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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“There Will Be Blood”

Exodus 6:26-30

The author has just given us a picture of the genealogy of both Moses and Aaron.  They cannot be defined as exceptional figures.  One thing and one thing alone made them special.  They had been chosen by God and had been given his message.  The Lord’s bold proclamation to Pharaoh was bluntly, “I am the Lord” (meaning that Pharaoh is not).

Yet this does not overcome Moses’ reluctance which began at the burning bush.  Moses says to God, “Since I am a poor speaker, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”  Talk about a lack of confidence!  Moses hardly sees himself in a leadership position.  Yet it is through Moses and Aaron that Pharaoh and the entire Egyptian empire will be brought to their knees.

When we look at ourselves we may ask, in the words of Moses, why would anybody listen to me?  We are no one special.  We use this too often, like Moses, as an excuse.  Wherever we are in life, we are called to witness to Jesus Christ.  We are not to point to ourselves but to Christ.

Every one of us has received a spiritual gift (Eph. 4:7-8).   We may not be the best judge of our spiritual gifts.  We each have different gifts but they all are intended to serve the same purpose of witnessing to Jesus Christ.

The answer to Moses’ question is that Pharaoh will not listen to Moses.  Eventually however he will have to listen to the Word of God spoken through Moses.

The same applies to us.

Eternal and loving Lord, keep me from trying to evade my responsibilities in your service.  Show me what my gifts are so that I may use them for your glory.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.