Contributed on May 3, 2022
God has his heroes of faith. They may not be household names they are vitally important to God’s work of redemption. Like Jochebed and Amram the parents of Moses.
I was once gathered around a table ready to hear a good devotional message. Instead of a message it turned out to be a Bible trivia quiz. They were questions that no one could answer. One of the questions was, what was the name of Moses’s mother. It is not a name known by very many. The answer is ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2022
Moses put his neck on the line once. And he felt like a failure. Is he willing to be that vulnerable again? Is he willing to trust God with his life? That is the challenge of Moses. That is the challenge for everyone who follows the call of God.
The call of God is as unique for every individual as is every person. For Gideon it was the fleece and that differs widely from Ezekiel and his lofty falling facedown vision of the throne of God. Isaiah with the burning coal placed on his lips differs from Paul on the Damascus Road and his ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2022
Moses didn't want this call to deliver Israel from oppression. It was 40 years ago he stepped out to take on the role of deliverer. It wasn't God's will at that time and the plan failed. Now 40 years later he has a fear to try again.
Receiving a call to serve God is never enough. We must respond in obedience. There was a very dramatic call experience for Moses. We know it as the burning bush call. Each person has a unique call of God, but the burning bush call for Moses stands out. What does not stand out in Moses’ call are ...read more
Contributed on May 5, 2022
There are spiritual leadership lessons here that apply to anyone in spiritual leadership. If you have suddenly seen the tide turn against you in your leadership, then you will identify with Moses here.
“Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, I have a wonderful feeling, everything’s going my way.” After what we find in Exodus chapter 4, Moses may have been able to sing that song. After Moses made multiple excuses not to answer the call of God at the burning bush, he did respond to ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2022
Pharaoh chose the condition of his heart. He hardened his heart. God fixed it in the position Pharaoh chose. when someone intentionally and persistently hardens their own heart, like Pharaoh it becomes permanently fixed. The New Testament speaks of casting pearls before swine.
I travelled during the modern-day outbreak of the Bubonic plague. Today we have antibiotics. This is the prevention and cure of the bubonic plague. It was so simple. The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics, and I took one pill every day for prevention. Too bad they did not have ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2022
Exodus chapter 12 tells the story of the First Passover and the connection with the final plague, the Plague of death. There is a definite connection from the Passover in the Old Testament and the Lord’s supper of the New Testament.
I remember hearing a striking sermon preached by a friend of mine. My friend became a Christian as an adult from a Jewish background. He was preaching on the Passover and his experience growing up where the Passover was observed in his home every year. It was an intimate family time for them. In ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2022
God heals. He is Jehovah-Rapha. That is the name that God revealed in this passage, the Lord our healer. We see the miracle in the desert where bitter water becomes sweet. Our need is to be healed from spiritual sickness of sin.
Have you ever heard someone say something like this? I faced a situation in my life where all seemed hopeless from a medical standpoint. But God, in response to prayers of His people, worked a miracle in my life. God healed me! You have likely heard something like that multiple times. What do we ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2022
Is the Lord your banner? Is he the rallying point in your life? We are victorious only to the extent God is our banner. There will be no victory in our own strength. Nothing is too great that cannot be overcome when God is our banner.
Have you ever stopped to think about, what is a flag? It is more than a cloth design hanging on a pole. A flag means more than that for many people. It can represent national pride and patriotism. As we study the character of God we study the name of God Jehovah-Nissi. The Lord is my banner, or ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2022
Jethro gave Moses such helpful advice that not only did Moses apply this, he wrote it in Scripture. He must have been aware that this was a leadership principle that would help spiritual leaders in every generation that follows him. There would come different circumstances but timeless principles.
I had just finished the book summary, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. Right away I could see the application of this book. Not for me, I saw that my son-in-law was working long hours and here in this book were principles for the entrepreneur that could help him rise up new employees that he ...read more
Contributed on May 15, 2022
The commandments are listed in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. There are two tablets of the ten commandments. The first are the God and Man relationship and the second are the man-to-man relationship.
The epic movie The Ten Commandments was one of the most popular movies of all times. The actual ten commandments, well they are not as popular. Even if they are not as popular as the movie, the ten commandments are epic just the same. The setting is back at Mount Sinai where Moses received his ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2022
How did Israel get so misguided? How could it happen? God just rescued them from slavery. The very first thing the people do is make an image and worship the image. The worship of the golden calf is tragic. Could anything be more tragic?
Why worship an object when the living God offers a relationship? There is no good reason. It was so misguided for the Israelites to form the golden calf image and worship it. So tragic for this to happen. What we hope to gain from this passage is that we will seek the true God Almighty with all our ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2022
God hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and covered him there with his hand. Moses sees only the afterglow which God leaves behind him, but still, this suggests faintly what the full brilliance of His presence is.
Do you have too many irons in the fire? The expression too many irons in the fire originated from the blacksmithing trade. If a blacksmith had multiple irons in the fire at once, it cooled the fire and none of the pieces of iron would get hot enough. If the blacksmith had one iron in the fire it ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2022
The way this name of God is used here is unique and only as part of the ten commandments or in the giving of the ten commandments. You could sum up the name of the Lord, Jealous as: it is his nature to give and expect us to obey the first two of the ten commandments.
The Lord Whose Name is Jealous Exodus 34:14 God is without sin. He is perfectly Holy. He is perfectly righteous. There is an exclusivity of worship God desires from his people. There are two of his names that reflect these aspects of his character. The Lord is our Holiness. The Lord is our ...read more