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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

“The Faith of Frederick Douglas”

Ex. 2:1-10

In the midst of the horror that Pharaoh has unleashed on the mothers of Israel God intervenes by sending a savior.  We will learn that this is a fundamental pattern in the Lord’s plan.  Time and again he raises up a savior to rescue the people from the evil that is destroying them.  These saviors are variously prophets and kings.  None of them is perfect.  Far from it.  However, each in their own way demonstrates God’s saving power for his people.  Each also is a type that points forward to the ultimate savior, Jesus Christ.

Moses is the first person to play this role in scripture.  The patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had all been recipients of God’s promises.  However, it is only Joseph who is in a position to help a large group of people when he effectively plans for dealing with a coming famine.  In Joseph’s case however there is no physical or spiritual adversary trying to oppose him.  Moses is born into a hostile world, a world that wants to destroy him from birth.

His mother hides him for three months and then, in desperation, places him in a basket and sends in off in the Nile.  God’s hand is at work in an ironic way in that the baby is found by Pharaoh’s daughter.  She decides to keep him.  His sister who has been watching all this suggests that she can find a “Hebrew mother” who could nurse the baby.  The Hebrew mother is of course Moses’ own.  Pharaoh’s daughter adopts Moses as her own son.  Moses then technically is the grandson of Pharaoh.  No one, and certainly not Moses himself, has any idea how significant this chain of events actually is.

The course of our lives can often appear to be a jumbled pattern.  Yet we can be confident that God is at work often in surprising ways.  From start to finish God is carrying out his plan of salvation in Jesus Christ.

I thank you Lord that from all eternity you planned that Jesus would be my savior (Eph. 1:3-4).  May I have trust and confidence in your saving power.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.