Humans can’t really understand how God can do it. When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.
There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions. Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him. Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.
The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail. Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening. So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!
The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them. This is not a formula I typically prescribe. Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining. Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives. I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve. I want to be more like Him.
“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel, ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God. Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)
‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84
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I have heard of people who faint at the sight of blood. Fifteen percent of us have our blood pressure drop when the red liquid is in sight. Admittedly, when I see someone’s life source pouring out of their body, I want to make it stop so no other issues occur, like death.
The nauseous sensation when one sees blood is universal and timeless. It made me think about the incident in Exodus 12 where the Lord is at the end of his rope in dealing with Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The last plague involved death to every firstborn male in a household. Whether it was Pharoah’s firstborn or the firstborn of a slave-girl, even the firstborn of animals born to ones home, there was going to be wailing and a lament unlike anything anyone had heard before.
The solution to not having this happen was to slaughter a young lamb and to take its blood and apply it to your house. Fortunately the blood from one lamb could be shared just a bit. But the idea was that every household used their own possession because there is something about a sacrifice when it costs something.
But I digress, this idea of using fresh blood to protect a household from the angel of death is quite a precaution. So for the hearers of the news on what to do, it must have been a head-scratcher. The prophetic implications of this action was not known then, but is significantly clear to us today. Never-the-less, if one applied blood from a lamb to the main doorway into their house it saved their lives.
There is so much that can be said about this action. Bottom line- it is the presence of Jesus, the spotless, young lamb of God, that saves you and me, even if it just the presence of His blood. It is only when we apply the blood of Jesus to our lives, to the proverbial doorpost of our heart and mind, that we can be saved from a death that brings a wailing and lament like no other we can imagine.
Living in the presence of Jesus is both a now and a later blessing. Salvation is not just for the future, it makes life so much better now. It makes living on planet earth that much better. I would rather live in the presence of the Lord than any other option. How about you?
“Increase our Faith” (Luke 17:5). As we travel through the scriptures this year, we are looking at how faith, belief, and trust are present in the stories and incidents of Bible characters. The faith or lack of faith of a person ought to spur us on toward faith. Let’s use the fruit and results of their lives to help us increase our faith.
Today, as I was reading the last half of Exodus, I was struck by the story of Aaron, Moses’ brother and first high priest of the Hebrew religious system. Particularly chapter 32 when the people became impatient when the man of God spent more time in the presence of the Lord than they wanted him to. In their impatient state they asked Aaron to make a god for them rather than faith in Yahwah, the invisible. Interestingly, they even named the golden calf they fashioned Yahweh.
The questions I had of the text pertained to Aaron and how he failed in his faith. He was the appointed and anointed High Priest. He could speak for the Lord. He saw miracles. He was in the presence of Moses as He heard from God. He knew all the spiritual and material articles of the tabernacle and vestments of the priests. He had access to the urim and the thummim.
So what happened? His faith failed. His trust in the Lord wavered. His memory of all that had happened waned. Why? What was the state of his soul that he could so easily be bent towards bowing the the request of the people? What words or actions were so convincing that he agreed to go along with their crazy idea? What part of “you will have no other gods before me,” did they not understand? Where the voices so loud and obnoxious that he relented out of shear overwhelming? What did Aaron think he would gain from the decision? He built the alter, he planned the festival, he agreed to the revelry, he participated in the eating and drinking.
I am going to pray about this today. I don’t want something like this to happen to me.
I have read material of Justin’s in the past. Normally, thoughtful and engaging. This article jumped out today as timely. I know that lots of folks question the issue of Pharaoh’s heart. Why are so many verses reflective of the issue? Why Does the Lord do this? How does the sovereignty of God play into all of this?
I skimmed through the post and will process the information at a later time. See what you think about the matter. What have you concluded in the matter? How would you have done things differently if you were Pharaoh? Or the Lord?
If you want to take the time to read through, it is certainly thought provoking. Here is the article for you pleasure. Enjoy. If you have a response, I’d love to hear it.