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Exodus 5:22-7:25

We are a people of comfort and status quo. No matter how miserable we are in a comfortable place, we find comfort in our misery. I believe the plagues and Pharaoh’s stubbornness were needed to challenge the Egyptians’ gods but also to set up both Egypt and Israel to disengage from each other. Israel had to become a stench in the nostrils of Egypt and Israel needed to become reacquainted with the power of their God. God was making sure bridges were being burned.

Being oppressed and or being in slavery destroys self-initiative because a hopelessness sets in and then one develops a sick heart (Proverbs 13:12). When your heart is sick, blood circulation is hindered and the “body” doesn’t “act” the way it is suppose to. So, not only was it necessary to bring Egypt to her knees, Israel had to move from the mindset of a slave to one of freedom. Freedom isn’t free and requires a purchase price of responsible mind. But freedom means you become aware of your value to yourself, to others and most definitely your value to God.

Moving from welfare/dole, being enslaved or dependent on the government requires one to believe that there are gifts, talents, and abilities inside that can make one sufficient. Many times that means one has to get in touch with God to discover the gift God has placed within and how to use that gift in the market place. I know about moving from welfare to work and what it takes to cross that divide, courage. However, usually, that courage comes by way of crises.

Grace and peace,

I pray for grace, love and courage for all that are struggling with their marriage, with feeling like Leah or being a Rachel, coming up short changed on producing heirs or whatever may. I have 21 years going on 22 years with my spouse of my youth. So, I can't relate, but I do know its not always easy. It requires give and take and the grace of God to cover and dispel fears, doubts and loominess. His love covers all! and Love conquers all.

Todays verses:

Ex 5:22-7:25
Moses is first person God revealed his name to-Yahweh-God reaffirms His covenent with his people-Moses like us @ times are feeling inadaquate -incapable of change-His people don't listen , he speaks clumsily and why would Pharoah listen or care. Sometimes we have to do things afraid. Let Go and Let God.

Matthew 18:21-19:12
Jesus teaches his disciples how to forgive and how much-infinitely! And then the Pharisees tried to trap him-He rebuked and rebuttled w/ the Word.

Psalm 23:1-6
The 23rd Psalm-one of my favorites-and one I loved teaching my kinders when I taught them years ago.

Proverbs 5:22-23
The wages of sin is death! It is illustrated in these passages.

Be blessed!

Moses - Exodus 5-7

As I started reading this account of the Israelites heading back to “their” country, It reminded me of the same journey they had returning to their land because of the persecution during World War 2 in Nazi Germany.

In 1517 the Ottoman Empire conquered this area of land (Canaan), ruling it until the British conquered it in 1917 till 1948, when the Jewish State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion. This war of independence took its toll on human life, involved world politics, and showed sheer determination in the human spirit. God keeps his promises returning his people to the land.

Mike I read the 23rd Psalm with a heavy heart. It was my grandmother's favorite Bible verses and I adored her. When I was just a little kid she had me memorize them from her KJV Bible. When she was in the hospital dying at age 96 she had me recite these verses to her every time I entered her room. She left instructions the these verses were to be read at both the beginning and the end of her funeral. I am so blessed that my grandmother introduced me to the Lord and the Lord has been with me every day of my life since then. God bless you for this wonderful Christian ministry you are doing.


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