Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Faith Like Moses

In March, I began reading through the Bible in One Year. I use the the NIV One Year Chronological, which just makes sense to me to go through it in the order it actually happened.

I love reading through all the Bible stories that I listened to as a kid. Every time I do this, I love how I notice new things that I never noticed before. Little details. Things that I just kind of skimmed over because they weren't part of the main story.

For instance, there are so many crazy names in the Bible but Esau married a woman named Judith. Such an ordinary name just doesn't seem to go with Esau.

I never remembered reading that after Sarah died, Abraham got remarried and had more children.

This past week I've been reading about Moses and the 10 plagues. As I was reading I noticed what great faith Moses had as he continued to go back to Pharaoh over and over again. And God continued to harden Pharaoh's heart over and over again.

While I was reading I thought to myself, 'Why did God keep sending him and putting Moses and Aaron through this if He was just going to harden Pharaoh's heart time and time again?'

I kept reading and I came upon this:

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth....."   Exodus 9:13-16

Each and every plague was To Show His Power! To Proclaim His Name!

When we are doubting what God is doing.......He's not done showing His Power!

As we look forward to Hebrews, these beautiful words were written about Moses faith.

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27

I don't know about you but I want to have that kind of faith! The kind that doesn't fear men and perseveres after our Great God!


Warren Baldwin said...

I'm constantly finding new things, too. Actually, new to me, they've always been there, but I haven't seen them.

And I like the point you make about God and Moses.

Good post. You have a consistently good blog. Everytime I've been here it has been a good visit.


Christine said...

I want to have that kind of faith too!