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Friday, April 2, 2010

Leaving Egypt Behind

Scripture: Exodus 5:2, But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice..”

Different viewpoints, divergent ideologies clash. Witness world history. Adam and Eve presumed they could handle the Tree of Knowledge. Cain assumed his offering equaled Abel’s. In addition to common difficulties, Jesus prepared His disciples to expect conflict, “I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

Following a standard that flows against the current invites ridicule, contempt and rejection. The pain pierces deeper when family and friends refuse to take us seriously.

Were Pharaoh’s words filled with contempt or confusion? “I do not know the Lord,” he continued, “and besides, I will not let Israel go.” The chasm between Pharaoh and Moses widened.

Teach me, Lord, how to build bridges of communication. Please take our same words with differing meanings and cover them with Your words. Prepare me to answer “in season and out of season” any who ask, “Who is the Lord?”

Don’t allow our preconceived ideas to keep Your truths at bay like oil on water. Direct Your words to penetrate our pores and become obedience.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 24:9-10

Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.

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