Day 5 readings, 90 Days through Bible

Day 5 – on into the book of Exodus; Exodus 1:1 – 15:18

Friends, I got some of my reading done in preparation for today’s devotion/reflections. Then I had a pastoral emergency to attend to last evening, so I only got so far in my readings. So, my devotion/reflection will be from what I’ve been able to read. Then today, I’ll read the rest and catch up. Why didn’t I take my own advice and read a couple of chapters ahead each day. Hum???

God encountering Moses at the burning bush has always been a favorite of mine; from the encounter, the call, the interaction, to being sent. All quit fascinating. First a quick joke.

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

In our readings we hear God calling Moses to be the one through whom he works to deliver God’s people, many, many people from bondage in Egypt. Things were really, really bad for God’s people.

Moses at first says: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” To this question God says; “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Moses then says; “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God reveals His name, His very being to Moses and God’s people saying; I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

God’s very name, God’s very being for a name in olden times was meant to reveal the nature of the person. “I AM”. In other words I have been, I AM, and I will always be. I AM God, the holy one, the ONE.

Then God gives Moses some signs that he will be with him and help him do this. First was the staff turned into a snake turned back into a staff. When it was a snake, God said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” When I was a teenagers, my youth group visited a farm out in the country. One of the guys found a huge Bull Snake and picked it up to scare the girls. He/we dropped it on the road. The farmer asked is that where you found him? We said no. He said, “put him back in the field where you found him.” I proceeded to pick up the snake by the tail. The farmer watching this knew exactly was going to happened and let it happen knowing I wouldn’t be harmed. The snake whipped itself around quickly and bit me on my pinky finger. I dropped him and then the farmer reached down and as quickly as he caught the snake, he threw him back into the field. I think the farmer kind of enjoyed having the last laugh that day. But I learned a valuable lesson, don’t pick up snakes by the tail.

As Moses reached down, he may have known this. But once he touched it, it turned back into a staff.

One other thing Moses says to God is; “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” God responds; “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Moses then says; “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” To this God gets angry with Moses; (Exodus 4): 14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.”

God provided for Moses.

When God calls us to do something for him, we often fear that we aren’t equipped to accomplish the task God sets before us. We’re really not, but with God, “I AM” leading us and equipping us we can do great things.

What is God calling you to do for and with him today? It’s probably not easy, nor maybe really comfortable but with God going with you, with us, you/we can do great things.

All things are possible for those who listen and trust in God. I do believe that.

By the way, one line from today’s reading has always perplexed me; 4:24 24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)

Why would God plan to kill Moses, before he’s even accomplished that which God has set before him?

(Outline of today’s reading will be posted later this morning.)

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