Gods and Goddesses 101

Welcome back to Time in the Word. If you missed last week’s devotional, you can catch that here. Today we begin with Moses and Aaron’s initial visit to Pharaoh. You could consider it an official meet and greet. Though no one exchanged business cards or traded pleasantries, God is setting the stage for his power to be displayed. Today we get to dive into Gods and Goddesses 101.

Turn with me in your Bible to Exodus 5 and 6. If you are reading this digitally, you can get the scripture here. BE SURE to check out the goodies linked below. There are articles to read and helpful PDFs to print out and mull over. Enjoy!

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God Gives Moses the Game Plan and the Outcome

Welcome back to Time in the Word. Today we are quickly picking up where we left off last week. In case you missed last week’s devotional, you can get that here. Turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus 3:16- Exodus 4:1-29. You can find a digital link here. Moses started giving God his excuses for not being qualified to lead the Israelites out of Israel. God has ignored the excuses, and as we will see, God gives Moses the game plan along with the outcome. Has God ever given you a plan and the outcome of that plan?

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The Making of Moses: God Speaks Through the Burning Bush- Part Two

Welcome back to Time in the Word. We are further into our adventure with Moses, and this week we wrap up the discussion of The Making of Moses: God Speaks Through the Burning Bush with part two. You can catch Part One right here.

Grab a Bible and turn to Exodus 3:7-22, or you can look up the scripture digitally here.

Last week Moses encountered God in the burning bush. The burning bush was significant because God revealed:

  1. Through the fire, God revealed his HOLINESS.
  2. The burning bush represented his GLORY.
  3. God showed his CARE for the Israelites.
  4. A NAME representative of who God was, was given to Moses by God himself.
  5. He gave the revelation of GRACE and the CROSS.

Last week we talked about God’s HOLINESS, which is his standard. This standard separates him from any other god. God is also the only TRUE God. In regarding God as holy, we should be reverent in approaching him. Pride is man’s biggest downfall. In our reverence toward our holy God, we recognize he is set apart from everything that he has made. Our sin further separates us from him.

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The Making of Moses: Egyptian to Hebrew

Welcome back to Time in the Word! Turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus 2:11- 23. If you are joining us digitally, I have enclosed the link for the scripture reference here. We are making steady progress in our study of The Making of Moses: Egyptian to Hebrew. God prepares Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Moses has had 38 years to study Egyptian culture, religion, and an Egyptian education. Moses sees himself as an Egyptian. Additionally, we can safely assume Moses is aware of his Hebrew heritage. God continues to weave his perfect plan as Moses grows from a boy to a man.

Hebrew living as on Egyptian

My curiosity piqued. I ask, “When did Moses know he was Hebrew?” This would be an awesome question to have a definite answer to. Here, we are given a “tip-off” in Exodus 4:14 (ahead of where we are reading today):

Exodus 4:14 -New International Version

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.

-BibleGateway.com

Perhaps following Moses’ weaning and placement in Pharaoh’s house, Moses was allowed to maintain some family relationship? The Bible is not clear. It is obvious that Moses was aware he was Hebrew and he knew his birth family members by name. God can make a way when there seems to be no way.

If you were a fan of the 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil B Demille, the movie has several points which run contrary to the Bible. In “The Ten Commandments”, Moses is made aware of his Hebrew heritage through Nefreteri. Memnet, Moses’ old nurse-maid who drew him from the Nile, “spilled the beans” to Nefreteri by showing Moses’ Hebrew swaddling cloth.

Bithia, Moses’ Egyptian mother, is confronted with the “whole adoption scandal” going public to Ramses and rushes off to talk with Moses’ birth-mother, Yocheved. Bithia urges Yocheved to deny being Moses’ mother. But we know that plotline is the stuff of great movies and soap operas.

Check out this interesting article, “11 Things the “Ten Commandments Movie Got Wrong” here.

The Torah and Moses’s Crime of Murder

Part of our research on this passage leads us to the Jewish Torah. This article, which I am linking right here, has some interesting insights into what happened with Moses murdering the Egyptian taskmaster and subsequently fleeing for his life.

The article speaks of Moses “looking this way and that”, meaning he looked for someone to judge what happened between the Hebrew slave and the Egyptian taskmaster but found no one who would judge fairly. Unfortunately, Moses took matters into his own hands and avenged his fellow Hebrew. Jewish scholars felt Moses was keeping with the law of Genesis 9:6. Another tip Moses was well versed in his Jewish heritage.

Genesis 9:6 -New International Version

“Whoever sheds human blood,
    by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
    has God made mankind.

-BibleGateway

Murder now sets the stage for life-altering changes in the journey of our Hebrew-Egyptian Moses. He wasn’t ready to lead his people out of slavery- yet. It would take another forty years to train him for such as task.

Thank you for joining me here in Time in the Word. Join me next week as we watch Moses transformed by the tending of sheep in the land of Midian. We are getting closer to The Ten Plagues!

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.

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.