God hears the cries of the slaves

Good morning! Sorry, starting a day later than i had originally planned. Well it’s time to start a new reading plan, as we finished up our 30 day journey through the bible last week. As I was hunting for our next topic, I stumbled on a short reading plan called “social justice“.  Sounded kind of interesting, so let’s give it a try. It’s a two week plan, let’s get reading!

Scripture: Exodus 3

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Observation: Here we see God’s incredible concern for His people; His chosen people that had rejected Him and forgotten Him. But he did not. They were suffering consequences for turning their back on their God, and being enslaved by the Egyptians. But God never forgot about them. And when the people cried out in pain because of the slavery, God heard, and said he was “concerned about their suffering”. He wanted to free them. We see a glimpse of His mercy. The fact that everyone deserves another chance and that He does not like to see His people hurting. Grace

Application: Remembering that when I know I have clearly messed up, and am serving the consequences of my decisions or actions, I still have God in my corner. He will fight for me regardless of how I may have hurt Him first. Do we feel God is so far away when we sin? He isn’t, but we believe He is. Knowing He is there, reminding ourselves He is still there fighting for us, longing to be part of our lives.  It’s so comforting.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for always seeing the good in us. Thank you for always being willing to stand up for us and fight for us. Thank you for forgiving our sins. God, may you remind us all today when situations arise that you are never far away, you are right there ready to help us and guide us. We thank you for your mercy and for your love for each one of us. Jesus, today, help us to be an example of mercy to others around us. In Jesus name, amen.