The Making of Moses

Welcome back! I am excited to have you join me as we look at The Making of Moses and, later, the significance of The Ten Plagues. Let’s open our bibles to Exodus 3. I have enclosed the link here for those reading this digitally.

To give you a little background. Moses was born to Amram and Yocheved (Jochebed). Amaram was a GRANDSON of Levi and Yocheved was a DAUGHTER of Levi. For handy reference, I have a pdf link here https://biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thepatriarchalfamilytree.pdf, of Moses’ family tree. This family tree should help keep things straight. There are many nuances with Bible Genealogy. It can be confusing.

Pharaoh’s little plan

Pharaoh has come to grips with the fact that the Israelites are great in number. He conveyed to his leadership that the Israelite population may prove problematic if Egypt was ever attacked by outside forces.

By force, as I mentioned in the devotion, Is America In Bondage With A Pharaoh, Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites. For 400 plus years the Israelites build the treasure cities Pi’thom and Ramses.

To keep the Israelite numbers down, Pharaoh concocts a plan to kill all the baby boys. He contacts the midwives that assist the Israelite women and asks them to kill each boy born. Those two midwives feared God and disobeyed Pharaoh. The Bible mentions that God BLESSED those two midwives for their honoring life! Israel continued to grow in number. How cool is that!?

However, with the midwife by-pass of sorts, Pharaoh caught on and had his soldiers go through and kill all Israelite boys 2 and under. Can you imagine the trauma of the screaming mothers and the cries of babies and toddlers as they are killed?

That’s just crazy!

Yocheved becomes pregnant and gives birth to Moses. The Bible says that Yocheved notices how ” beautiful, exceedingly-fair, well-formed” her baby boy was. You could probably argue that EVERY mother thinks their baby is the cutest, BUT remember, Yocheved was under serious pressure. Yocheved was born into the Levitical Priestly line. I believe God gave her great insight to preserve Moses. Therefore he was an attractive baby. What Egyptian Princess wants an ugly baby? RIGHT!?

The baby boy stayed with Yocheved for 3 months. I’m sure she knew, with each passing day, that she had to get the baby boy out of their house. So she constructed an “ark” (2nd time God used an ark to save his people) of the local bulrushes, sealed it, and made a plan.

-NOTE- Did you see any name given to the baby boy? No. Yocheved DID NOT GIVE the baby boy a name.

Yocheved and Miriam would bring Moses down to the river’s bank, and wait for the Princess to come down and bathe in the Nile. This was a public bath with her maids. A custom many women of Egyptian rank performed.

Friends… out of time again! Next week, we’ll watch Moses drawn out of the water, and it will be love at first sight for Pharaoh’s daughter. Imagine Yocheved watching her baby boy being held by Pharaoh’s daughter. FAITH! Faith, when she couldn’t see how this made sense!

Thanks for joining me here, today, in Time in the Word.

Watch Out for Falling Iguanas!

Welcome back to Time in the Word. I bet the above title, “Watch Out for Falling Iguanas!”, got your attention. Sometimes life calls for a bit of a “shake up”. Before I weave falling Iguanas into our Christian walk, I want to prep you for next week’s journey with Moses. I am going to give you a little bit of homework. Smile, this is going to be fun!

As we journey with Moses, we will first study God’s preparing Moses, and then we will be studying The Ten Plagues. This will require that you read the scripture ahead. Your assignment is to Exodus Chapter 3 and 4. Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, falling Iguanas.

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Is America in Bondage With A Pharaoh?

Welcome back to Time in the Word! Today, we continue our bible adventure in Exodus 1:11-22. If you are reading this digitally, you can catch the link I embedded in the scripture listed above. Otherwise, grab your bible and turn to Exodus 1:11-22.

Last week we discussed Pharaoh’s forgetfulness of the Jewish Joseph, who saved the Egyptian kingdom, and its people during the seven years of famine. I also pointed out that Joseph’s family relocating to Goshen, was the beginning of the Israelites flourishing.

As the Israelites grew into larger numbers, Pharaoh was convinced that if they continued to grow they could overthrow the Egyptian kingdom. Therefore, Pharaoh enslaved the Israelites by force. Putting cruel taskmasters over them.

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Is America in Bondage?

Welcome back to Time in the Word! I trust your January is well underway and you’re implementing new practices to help you spend productive time in bible study and prayer.

Today, we begin our bible adventure in Exodus 1:8-14. If you are reading this digitally, you can catch the link I embedded in the scripture listed above. Otherwise, grab your bible and turn to Exodus 1:8-14. Here we find a new Pharaoh, who remembered nothing of Joseph and how he blessed Egypt with his leadership, as well as the blessings of the Israelites living outside of Egypt.

The Israelites were blessed and flourishing in number, and Pharaoh is quite concerned with them having the potential to take over Egypt. So, he says “Come, we must deal shrewdly with them…”. As I am reading through Exodus, I became particularly interested in the Israelites bondage. I began to wonder if we Americans are in bondage too.

The Bible is living and breathing

Would you not agree that the Bible is living and breathing? Does it not have themes that resonate through time? As I began to mull over America being in bondage, Pharaohs’ and Moses’ began to pop up in my mind. My thinking led me to some interesting aspects of our current American life. How can we take today’s scripture and begin to apply it to our situation?

Pharaoh

When we look at Pharaoh, he is very powerful, loves his control, and is proud. Joseph and his God-given interpretation of the then Pharaoh’s dream, led to saving enough food to feed Egypt and surrounding areas during the seven-year bounty, followed by the seven-year famine.

During that famine, the people of Egypt bought grain with their money first. When they ran out of money, they bartered with their property- jewelry, other possessions, and land. And finally, when they ran out of property, they sold themselves as slaves in exchange for grain- work to eat. This is how the Pharaohs’, that followed Joseph, became so wealthy.

-Hold that thought, we’ll come back in a little bit.

Israelites

God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as “numerous as the stars”. Isaac, Abrahams’s son, had Jacob and Esau. Jacob went on to marry Leah and Rachel. Rachel gave birth to Joseph. Joseph’s brothers became irritated with Jacob’s favoring Joseph. All the brothers conspired to kill Joseph, but Reuben gave better thought to that idea.

Reuben planned to return to the well and retrieve Joseph and quietly smuggled him back to Jacob for safekeeping. But a caravan of Midianite traders came by, and the brothers sold Joseph into slavery. Fast-forward seven years and we find Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and subsequently elevated to second highest in the land.

Through a series of events, Joseph moves his family to Goshen, which is near Egypt, with the blessing of Pharaoh. This is where the Israelites take hold and flourish. This flourishing blesses Egypt as well!

Thoughts to ponder

Friends, we are going to have to stop here. My writing meter is beeping and I’m out of allotted space. But do some homework; read and ask God to show you where American is in that story. Who are the Pharaohs? The Israelites and Moses? Next week is going to be very interesting!

Till next week. Thank you for joining me today for Time in the Word.

2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits: Part 4 Pray with A.C.T.S.

Welcome back to Time in the Word! Three weeks ago we started our 2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits adventure talking about Bible Reading and Bible Study. You can catch Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

Last week, in part 3, we tackled learning how to be faithful in praying daily. A great way to pray is by using the A.C.T.S method. Today we will finish with the letters “T” and “S”; in the A.C.T.S. method for prayer.

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2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits: Part 3 Prayer

Welcome back to Time in the Word! Two weeks ago we started our 2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits adventure talking about Bible Reading and Bible Study. You can catch part 1 here and part 2 here. Last week, in part 2, we tackled learning how to be a student of the Bible. A great way to study the Bible is to use the S.O.A.P. method. We coved S, O, and A. Today we will cover P, for prayer.

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2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits: Part 2

Welcome back to Time in the Word! Last week we started our 2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits adventure talking about Bible Reading and Bible Study. You can catch part 1 here. Today we will take a deeper dive into reading and studying the Bible by discussing a few “helps” you can use to make your time enjoyable and enriching.

We are privileged to be blessed with multiple Bibles in our homes. At one time having your own Bible was unheard of. Being able to read was in itself, a luxury, afforded to the wealthy. Many European churches chained the Bible to the pulpit; if you wanted to read it, if you could read, it was to be read right there.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Bible as THE BEST SELLING NON-FICTION BOOK. The Bible has its own rich history that goes behind its age, authors, and development.

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2022 Healthy Spiritual Habits

Welcome to 2022 Time in the Word! I’m glad that you’ve dropped in and I look forward to the adventure that awaits. Whether our lives in 2022 will be white water rafting or floating on the lazy river, we’ve got Jesus to see us through. I thought it was important to get 2022 off on the right foot and form some healthy spiritual habits.

This time of year we hear about “healthy eating” and “forming healthy eating habits”. I think emphasizing healthy spiritual habits needs to be done as well. Healthy spiritual habits are key to growing spiritually. Without spiritual growth, we become stagnant and lose our spiritual edge.

In this series we will focus on:

  1. Bible reading and Bible study
  2. Prayer
  3. Living the life
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“Faith over Fear”, People of the Christmas Story: Zechariah Part Two

Welcome back to today’s “Time in the Word”. We continue in our scripture study, which comes from Luke 1:1-23. If you are reading this digitally you can simply click on the highlighted text, otherwise, I invite you to grab your bible and turn to Luke 1. In the coming weeks, we’ll discover how the people of the Christmas Story: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph chose “Faith over Fear”.

We last left Zechariah serving the Lord in the temple. Zechariah was burning the incense in the Holy of Holies when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and gave him the wonderful news. After seeing the Angel of the Lord and hearing this incredible news, Zechariah speaks. Read Part One here.

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Comfort

What comes to mind when you think about comfort? A favorite sweatshirt or sweater? Perhaps a cozy blanket or a delicious dish at a restaurant? Whatever your “go-to” for comfort has been, today I am going to challenge you.

I have thought a great deal about my comfort. What makes me feel comfort, comfortable… and I have determined that I have become all too comfortable.

Too comfortable in my “American Freedoms”, too comfortable in my lax as a Christian, too comfortable in my routine. Comfortable has a tendency to lull us into a false sense of security, falsely tells us to “relax, don’t be so concerned.” I like my “ways”, the known paths, the “not ruffling” of my feathers, but this is what makes me soft, weak, and vulnerable to attack.

It is okay to want to relax and be comforted. We all need moments to reflect and relax. As I am writing this devotional, the following scripture keeps popping into my head:

Revelations 3:16

15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! 16So because you are lukewarm— neither hot nor cold— I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!

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Being “lukewarm” reminds me of being too comfortable. I can’t continue to live my life orchestrating my day keeping myself comfortable. I need to be challenged, and in being challenged- graciously accept the challenge. Look at it as an opportunity to grow and develop.

As we enter a new year, with a new government I am reminded that my comfort is being challenged. That I am an eternal citizen of heaven, living on planet earth. My work here has eternal consequences and I can no longer remain comfortable in the old routine.

-Making myself uncomfortable right along with you.- Michele