The Beginning of the Nation
Abraham to Moses
From the family of Noah came the Family of Abraham, who became the pattern of faith in the Lord. Abraham had a two sons Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac was the child of the promise, which God had promised to Abram.
Jacob married Rachael and had two sons by Rachael, Jacob and Esau. Through Jacob the Messiah, the promised child would come because Jacob believed in the Lord and became the child of the inheritance, not like Esau who did not believe in the Lord. Esau sold his inheritance to Jacob because he was starving for a pot of lentils.
Jacob had a child
named Joseph, who was sold into slavery and ended up in
After many years
the Israelis grew in number, so much so that the whole Jewish race became
slaves to the Egyptians. The Pharaoh of the day had forgotten Joseph and
what he did for
Their treatment was often very wicked and cruel, as slavery is. They cried to the Lord because they were not treated right by the Egyptians. The Lord heard their cry, and was concerned for them and had compassion for them.
“The Lord said, surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to Me, and so He became their Saviour. In all their distress, He too was distressed and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy, He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them.”
“The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.”
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfils the desire of those who fear Him. He hears their cry and saves them.”
“By faith Moses when he had grown up refused to be known as Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”
The Lord appeared to Moses in a bush that was ablaze, but did not burn up and The Angel of the Lord called out to Moses. “Moses, Moses” and He said, “Here I am”. Moses was commanded to take off his sandals for he was standing on Holy ground.
“The Lord said, “I have
indeed seen the misery of my people in
You are a people Holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His treasured possession. For the Lord did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
Moses was called by God to be His
servant to speak to the Israelites to free them from slavery in
Moses was afraid and objected to God’s commission for him. Moses posed God some questions!
“Moses said, “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? 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.”
“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 by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”
“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf and mute? Who gives him sight and makes him blind. Is it not I the Lord. Now go and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses objected again and God
was angry with him, but graciously provided Aaron the Levite, Moses brother
to meet him and to speak for Moses. So the confrontation with Pharaoh began
God sent Moses His servant to deliver and redeem
They failed all the tests as they complained, grumbled
and winged at everything. They did
not believe God’s Word, in which they could trust, rest and rely. God’s
intended testimony for
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure sons of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life.”
Later when Aaron and Miriam, Moses sister complained and conspired against Moses. The Lord God said of Moses.
“When the prophet of The Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions; I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.”
Now we have set the scene let’s look a bit closer, and without riddles.
The first verse in the bible states, “In the beginning God”
God is the Name of The Supreme being who defines and Moves everything, to His own conclusion.
“Remember the former things, those of long ago. I am God, and there is no other. I Am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning; from ancient time what is still to come. I say My purpose will stand and I will accomplish all that I please.”
A persons name goes hand in hand with their word. God’s Word is reliable because He is All-Righteous, All-Just, All-Love, All-knowing, All-Powerful, All-Faithful and All-Truth.
“Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and make it bud and flourish, so it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out of My mouth; It will Not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the Purpose for which I sent it.”
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