How to Soften Your Heart

The battle between Pharaoh, leader of all Egypt, and the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth, was about to begin. Although Moses and Aaron were the ones who would speak the words given them by God, they weren’t Pharaoh’s primary opponents—God was. As we’ll see in this morning’s passage, though …

Where Are You Looking?

As the new school year is approaching, this morning I thought I’d begin with a multiple–choice quiz. Ready? Here goes! The evidence that God loves those who are his is: Their lives are easy They always get what they want They never suffer He acts on their behalf “A” is …

A Long Obedience

As we saw last week, once Moses and Aaron had spoken with the elders of the Israelites, letting them know everything that the LORD had told Moses and performing the signs God had given them before the people, the elders believed them. And when the elders learned that the LORD, …

Have Thine Own Way, LORD

It took some doing but once the LORD, in his great patience, responded to all of Moses’ reservations and concerns about leading the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses at last determined to do as God had told him. As indicated in verse 18 of Exodus 4, “Then Moses went back …

God Over All

Once God appeared to Moses-the-Rescuer and told him that he was the one he had chosen to rescue his people, the Israelites, from the oppression of the Egyptians, Moses-the-Rescuer became Moses-the-Questioner. For, as we’ve seen, when the LORD said to Moses, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh …

God Inexhaustible!

When the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob said to Moses, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt,”[1] Moses-the-Rescuer jumped for joy at the realization that his rescuing skills were going to be …

Fear & Obey God Over Humans!

This morning completes our time with Joseph. Approximately five months ago, we began by considering his life from the time he was but a boy of seventeen years;[1] this morning takes us to the time of his death ninety-three years later at the age of 110. As one commentator observes, …