Bible Studies, Devotionals, Mercy

In Moses Shoes

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It’s beyond comprehension. Such actions are despicable.

 

 

A spouse of 45 years has an affair.

To secure money for drugs, a teenage son or daughter steals from your purse.

The bank president embezzles ½ a million dollars and flees the country.

Deacons discover their pastor is involved in pornography.

‘How could you?’

“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, ‘Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’

And Aaron said to them, ‘Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.’ So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.

Then they said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’

So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.’ Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (Exodus 32:1-6 NKJV).”

‘Aaron, how could you?’

Put yourself in Moses’ shoes…

He had to confront his own brother, Aaron.

“And Moses said to Aaron, ‘What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them (Exodus 32:21 NKJV)?”

Moses sought mercy.

“Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written (Exodus 32:31-32 NKJV).”

 

Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Moses Trembled

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He is known for his bold demands; in obedience, he carried God’s message to Pharaoh.

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go (Exodus 5:1-2 NKJV).”

Moses knew and revered the LORD that Pharaoh had mocked. Before he met Pharaoh in Egypt, he met with God at a burning bush.

“So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God (Exodus 3:4-6 NKJV).”

In the New Testament, Stephen (before being martyred) told of Moses encounter with God.

“And Moses trembled and dared not look (Acts 7:32b NKJV).”

We worship Holy God. 

Compelled through Moses example, we will approach the LORD reverently.

 

Bible Studies, Christian Growth

Near Death Experience

 

CROPPED NOVEMBER 2012 PROFILE PICTUREMoses had a life-changing encounter with Jehovah God and became the Lord’s right hand man. He sent him on a mission of mercy and deliverance;  Moses returned to Egypt with God’s demand to Pharaoh. “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness (Exodus 5:1b Amplified Bible).” As Moses traveled to Egypt, he had a near death experience. Were you aware that he faced death before he faced Pharaoh?

“Along the way at a [resting] place, the Lord met Moses and sought to kill him [made him acutely and almost fatally ill] (Exodus 4:24 Amplified Bible).” Premeditated wrath? “[Now apparently he had failed to circumcise one of his sons, his wife being opposed to it; but seeing his life in such danger] Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off the foreskin of her son (Exodus 4:25a Amplified Bible).” Moses had knowingly failed to carry out a covenant command.

“He which is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male throughout your generations, whether born in [your] house or bought with [your] money from any foreigner not of your offspring Genesis 17:12 Amplified Bible).” The covenant remained binding. “And the male who is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant (Genesis 17:14 Amplified Bible). Moses nearly lost his life for his negligence.

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Moral Majority

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Deceased, Reverend Jerry Falwell tagged concerned Americans as the Moral Majority. Are we still concerned, seeking a national moral renewal? Are we a majority, united in purpose and priority? We must not lose heart or we will lose the land. The words of Moses resound in our ears.

I said to you: You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not be afraid or discouraged (Deuteronomy 1:20-21 HCS).”