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Exodus 7 – Signs

What do you do when God does a miracle in your presence?  How do you respond when He sends a message with power?  What does it take to convince you to change your mind and to do the right thing when you are set on the wrong thing?

Pharaoh comes face to face with Moses, and YHWH makes a move.  Pharaoh has a choice to make.  Obey this “God” of the Israelites, and lose all of the cheap labor that has helped to grow cities and his empire?  Or, not?  Moses and Aaron can do these amazing wonders, but so can his magicians.  Now granted, Moses & Aaron’s staff / snake devours his magician’s staff / snakes, but that’s their problems not his.  Why should he be concerned?

Then Moses & Aaron turn the Nile into blood.  That’s a little bit more of an inconvenience, after all, the kingdom relies on the Nile river.  Then again, the magicians can do the same thing.  So what does Pharaoh do next?  He goes back to his house with no real concern for the situation.  However, seven days later, the magicians have not yet figured out how to change the Nile back to water.  I’m sure that that may have become a little disconcerting.

What about us?  Is God / YHWH trying to speak to us?  Does He give us signs day after day that He is real and we need to look to Him?  Do we ignore Him, considering His miracles no more than coincidences and conveniences or inconveniences?  Do we ignore the little things, because they are little, and don’t take seriously where those signs are pointing?

Pharaoh ignored the little things.  As a result, he takes that mentality with him when YHWH begins to do much bigger things.  What will it take for us to come to the point where we cease ignoring the signs pointing at God.  The more we ignore the little things, the more likely it is we will ignore and reject the big things.  We need to open our eyes and see the truth of who God / YHWH is in the little things as well as the big.

LORD, open my eyes and the eyes of the readers.  Help us to see the signs and understand where they are pointing.  Help us to do more than that.  Help us to pursue the God that is pursuing us.  In the name of Jesus, the Christ, Amen.

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Genesis 24-1 – Sworn

This is going to be a two-part chapter.  I am finding that i can only copy out ~30+ verses in about an hour and a half, which is most of my time limitations for this project each day.  So since this chapter is 67 verses, i have to split this one up into two days; vs. 1-34 today, and 35-67 tomorrow.

The time was coming and going.  Abraham knew that he only had a limited time before his life would end.  He still had some very important business to attend to.  One of those things being; taking care to provide the proper wife for his son.  So he sends his most trusted servant on a mission to return to his home and family and find the right bride for his son Isaac.  It is a quest that his most faithful servant is sworn to fulfill.  Not only that, but also the servant must never bring Isaac there.  The maiden must come to him, or not at all.

This chapter contains two new names / titles for God, or it could possibly be considered one: “…the LORD (YHWH), the God (Elohim) of heaven (Shamaim) and the God (Elohim) of earth (Erets)…”  This is the name to whom Abraham required his servant to swear that he would not get Isaac a wife from among  the Canaanites.

The servant swears and goes, but is still concerned about the fulfillment of the promise, so he does the wise thing.  He brings it before the God of his master.  He wants to be sure that he finds the right person, so he asks God to bring the right girl to him.  God, of course being who He is, is way ahead of the servant, brings Rebekah, and brings reassurance to the servant.

Rebekah shocks me in this passage.  When he first sees her, Abrahams servant, rushes at her.  “Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your jar.'”  How would you and i respond to some strange dirty traveler running at us begging us to give them water?  We might be a little freaked out.  What does Rebekah do?  She says “sure”, gives him water, and waters his camels as well.  The servant rewards her by giving her a gold ring and two gold bracelets and then asks to be invited to stay the night.  Wow, the cultural differences there!

How do we react to strangers and those in need?  Jesus says, “those who do so for the least of these my children, do so for Me”.  The letter to the Hebrews says “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  The servant (purposelessly) feared the fulfillment of his promise to his master.  Do we (purposelessly) fear assisting / entertaining the stranger because we’re surrounded by those who would feed us a negative report?  Or have we sworn to help those in need?

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