There is no one like our God in majesty and mercy. The Lord is faithful and passionate about His glory and there are two ways God will be glorified, in His just judgment or His saving mercy. Because of the Lord’s faithfulness we must trust in His wisdom, rest in His promises, and journey by His presence.
As we celebrate the Lord Supper (Passover) we remember the substitute, the severity of God’s judgment and greatness of His mercy, how God has delivered us by His mighty hand. It is our responsibility as parents to pass on the gospel truths to our children.
The Passover was a shadow of God’s salvation. It was a picture of what was to come. Yet the purpose of the Passover is to remember God’s saving power from generation to generation. As we remember the perfect Substitute who was sacrificed in our place, provided salvation and satisfied the holy demands of God.
In these plagues, God reveals that He is the Lord God and there is no other. Only He can create and sustain life and His name will be proclaimed in all the earth. In His judgment through these plagues, we see His mercy, by giving warning and saving those who respond to the warning in faith. Yet Pharaoh refuses to yield to God and in false repentance, we see his destruction.
In these plagues, God was not only judging the Egyptians, but also the gods of Egypt. God puts His glory in display showing that He is the Lord God and there is no other. Within these plagues, we see a pattern of emphasis of obedience, God’s superior power, counterfeit sings and the hardening of hearts. We can learn that God will not share His glory with another and all sin attempts to defame the glory of God.
In the genealogy of Moses and Aaron, we see that in spite of our past failures and present struggles, the work and plan of God moves inevitably forward through broken people. It is only when Moses understood and walked in this truth (God is the only God), was he able to walk in obedience and accomplish the mission of God.
As the people of God rejected Moses, Moses finds himself in a crisis of unbelief where he questions God’s goodness, purpose and action. God simply reminds Moses that He is in control, He keeps His covenant and He saves. As we face our disappointment, discouragement and failures, we must remind ourselves of the Gospel promises of how God has rescued, redeemed, adopted us and given us an eternal inheritance.
When Moses approached Pharaoh with hope, he had no success. Things went from good too much worse. We learn that obedience to God’s call does not mean we will not face disappointment. We can leverage disappointment for our own spiritual good as we hold our expectations with open hands and we look to the cross of Jesus Christ and remind ourselves of the Gospel promises.
In the call and commission of Moses, God gives His Word before He reveals His power because God desires obedience rooted in faith. What pleases God is obedience rooted in faith. The life of a Christian must be marked by obedience rooted in faith.
When God calls us for His purpose, we have a tendency to give every excuse we can think of. We bring up our lack of credentials, lack of content, and lack of converts. We see this in Moses but with every excuse that Moses had, God had a response. God was clarifying to Moses that He is fighting the battle for us, so we trust in His ability as God sent Moses and as God is sending us.
God appears to Moses in a burning bush, where He calls and commissions Moses to go and deliver His people. Because of who God is, He graciously uses imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. In this story, God sends Moses, in our story God sends us to go and proclaim the Gospel.
Through this week's study of the book of Exodus we are able to see through the life of Moses, how God continuously draws us out to draw us in. We see how God's hand was providentially placed over Moses' life as he overcame many odds. From the improbability of survival for an infant traveling through the raging treacherous waters of the Nile, to the death sentence appointed by Pharaoh through an edict. The truth is that every act of man is serving the purpose of God. We must know that God often prepares us for the next chapter of life with the present chapter's experience. Also, understand that God is intimately aware of your agony and because God knows, God acts.
As we continue to learn how God draws us out to draw us in. We face an attribute of God which is sometimes hard to accept. We must realize that God does not spare His people (children) from harm and we learn dependence on God as we experience grace. Understanding that when we cannot trace God's hand, we must trust God's heart.
God has drawn us out so that he can draw us in. As we journey through the Book of Exodus we are striving to know God, understand God's redemption, understand God's mission and ours and draw lessons for living out our faith. While noticing that God always keeps His promise and His plan is always accomplished. We have a responsibility to acknowledge our limitations, read scripture honestly and remember the cross.