Sept. 3 – (Ex. 3) Let’s look at verses 3-5. Moses noticed something different. He did not ignore it but “turned aside”. When God saw that he turned aside, God then called out to him. Moses was then instructed to treat this as holy ground. When God directs you do you notice any similarities? When you miss the mark, do you see any differences in what you consider?
Sept. 4 – (Ex. 4) I would like you to do some homework on your own as we look at Moses’ covenantal Call and Dialogue. I will ask Moses’ question and let you find God’s response. God calls us in similar ways today. Many times, we answer with questions like Moses. Let’s learn from him!
“Who am I that I should go?” (Ex. 3:11) - God’s response (3:12):
“What is Your name, that I may tell the people who sent me?” (3:13) – God’s response (3:14-15): “How would the people believe that You have sent me?” (4:1) – God’s response (4:2-4,6-7,9):
“I am not eloquent; I am slow of speech.” (4:13) – God’s response (4:11):
“Please send someone else.” (4:13) – God’s response (4:15-16):
There is so much in this chapter. Verse 7 speaks to Moses of God’s guidance and power. Did you see that God restored Moses’ arm to his original state? It doesn’t say, He made it absolutely perfect. I’m sure that arm had cuts and age spots etc. but God only restored it “like the rest of his flesh. How does that impact me? Sometimes God does not choose to heal to the max of His power (so to speak). Let’s not get offended whatever He does, it is for our good and His glory!
When Moses asked to send someone else, God directed him to Aaron (vv.13 -14). He described him as being able to speak well. I then pictured Aaron as a child constantly talking and jabbering on. (Have you ever had a child who talks incessantly?) What if his mother berated him for always speaking when adults were discussing something (I’m guessing that was a no, no then)? It reminds me that many gifts and talents God puts in adults to use, are actually those childhood things that drive parents or adults crazy. Let’s channel them as we are patient with them. You never know what God’s wants them to “practice” as a child so they can be used as they get older!
Sept. 5 – (Ex. 5) Have you ever had to make bricks without straw? I mean, when you think you are doing what God has asked you to do (work, care for children, etc.) and things get twice as hard? Don’t negate the thought that it might be part of God’s plan for your getting “from here to there”!
Sept. 6 – (Ex. 6) God is going to do a new thing in the lives of the Israelites. We see it comes with very hard circumstances during the preparation period. Have you noticed that in your life today? As we read His Word, He gives us direction as we allow the Holy Spirit to interpret it for us. Even in the genealogy we find purpose in the specific people He mentions…so that we may understand more, later. The genealogy begins as if the sons or heads of the household of Jacob’s sons will be listed in birth order (v.14). First it names the sons of Reuben (v. 14b) and then Simeon (v. 15). Then it stops to focus on the sons of Levi (v.16) and in particular on Aaron, Moses (v.20)., and Aaron’s sons (vv. 23,25). The genealogy functions primarily to preserve (1) the family history of Moses and Aaron as the ones through whom the Lord led Israel out of Egypt and (2) the history of Aaron’s sons as those who were called to be priests in Israel (see 28:10). Other figures in the genealogy are likely included because of their roles in events narrated in the book of Numbers: the sons of Korah (Ex. 6:24; Num. 16:1-50); and Aaron’s grandson Phinehas (Ex. 6:25; Num. 25:1-9). Like many biblical genealogies, this one does not include every single generation. Doesn’t it help this genealogy to make better sense?
Sept 7 – (Ex. 7) Chapter 7 shows the first of ten plagues that will happen to Egypt. Let’s look at some significant parts: (1) The staff of Moses signifies that God is the one working the signs through Moses and Aaron. (2) All of the plagues effect the gods of the Egyptians that they worshiped. (3) In this 1st plague the magicians of Egypt do the same with their secret arts. “Magicians” refer to men who saw themselves as using their magic arts to serve Egypt’s gods but who also were considered teachers of wisdom. Although the magicians were able to perform each sign, they did not control the situation completely, as when Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. They also could not reverse God’s plagues.
Sept. 8 – (Ex. 8) Did you notice that Pharaoh came to Moses and Aaron to stop the 2nd plague (frogs) even though his magicians could create them as well? Moses then had Pharaoh decide when it would stop so only Moses’ God would get the credit. I also see that God sent Moses to Pharaoh and Moses then created this “time test”. He then went back and “cried to the Lord” about the agreement with Pharaoh. Sometimes I feel “led” to do or say something and I do. Then I go back to the Lord and question whether I did it right and beg God to finish what He “led” me to do. Of course, if I don’t see the response I thought I would get, I question my abilities or having heard well enough. Through these verses, God is reminding me that He only asks me to do things in His strength and wisdom. Peoples’ response or my fumbling are to be left to Him to “work for good”! Selah
The 3rd plague (gnats) begins a place where the magicians can’t produce the same thing. The 4th plague (flies) begins the distinction between Egyptian land and Israel’s land (Goshen). So, the Israelites were still making bricks and working in Egyptian land. Did they have to endure “sin’s effect” as they worked? Can you make any correlation to “working in the world” today?
Sept. 9 – (Ex. 9) The 5th plague (Egyptian livestock die) is further evidence that the God in control over all. (Yahweh) is favoring the Israelites. No matter where their livestock/flocks etc. they will not die. Forgive me but in my imagination, I would guess the Egyptians would then come and take live Israeli animals. If that happened, did they die once the Egyptians took possession? I know… wild imagination!
The 6th plague was boils. Now it is getting very personal! The 7th plague was hail. God even warns Pharaoh to bring in livestock into shelter and gives him time to do it. My question: If all the livestock died in plague 5, how did they now have more livestock? Does that answer my question about taking Israeli livestock? Or did some of the Egyptians heed the warning to bring in their livestock? I digress. Point being Yahweh is showing power over every god Egyptians worshiped and yet Pharaoh would not recognize and humble himself to Yahweh’s design. Are we ever that hard-hearted? Selah