27th September 2019

Exodus – The Movement of God’s People

“They made their lives bitter with harsh labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labour the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.”
Exodus 1:14 (NIV)

One of the prominent themes of scripture is of God responding to the cry of the marginalised, the poor and vulnerable. Jesus, who was well versed in Israel’s history and the scriptures, said that he came “to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). He is a God who sees, hears and acts. As we observe in the Exodus story, their deliverance came after much suffering at the hands of the Egyptians but it also included active resistance as demonstrated by the midwives and the constant cry of the people to their God.

Today, many feel oppressed, ignored, left behind, and that the Lord delays his coming (see 2 Peter 3) as we see the increase in sin, violence and uncertainty all around us. Yet the story of the Exodus gives us hope that even in the midst of uncertainty, brutality, slavery and opposition, God is still able to bless his people. He has a plan and provides a means of escape. Unlikely heroes, Shiphrah and Puah, arose and defied the evil order of Pharaoh for infanticide of killing the male children of the Israelites. Moses was miraculously drawn out of the Nile, raised in the palace and would subsequently lead the Hebrews out with a high hand. Through this, God shows that he hates the abuse of power and is with those of a humble and not arrogant spirit.

Even though the suffering may be unbearable and feels endless, God says, I am with you, I hear you and am actively working things out for good. While we are not perfect, he doesn’t give up on us. He constantly reminds us of his love and concern in the present while pointing us to a bright and very different future. It is a land flowing with milk and honey and a time when there will be no more tears or suffering.

In the wonders that God performs he works with us, fully understanding our humanity, as Moses’ life shows. Therefore, we are not to lose heart, keep doing what is good, trusting our Father and wait to see the salvation and deliverance that he will bring. Come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for seeing, hearing and acting on our behalf. Help us each day to see, live and share the reality of salvation in Christ, in whose name we pray.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs
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About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Northern England, the Midlands and Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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