I have always liked the book of EXODUS.
I can remember learning about Moses in my little sunday school room nearly 20 years ago. I went home and decided to read the entire book of Exodus (in the revered KJV…sigh…at least it was an Adventure Bible – thanks Zondervan!) which was no easy task for a third grader. I loved it though. I loved the idea of a powerful God delivering His people and showing Himself to be the true God.
I loved that the Hebrews, despite seeing all these things, still complained, because I complained a lot (and still do).
I loved that Moses was a leader who had flaws. I love the drama of the book of Exodus. I love that promises were fulfilled over and over again. Here is God in glory, and splendor- BOOM! He showed up! (Not that he didn't other times – before you go crazy on me!
Yesterday, I decided to go back to Exodus again perhaps to reconnect with some of the ideas to remind myself why, as a kid, I loved it so much. And, it was for all the reasons I just stated.
But now, I can connect with it on different levels. One of my favorite passages is when Moses is told that despite how inadequate he feels, despite the excuses he makes, that God is going to use him. God has made his mouth, and God will put words into it. Moses the murderer, the one who fled for his life, would return to lead an entire nation out of captivity. An entire nation -by the way- means parents, kids, animals, and all the generations that would follow – fulfillment of a promise that was made over 500 years prior.
Then, there's Pharaoh, who despite seeing the wonders of God, turns a blind eye each and every time until it forces him to face his humanity, his mortality, and the loss of his son. The encounters Moses and Pharaoh had got pretty heated – to the point that their last recorded conversation is basically:
Pharaoh: If I see you again, I'll kill you.
Moses: Don't worry. You WON'T see me again!
Then God tells Moses to tell his kids, and his grand kids, how He made a mockery of an entire people while rescuing them.
So the question:
What wonders do you see from God each and every day that have had such an impact that they will be worth telling to your children and your children's chldren? Are you taking note of the power of God on a daily basis – are you able to see it? Does it impact you? What stories of God working in your life do you have to pass on to your children today? Do they know the impact He is having on your life?