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Blogging thru the Bible/Discouragement

“Moses said this to the people of Israel.  But they wouldn’t listen to him because they were so discouraged, and their slavery was so cruel.”  Exodus 6:9  (CJB)

Moses was trying to tell the Israelites that God had promised to deliver them   But they were so discouraged, they wouldn’t listen.  The enemy uses discouragement to prevent us from listening to the Word of God.  He convinces us that everything is hopeless and nothing will ever change  We are so overwhelmed with discouragement we don’t seek out the one thing that can rescue us and give us hope.

God give us eyes to see and ears to hear in the midst of overwhelming pain and discouragement.

“For I know the plans that I have for you ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS)

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Blogging thru the Bible/Get Out, but Bless Me, Too

Exodus:1:20, 21  “Therefore God prospered the midwives…Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families.”  (CJB)

Ex. 7:6  “Moshe and Aharon did exactly what Adonai ordered them to do.” (CJB)

Ex. 12:28  “Then the people of Israel went and did as Adonai had ordered Moshe and Aharon–that is what they did.”  (CJB)

Ex. 12:32  “…get out of here!  But bless me, too.” (CJB)

Most people want God’s blessings.  Most of us don’t want to do what is required to receive God’s blessings.  In Ex. 1:20, the midwives ignored the Pharaoh’s edict to kill the Hebrew baby boys because they feared God.  He blessed them.

Exodus 7:6 and 12:28 tells us Moses and Aaron did exactly what God said to do.  He used them as instruments to fulfill His promises.  God’s people, on the night of Passover did exactly what God told them to do and He passed over them on the night all the firstborn in Egypt were killed.

Then we come to Pharaoh.  He stubbornly refused to obey God’s commands.  Finally, in desperation, tells the Israelites to “Get out!”  (But later reneged on that.) Then, he has the audacity to ask for God’s blessing!

Do we continually ask for God’s blessings, while refusing to keep His commandments?

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Blogging thru the Bible/Bloom Where You’re Planted

Genesis 39:23   “The prison warden paid no attention to anything Yosef did, because Adonai was with him, and whatever he did, Adonai prospered.” (CJB)

Now, you would think Joseph would be languishing in prison, or at least complaining a little.  Of course he wanted out, especially since he had been unjustly imprisoned, but he didn’t just lay around feeling sorry for himself. He got busy and took over the prison and made himself useful, which won him favor with the warden.  How could God bless him if he just sat around and felt sorry for himself?  His servant attitude and willingness to work not only made his own life better, but also those around him.

Notice that Joseph, although destined to rule Egypt as 2nd in command, didn’t start out there.  He started out in Potifer’s household as a slave, and if that wasn’t bad enough, he wound up in prison for something he didn’t do.

Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you think it should or the way you had envisioned it.  Mine certainly hasn’t.  Has yours?  We have a choice.  We can complain and wallow in our disappointment and focus on what we don’t have, or we can use the situation God has given us, or allowed in our lives to bless those around us.  God help us to make the right choice even in the midst of disappointment and sometimes great injustice.

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The 1st Commandment

Realizing that so many of us “raised in the church” may have (through our ignorance) really believed in and kept only 9 of the commandments, I thought it important to help my grandchildren learn all 10 and what they meant.  They could both easily recite all 10 by age three and shortly thereafter give a brief explanation of each one.  (We did have to instruct my granddaughter that the 9th commandment did not have to do with “bearing false sweatness”:)  Imagine my surprise, when someone recently informed me that the  1st Commandment wasn’t “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”!  According to Hebrew interpretation, it is Exodus 20:2:  “I am the Lord (YHWH) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  (The next two are combined into the 2nd commandment).  The idea being that our Father is establishing His authority and reminding us who He is, distinguished from all the false gods of the surrounding nations.  If you read through the Torah, He constantly repeats this first commandment to recognize Him as the one true God.  Just a reminder (to me) that we are all still learning, unless we have come to the place where we think we know it all.  As one of my Bible college professors so aptly put it, “We’re all wrong somewhere.”  Father, continue to show me where.

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