Exodus 12: The final plague initiates the Israelites’ release from bondage in Egypt and the beginning of their journey back home.
Lessons for Living Today:
The Israelites’ were in Egypt because of a famine during the time of Joseph. Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers ended up in Egypt and became second in command. When his brothers came to him for food he forgave them and invited the whole family to come and he cared for them. Now it’s been 430 years and Joseph is long gone and forgotten. The Israelites are now forced labor for the Egyptians and treated harshly. God is orchestrating their return to their homeland–Canaan. Moses, though chosen by God to lead then, tried every way possible to get out of this task.
God still chooses us to do His work under his watchful eye. Has he chosen you or me? How would we know of His choice? He has provided us with a blueprint for the work needing done. It is all laid out in His Word—the Bible. Before Jesus returned to heaven he gave His final charge in Matthew 28:20 “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the three-fold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
The charge is clear, just as it was with Moses, but how are we doing at fulfilling His request? We can’t claim it is too difficult for it merely asks us to share the Good News with everyone we meet, wherever we go. Basically He is charging us to let our light shine for Jesus. Do our words and deeds honor our Lord in all we do? We can carry out this charge no matter our occupation. Simply let the love of God shine through your life into the lives of everyone you come in contact and be ready to share God’s Word with them.
God’s Question: Will you let Me love others through you?
God’s Promise: I’ll be with you until the very end.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for the promise of Your daily presence.
I am sorry I get distracted from Your charge on my life.
Thank You for Your Word that daily challenges me.
Help me move boldly forward with Your charge uppermost!