When my oldest daughter was ten months old she became frighteningly ill. I had worked for doctors and determined that when I had children I was not going to bother a doctor over a simple runny nose or diaper rash. So, when Natalie’s runny nose turned into a thick green/grayish discharge and her vomiting persisted through the night turning into a high fever the next morning, instead of calling a doctor I called a nurse friend. She wisely advised me that five minutes of embarrassment was better than a lifetime of regret.Read More
I remember a time in ministry where I wanted out! I had been led to believe I was damaged goods; broken beyond repair. The Lord used a frail little old lady to remind me of my worth. Every week at church she would intentionally seek me out, grab my face in her hands and squish my cheeks. Then she would stare me in the eyes and say, “You are precious to Jesus!” She did this week after week, not having a clue of what I was going through.Read More Alpha and Omega, Moses
When God first extended his call in my life as a speaker the first thing I did was question him to make sure he knew who he was dealing with. I had a speech impediment as a child. I hated public speaking! I cringed when I had to take it in college. Full of self-doubt and fear, I was sure I’d written the book on every excuse for opposing God’s call. That is, until I read through Moses’ story. Moses and I became well-acquainted through that time.Read More Moses, weakness
Do you remember being at the waterfront at camp sitting on the beach listening to the lifeguard’s instructions for water safety? Do you remember the one thing that was ultra-important as you entered into the waters? Make sure you have your buddy! Then you would go on your merry way into the designated swim area. But every now and then the whistle would sound and the lifeguard would holler “Buddy check!”Read More support, Moses
I’m sure, like me, you’ve had experiences where you are asked to relay a message to someone that is not exactly what the person wants to hear. Not to mention that you’re simply the messenger.
Moses and Aaron experienced this firsthand. God had given them a message to deliver on his behalf that would affect the future of the entire tribe of Israel.Read More obedience, Moses, Aaron
“I promise . . . ” “Take my word for it . . . ” Famous last words from people who make promises only to break them. We take someone at their word to discover their word didn’t amount to much. Marriage vows are no longer taken seriously. Relationships are full of heartache and disappointment, misuse and abuse. Trust is nowhere to be found.
Such was the case with the children of Israel.Read More Moses, promises
Pharaoh asks the question, “Who is this LORD and why should I obey him . . . ?” (Exodus 5:2), and Moses is God’s mouthpiece to answer him. Moses has been specially preserved and prepared by God for eighty years to be Israel’s deliverer. Now God will prepare Pharaoh and the Egyptians to fulfill his plan of redemption. Pharaoh’s unwillingness to acknowledge the all-powerful God unleashes a series of plagues that show God’s power over all the gods of EgyptRead More messenger, Moses
“Let my people go” (8:2). This is the focus of God’s Story in Exodus. The book opens in slavery and closes with Israel in freedom to worship God. It is tempting to look at the plagues God brought to Egypt simply as agents of destruction but their purpose was to save his people. God is in the business of redemption. Why frogs? They were considered sacred, a symbol of fertility, by the Egyptians.Read More redemption, Moses
A pattern emerges as the fourth plague is released by God. We see a symmetrical, unfolding scheme. The first nine plagues are a series of three plagues each. The first is announced by Moses at the Nile, the second by Moses at the palace and the third without warning. The final one is the climax of all that came before, “I am the Lord, and I will punish the gods of Egypt” (Exodus 12:12b). As the swarms of flies are released into Egypt, God makes a distinction between his people and the Egyptians.Read More Moses, plagues, covenant-keeper
Through every blow on Egypt, every warning from Moses, every suffering of his people, the Pharaoh remained recalcitrant and defiant. Even when he tried to negotiate with God, or made promises he didn’t keep, Pharaoh’s heart was unyielding (v7). It can be distracting to focus on the phrase, “he made the king too stubborn to listen” (v12) and claim that he didn’t have a choice in the matter. Pharaoh’s path was chosen and his hard heart was a consequence and culmination of all his decisions up to that point.Read More Pharoah, stubbornness, Moses