Tag Archive | Moses

J is for Jealous

 

 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:4, 5)

cropped-cropped-cropped-banner-4-blog.jpgMoses led the Hebrews out of bondage. But Pharaoh changed his mind about letting them go again and, pursuing them with a mighty army, caught up to them at the Red Sea. This may have worried Moses and frightened the Hebrews, but Pharaoh’s army neither surprised God nor worried Him. He had a plan to demonstrate His power over nature and to destroy the Egyptian army for their harsh treatment of His people. God commanded Moses to raise his staff. The Red Sea parted. Over one million Hebrew men, plus women, children, and livestock crossed the sea on dry ground that day. However, when the Egyptian army followed the waters came together and drowned them all.

In the form of a cloud by day and a pillar of smoke by night, God led Moses and the Hebrews to Mount Sinai where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments deal with our relationship with God, reminding us to serve Him only. Because He is a jealous God, He will not share our affections and loyalty with anyone or anything else.

The other six commandments address our relationships with other people.

Nevertheless, if we remember to revere God and serve Him only, all the other commandment will fall into place. The problem is we can’t do it. We fall short. We allow people and things to replace God in our hearts. We take over the lordship and become our own gods. That’s why Jesus came and gave His life to ransom us from sin. And because of His sacrifice on the cross He has even more reason to be jealous over the allegiance of His people.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that’s starts with the letter J?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

 

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I is for Insructions

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. (Exodus 12:3, 7)

The Lamb of God Sacrificed for You and Me

         The Lamb of God Sacrificed for You and Me

Knowing Pharaoh would refuse to let the Hebrews go, God sent Moses back to Egypt with strict instructions. God had a plan to show His sovereignty over all the people and their false gods. He sent nine plagues on the land that affected all the Egyptians but none of the Hebrews. Each time, Pharaoh promised to free the slaves. And each time, Pharaoh went back on his word. His actions may have surprised and bewildered Moses and the rest of the Hebrews, but God knew the Pharaoh’s heart. The Lord had one final plague that would strike fear in the Egyptian’s hearts causing them to not only beg the Hebrews to leave, but to send them away with an abundance of supplies and wealth.

The final plague was the death of the firstborn male in every household from the livestock to the people even Pharaoh.

Now God gave specific instructions to His people. They were to kill a lamb without spot or blemish. It was to be roast, not boiled. They were to eat it all in haste with bitter herbs. If any meat remained in the morning, they were to burn it. And the most important instruction of all was to smear the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. When God saw the blood, He passed over those houses. But in the houses without the blood, He killed the firstborn in the land. But He spared the Hebrews who had believed and obeyed Moses commandment concerning the lamb.

This event is the significant foreshadowing of Christ in the Old Testament. God has given His instructions concerning freedom from sin and death to all people. If we believe and obey by covering the doorposts of our hearts with the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ, God will pardon and deliver us out of bondage. He will lead us into the Promised Land—His kingdom.

You can read about the plagues of Egypt in Exodus chapters 7 through 12.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter I?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

H is for Hear

 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:7,8,10)

God hears and delivers

God hears and delivers

According to Exodus 12:41, 430 years past from the time the Hebrews entered Egypt under the lead ship of Joseph until Moses them lead out of the land. During that time, the Hebrews had found favor with God and had increased in population as well as in prosperity. The Egyptians feared the Hebrews would overpower them. So the Egyptians placed God’s people in bondage with harsh taskmasters (Exodus 1). When the Hebrews continued to increase, Pharaoh ordered the midwives to kill all the male babies at birth.

Moses was born at this time. His mother hid him in a basket and set the basket in the river. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised Moses as her own son. When he became a man, Moses witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and murdered the Egyptian in defense of the slave, which put Moses on the run. He fled to the land of Midian, married, and became a shepherd (Exodus 2).

Meanwhile, the bondage of the Hebrews grew worse in Egypt, and they cried out to God.

After forty years of shepherding, Moses saw the burning bush from which the angel of the Lord spoke. God had indeed heard the cry of His people and now planned to deliver them through the hand of Moses.

As God heard the cries of His people, He hears our cries. His timing may seem long in the waiting, but it is always perfect. He delights in delivering us out of negative circumstances. But the cry He longs to hear from all of us is the cry of repentance. When we seek freedom from the bondage of sin, God is faith to deliver us through Jesus Christ.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that starts with the letter H?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks