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Exodus 10:1-12:13

Some quick thoughts on today’s Old Testament reading.

And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was exceedingly great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and of the people.
(Exodus 11:3 AMP)

Leadership can get you in trouble by the choices they make. Moses had favor in Egypt with the Egyptians but not the Pharaoh. Can the words in the above verse be made in your corporate organization, country, city, town, village, church and household about the effect and affect you are having on those submitted to you? Just change the name Moses, Egypt and Egyptians and then fill in the blanks. Those of us on this site who are in leadership positions should stop and ask themselves the question: How am I leading? What am I leading the people under me into? Am I being stubborn refusing to lead by way of the Master causing destruction and suffering by my decisions, or am I closely listening to the voice of God and truly serving my customers, citizens, and employees? Is there a Moses in your organization proclaiming warnings that the people respect but you are ignoring? Just something to think about. Hard hearts are not a phenomenon to Ancient Egypt.

And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]. I am the Lord.
(Exodus 12:11-12 AMP)

Hearing the voice of God and obeying immediately. Being prepared to escape from our captivity should be something we must always strive to maintain. There was a window of opportunity that was getting ready to open up and Israel had to be ready. I have known that voice of immediacy, sometimes followed it, and sometimes I didn’t. For the times I did not heed, I really do not know where that path to freedom would have led me. The text doesn’t say if any were left behind, but what left out of Egypt, as we will read, was a “mixed multitude (12:38).” Not only did those who the message was directed to taste that freedom, but the people who observed those given the message, those in the “mix” got in on the deal. So not only are we to listen to that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), but if we fail to do so we need to keep an eye out for those who do.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

P.S. Could it be that getting into the Word, "Seeking First The Kingdom ..." is the key to staying in Balance? Hmmm

New Testament - Matthew chapter 20's parable of the vineyard workers is one that I have at times had challenges with. I, like the workers who labored all day, would think - "that's not fair!" Well.... but then I came to realize that I believe this story is a parable of Grace.

WOW - What a great word for someone who came to Christ later in life. Your commentary on the daily readings have been a blessing to me already this year! I have read the Bible through several times on my own but missed many points such as in this parable.

Be encouraged and keep up the good work.

I passed on the proverb for today to a family member. I had some time to think about it so I asked do you enjoy being a "lazybones"? If the answer is yes, end of discussion. If you answer no then there is great wisdom to be learned. Pride is one of those areas in our life that Satan loves to work on. Here instead of inflating it, he deflates it. Pride that comes from working, a job, providing are necessary for a balanced and joyful life. When we are caught in the bondage of a sluggard lifestyle, we lose what Christ came to give us. Just echoing: John 10:10 and the wisdom of the ant.

Perhaps, Ramona, the term "mixed multitude" refers not to some remaining behind, but rather the multitude leaving for a mixture of reasons; some leaving because the country was laid to rest by plagues, some out of curiosity, some as part of a departing family, and like today...some goin' because everyone else is a-goin'.

What do you think?

art

Well i have been there before as in the laborers..i have been hired first and let go first. Others hired after me were kept on making me feel" not fair" attitude. But I balance it with seeking God first like Ramona said and being secure in my life and allowing God to put me where he chooses.

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