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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,

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

I'm seeing a correlation between these ancient times and our world now, and what we read in Revelations. With so many things happening in the world that are being allowed and/or caused by God.... people/leaders have their hearts hardened and do not turn to God. In fact, many/most seem to be running away from God, either denying him or changing Him into their own image of who they think a God should be like.

Something interesting I noticed today was that the Land Owner/God went out to get his workers. They weren't lined up outside of his property...but he went out to gather them/choose them. And he didn't ask for their qualifications/experience with this type of work either.

I will be using this Psalm for repentance/prayer and thank you for pointing that out!

Yes, keeping our eyes on God, our hearts filled with Him and our mouths praising Him, is so important in staying away from the many temptations that face us.

Oh, and I like the word "sluggard" much better! It seems to be a much harder hitting word!! haha

Before Chinese New Year, every household would put red spring couplets on doorpost. There are two vertical couplets, one on the left and one on right. There's another horizontal couplet on the top. People would write lucky words in the red couplets to welcome the new year and wish for good luck. These red spring couplets somehow seem to be like the Passover. If you google "spring couplets" to see the image, you may see what I mean. I'm thinking it might be from the Jewish tradition.

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