July 1, 2018
July 1, 2018
Read Exodus 5
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Scripture- Exodus 5:22-23- Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”
Observations- Not only do things not get better for the Hebrews when Moses and Aaron go to meet with Pharaoh, but the circumstances get even worse. Moses raises several questions of protest with the God who had called him into service: why us, why me, and when will You rescue us?
Application- God promised to lead His people out of captivity and into the Promised Land, but God never said it would be easy or that there would never be tough times along the way. God's timing may be perfect, but that doesn't mean we will always like it. In the next chapter we will see God's response, but doesn't get angry with Moses or think he's (in this situation) out of line. We can ask God why and when questions, too.
Prayer- (by Richard Foster) “Spirit of the living God, be the Gardener of my soul. For so long I have been waiting, silent and still – experiencing a winter of the soul. But now, in the strong name of Jesus Christ I dare to ask: Clear away the dead growth of the past, Break up the hard clods of custom and routine, Stir in the rich compost of vision and challenge, Bury deep in my soul the implanted Word, Cultivate and water and tend my heart, Until new life buds and opens and flowers.”
"Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'” (Mark 15:34),
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