February 20

February 20.

Moses & Pharaoh — God’s message to Pharaoh & Pharaoh’s arrogant rejection.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Exodus 5

Reading 2: Exodus 6:1-13

Reading 3: Nehemiah 9:9-10

So the power struggle begins; the most powerful man on the earth and his nation, against God Almighty and His chosen nation.

As you read today, notice how Pharaoh’s responses reveal his heart, and ponder how power has corrupted him. He sounds a lot like satan in his proud ranting.

Also notice how God is patient with Moses, despite his misgivings, and leads Moses to lead the people. With the increasing burden the people don’t want to listen or obey any more, but God will not be thwarted.

This episode became a song or chant used by the Levites (the worship team) in the time of Nehemiah many centuries later after the rebuilding of Jerusalem. They led the people to sing: “You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea. You displayed miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, his officials, and all his people, for you knew how arrogantly they were treating our ancestors. You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten.”

When God wins the victory, He does so FOR His people, and DESPITE His people, and THROUGH His people. But most of all it is for His glory.

Consider the ways God has proved Himself in your life, and give Him the glory today!

Have a great day!

Mark.