Devotional thoughts tagged as: 'Moses'

The Book of Exodus

Exodus means a going out. Broadly speaking this second Book of the Pentateuch teaches that redemption is essential to any relationship with a Holy God. As Exodus shows us even a redeemed people can not have fellowship with God unless they are constantly cleansed from the defilement of sin. Answered prayer is dependent on purity. (Psalm 66:18)

Exodus also presents Moses as a mighty intercessor. The powerful intercessions of Moses were more than a match for the murmurings of Israel against their God.

Being called by God — Moses

As we look through the history of the Bible, when people are captured by a false idea or enslaved by a tyrant, God speaks to a single person, flawed by imperfection, who hears the unmistakable call of God.

Moses was at work keeping the flock of sheep under control for his father-in-law Jethro when his call came. The strangeness of the bush which did not burn up caused Moses to turn aside. The call of God has two sides to it, the voice of God and the willingness to hear God calling us by name. In the beginning Moses made excuses. I can not do what you ask. Yet God did not give up on Moses. When God calls to you will you yield to his will?

Being called by God — Isaiah

The call of Isaiah focused on his lips and the lips of the people. This focus was because of the people's false speaking and false living. Isaiah's call was to confront the people about their hypocrisy of saying I believe and then doing the opposite.

In Isaiah's vision, one of the seraphs flew to the altar, took a burning coal and touched Isaiah's lips. (Isaiah 6:6-7) It is interesting to observe the symbol of heat, fire or flames as it accompanies the experience of the divine. For Moses, it was the burning bush, Isaiah with a hot coal to his lips, and Jeremiah had the Word burning in his bones. Have you ever heard the words spoken in your church, I am on fire for the lord? Now you know the brief history of this phrase.

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