Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 10 - Exodus 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • As chapter one of Exodus came to a close Pharaoh ordered that every male Hebrew newborn was to be thrown into the Nile River.  As chapter two opens we see one woman doing whatever she can to protect her baby.
  • Pharaoh's daughter finds the hidden baby and pays a Hebrew woman (who happens to be the baby's Mom) to nurse the baby (who is Moses). 
  • Moses kills an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew.  It gets found out and Moses flees from Egypt.
  • Moses gets married to Zipporah.
  • God is saddened by the circumstances of his people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • What is done in secret rarely remains hidden.  Moses quickly finds out that his action against the Egyptian was seen by others and word quickly spread.  There is an interesting phrase about God in the book of Matthew (6:4), "Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret..."  God sees everything we do - regardless of whether others see it.  We also tend to think that our "secret" sins will not affect anyone else.  But, as was the case with Moses, our "secret" actions always affect others as well.  
  • God hears our cries.  Not only does God see all, He hears all.  The Israelites are still in slavery and are crying out to God for help.  Verse 24 says that God "remembered" his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Did God forget about his promise and rescuing his people?  No.  "Remember" in this context means to "take to heart" with the intention of acting on the matter.  God hears their cries and is intent on doing something about it!

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have a secret sin in your life?  Would you consider confessing and repenting of that sin to God today?  If you're in a micro group, confess it to those in the group.  If it's a recurring sin, seek their help in removing it from your life.  If you're not in a micro group, you can learn more and sign up for one here.
  • Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."  What's troubling you today?  What are you worried about?  Where could you use God's help?  Take time right now to cry out to Him in prayer.  He will hear your prayers.