Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Gospel of 3:16 - Exodus


“Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’
“Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’
“I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to, so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off. I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on your sons and daughters. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!”
Exodus 3:16-22, MSG

Moses on Mt. Sinai

I quoted Exodus 3:16-22 so I could cover the complete thought that God is sharing here. He was telling Moses to return to Egypt to escort his family - all of Israel, actually - out of the country and into the Promised Land. This setting is just prior to all the plagues the Lord judged Egypt with. God is giving Moses his marching orders as he had graduated the “backside of the desert” boot camp.

We all know the story of how God delivered Israel out of Egypt using Moses as their General and Aaron their priest to guide the way. It’s been in the movies and a lot of books of History and fiction. This is where He had Moses write that information down for us to learn from all these years later.

Let us follow the example of Moses, not Pharaoh, when it comes to following God’s instructions.

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