Saturday, January 21, 2012
It’s the weekend! Welcome to Day 21 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis ended with the death of Joseph… Exodus opens with v 8 “Then a new king [Pharaoh], to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” Joseph and all his generation had died and there’s a change in the guard. “And their lives were made bitter with hard bondage.” (KJV) (I can still hear that line in the Cecil B. DeMille classic, “The Ten Commandments.”)
Exodus 2 Moses is born… Interesting that Moses is raised in Pharaoh’s house, but there is little in scripture about it. It goes from him being born, named Moses, to him killing the Egyptian he sees abusing one of his people. Then he flees to Midian and marries. The end of chapter two we find that the king of Egypt [Pharaoh] has died and the cries of the Israelites reaches God’s ears, v 24 “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”
Luke 21 “The widow’s offering.” Jesus said she gave more than anyone else. It’s not the size of the check, but the size of the sacrifice that Jesus noticed and commended. She put in “two VERY SMALL copper coins [worth a fraction of a penny, one of the other Gospels states.]
Jesus begins talking about the end of the age… and this famous verse is recorded, v 33 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
It’s funny how favor comes and goes in our life. The promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is no less in force… but it makes one wonder about how God sees the situations in our lives. His perspective is very different from ours.
One Pharaoh trusted Joseph and embraced his family and gave them all the land in Goshen… But Joseph died, and a new Pharaoh was appointed and there was no favor or affinity or appreciation for Joseph having saved all of Egypt and acquired all the land and wealth for Pharaoh’s house during that time. This new Pharaoh feared that the Hebrews would brow too great in number and attack Egypt. So he issues in edict that all Hebrew sons should be killed at childbirth.
God heard their cries, but don’t you wonder about “God’s timing?” They are in bondage for 430 years! In Exodus 12, “Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.”
FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS? What took so long?? Did it take 430 for God to hear their cry? Or for Him to become concerned. These are the questions I wonder about…
Must be why Psalm 88 was paired with today’s Exodus passages. Psalm 88 is a psalm of despair and pain and wondering where God is…
Every day I do my SOAP and I get to this section and I ask the question, “How does this apply to MY life?”
I get impatient when my house hasn’t sold…
I get frustrated when a situation doesn’t change as fast as I want it to.
When my circumstances are hard, and I don’t see God moving or doing anything at that time…
The Israelites were in slavery 430 years to the day! God heard their cries… for generations. He’s just not in as big a hurry as I would like for him to be… He heard their cries the very first day oppression set in. He wasn’t distant or unconcerned. He wasn’t far off. He was there strengthening them IN their affliction. We was with them.
Lord, give me a sense of your perspective. Of YOUR timing… Help me to see my circumstances through your eyes.