Monday, December 4, 2017

Exodus 9: 1-35 (Daily Bread of 30/11/2017)

Key verse 9:3

God sent the fifth and the sixth plagues in the form of illnesses. The seventh plague came in the form of a natural disaster. Pharaoh's heart remained unchanged.

1.      The plague that touched the cattle’s health (9:1-17)

God pushed Moses to go before Pharaoh again. God send a plague that attacked the animals in the fields in Egypt. There was always a clear distinction between the Egyptians field and the Israelites field. This time it was Jehovah who set the time limit for Pharaoh’s decision before sending the plague. Pharaoh asked his servants how bad the damage was and he took note of the difference made between the two fields. Nevertheless, he did not change his mind.

2.      The plague of ulcers (9:8-12)

God send this plague giving the Pharaoh's stubbornness. He told Moses to take some dust from the ground and throw it in the air so that it would become ulcers on the skin of men and on that of the cattle. The magicians were unable to mimic Moses and come before the Pharaoh this time as their faces were very badly deformed. As God rightly said, it was not the Pharaoh that hardened his own heart but God himself hardened it. His servants therefore had no need to become discouraged, they just needed to remember what He had predicted : His Word. When faced with a hardened heart, sometimes we imagine that Satan is behind it but in reality it's the work of God. Therefore, we need not fear. Satan, however, works to weaken us by making fear death and failure. We can therefore have no other supporting rock besides God's Word.

3.      The plague of hail (9:13-35)
God said that in the midst of all these plagues, He would let Pharaoh live. God owns all lives. Pharaoh who kept on resisting Him could have been gone in the blink of an eye. God let him live so that the World would see Him and glorify His name (16). God let hail mixed with fire rain down to destroy everything. During an entire day God had the choice between the two : hail and fire. Those who received the warning were saved but those who did not suffered great losses. This time Pharaoh said “I have sinned”. However, this was simply an expression of his regret and not one of true penitence. He hardened his heart once again and Moses feared that he would never change. However, he interceded for his people once more.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Exodus 7: 1-25 (Daily Bread of 28/11/2017)

Key verse 7: 17
God sent Moses and his brother to challenge Pharaoh. After the first sign came the first plague. However, both failed.
Throw down your staff (1-13)
God used Moses as a living representation of himself before Pharaoh.Aaron was his prophet. In this way, God established the spiritual order necessary to call war upon Pharaoh. We need to have a clear spiritual hierarchy in our hearts should we want to win the war against the enemy for our sheep’s salvation. Inspite of his age, Aaron submitted himself to Moses and he put his repeated everything that his little brother told him before Pharaoh.There you have the key to a battle that is not against flesh and blood but against the evil strongholds in this World. However, this war is so difficult that even with an entire battery of soldiers we the victory is still a far off. Pharaoh did not listen to them. God then told Moses to throw down his staff and it turned into a snake. However, as  Pharaoh's magicians were able to do the same thing, he payed no attention to Moses. 
2. The River Nile changed into blood (14-25)
The Pharaoh’s heart hardened and he refused to listen to Moses. Instead he decided to take a walk down the River Nile. God then sent Moses to challenge Pharaoh again. He told Moses to instruct Aaron to touch the River’s water with this staff. Thereafter all of the water sources turned into blood and the fish died and the country smelt like dead things. Luckily the water underground remained untouched and thus the Egyptians made wells and drew water from it. They were thus able to drink some water. This problem lasted for a week before the water became pure again. Pharaoh's magicians were able so thing and so Pharaoh’s heart hardened. However, changing water into blood was something that only God simply do. The time to reveal His works had not yet come. The time for God, the true God of the Hebrews, to show His power had not yet come. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Exodus 6:2-30 (daily bread of 27/11/17)

Key verse: 13
Moses reinforces his linguist inability. But God answers and urges him to accomplish his life-saving plan to the people. This means that God'will about his calling is irrevocable beyond human inability.
1. I have established my convenant with them (1-9)
God spoken about his name. His name wasn't unknown to the patriarchs. But the full meaning of God's nature had to be revealed to those afflicted and bitter slaves through a powerful and compassionate issue. That aligned with the convenant granted to their fathers but it encountered only blocked ears burdened minds. But God's convenant with his people is unchangeable and permanent. His love is great and unchanged in spite of the overwhelming situation and he will come a day to save his people. God wants to his servants be his Tools through what they have and what they are able to.
2. Moses emboldened (10-30)
Moses enboldened in the task for which he was being called but he always is inclined to decide what God can -or can't- through him. After his failure in front of his own people, how can he impress Pharaoh ? Moses had to know that eloquence can't liberate. It's necessary to have a "celestial delegation" or a mandate which enboldens and eclipses all other service or function (Ac 4:20). God answers to Moses' confession about his lack of word renewing his heavy task. God recognized that his servant's capacity of speaking isn't superior to a normal man, whereas the lips required to this huge task would need anointing of divine mercy and donation of speech assigned by God himself. Even if Moses applies to his lips the concept of circumcision (literally "uncircumcised lips"), he keeps the essential idea of the act f God making of a man his possession. The genealogy is inserted to specify Moses and Aaron's ancestry,

Exodus 5: 1-6: 1 (PQ of 25/11/2017)


Key Verse 5: 1
The discouragement strongly visited the people who had accepted the word of Jesus. Joy turned to sadness. We leave with joy and faith, but often the first phase is opposed to what we hoped for.1. Let my people go (1-9)Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to ask him to allow the people to worship in Sinai. They had the expectation that God would work hard to bend the pride of the king. But God had already predicted that he would not listen to it. Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord? It was a normal reaction on the part of nonbelievers. Their naive testimony of the appearance of God before them only made the king laugh. The king spoke badly of the servants of God, and the situation was badly turned, for the king imposed upon the shoulders of the people the work heavier than usual. That is to say, it does not provide straw for making bricks. Everyone had to go for straw, but the quantity required did not change.2. Why did you hurt? (10-6: 1)The inspectors, according to the order of the king, imposed the quantity of bricks on the commissioners of the Jews, and even struck them. They complained to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh chased them away, not wanting to listen to them. The commissioners cursed Moses and Aaron, saying, "May God judge this injustice. Because of the heavy burden of the present, the commissioners doubted the veracity of the word of the servants. Their faith from the beginning changed to full incredulity which revealed itself in malicious action. The problem is that Moses himself doubted the truth of the word of God and the love of God who wants to save the people. He says, "Why did you hurt? "You have not delivered the people at all. But all this was what was predicted by God. Moses had to wait longer because it would take time. The deliverance of Pharaoh's hand was not the business of the day. Often impatience brings people to an irrevocable error. God knows the weakness of Moses and the people and implanted faith in Moses again. God exhorted Moses to go to the enemy to fight with the promise that they would let them go under the mighty hand of God.

Exodus 4: 1-31 (PQ of 24/11/2017)

Key Verse 4: 18
Own justice connects with own injustice. Moses felt unjust because God had abandoned him. But it was his own justice that was deeply rooted in him. Finally, he had to give it up.1. Ah, send whoever you want (1-17)Despite many of God's arguments for him, Moses insisted on his incapacity. He put forward the pretext that Israel would not believe it. God gave him two miraculous gifts (3,6). He therefore conceded to him the divine power. But doubt still grabs Moses. This time he argued about his linguistic incapacity. His silence and heavy language will not favor God's work. God is the master of the language. But Moses did not allow himself to be persuaded. So God conceded by tying his brother Aaron, whose tongue was easy. He will be the spokesman of Moses. God is the master of the language. But everyone has their strong point. Moses was rather a type of one to one, but Aaron was a type of massive evangelicalism with his eloquence. But God put the order saying that Moses will be in the place of God.2. Moses returned to Egypt (18-31)
Moses left and said goodbye to his father-in-law, who accepted his departure without reserve. He leaves with his wife and child who was not circumcised. His wife saw the danger of her husband and discerned what the problem was. Now it's the border beyond which she will be a Hebrew. When Guerchom was circumcised, Moses was saved. Going to save the people, he had to have a clear identity in keeping with custom. God gave the words to say to Pharaoh to Moses. Israel is his firstborn. He must let him go to serve him. We are free from our sins so that as firstborn we serve him. Aaron went up to meet Moses and when we lived, we rejoice. Then they went together to tell the elders of Israel. When Israel saw the miracles, and especially when listening to Aaron's speech, he came to believe what they said: that the Lord God, the God of their ancestors, had appeared to Moses. Above all, he felt that God still loved him, not abandoning him. He had seen their misery. Moved by gratitude, the Hebrews prostrated themselves. Our God is the faithful God and he never forgets his people, his suffering, and came to save him without fail.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Exodus 3: 1-22 (Daily Bread of 23/11/2017)

God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. God’s call is very mysterious. He wanted to save Israel from the Egyptians. For this reason God chose Moses as He wanted to use him. However, Moses was not ready. God had to spend a lot of time on him to convince him of his mission.
Moses saw the burning bush.
Moses took his father-in-law’s sheep and went to the mountain called Horeb. Once there he had an amazing experience as he saw some fire surrounding a bush. However, the bush had not caught a fire and this intrigued Moses to take a closer look. God saw him and called to Côme near to the burning bush. He told him to take off his sandals as where he stood was Holy ground. Moses who was so discouraged by his 40 years  life of sheep rearing did not imagine that he was standing on Holy ground. In fact, God told him to remove his sandals as a sign of respect for that ground which would later be preciously used for the Hebrews. That ground would be where God’s people will cross after the Exodus. They will then be able to give God a proper service. God saw His people’s suffering and He heard their desperate cries, so He decided to save them. 
2. Moses unwilling to accept God's call (11-22)
Moses could not accept this mission because it appeared to be quite difficult. He therefore categorically refused it and he asked God to tell him who he was. He tried to excuse himself before God inspite of God's unavoidable call for him. His question was however very important.God did not tell him His name save that “I am who I am”. God is different from the human figurines and  gods who were made by human hands. God is unique and is the only one truly living God in the Universe. God reigns souverain over everything that is on Earth and in the Heavens. Moses therefore had to explain to the Israelites that the God who sent them was He who had been watching over them for all the time and that He was their God. Therefore, Moses should have been able to go to them fearlessly. However, Moses kept on refusing and he used a number of pretexts to do this. When God calls us and we talk about our incapacities before Him to justify our unwillingness, we sin. God sent Moses invested with His power but he forewarned him that Pharaoh would not listen to him. However, our God is powerful and He will later send many calamities to make Pharaoh listen to Him. Our God is so marvellous that He is able to perfectly free the enslaved. 

Exodus 2: 1-25 (PQ of 22/11/2017)

Key Verse 1: 5,15
Today's word tells us how Moses, as a Hebrew boy, was saved and how he fled from Egypt. Our God is powerful to save us from all calamity.1. Moses was saved (1-10)Moses was born as a descendant of the house of Levi. His mother saw that the child was beautiful. All children are beautiful in the eyes of parents. But it was beautiful, because it was surely because of the light of God that dwelt in him and emanated from him. It may be because of the parents' faith that they saw him as handsome. By this faith they violated the king's edict and hid their son. When they could no longer hide him, shut him up in the chest and sent it in the middle of the Nile reed. Fortunately, Pharaoh's daughter found him and wisely, Miriam ran to her to introduce her mother. Thus Moses was saved, his name meaning "to be saved from the water" God saves us from the great waters by his mighty hand. Let's wait on him.2. Moses fled the country (11-25)
Moses was educated by his mother until he was weaned. During his life in the palace, Moses did not forget his childhood education and surely Pharaoh's daughter did not want to hide his identity as a Hebrew. Already his name Moses told him his past and identity. One day he went out and came to look at the painful labors of his people. Testifying the unjust abuse, he killed an Egyptian. The next day, when he tried to interfere, no one accepted him. He fled to Midian, for Pharaoh, knowing the matter, wanted to kill him. Arriving at Midian, his courage was brought out and won the favor of Jethro, the priest of Midian. Among Jethro's seven daughters, Sephora became his wife and he had a child from her. He thus remained as a kind of Jethro in the land of the Midianites. The refuge life was monotonous because he was a shepherd of his father-in-law's flocks. His heart would have been in the deep disappointment of himself and of God, for it seems that his zeal as a liberator was mocked. But God wanted to establish a liberator among their people, while the cry of suffering was mounting up to God. God is aware of the suffering of his people. God has chosen a shepherd of no name to fulfill his will.