Friday, 9 January 2015

Exodus 5: The blame game

Good morning friends and welcome to Exodus chapter 5 and also welcome to my newest follower.  It's good to have you!  That's our first week almost over.  How have you been getting on with your own personal studies?  Have you learnt something different from what I have as you've spent time in the Lord's presence?  Take the weekend to reflect on what you learned this week and pray over those areas in your life where you feel you really need the Lord's help.  Maybe you need to do something differently, better, or more?  That's between you and the Lord.  Talk to Him about it.  Ask Him for grace where it is most needed.

Isn't this Pharaoh a nasty piece of work?  Can't you just hear the scorn and mockery in his voice in verse 2 when Moses and Aaron ask for time off to worship the Lord?  
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

Pharaoh blamed the two brothers for hindering the people from getting on with their work and then he decided to make life even harder for the Israelites by stopping their supply of straw.  Poor Moses and Aaron!  All they were doing was being obedient to the call of God.  Then they're also insulted by their own people for interfering and being the cause of this further hardship - 
21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

Moses isn't one bit happy about having to take the blame for this and he takes his complaint straight to the Lord.  Moses wants to know why God did what He did and blames Him because He didn't do what He said He would do; and why did He choose him to be the one to deliver the people.  Moses obviously thought he could have done without this hassle at this time in his life.  Maybe he was thinking back to the time in Exodus 2:21 where we learn that he had pretty much grown content staying with Jethro, getting married and raising a family and that would do him for the rest of his days. He may have felt that being a shepherd, hard work as it was, was a lot easier than dealing with people.  Why had God felt the need to pull him out of his comfort zone and send him into this new and difficult role?  Questions, questions, questions! But no faith or trust or patience.
Isn't it wonderful that the Lord is patient with us?  He could have punished Moses for his attitude, for his unbelief and casting of blame, but He didn't.  Moses obviously thought serving God was a one-off thing - go and speak to Pharaoh, he'll humbly say 'oh yes, Moses, absolutely, whatever you say' and then back to looking after the sheep.  Not quite!  Sometimes when we're serving God, He takes us on a longer, more complicated path than the one we would naturally choose for ourselves.  This is because He sees the end from the beginning and knows how the whole thing will play out.  It's a bit like me when I read a book - my family and friends think I'm weird for doing this - but I always read the first chapter to get to know the main characters then I head straight to the end of the book to find out if it ends well.  Only when I know it's going to turn out alright can I settle back into reading from chapter two to the end!  Well, unfortunately life isn't like that.  We're right in the middle of the action and we don't know the outcome.  But what we do know is that the Lord is the author of our lives, He's writing our story and it will definitely have a happy ending because if we have repented of our sin, and have trusted in Him for salvation then we will be taken to heaven someday to reign with Him forever.  The main bulk of the story is where we live in obedience to Him and allow Him to use us to serve Him and bring Him glory until the happy ending.  Of course, there will be the bumps and twists along this journey that we are not expecting, but if we keep close to the Lord, we'll be OK.

Finally remember the words of Genesis 18:25, Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Prayer matters: Pray that we will be patient and trusting even when we don't understand God's workings.  LET GO AND LET GOD...

Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday for Exodus 6!  I hope you can join me and even ask your friends to pop in too!

Hugs Karen x

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