The Book of Exodus Part 1

Exodus, the story of a harsh Pharaoh and how the Israelites were led to freedom, is not just something to read and say, “Well, that was cool.” It means much more than that. I have so many things that were revealed to me while reading Exodus so in the next few posts, I will try my best to summarize what I found, in hopes that you too can relate and use Exodus as a guide in your everyday life.

First, a little bit of background information: Exodus begins by showing the Pharaoh in Egypt as the antagonist. The Israelites are made his slaves and they are treated like animals. Then, a man named Moses comes along. Rescued during the time when Israelite newborn babies were ordered to be killed by the Pharaoh, he grew up in the palace with the royal Egyptians. After growing up, he walked outside one day and witnessed the cruel treatment of the Israelite slaves. In anger, he killed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. After this deed was done, Moses fled and built a family in a different land. However, God’s plan for Moses had just begun. While Moses was tending to his father-in-law’s flocks, he stumbled upon a bush covered in flames, though it was not burning up. Caught by his attention, God then spoke. “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey… So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.'” (Exodus 3:7-9)

Whoa, there. Moses’ life just took a dramatic turn. God had a plan for him, a plan that would go down in history and result in the liberation of  God’s people. What was Moses’ response to all of this? “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) After all, he was just a father and husband who tended the flocks of his family. In Exodus 3 and 4, you see that he doubted his abilities and worried about his lack of authority. He didn’t believe he could actually perform the miracles and signs God told him he would. He even told God he might not be able to follow through because of a speech impediment. Still, God insisted he was meant for this task.  Now hang on a second. Moses, one of the greatest leaders in the Old Testament, made excuses? He didn’t think himself worthy?

Moses, just an average family man, was told to free his people. I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely doubt my abilities if I was told to do something that big. Moses was not a perfect man, he didn’t fully trust that God could use him. But you know what? God came through. His plan worked out miraculously. Moses might not have believed he was worthy or could possibly be used by God, but in the end, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt towards God’s promises for them. He overcame his doubt. He learned to trust.

What then do you think the story of Moses conveys to us? Only a man of great faith and dedication to God can be of importance in God’s eyes? Wrong. God has the ability to use our disabilities and shortcomings to bring about something miraculous, just like God used Moses’ doubt and worries to show his great power and might. God always has something great in store for us even if we might not believe we can actually be used for His glory. We may think ourselves unworthy just like Moses did at first. But if God can ultimately use a man like Moses to bring about a miracle that big and amazing, then what could he possibly have in store for us? We are all meant to be used by God. Just trust. You may be surprised.

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