Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17 - Exodus 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 4. 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?)
  • Moses continues with his excuses as to why he should not be the one to rescue God's people from Egypt.
  • God becomes angry with Moses and chooses to send Aaron, Moses' brother, with him to Egypt.  
  • On the way to Egypt a very strange thing occurs.  The Lord is about to kill Moses but spares him when Zipporah touched Moses' feet with her son's foreskin.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God does not call the qualified.  He qualifies the called.  Moses feels inadequate for carrying out God's calling.  He says he is slow of speech and tongue (vs. 10).  But God says He will help him speak and teach him what to say.  God will never call you to a task that he has not equipped you for.   
  • God takes symbols seriously.  As strange as it sounds, circumcision was a sign of the covenant between God and the Israelites.  But Zipporah was not an Israelite and apparently resisted having her son circumcised.  If Moses was going to lead God's people out of Egypt, he must get his own house in order.  God required him to have his son circumcised.  
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What excuses do you give for not doing what God has asked you to do?  God used a lot of people in scripture who looked unqualified.  Abraham was old.  David had an affair.  Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered.  Thomas had doubts.  Yet God used each of them to do great things.  He will use you too.  He created you perfect for what He wants you to do.  So identify your usual excuses and then determine to never let them keep you from doing God's will. 
  • Circumcision was a sign in the Old Testament of one's faith in God.  Today we have another symbol that demonstrates our faith in God: baptism.  In Acts 2 we see a large group of people who had just come to faith in Jesus and they ask Peter, "What should we do?"  Peter replies, "Repent and be baptized" (Verses 37-28).  Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?  If you believe that and you're willing to give your life to God, baptism is your next step. Verve will be doing baptisms on September 8th & 9th; to learn more, listen to this message we did about baptism.