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Exodus 18 – Perspective

Isn’t it nice to have an outside perspective sometimes.  We look at our own situation time and time again.  We see the same problems the same ways.  We walk through the same doors and fall into the same traps.  It’s so easy to get caught up in our own way of doing things that we lose track of the idea that there may be another, better solution.  We also get so used to seeing the same blessings that we fail to see them as blessings.  We see our successes in light of our situation and lose track of how amazing they can be sometimes.

Moses had started to get into some of these kinds of ruts.  He was hearing the same people complaining about the same problems while doing the same things over and over.  Then along came Jethro, his father-in-law, bringing Moses wife and two sons, and they saw it all anew.  They heard the stories for the first time.  They learned about the situation and saw all the blessings that God was doing for the people off Israel, and they were amazed.  Jethro was the priest of Midian.  He was a man of experience and wisdom, and yet he said, “Now I know that the LORD (YHWH) is greater than all the gods.  Indeed, it was proven when they dealt proudly against the people.”  He saw how God had treated those who stood proudly against His people, and Jethro, the priest of Midian, knew that there was no God like YHWH.

In response Jethro took a burnt offering and sacrifice to the LORD.  He prepared it as a meal and invited the leaders of Israel to eat a meal together before God.  He served in his role as a priest, yet he also set a precedent for the leaders; one of fellowshipping together before the LORD.  Don’t you love a good perspective!?

The chapter finishes with Moses sitting before the people judging them.  They came to him with their conflicts and problems, and he judged between the people.  As i was reading this, it reminded me of the incident in chapter 2 “He (Moses) went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, ‘Why are you striking your companion?’  But he said, ‘Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Then Moses was afraid and said, ‘Surely the matter has become known.’”  So Moses has become the judge that he had tried to be.  He went from poser to the man of the hour; yet ironically, it was too much.

Jethro to the rescue!  He tells Moses that this is too much work for him alone; that he needs to abdicate the work to others.  To those who hate injustice so that it does not become too much of a burden.  Do we pursue an outside perspective for our lives?

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Exodus 9 – Rejected

You can tell that God has a sense of humor and a thing for irony.  You see it throughout  the Bible and here especially is no exception.  So the magicians and priests have attempted to stand against Moses and God with every new miracle that occurs, but take a look at verse 11; “The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians.”  Yeah, good luck trying to oppose Moses and God like that.  They can’t even show up because of the very miracle they are trying to oppose.  So much for that problem.  Talk about irony.

This chapter is the first place that we see God hardening Pharaoh’s heart.  After each miracle Pharaoh keeps hardening his own heart, but God hardens his heart after the plague of the boils.   There are some that say that this is not right; that this shows that Pharaoh is being unjustly treated.  I don’t buy that argument on many levels, and i will probably talk about that more in the coming chapters.

In the meantime, there is proof that Pharaoh was not ready to let the people go whether he hardened his heart or God did.  Later in the chapter, during the plague of the hail, Pharaoh tells Moses to stop the plague and that he will let the people go.  Moses says “But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.”  This is later proven when Moses stops the storm, Pharaoh hardens his heart, and he goes back on his word.

Pharaoh rejects God and what He is doing.  He rejects his own responsibility and what needs to be done.  He even rejects his own word.  He as well is rejected by God.  Pharaoh is not the only one that does this.  We do this as well.  There are times when God commands and directs us, but we reject Him by refusing to trust and obey him.  It’s not even a question of do we do it.  It’s a question of why do we do it.  So why do we do it, and what do we need to know / do to change that?

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