This week we finish up with our reading in Genesis and continue on in the book of Exodus.
It's time to move out of Egypt. God has heard the cries of his people and makes a way for them to be brought out of their exile. The first thirteen chapters of the Exodus deal with the problems of the Israelites in Egypt, the calling of Moses, and the plagues against Egypt. The calling of Moses detailed in chapters 3-4 is a fascinating event. How many times do we wish that God would just send us a sign already so we would know what to do? Here Moses receives a sign - a bush that burns and is not consumed along with a voice speaking to him. And yet even confronted with that kind of sign, Moses is still reluctant to go and offers up several excuses...he's not the right person to go to Pharoah, he wouldn't know how to answer the people's questions about God or what to do if the people didn't believe him. Even after God shows him two additional signs of who God is and how he will be with Moses (staff to snake, leprous hand cured), Moses' final excuse is that he isn't very eloquent.
What excuses do we fall back upon when God calls us? Because while we might not be equipped in exactly that moment for the work God wants us to do, he never fails to equip those who he calls AND is always faithful to go with them.
Here is the schedule:
15 (Su) - Genesis 33-36
16 (M) - Genesis 37-40
17 (Tu) - Genesis 41-44
18 (W) - Genesis 45-48
19 (Th) - Genesis 49-50; Exodus 1-2
20 (F) - Exodus 3-6
21 (Sa) - Exodus 7-10
May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.