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Exodus 4:1-5:21

A couple of days back, to be precise, yesterday (my how time flies), I mentioned that I thought Moses’ reluctance to be sent by God wasn’t based on his Public Speaking talent or lack there of, but on the knowledge that he had committed a crime, he was a murderer. Guilt has a way of always sitting in the back our minds and coloring all our reasons we disguise as excuses, hmmm.

I have taken note of how many people, myself included, don’t really ask the question or state the true problem but the issue is couched in terms of, “I know somebody who …” or, we play ring-a-round-the-rosy in our attempt to avoid the true problem or question and hid behind our “stuff.” God has not of that and all though He doesn’t come right out and say what Moses’ issues are (Moses would probably deny them), He does not let Moses escape from His purpose. Think God is still doing that today?

I think we in the Western Cultures escape into new technologies, cell phones, blackberries, the got to stay in touch stuff, as an attempt to drown out the calling, the purpose God has assigned to each and every individual. We create our own ministries (our vocations/employment/careers) to run from our assigned ministry. I’m using ministry here in terms of service to the greater population. Everyone ministers in some way, even if that ministry is dedicated to serve evil it still is a ministry, a service to the fleshly nature or dedicated to the spiritual. “God I don’t want to do that so I’ll do this instead.”

Grace and peace,

Per your conversation Mike, I do believe sin is more rampant today than ever before. Especially sexual sin. Our world like they say in the bible are in a state of confusion where evil is known as good and good is known as evil. Even our youth I just recently had to go to the office with two young men in my classroom who were talking perverse towards me and being rude and disrespectful. Not sure how to solve the matters of sin of the sexual kind but just prayer, true deliverance and need to be in church and a good solid foundation only Jesus and the Word can give us.

Ex 4:1-5:21

So the first confrontation with Pharoah and Moses/Aaron was today. I look @ Moses actions and he was a bit of a complainer and a procrastinator-begged not to go-"I'm not good with words-get tongue-tied-they won't believe me-etc" And what struck me is his trip on way to Egypt-all that persuasion and then the Lord was about to kill Moses-for his lack of following directions pertaining to obediance/coventry-his son wasn't circumsized-it seemed like the Lord warned him-he again was hesitant and just just before killing him-his wife stepped up and made it right for him.

Matt 18:1-20
Jesus reminds us that the least of these is the greatest of these -His Kingdom is opposite of our mentality-a little child is greatest in his eyes than someone who just thinks he's greater or "done more" than others -You can't earn your status or placement in Kingdom of God-and he rejoices over one lost sheep more so than 99 already there-opposite thinking in Kingdom.

Ps 22:19-31

Talks about the Lord feeding the poor and the whole earth will acknowledge Him and return to him. Praise God!

Proverbs 5:15-21
Stay faithful to your bride of your youth. Do not sin! It's not worth it. God sees all and knows all. Don't sin!

Be blessed

Exodus 4:1-5:21 Moses Credibility

Bob Deffinbaugh says,
“I have been rather hard on Moses, and I believe that the text (which Moses wrote) is making his weakness and unbelief clear. As an inveterate coward, let me say a word or two in behalf of Moses. Have you ever had to face a group of skeptics and convince them that God sent you, based upon a conversation you had with a bush? I find it easy to understand why Moses feared that no one would believe his story. People don’t stand around talking to burning bushes. That this was unusual was an evidence of its significance. It is also something which is difficult to convince others is true.”

I really like how Moses show his vulnerability and is up front with his faults. In particular 4:24 where the Lord was about to kill him! Thanks Mike for your insight about how Moses had to keep the Covenant of circumcision before facing Pharaoh. Take care of his sin so to speak. I also like how Moses wrote about Zipporah having the perception and taking the decisive action here. Interesting how the rebuke is included. Something we always have to face in light of our sin. Moses life is a great study in Leadership and it’s good to know we can turn to it for direction, when we are faced with challenges. Just don’t tell people you talked to a burning bush……or maybe you should!

Dee. Sorry to hear about your students being disrespectful. I hope and pray that you find a solution. It is so cool you are a Teacher, with a Christian perspective! In some ways it speaks to Mathews comments about children. The Christian vocation is to grab teaching moments and to show how true greatness is found in humble service.

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