Greetings of joy and peace in the of Christ, I'm glad you are here this morning for our time of study. As this cold front continues to make it's way through our city, it's a perfect oppurtunity to stay in bed just a little longer under some warm blankets and be calmed by the Word of God. Let's continue the story of Moses, the Israelites, and Pharoah in our examination of the wonderous book of Exodus.
Scriptures to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this say about God?
What does this say to you about humanity?
What does it say about the relationship between the two?
- My Thoughts -
I am indifferent about how God continues to harden the heart of Pharoah and make him, his people, and the animals suffer because of his misdeeds against the Israelite people even though he wants to repent. It seems cruel, but so is/was slavery, and maybe he doesn't get such an easy pass for being willing to repent. However, I imagine for the Israelite people this must have been so liberating to watch their oppressors continue to get screwed over, and over as they have been. This is why I am indifferent. What I learn about humanity is that accountability prevents us from getting to situations like this and allowing things like this rise. I see that accountability with Moses and Aaron. Moses was afraid to speak truth to power before God had Aaron join him. We all need an Aaron in our lives. To inspire us, to motivate us, and to keep us on the track that God has planned for us. Who is the Aaron in your life? Or are you still searching for that?
Side note: This was easily my favorite Psalm we've read so far. I found it so beautiful!
God, thank you for your grace. When I try to imagine the depth of compassion you have for me and the world I cannot find the words. As the psalm teaches me today, you are perfect, trustworthy, and your commands are right. They bring me joy, they make me wise, and they revive my soul. I submit to your will today God - so let revival come! May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart bring you joy today now and forever. Amen.
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Devotional prepared by Nicholas W. Gliha, Associate Pastor of Discipleship at the Chagrin Falls UMC on September 30th 2020