Let My People Go Part 2

Kingwell By Kingwell, 28th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2kefukoa/
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God calls Moses and tells him that he is to lead his people out of Egypt and back to the land of Canaan.

Has God Forgotten His Promise?

Despite the promise God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, their descendants have been left in Egypt for more than four hundred years! As many as twenty generations have lived and died hearing the story of Joseph and how all of Jacob’s family had moved from Canaan to settle in the land of Goshen. Without doubt they had also been told of the promise that God would someday send a great leader who would deliver them from the bondage in which they had found themselves shortly after the death of Joseph. After all those years though, it must have sounded like a myth to most of them and many had probably given up any hope that it would ever happen and some would even have lost all faith in God. After all no one they knew had ever spoken to God! Had he just forgotten about them or was he perhaps sleeping? It would certainly seem that way as in all that time he had said nothing regardless of their prayers. It is indeed a mystery why God waited so long, why so many had to live and die as slaves and without hope. Perhaps it goes to show that time means nothing to God yet we know that it means a great deal to those waiting. At last however, God seems to have awakened from his stupor and suddenly remembered the people that he had agreed to help.

The Burning Bush

Moses is keeping watch over his father-in-law’s flock and has led them to Mount Horeb, also known as the mountain of God. Suddenly he sees something that must make him doubt his senses. “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and, he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed”. Exodus 3:2. He was not too scared to stop however in fact he was downright curious. When God saw that he had stopped, he called to him from the midst of the bush. After calling his name and getting his attention God tells Moses to take off his shoes because the place where he is standing is holy ground. Upon learning that it is the God of his forefathers who is speaking to him, Moses hides his face because he is afraid to look upon God.
Imagine the shock when God informs him in a very matter of fact way that he will send him to pharaoh that he may lead the children of Israel out of Egypt! “And Moses said unto God, who am I, that I should go unto pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? Exodus 3:11. God assures him that he will be with him but Moses has more questions. He asks what he shall answer when the people ask him the name of this God of their fathers who has spoken to him and whom he says has sent him to them. “And God said unto Moses. I AM THAT I AM: and he said, thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you”. Exodus 3:14. God continues by telling Moses that pharaoh will refuse to let the people go and it is then that the fun will start. By the time he is finished with the Egyptians, says God, pharaoh will be happy to let the people go.

The People Believe.

Moses is still unsure however and says that he feels the people will not believe that God has spoken to him. God tells him to cast his stick that is in his hand on the ground and when Moses does so it becomes a snake. Now God orders him to pick up the snake by the tail and when he does so, it becomes a stick again. A good trick but one, any good magician might do. God now commands Moses to put his hand into his bosom and when he takes it out it his hand is leprous! Put it back again says God, and when he removes it this time, it is back to normal. God knows that Moses is impressed with this one and says that the people will be as well. Still desperate to get out of this however, Moses makes one more plea to God. “And Moses said unto the Lord. O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs”. Exodus: 4: 10-17.
Moses returned to his father-in-law and asked leave to return to Egypt to see how his people were doing and taking his wife and children he returned to find that the people who had wanted to kill him were now dead. He meets Aaron in the wilderness and tells him all that God had commanded him to do. The two brothers gather all the elders of their people together and Aaron explains everything to them. Moses then did all the signs in the sight of the people and they believed and worshiped God. Having the people with him, Moses and Aaron now prepare for their first meeting with the king of Egypt.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 3
See Part 1

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Afraid, Awakening, Canaan, Egypt, Fear, God, Goshen, I Am, King, Kingwell, Pharaoh, Slavery

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Jul 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always. I love the way you present the story of Moses. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
28th Jul 2015 (#)

Of course, God loved to test his people, maybe that was a 400 years long test!!

Keep it coming Kingwell, I have never so enjoyed the telling of these stories so much before.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited. The thing I can't understand is you don't test the same people for four hundred years lol! Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Very interesting to read.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. I hope you continue to read and enjoy. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2015 (#)

With God by his side it should be a cakewalk for Moses, a done deal. God wants us to do what is within our power and not depend on Him for daily survival. We are too quarrelsome for his comfort!

I do hope we are on watch now and will get the next nudge sooner than later as we threaten to blow ourselves up and make it uninhabitable for others too. Maybe, He will wait and watch till we really learn the basic lessons of love and coexistence!

Thanks Kingwell, so interesting to read and ponder our history and the pain and interest our Creator has taken all along - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It seems we don't always learn from history. I too pray that we wake up before it's too late and understand that we are all brothers and sisters and should not be fighting each other. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It seems we don't always learn from history. I too pray that we wake up before it's too late and understand that we are all brothers and sisters and should not be fighting each other. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
29th Jul 2015 (#)

You are a talented writer, Kingwell, and I hope others appreciate it as much as I do!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. I'm pleased that you are enjoying the series. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. I'm pleased that you are enjoying the series. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
30th Jul 2015 (#)

I think what we often fail to realize is that God is not governed by time the way we are.

It had been prophesied that the children of Israel would be in bondage in Egypt for 400 years. So ~ as strange as it sometimes appears to us, clearly God keeps His promises.

Thanks again for sharing ~ Kingwell. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Jul 2015 (#)

these are very interesting bible stories, A priest once told me the burning bush could be explained by a bush fire. These were a very superstitious people.

I just had an operation on Friday, I am still recouperating

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Yes they were very superstitious and probably only thought that God spoke to them. Feel better soon my friend. Blessings.

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