Tag Archives: Exodus

Watch For The Trap!

Exodus 34:12 – Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you:

The Lord’s command to Israel was clear – enter Canaan, and destroy the nations that live there.  Give no quarter and show no pity. 

Yet when Israel entered the land, they found that the battle was not as straightforward as they thought it would be.  There was no human way to win some of the battles that they were up against – they had to seek God for His strategy if they were going to win. 

The Lord had promised that He would go before them and drive the nations out, but Israel still failed to fully possess the land, and ended up making covenants and treaties with some of the people.  Why?  It was just easier to do that than to carry out to the letter what God had commanded.  Yet later on, when Israel was weak, it was those same nations that rose up and attacked them from within. 

There are plenty of times when it will seem easier to do less than what God has said to do rather than seeing a situation through to complete victory.  Easier to give up partway and make a ‘treaty’ instead.  But it’s those treaties and covenants that will prove to be a snare to us later on. 

The truth is that if God has said there’s a way – then there’s a way.  It may not seem apparent on the face of it – but if you keep asking, he will show you the door and open the way through!

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Resisting Compromise

Exodus 10:28 – Pharaoh said to him, "Get away from me! Be careful to see my face no more; for in the day you see my face you shall die!”

The Lord had spoken to Pharaoh through Moses, commanding him to let the Israelites go – as a whole people and with their little ones and all their possessions – into the wilderness to worship the Lord. 

As we know, Pharaoh resisted this, despite plague after plague being brought upon Egypt. 

But at various points along the way, Pharaoh offered a compromise.  Firstly he said to Moses – ‘you can go, but just the men’.  Then it was ‘all the people – but no herds’.  Finally, we get to this verse – where Pharaoh warns Moses that enough is enough – if I see you again, you will die. 

Yet Moses trusted God, and stuck to what the Lord had commanded, and in the end – the entire nation went. 

When the enemy sees he can’t overcome you, he will try to make you compromise and settle for less than what God has said.  But stick to your guns – hold out for the full and undiluted promise of God.  You won’t be disappointed!

Speaking In The Noise

Exodus 19:19 – When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice

As the people stood around the bottom of Mount Sinai, the thunders, shakings and lightnings of God were surrounding the top of the mountain.  Along with this was the sound of a trumpet that was getting louder and louder, as the presence of God approached. 

Yet in the midst of this deafening sound, Moses spoke. He didn’t yell or scream, he simply spoke – and God answered him by a voice. Although the people around heard only the sound – Moses heard the voice of God. 

There are plenty of times when it feels like we’re surrounded by a deafening sound.  In that place we can find ourselves shouting and yelling to try to hear the voice of God above the noise that surrounds us.  Yet if we are still, and in confidence and faith speak to God – we will hear His answer. 

Interestingly, when God spoke to Moses, he called him to come up the mountain and to walk right into the ‘storm’.  Just like Peter, Jesus called him to get out of the boat and walk right into the storm – across the water.  God’s plan for us is not to avoid the storms, but to walk right through them – with trust and faith that God will look after us.

Joining The Family

Exodus 12:38 – A mixed multitude went up also with them, with flocks, herds, and even very much cattle.

Egypt had been shaken by God with signs and wonders, and finally Pharaoh let the Israelites go.  But along with the children of Israel, it seems that there were many of other races who left too.  These were likely those who had seen the signs and wonders that God had performed, and wanted to join with the Israelites in going to worship this powerful and awesome God. 

It’s for this reason that Moses made it clear to the Israelites that only the sons of Israel could partake of the feast – and if foreigners wanted to join in, they first had to be circumcised, and then they were to be treated as a son of Israel. 

When God moves powerfully on a person’s life, it can have a profound impact on those who surround them.  So much so that it can cause others to fear God too, and want to begin their journey with him.  But it’s not enough to just join the journey – you have to join the family. 

Before a person could become an Israelite, they had to be circumcised in flesh.  Our becoming part of God’s family means that we must be circumcised in heart.  Practically, it means we cut away our own desires, dreams and ideals from our heart – that we enter a place of turning away from our former life, and become a ‘new creation’. 

Those who want to share in the glory of Christ must also be prepared to share in his sufferings!  But the blessings are totally worth it!

Resisting Compromise

Exodus 10:28 – Pharaoh said to him, "Get away from me! Be careful to see my face no more; for in the day you see my face you shall die!”

The Lord had spoken to Pharaoh through Moses, commanding him to let the Israelites go – as a whole people and with their little ones and all their possessions – into the wilderness to worship the Lord. 

As we know, Pharoah resisted this, despite plague after plague being brought upon Egypt. 

But at various points along the way, Pharaoh offered a compromise.  Firstly he said to Moses – ‘you can go, but just the men’.  Then it was ‘all the people – but no herds’.  Finally, we get to this verse – where Pharaoh warns Moses that enough is enough – if I see you again, you will die. 

Yet Moses trusted God, and stuck to what the Lord had commanded, and in the end – the entire nation went. 

When the enemy sees he can’t overcome you, he will try to make you compromise and settle for less than what God has said.  But stick to your guns – hold out for the full and undiluted promise of God.  You won’t be disappointed!