Lessons from Moses and the Israelites – Part 1

Moses, a Hebrew, was born in a time where his life was in danger, but his mother was able to save him through the wisdom of God. Pharaoh’s daughter picked him up and cared for him, so he was recognized as an Egyptian Prince, until he murdered an Egyptian. He fled Egypt to save his life. Later on, God sent him back to release the people of Israel from slavery. There are a number of lessons that can be taken from their journey…

1.      The Israelites outnumbered the Egyptians. This led to Pharaoh, their king, to order the midwives to kill all male babies of the Israelite ladies. The midwives as a result of the fear of the Lord disobeyed Pharaoh and let them live. And God blessed them. God always has a way of saving His people from the enemy. We should fear the Lord only, not man. Exodus 1:6-21

2.      Moses, according to Pharaoh’s order should have died at birth. God had a purpose laid out for Moses and couldn’t allow Him to die so soon. If you haven’t reached where God wants to take you, the plans of the enemy will only be but a stepping stone to get you there. Exodus 2:1-10

3.      Moses had to run away from Egypt to Midian to save His life from Pharaoh. God will sometimes take you from your comfort zone to a new environment to prepare you for your purpose. Accept it and enjoy it with Him. Exodus 2:11-22

4.      The Israelites cried out to God when their burden increased. God heard them, saw what they were going through. He remembered His covenant with their forefathers. Then He reached out to Moses to go and save His people. God hears our cries and understands our cries. He always remembers His end of our covenant with Him and fulfills it. Exodus 2:23-25

5.      God’s ways are higher than ours, usually beyond the human comprehension. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush but the bush was not consumed. Don’t look for God in situations using your human mind. Use your Spirit or you may miss Him. Exodus 3:1-3

6.      God’s presence is Holy, no matter where you experience it. God told Moses to take off his sandals. Moses hid face too. In the presence of God, we need to show Him some reverence and give Him the due respect. Exodus 3:5-6

7.      God hears our cry, He answers them in His own time, not ours. Israel had been in slavery for a number of years before God came to deliver them. Often, there’s something He wants us to learn in our pain – be ready to learn and not so eager to exit. Exodus 3:7-10

8.      When He answers our cries, He brings freedom, peace, joy and better than what we asked for. He gives us more than enough. Exodus 3:7-8

9.      Before God calls you to do something, He has already planned it out – people to help you, resources, strength in your weakness. Moses felt inadequate to do what God asked Him to do, but God had already spoken to Aaron and figured out what will make the people believe Moses. You need to be obedient and trust Him and allow Him to lead you. Exodus 4:1-17

10.   Whenever God sends you to deliver a message or carry out a task, whoever it is intended to reach and impact will get it. Don’t worry about the doubters. Exodus 3:13-18

11.   God goes the extra mile for His children when we leave everything to Him to take care off. He gave them a plan to gain some things for themselves and not leave Egypt empty-handed. He handles our enemies better than we ever could. Exodus 3:19-22

12.   As Moses journeyed back to Egypt, he fell ill and almost died. God sought to kill him although He had sent him on a mission because of his disobedience – he failed to circumcise one of his sons. No matter what God has planned for you, your disobedience can bring it to a halt. Exodus 4:24-25

13.   When they got to know the reason for his sickness, Zipporah, his wife, immediately circumcised him and touched Moses with the knife she used. He was healed immediately. We need the right people in our lives, who are sensitive to the voice of God, people who will lead us closer to fulfilling our purpose, not draw us further from it. Exodus 4:25-2

To be continued…

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