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Redemption From Bondage

Exodus 2:2-3,7-8,14-15,20-22 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank... Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother... He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well... He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”

The people of God, the Israelites, certainly were a blessed lot. They grew in number regardless of Pharaoh's attempts to cut them down and punish them with hard labour.

I often wonder how terrible life must have been then because there was no sense of human rights and no one to stand up for the cause of the suffering people.

What message does God have for us in all of this persecution and why the focus on one man, Moses?

To live without hope is no life at all and so I would imagine the Israelites had no hope to live with. Two and a half million people were a handful compared to the Egyptians who outnumbered them many to one.

Hope could not be put on man because no one wanted to take on the wrath of the Egyptians and the Israelites had no one to call on for help because they were a people a country of their own!

Does this bondage of the Israelites not remind us of difficult times in our own lives when there seems to be no hope? These are the salty plains from which we get our greatest opportunity to call on Jesus Christ for His intervention and deliverance and give ourselves up for His glory.

Moses was spared death at the hands of the Egyptians when he was born, was given a lease of new life by Pharaoh's daughter through the smart thinking of his mother and sister, was blessed with much because of his adopted heritage, was again redeemed from the hands of Pharaoh for killing an Egyptian and has now found home as a shepherd in a far away land.

He does not look like the man who could free a person, forget an entire nation from anything. However, we know that Moses eventually does lead Israel out of Egypt to freedom but it was not in him or about him but about God who saw the pain of the Israelites and delivered them through him.

Are you in bondage or feeling helpless and does there seem to be no hope? Have you called on Jesus to deliver you? Are you willing to lose yourself to your maker in order to gain freedom for eternity from the bondage of sin?

In His Loving Service,

ServantBoy

Exodus 2:23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.

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2.4.2011

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