moses

 
 
 

Without a doubt, Moses was a man called by God.

But before he was called by God, he was hunted by an empire. You see Moses was born under some difficult circumstances. He was a Hebrew born in Egypt, during a time when the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt. To make matters worse the Egyptian Pharaoh had just ordered all Hebrew baby boys to be killed upon delivery. As the story goes however, the Egyptian midwives “feared God and did not do what the King of Egypt told them to do.” Moses’ life was spared, and not only that, but he was raised in Pharaoh’s palace by Pharaoh’s daughter herself.

When Moses grew older he started to take notice of the injustice and slavery of his people in Egypt. On one day in particular, Moses witnesses an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. Moses seeks vengeance on his own terms, and ends up murdering the Egyptian after the incident while no one is watching. Someone was watching however, and upon finding out that people knew what he’d done, Moses flees to the desert to hide.

But God finds Moses.

Not only does God find Moses, but God gives Moses a mission and a revelation. God appears to Moses in a burning bush, and reveals himself to Moses as the God who IS, the great “I AM.” God then tells Moses that he knows of the Hebrew people’s slavery in Egypt, and that he’s going to do something about it. He gives Moses a mission, to help deliver his people from slavery.  

At this point however, Moses has essentially been a rancher for years. He’s escaped to the desert, and gotten married and had children and isn’t exactly in the best position to return to Egypt to lead millions of people out of the oppression of an Empire. Moses is a family man, not a freedom fighter. He’s also a stutterer, not a speech giver. And then there’s his past which includes murder, guilt and shame.

By many accounts, Moses is completely unqualified to complete this mission. God insists however, and Moses ends up leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt, out of slavery.

The story of Moses, is the story of what happens when a capable God, meets an unqualified servant.

 
 

Reflection

All of us probably have a list, somewhere in secret, of all the reasons why we feel unqualified to do the important things that God has called us to.

This week we want you to pull that list out and face your worst fears. But as you face those fears, like Moses, acknowledge that God has already considered that list, maybe has written some extra things that you missed, and then in spite of that list, still determined that you were the best person for the job. Take time to consider that God didn’t make any mistakes and that He chose you with full knowledge of the disclosures that came with the fine print of your life. Journal about what is really holding you back at this point and imagine a week where you were no longer a slave to your fears.

 
 

s.o.a.p

Psalm 77

1 I cried out to God for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
    at night I stretched out untiring hands,
    and I would not be comforted.

3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
    the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
    Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
    Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
    the heavens resounded with thunder;
    your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
    your lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 
 

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