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What You Do

When the people of Israel had crossed through the Red Sea and rested at Mt. Sinai, Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought to him his wife and sons. Jethro stayed for a while and observed Moses trying to solve the individual problems of every person in the camp. Jethro said, "The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone." (Exodus 18:18) Before Moses went back to Egypt to free the Israelites I'm sure he had shared with Jethro the command of God from the burning bush. The passion and challenge to rescue the Israelites could be seen in Moses by wise Jethro. He encouraged Moses to go and the exodus of the people of Israel was the result. 

But now returning to Moses, Jethro could see that he was caught up in an organizational mess. Although he was guiding the whole two million people, he was allowing his days to be captured by small things. He said, "The people come to me to seek God's will...I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decr…

Decision Making

Throughout my life the poem by Robert Frost entitled The Road Not Taken has circled back in my mind. Two roads in woods in the midst of fall, each seemed different but he says they were "worn...about the same." Frost says he took the one less traveled and it "has made all the difference." This poem reveals decision making and its end result. When Pharaoh let the Israelites go, Exodus 13:17-18 says, "God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country to their final destination, though it was shorter....God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea." Two roads one shorter and faster to the Promised Land and the other toward a large sea, seemingly a way without escape and into a harsher wilderness. What was this all about? The road into Philistine country seemed easier at first glance but on this road were Egyptian outposts that could inform the Pharaoh of their location and even hinder their advance. Further, upon entrance into…

God's Purpose

What was God's objective when Hebrought the ten plagues against the land of Egypt? We may not know or we may conjecture that they were random acts to destroy all the vital elements of this mighty land. That would be evident from the results but beyond that the purpose of God was "so you [Pharaoh & Egyptians] may know that there is no one like me in all the earth." (Exodus 9:14)
Each of these plagues seems so random with the frogs, lice, hail, etc. What was really going on? God was destroying Egypt's confidence in the strongest of her prominent gods and the power of their religious system and revealing His power over all. This fragmented the Egyptian world view and drew a sharp contrast between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt. See the following list of gods the plagues attacked:
Nile to blood – against Osiris/Hep – god of the NileFrogs – against Heqet – god of fertility/renewalGnats – against the priesthood of Egypt (they could not duplicated …

Struggle

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is a statement meant to focus a struggling person on what they need to do to overcome. The Israelites were put in an even tougher position in their slavery when the Pharaoh told the foremen of the Israelite slaves, "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw." (Exodus 5:7)
Moses had gone to Pharaoh requesting the people of Israel have three days off to go into the wilderness and worship God. Pharaoh thought the people of Israel were lazy and instead of granting this request he increased their burden to make the same number of bricks as before but without supplying the ingredient of straw.
This awakened in the Israelites the reality of their situation. They had been comfortable and plodded along content in their circumstances. Moses and Aaron going to Pharaoh acted like a catalyst to break the people out of their daze. God was going to offer them freedom …

Who Am I?

Moses lived a special life. All Israelite children who were his age were attacked as infants by the Pharaoh, many were killed but Moses was saved by the Princess of Egypt. Moses' mother became his nurse under the direction of the Princess of Egypt, so Moses was still able to connect to his parents although he lived in Pharaoh's house. They, I'm sure, kept him aware of how special he was. He also was trained as a prince in Egypt which meant he was schooled in warfare, mathematics, astronomy and other "sciences" present at that point in Egypt's history.
He acted like a savior when he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. His flight out of Egypt because of that incident ended in the wilderness where a Midianite prince took him in and gave him his daughter as his wife. He learned the practicalities of the desert and the wisdom of his father-in-law. He was confronted by the Angel of the Lord (pre-incarnate Christ) at the burning bush to become the real savio…