Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

Our God Who Helps

by Sue Griffiths

7 February 2020

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I will help both of you speak and teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so that you can perform miraculous signs with it.
Exodus 4:15-17, NIV

Remember Moses? Moses was a Hebrew, adopted by an Egyptian princess and brought up with all the trappings of Egyptian royalty. One day, walking around the massive building works in progress, he sees an Egyptian slave driver beating a Hebrew slave. Something flips. He muscles in, pulls out a knife, and the next moment the slave driver is dead. He scrabbles together a makeshift grave under the sand and gets out, hoping no-one has seen what happened.

Imagine his horror next day, when one of his own people, one of the Hebrew slaves, taunts him with the murder! So Moses flees. He leaves everything behind him and flees to the desert. He marries, he works for his father-in-law, but he is a fugitive on the run, living in exile.

Years after these events, Moses is drawn to the burning bush in the desert and there he encounters God in His holiness and authority. God talks with Moses and personally commissions Moses to a job. The job God has for him resonates with everything Moses has wanted. Moses has spent his life being angry and upset and is now powerless to do the one thing he wants more than anything: to see his own people freed from slavery.

So why does Moses make every excuse? Why doesn’t he just say “Yes!”
I wonder what part shame plays in Moses’ response to God. What a terrible mess he has made of his life. His passion has been to see his people set free. That’s why he has murdered the slave driver. And now he is living with shame and rejection – from both Egyptians and Hebrews. Shame cripples us. Shame makes us not want to go back to that place.

I love the way God listens to Moses’ objections to doing what he is being asked to do. God knows what his passion is. And I think God also knows his shame. So God gives him Aaron to help, and promises to teach them both and to go with them. And, best of all, Moses is to go, taking the staff God has given him. That staff represents all the power and the authority of God Himself, going with him.

We know what happens. The shame is lifted. God uses all those years of exile and failure to His glory and Moses leads the people out of slavery.

Prayer: God, thank You that You know who I am and what my passions are. Thank You that, when I obey You, You will teach me, You will come with me and You will be glorified. Amen.

Sue Griffiths Sue is married to Richard and they enjoy their grown-up children and grandkids. Currently, she and Richard are hosting Explore A for a second time round at Ellel Grange -and loving it because on this course people’s lives change as they find healing and release in God’s kingdom. Sue loves doing creative things with stitching and fabrics, gardening and cooking. And walking in the big wide open spaces of Northumberland where she lives.

 

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