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Exodus 2:11-3:22

I will probably come back to Mike question/thought of the day this evening, but know I need to address something I’ve just seen in the text, two things, that I’ve never considered before.

Moses, knowing he was adopted, seeing the life he had led as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and seeing the life of his biological people, chose to identify with slaves although he had not completely thrown off the comforts of being raised in the household of Pharaoh. Got used his act of murder to begin the removal of his identification to the palace and his privilege, He kicked him out of the “boat.” Moses also must have understood or knew his purpose as Israel’s deliver; however, he didn’t have a clue on how that was to be achieved.

I think many of us have some inkling, some vision, of what our purpose is; however, because we don’t know how that is to be fulfilled, we go off and do our own thing and mess up royally. We then don’t set goals (see Jan. 24th) because we are afraid to mess up again. Based on Moses’ story we see that God can have us go at least forty years to get the Egypt out of us although we are out of Egypt.

I also now think that Moses’ reluctance to go back to Egypt and lead his people out was not based on some self-perceived speech impediment, but based on his knowledge that he was a murderer. Even after forty years, people have long memories and I’m sure if someone in the palace committed murder, even if the people around at the time die off, the records would clearly record that even. After all inquiring minds want to know. People love to see the might fall. Hmmm!

Grace and peace,

25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Jesus gave up everything to SAVE us, a fallen people and world.

Something that is often missed by many people because of the chapter divisions is the correlation between Matthew 16 and Matthew 17. In the former passage, Peter makes the astonishing and enlightened declaration of who Christ is and Christ affirms him. In the latter passage, Jesus asks Peter if he really believes what he says. Peter is more worried about paying taxes rather than understanding that the king of all the Universe need not pay taxes. What a wonderful object lesson!

What stood out for me in today's reading is that Moses after killing the Egyptian feared for his life for Pharaoh heard and sought to slay him, hence Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh...now God is sending Moses back to Egypt [back to Pharaoh who sought his life 40 years prior]...I believe that an immense fear would have once again gripped Moses for he asked "11... Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

and I love God's response
12And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;" ...God did not respond to Moses question as to whom he was, for who he was was not important...what was important is that God would be with him...hence He could walk in confidence and not fear Pharoah or rejection from the children of Israel ...

Moses then sought to question too who he should say sent him...and again I love God's response ..."14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:... I AM hath sent me unto you."

As children of God we must understand that it is not who we are on earth, but whose we are in heaven that is important...for "...God will certainly be with us"...He says "...I will never leave you nor forsake you"


Exodus 2:11-3:22

In Antiquities of the Jews - Josephus talks about Moses' education in the court of Pharoah. Josephus wrote Moses was an exceedingly quick learner, skilled orator, great military mind for tactics and a natural leader: charasmatic, tall, and beautiful.

If Josephus is correct, then Moses time in the court may have instilled in Moses a great deal of pride.

God had a mission for Moses predestined before the beginning of time. While the above qualities would be useful in the wilderness, God first needed a broken humble man that he could conform into the image of Christ. A man that would acknowledge God, let God make the decisions, and be a faithful servant to the Lord's plan. Moses had to be humbled.

Moses knew who his people were, and on his first recorded visit to them - Moses tries to protect them by killing an Egyptian. This did not go over well. Why? I see God's hand behind the reaction. God did not want to use a hot-headed hotshot military guy to lead a revolt of the Jewish people. That is not how God wanted to deal with Pharoah. On top of that Moses wrecklessly murdered a man, and shedding of anyone's innocent blood in the act of murder is a no-no for God. That authority is God's through natural means or through a societal government decision. So Moses had to be scared into fleeing so he could be humbled.
Moses and the Burning Bush

Is there anything more humbling to a man who after forty years in Midian was out performing the lowliest job (shepherding a flock) of not Moses' animals but his father-in-laws animals?

Moses was 80, had no assets, and was performing menial tasks for his relative. A far cry from Moses' heyday in Pharoah's court.

NOW, Moses was humble enough. God, the Supreme potter, had smashed the clay vase down, and was ready to build Moses back up to the man Moses needed to be to lead the Exodus, a man in the foreshadowed image of Christ. [note: This rebuilding of Moses was only started here at the burning bush. conforming to the image of Christ is a lifelong work of God in a believer - then and now.] Moses is now a work in progress.

One small problem, Moses was now not only humble but insecure. Moses, at 80, does not really want to go back to Egypt (possibly still facing a murder charge), and lead his own people who had already rejected Moses once 40 years ago.

Moses starts making excuses for not going:

Ex 3:11
But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"

Contrast this with Isaiah's response to the Lord.
Is6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

God had to start instilling some confidence in Moses based on trusting in the Lord. "And God said, "I will be with you."

He gave Moses his name, a sign, the words to say, and assurance that the elders of Israel would listen to Moses and heed God's Words. Pretty strong stuff to fortify Moses.

Matt 17:11-12

"Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. "But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." (NIV)

Quick hit

Which Elijah? How many Elijah's? Is the Lord confusing things in this verse. Many skeptics point to this verse as a contradiction.

Let's look at the verse:
"To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things...." The apostles are asking about the teachers of the Law's reference to Elijah from the prophecy in Mal 4:4-6.

Jesus answered in a complete sentence and says - Yes, that is true. Elijah will come prior to my kingdom (the Second Coming) and he will restore all things.

But wait a minute guys, you are putting the cart before the horse. Quit looking ahead to the kingdom and realize that there is some salvation work that needs to be done first. First, I must come as the sacrificial lamb, then return as the Lion of Judah in the Second coming.

Let's focus on this trip. There is an Elijah prior to this trip that was also foretold. Huh? Where was that?

Luke 1:17
"And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (NIV)

So Jesus is not contradicting or confusing us here:
1) Prior to this trip there was one that came in the spirit and power of Elijah - that was John the Baptist as foretold in Luke by God's angel.
2) Next time around - yes, there will be a literal Elijah who will restore all things - this Elijah will restore the hearts of Israel to the Lord as foretold in Malachai.

So whom did Zipporah circumcise? Verse 4:20 says Moses took "his wife and sons" [plural sons]. Verse 25 says Zipporah circumcised her son [singular ... at least in the NLT]. And v26 says, "After that, the LORD left him alone," which would seem to indicate that they were now being obedient. So was it Gershom, the first born? Or maybe Eliezer? Or am I missing something?

The 22 Psalm is amazing. I think about Christ on cross. It is almost finished. Most of his followers are not there but the unbelieving Jews are many. Jesus cries out, My God My God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Much the same way we can start singing the first line of a song, all those who know the song continue singing it in their minds. Those Jews who didn't believe that Christ was the messiah must have repeated Psalm 23 in their minds. Then seeing that Jesus was the fulfilment of the prophecy there. At that moment, they had to accept of reject them. I'm sure that some wept and repented. I'm sure that many rationalized the similarity and rejected Him. Looking back, the world has no excuse. Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the King of creation. I love you Jesus!

It should have said:

At that moment, they had to accept OR reject HIM.

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