to make non-violence the standard way of approaching people in our lives, even in the midst of the evil they want to perpetrate. Help us live that out in a way that honors You and the people You love so much. Help us learn how to be shrewd and gentle; fierce and kind; protective and open. Many situations are deeply complicated, so we need Your guidance. Amen.
"But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" (Matthew 5:44),
P. S. - June Mission Emphasis is Welcoming the New Apartments behind our Office! We want to show all the families moving into the apartments how much they are loved at New Hope! We need cleaning supplies (i.e. Lysol sprays, Clorox Wipes, Windex, sponges) to pack bags with useful items they might need as they move in. Also, if you would like to be part of a team working on how to partner with our new neighbors, contact Rev. Vicki for more info at .