Exodus 2:2-3,7-8,14-15,20-22 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank… Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother… He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well… He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”

The people of God, the Israelites, certainly were a blessed lot. They grew in number regardless of Pharaoh’s attempts to cut them down and punish them with hard labour.

I often wonder how terrible life must have been then because there was no sense of human rights and no one to stand up for the cause of the suffering people.

What message does God have for us in all of this persecution and why the focus on one man, Moses?

To live without hope is no life at all and so I would imagine the Israelites had no hope to live with. Two and a half million people were a handful compared to the Egyptians who outnumbered them many to one.

Hope could not be put on man because no one wanted to take on the wrath of the Egyptians and the Israelites had no one to call on for help because they were a people a country of their own!

Does this period of the life of the Israelites not remind us of difficulties in our own lives when there seems to be no hope?

These are the salty plains from which we get our greatest opportunities to call on God for His intervention and deliverance. These are the trying times when we get our greatest chance of holding onto a hope that is not seen but is felt, and that hope is Jesus Christ.

Moses was spared death at the hands of the Egyptians when he was born, was given a lease of new life by Pharaoh’s daughter through the smart thinking of his mother and sister, was blessed with much because of his adopted heritage, was again redeemed from the hands of Pharaoh for killing an Egyptian and has now found home as a shepherd in a far away land.

He does not look like the man who could free a person, forget an entire nation from anything. However, we know that Moses eventually does lead Israel out of Egypt to freedom but it was not in him or about him but about God who saw the pain of the Israelites and delivered them through him.

Are you in bondage or feeling helpless and does there seem to be no hope? Have you called on Jesus to deliver you? Are you willing to lose yourself to your maker to gain freedom for eternity from the bondage of sin?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Exodus 2:23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    The way God moved in Moses’ life, and the Israelites in Egypt is pretty mind boggling. It’s one of those things where the evidence of Him is so plain. God bless you, Vineet, and may many come to find their hope and Savior, Jesus!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      Yes, it is true that we can see clearly God’s sovereign hand over the nation of Israel. However, if we were to be among the slaves of those times, we would never understand unless our hearts were atuned to what the Lord was doing in our lives. Today, we live in slavery to materialism, consumerism, reletavism, technology, careers, etc. and often we forget our real purpose and start chasing idols that will take us further away from God and therefore liken ourselves to the Israelites in bondage. It’s a truth we don’t want to deal with but is a spiritual reality!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Ann says:

    “These are the salty plains from which we get our greatest opportunities to call on God for His intervention and deliverance. These are the trying times when we get our greatest chance of holding onto a hope that is not seen but is felt, and that hope is Jesus Christ.”

    Vineet,
    I don’t like the salty plains at all. I don’t. I’m thankful that He’s with us even in that place and that the Hope in Him is eternal.

    Mental bondage tricks us into giving up when we should press forward in Him. It tricks us into letting go when we should be holding on to all He is.

    I’m singing ‘My Hope’ by Hillsong. Thanks for the reminder!

    My Hope – hillsong

    You are righteous
    You love justice
    And those who honour You
    Will see Your face
    I will arise and lift my eyes
    To see Your majesty
    Your holiness,
    And all I am will bless You

    My hope is in the name of the Lord
    Where my help comes from
    You’re my Strength, my Song
    My trust in the name of the Lord
    I will sing Your praise,
    You are faithful.

    Blessings
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      It is amazing how you connect your thoughts to worship music and I am in awe of you. I often wonder how I will bring myself to remember the name of the artists, forget song names or the words in songs and I just feel so elated to see how you so aptly mention songs! It is a gift indeed!

      Right now, I feel like I am standing on the salty plains as I deal with a challenge in my life that I have dealt with before. I feel like I can take the easy way out to get away from the pain but the reality is that I’m just going to be in more pain again and I praise God that when I stand before Him, He speaks words of love and comfort to me which in turn transform my heart to a state of worship and my problems seem so insignificant.

      I know that in His time, God will transform my salty plains to evergreen mountains filled with gentle springs and clouds to walk in and in longing for those times, I lay my problems before Him and invite Him in to cleanse me and transform me to be a blessing to others through my trials.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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