“God also said to Moses, ‘I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord. I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. Therefore, say to he Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then ou will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, and I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will gift it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’” (Exodus 6:2-8)
Moses was told to inform Pharaoh that only God is sovereign Lord. Human rulers are subservient to God. Only God is all-powerful. He has determined to, can, and will fulfill His purposes for His chosen people. His basic purpose is to let all people know Him as God. Beloved, God’s salvation is deliverance. He frees us from every bondage. His deliverance arises out of His covenant relationship with His people; because of the aforementioned relationship, the Lord remained faithful to His promises and His people. Moses needed to be reminded of God’s work with the covenant community. God does not need to be reminded that He is God and we are His people, as He always remembers us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, we forget just how much You have done on behalf of us and for us, and that You have promised to always be with us. You give us free will to return Your commitment to love and serve You who have showered us so many times before. If anything, we need to be reminded of God’s commitment to us and the promises He made on our behalf, so that we remain committed to Him always. In the meantime continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that the recent offer from Ukraine for finding a peaceful solution brings Russia to come and work for a peaceful conclusion to the fighting. We also pray for those around this country and around the world who are suffering under persecution and natural disasters and man made disasters, hoping You will protect all. We also pray for those who are suffering from the loss of loved ones, for all who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Your self worth is more important than your net worth.”
“The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over hem the lowliest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)
The God of election is the sovereign Lord of history. He has the first and final say about the kingdoms of this world. He elevates the lowliest of persons, and He pulls down the mighty from their thrones. God is in charge of this world and He can and will place or remove those who serve His purposes for this world and never for their own purposes. God always seeks the better good for all of His people, not just a select few.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus commanded Peter, ‘Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)
Peter had attempted to protect Jesus from the bitter cup of suffering. Jesus’ suffering was not irrational or unexplained suffering. Jesus’ suffering, by God’s own decree, was redemptive and saving in nature. God chose the way of suffering, not that of the sword, to establish the kingdom for His chosen people.