Thunder and Lightning

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“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.’

Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid…..’”

Exodus 20: 18-20a

So is the God of the Old Testament somehow different from the God of the New Testament? My Mom used to say, God was always angry in the “Old” Testament but He is loving and kind in the “New” Testament.

But let’s think about the context for these verses. God was giving the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions! He was working with a group of people and establishing them as a people that should be different, than the other people around them.

His people were told to not worship idols, to not commit adultery, to not sacrifice their children to idols. Yes, unfortunately there was human sacrifice in other nations. God’s people were to be different, but in a positive way. So, in a sense God was “laying down the law.”

Now in the times of the Messiah, there were quite a few cases of his blasting away at the hypocrites! He often called them, snakes, vipers, serpents! And remember the time he chased the money changers (people making a profit at the Temple) with a whip? Look out!

My point is God did not change, but the context of His interactions with us humans did. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Yes, God is loving, kind and forgiving. And yet He is also holy, mighty – far above the heavens, and all powerful too.

Lord God, as we follow You, help us to have a balanced view of Your holiness and Your love. Thank You My God that we don’t have to afraid of the thunder and lightning, and that we can pray to You, with humble hearts as we seek to do Your will.

We praise You, and may You forever be praised!

Amen.

     

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Deliverance

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“But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, ‘Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.'”

“Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”

Exodus 10: 27-29

And so began the journey of God’s people fleeing captivity. The people were leaving slavery behind, moving forward with the wonderful plans God had in store for them.

But it was not easy! There was a terrible fight that took place, between all  of the wicked power of Pharaoh, and the people of God. Another way of saying this is that deliverance is never easy. 

Sometimes it means that there is a battle when we are following God, and seeking to do what is right. Maybe we don’t have a Pharaoh, but we may have angry bosses at our job. Or maybe we want a day off to worship God but the answer is no.

Regardless of the hardships we face, God is in our midst! Not only will deliverance take place, but He has wonderful plans for all of us!

Heavenly Father, You know our needs, our circumstances, and we need Your help to follow You. Strengthen us, and deliver us – help us to move forward, walking according to Your will. Amen.

   

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A Day of Rest

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a sabbath….” 

Exodus 20: 8-10a

Some say the Sabbath day is on Sunday now. Others are adamant that it has to be on Saturday.

And still others say, we don’t need that anymore, because we are under the New Covenant, and everything should only be internal now.

But if we look at the spirit of the law, God is simply saying here that one day a week is to be put aside for rest! Aren’t you glad?

Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives, and for revealing Your will, about us getting some much needed rest. Amen.

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Now You Will See

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“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do

to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go;

because of my mighty hand he will drive them out

of his country.’ God also said to Moses,

“I am the Lord.”

 

Exodus 6: 1, 2

 What battles are you facing?

    

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Exodus 33: 13-14

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Moses said to the Lord, “If you are pleased with me,

teach me your ways so I may know you

and continue to find favor with you.

Remember that this nation is your people.”

 

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you,

and I will give you rest.”

   

Thank you Lord God, that you give all people your rest

as they seek You.

    

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Proverbs 25: 11,12

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“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Like an earing of gold or an ornament of fine gold

is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.”

       

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Exodus 40: 34, 35

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“Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

 Lord God, even though you do not relate to us in this way now, help us to love and respect Your presence. And may we be tabernacles filled with who You are.

Amen.

  

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