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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

21 “What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” Wow this hit me! How often do we ask of God " please let it be me! Or please give me _ God!" It's not for us decide. We are again trying to control God to make demands of him.
Secondly growing up we sang songs of Gods grace. "Marvelous grace" for ex. or the verse "let your speech be full of grace seasoned with salt that ye may know how to answer every man" Did we really understand what Grace was? I didn't. It wasn't really preached on the pulpit. More judgement was preached. Less Grace. Did I grow up allowing others grace in my life if I wasn't taught it?
Overnight it just hit me along with a woman who came into my church introduced the word. After that my life changed. But it took many years to truly understand what grace meant till I lost something valuable to me. I demanded of God " how dare you take this from me! I've been a good Christian all my life (50 yrs)!!"
God answered me " whoever you show mercy and grace to comes back to you" he allowed me to go thru a valley to learn what grace is.
To those who don't understand Grace read what Matt 20 says about it. Really study Grace and your life will change. Life is not fair but God is.

I totally agree with you Mike..the work hard, play hard method..wears a body out and it doesn't give much time to share with others or spend with the Lord..I was that way for a while..I tried to work 2 full time jobs so to speak and it kicked my butt..started getting tired, run down..looking for ways to call in to my first full time job because I just needed a break, I was tired, no time for family and devoting too much time to the second job and my friends and family felt neglected as well as my fellowship with the Lord..now I made a different path, a new directive and feel so much more peace! Praise God!

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