Community in Action January 28, 2021

Then the Lord said to Moses, 

“Go to Pharaoh,”

Exodus 10:1a

    I believe we are still in the midst of a difficult time. I am not sure I would suggest things will get worse before they get better, but it seems that this terminal plague we are experiencing is not going away any time real soon.

    I am thankful that a vaccine is coming, but I know that it does not mean we won’t still have to contend with some of the residual effects of this virus. Some of us have lost loved ones and others are still praying and hoping those who are experiencing bouts with this plague will recovery quickly and fully.

    I receive a couple emails a week from one of the professors from the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, this is the institute from which I have been taking eclasses for the last five years. Julia Blum, the professor who sends out her blog, has written and continues to write about passages in the Old Testament from a Hebrew perspective. She reviews the language and the etymology of the Hebrews words which have been translated into our current English language.

    Some of her findings are remarkable and I wanted to share with you the above quote which comes after Moses is informed by God that Moses is to help free the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt by confronting the leader of this country, the Pharaoh.

    The Hebrew word used in this passage is often translated as “Go” and yet if you review the use of the word in other passages its true translation is “Come.” This is what Julia says about the importance of changing our current translation to more accurately reflect God’s message to Moses.

    I believe there is a very profound message here: God never sends us away from Himself, especially when He sends us on a difficult task! With God, it’s never “Go there,” it’s always “Come Here”.  One has to come closer to God, in order to be able to go where one is sent.

    I think we are reminded in Matthew that as Jesus sends us into the world to make disciples of all people, verses 18-20, that we aren’t sent without his assistance, verse 20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    The question for us is not whether we are sent, but whether we will receive God’s presence by our side was we contend with the difficult parts of life. I believe God is always with us, but God allows us to choose whether to acknowledge and receive his companionship or to go it alone.

    I don’t think Moses had an easy time convincing Pharaoh to “let his people go,” but Moses did have God by his side. God may not provide us with plagues, like in Exodus, or miracles, we see in the Bible, or the assurance of peace, which we all long to experience. during our turbulent times, but God will walk with us.

    I want to close with the chorus of one of my favorite songs from Lauren Daigle, Trust in You.

    When You don't move the mountains

I'm needing You to move

When You don't part the waters

I wish I could walk through

When You don't give the answers

As I cry out to You

I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You

    Learning to trust God with you,

    Pastor Randy

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