Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:57

Moses keeps Jethro's flock, Pharaoh, Plagues of Egypt

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Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

And God said I will be with you Ex 3:12.

Moses saw a bush burning but was not consumed by the flames.It was God's spirit that led him to that mountain sideGod called to him from within the bush ""Moses "Moses"*and Moses said *Here I am.

Moses encountered God and God had a mission for Moses. God chose Moses to deliver the Israelite slaves from Egypt.Moses was scared,tried to get out by saying he was the wrong person.And God said "I will be with you"
Moses returns to Egypt. Thus God empowers Moses to carry out his calling.

God gives Aaron as his spokesman while Moses has to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

God gave him signs :
Rod turned into a serpent
Serpent into a rod
Hand turned leprous
Hand healed of leprosy
Plagues to show Pharaoh and Egyptians and Israelites
that He is above all gods and human beings.
Lord help us to experience You more in our work for You.
Cynthia sathiaraj,chennai

God's call to Moses

The God of Moses though such an awesome and great God was also a God of compassion.
➡ He saw the misery of Israel
➡ He heard their cry
➡ He was concerned about their suffering
➡ He was going to rescue them from the cruel Egyptian hands.

At this crucial time Moses heard God's call from the burning Bush in the desert. "Moses, Moses I am sending you to bring my people out of Egypt.

Moses was called from tending the flock to be the Shepherd of God's people.

Did Moses accept God's call at once? No he didn't. We read of his expressions of reluctance five times.
 "Who am I to bring the Israelites out of Egypt? God said I will be with you.

 If they ask what is His name? What shall I tell them (Exo 3:13). God said, "say I AM has sent you"

 What if they don't believe and accept me and say, "The Lord did not appear to you"? The Lord gave Moses three signs for the people to believe him (Exo 4:1). Moses said, "Lord I am not eloquent. I am slow of speech and tongue. God said "I will help you to speak and teach you what to say (Exo 4:10,11).

Lord please send some one else to do it (Exo 4:13). God said Aaron will go with him and God would teach both of them what to do. He should always take his staff in his hands to perform miraculous signs.After, that Moses returned to Egypt with his brother Aaron. Moses who was a simple shepherd was transformed into a great leader of Israel.

Self Check for the day:
When God calls us to do something for Him are we reluctant or by God's grace do we give heed to His calling without making excuses? We should always remember that when He calls us, He will always be with us, equip us with His wisdom to fulfill His calling and glorify His name.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa

This Name of God has fascinated me always!

God wanted to assure Moses and Israel that God would become what they would need Him to become. In using the words “I AM THAT I AM,” God used an expression to reveal to Moses a promise and pledge found in His name.

Throughout the Old Testament in the original Hebrew, God is known by his four-letter name YHWH. The King James version of the Bible masks this name to some extent, and most of the time the King James translates YHWH as “LORD.” However, this same name is translated as Jehovah in some cases in the King James version (Exodus 6:3; Isaiah 12:2; Isaiah 26:4). The Rotherham translation uses the word “Yahweh” as the translation of God’s name. In all of these cases, the meaning of the Hebrew name YHWH – God’s name – is “the Self-existent,” “He who becometh,” or “the becoming one.”

The Hebrew words in Exodus 3:14 for “I AM THAT I AM” are ehyeh asher ehyeh which should more accurately be translated “I will be what I will be” or as Rotherham translates it, “I will become whatsoever I may become.” So, what does “I AM THAT I AM” mean?

By using the translation “I will become whatsoever I may become,” we see the relationship of this phrase to Yahweh – “He who becometh.” They both use the word “become.” The use of ehyeh asher ehyeh in Exodus 3:14 was God’s way of assuring and pledging to Moses and Israel that God would become whatever they needed Him to become.

Remember the context of the passage in Exodus. The Israelites were crying day and night for deliverance. God was calling Moses to help lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asked God – what is God’s name or what should he say to the Israelites? In God’s response, He provides a promise to Israel – He would become what they would need Him to become – in this case – their deliverer. This promise found in the name of God can be extended to the world of mankind. God will become what they need Him to become – an architect for the plan of salvation that will bring them back into harmony with Him. 
Today, dear one, what do you want this "I Am THAT I AM", to become for you? 
Are you sick? Do you want Him to become your Doctor? Ask your Promise-keeping God to become your Doctor by your bed-side! 
Have you lost your loved one? Ask Him to become that loved one for you! 
Are you lonely? Ask Him to be your companion! 
Are you in financial crisis? Ask Him to be your Financier! 
Of course, He will become what you want Him to become!
What a Wonderful God we serve!

Princess Hudson

God the Father introducing God the Son

I AM the way
I AM the truth 
I AM the life

I AM the good shepherd 
I AM the light of the world
I AM the true vine
I AM the resurrection 
I AM the door
I AM the living bread
I AM alpha the beginning 
I AM Omega the ending

Who is this I AM? Exodus 3: 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

This I AM is Jesus.
In the above verse let's replace  I AM with Jesus. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT Jesus: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Jesus hath sent me unto you.

Isn't that amazing!
Read again and again and  see how God perfectly designed the program of salvation.

The above verse is for the  redemption of the children of Israel from their bondage. The salvation, the deliverance,  the redemption can be obtained only in the name of Jesus. Father God expresses His love towards us through His dear Son Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.

Secondly here is the answer for the question: 
How can you say Jesus is God,  he never claimed Himself as God anywhere in the Bible?
I AM =Jesus is the answer. God Himself said IAM that I AM which is equal to I AM that Jesus

The uniqueness  of Jesus is He's the Son of God (perfect God) and  the Son of man (perfect man). Only the perfect God in the form of perfect man can transform the imperfect man to His fulness of perfection.

Stay blessed
Ravi Bharat

Exodus 2:9 This verse has struck me very deeply about the  responsibility the Lord is entrusting us parents when He gives us children

I read the verse yesterday and have been thinking about it since then..have not been able to read ahead.. Was trying to decode the hidden meaning for us the present day Christian parents. Some points that I understood are.. (pls do correct me if it's wrong,)

The verse very definitely speaks about The training of children for God.
God is speaking to every parent and teacher about every child He puts into their care.

I. So He speaks to the parent with a definite and individual charge. He does not say : “Take some child,” but says take this child. There is no question here as to which out of the many children in the world is to be the object of your care but rather God is very specific.. How that definiteness enhances the solemnity of the duty given to us ! It is for this responsibility that God would have chosen us too in specification to the angels He sends to the particular family... The natural bond (parent and children or teacher and children) is a stronger one than you can make with bands of gold. and we must also remember that we receive the strength through God’s approval, which is the most enduring thing in all the world. God has organized it and He strengthens, the family and its sweet and strong bonds of love..

II. For in these words of Pharaoh’s daughter, taken as the King’s own word to us, we find the secret of the training of the child. “Nurse it for Me.” Not for yourself are you to train this child entrusted to your care. It was not given for your amusement or for your ambitions to be fulfilled Nor may you train them for themselves, as though the world was made for them and all their business was to please themselves with it. The only right and worthy object of our labours for the children, and it should be an aim clearly before us, is to bring them up for God. We surely cannot do it unless it be our definite purpose. Train the children not for, but in, Christian faith and love and obedience, and teach them always to live to please the Lord who gave His beloved Son that we may not perish but experience the joys of eternal life with Him.

III. And so we shall receive the reward. “I will give thee thy wages.” It was the daughter of the king who promised thus to Moses’ mother. It is the King Himself who gives His word to us. He pays us for taking care not of our childrenbut of His. Here is the worst mistake of all, if we do not recognize them as God’s children and that we are only nurses/caretakers employed by Him for a short period. The promise is as definite as the charge. “ I will give you your wages ” It is only the faithful parent or the faithful teacher who will be rewarded. God is a very faithful employer who pays us our right wages like the landlord in the parable of talents in the New Testament.

Hence we should understand our responsibility in training God's children whom He has entrusted in our care for Him and keep reminding ourselves that they are God's children alone and teach them to taste and experience His love, and spread His goodness to all whom they meet.. Let us make them His worthy apostles by constantly asking our Lord help through the intercession of our Mother.Amen.

Annie Varghese

Reflections... *Food from my Kitchen Table

Take a Break with Jesus

Day 12, 240 Days Bible Reading Thursday, 31.10.19.✒

The Great Desert Delivers The Great Deliverer....Exodus 3:10

God drew Moses from the waters, He drew him from the palace and He drew from the desert, before Moses could draw his people from bondage to draw them to God by repeatedly telling Pharoah as God's mouthpiece, "Let my people go", Exodus 5:1.

Moses had no idea that God was grooming him to deliver his people and his first hand Knowledge of the Palace and the Desert would come in handy one day

After 40 years in the Palace and 40 years in the Desert, Moses was Called and Appointed to Deliver God's People.

For 40 years he learnt the protocol and the culture of the Egyptian Palace so that he can stand before Pharoah one day. The next 40 years, Moses spent alone in the Desert, which would have Prepared him for another 40 years of Wilderness experience with the people.

Looking after the sheep in the desert was his training ground for leading God's Flock across the Desert.

Moses could have brought out the Israelites without performing one single miracle but he had to perform 10 Signs and Wonders before Pharoah would let go of the Israelites because Pharoah's heart hardened after each plague, Exodus 8:19.

The heart is the hub of the human Personality. Arrogance, Pride, Trials and Disappointments could contribute to the hardening of the heart

Moses could have had a hardened heart after his wilderness experience but instead it Strengthened his Faith in God. He comes from the Levitical family of Priests and a Praying Family with A Calling on his life.

On the other hand, after each plague, God allowed Pharoah's heart to be Hardened because he refused to repent even after the Signs that were performed by God. There was ample opportunity for him to repent even though at times he appeared to, Exodus 10:16-17.

There can be a Change of Mind without the Change of Heart.

Every wilderness experience we go through is the Preparation to stand up before the Pharoahs of this World and to help the People of God come out of the clutches of Satan's bondage and bring them into God's Glorious Light, as God's Mouthpiece and decree Let my people go, Exodus 5:1

Moses as the Deliverer was not given any extraordinary weapons to go to war with Pharoah to deliver God's people. His Greatest Weapon was his Humility.

Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth, Numbers 12:3 NIV

God asked him to use what he had in his hand, which was a Staff, a Dead Stick, Exodus 4:2, which became the Hand of God.

Child of God, Remember, God will use what we have in our hands to do the job for him, even if it is a Dead Stick. He will do what it takes to fulfill His Plan and Purposes, when we Humble under the Mighty Hand of God, 1Peter 5:6

Humility Opens the Doors to the Farvour of God. Humility opens our lives to the graciousness of God..... Amen

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