January 21, 2021
TODAYS BIBLE READING
Exodus 1 to 3
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
NAME OF GOD TO LEARN THIS WEEK:
Jehovah Jireh -The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22:14)
God always provides a way of escape. He sees our need and shows up at just the right time. He is our provider and our deliverer. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. -1Cor. 10:13.
*God has provided a sacrifice for us as well. Jesus was crucified for us on the same mountain the ram was slain for Isaac. Jesus is the Lamb of God. John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! -John 1:29
TODAY'S WORSHIP SONG
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE:
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." -Genesis 50:20
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NOTE FOR TODAY:
We read that Moses spent his first 40 years in Pharoah's house as a prince. In fact, Stephen in Acts 7:22, referring to these earlier years stated, "And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds." We know that he received an excellent education schooled in philosophy, science, history, language, etc. We, therefore, understand what transpires in Exodus 2:11-12, "Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand." Moses as we will soon see is ordained by God, but whenever we try to accomplish God's will in our own strength, the results will not be good. Notice that Moses looked every way but up for God's guidance. This is often our problem as we depend on our own strength rather than His strength and direction. Egyptian law enforced capital punishment for this murder, so Moses flees from Egypt. He spends his next 40 years out of the limelight in the humbling position of a shepherd for his father-in-law Jethro's flock. For a man of his previous stature, this was the humility that Moses needed if he were to be used of God. So 40 years later when Moses received his commission from God by the Angel of God (which is an Old Testament encounter with Jesus), we see a very different Moses and a very different response in Exodus 3:11, "But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharoah, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
We may not be asked to lead 2.5 million people out of Egypt, but all of us who are God's children brought into His family by repentance and acceptance of His Son's payment on the cross for our sins have all been set aside, called saints, for His service. This service is the God-given opportunities that God sends our way daily. Often, we miss these opportunities busy in our own distractions. Think how sad it would have been if Moses missed this turning point in his life, the Burning Bush experience, because he was busy on his I-phone, or walking and listening to music blocking out the rest of the world. But that‘s exactly what most of us do. Secondly, when the opportunity occurs, how often do we initially rely on our own strength and ingenuity? It’s when we present ourselves as empty vessels not filled with our own power but emptied and ready to be filled with His power that we can serve as instruments for His glory. If we think in our minds that God is somehow fortunate to have us representing Him due to our inherent strengths and gift’s we miss it completely. We read in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19, "Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul explains, "...For when I am weak, then I am strong."
We can all be used mightily by God as long as we look vertically towards Him, rather than horizontally toward others or inwardly at our own strength.
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