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Lessons from Moses and the Israelites – Part 2

As promised, Lessons from Moses and the Israelites has been continued…

Always remember, God has an answer to everything you’ve been through, what you’re going through now and what you’re yet to go through. Call on Him always.


 

  1. The Israelites lost hope and complained. To them, God was just making their problems worse – Pharaoh increased their workload. Even Moses lost hope and questioned God if that was what He meant by rescue. God only assured Moses that He had already figured it out, that He really was going to bring them out. Sometimes, all we need is a word of assurance from God. You can only get that if you talk to Him. Instead of complaining to people, go to God. Exodus 5-6:1-8
  2. Moses was okay after hearing God’s assurance, but the Israelites were still discouraged and doubted God’s Word about them. Moses was not governed by His circumstances, He focused on God and His Words. The Israelites focused on their circumstances. As a child of God, His word should overrule any other word you hear or what your circumstance is saying. Exodus 6:9
  3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh again after the Israelites ignored his word. Moses was discouraged and remembered his flaws again(stuttering). God literally ignored him and went ahead to give Him more details on how to carry out his purpose. Really, God doesn’t focus on your flaws, it’s all about what He can do through you. He sees you as flawless. Exodus 6:10-13, 23-30, 7
  4. Moses stayed obedient, no matter how tough the pressure got, he always did what God required of him. Obedience is key in our walk with God.
  5. When God swarm Egypt with frogs, Pharaoh agreed to let the people go, so Moses prayed and asked God take away the frogs and God did. Pharaoh went back and his word and refused to let the people go. God attacked Egypt with more plagues. Just like Pharaoh, certain situations, we make promises to God but refuse to fulfill them when we’re out of them. We have to abide by our words/promises to God especially, no matter what comes our way because God does. Exodus 8, 9
  6. When Pharaoh decided to obey God, he wanted it on his terms – he was ready to let only the men go. God wanted all His people freed and out of slavery. Obedience to God means doing exactly as He says, not partially. It’s either all or nothing. Exodus 10:10-11, 24
  7. God keeps and protects His own, no matter where they find themselves. Exodus 12
  8. All throughout your life, remember what God has done for you. Never forget His goodness and mercies shown upon you. Exodus 13:1-16
  9. God was with the Israelites throughout their journey as a Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night. As a child of God, He goes before you, He is always with you, wherever you go, whatever you do. You’re never alone. Exodus 13:21-22

 


Bonus: Pharaoh already had a hardened heart, but throughout the story, we realize that God hardened his heart also. His hardened heart is the reason he disobeyed God and wanted his way. His hardened heart is the reason the Israelites were in Egypt for long. His hardened heart is the same reason he lost his son. First time I realized that on a number of occasions, God hardened his heart, I was confused because I thought God wanted His people out of Egypt, so why make the only person in the way more stubborn than he already is, instead of just getting him to agree? Well, I forgot that God’s ways are higher than mine. (Isaiah 55:9)
Another thing I realized was that, the first time God hardened his heart was after he refused to obey God and His servant. That implies he was already stubborn and had no regard for God and His people(This is also evident in the way He treats the people). So all God did was to help Pharaoh in a way, by making him more stubborn than he initially was.
So I asked, and the Holy Spirit said it was to glorify God. 😱 And He also led me to ask a couple of friends so I did. What I learned was that at the time, the Israelites did not know God so much, they knew about God, yes, but did not know much about Him and what He was capable of doing. And in Egypt, they worshipped the Egyptian gods. Moses, who was to lead them out, did not know God much either. So the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart and the consequences was to show His powers to both Pharaoh and the Israelites – to show Pharaoh and his people that “they ain’t got nothing on Yahweh”(ZioniteMJB) and to build the trust of the Israelites in Him, because their escape route was through the wilderness. He showed them who He was so they could trust that He’d provide for them through it all and be by their side.
So basically, God doing that was to show them who He is, to build trust in Him and to show His children that He’s always there for them and fights their battles for them.
Isaiah 35:4 says “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you.” He comes with vengeance because aside coming to save His children, He comes to show those who touched His children His power and teach them some lessons. (ZioniteMJB).
Just like in the case of Pharaoh and the Israelites!
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