Thursday, January 1, 2015

OT DAY 116 - God Will Never Forget You (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Let us praise the Lord:

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,  your faithfulness to the clouds.                                                            

                                          Psalm 36:5
Today's Reading: Exodus 4:24-31 

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Bible Study

       Happy New Year!

      Today we come to one of the most weird stories of the Bible. There are quite a number of questions you can ask after reading today's passage. As an Israelite, why Moses did not circumcise his son? Why God wanted to kill Moses? Why God did not have the power to kill Moses? Did God want to give him a chance? A chance of what? Why Moses' wife knew to cut her son's foreskin like what a circumcision looks like saved Moses? Do you have those questions? 

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says ( :
       Why had Moses failed to circumcise his son?  It is the sign of the covenant, of sharing in God's promise to give Abraham's descendants the country where Moses is to lead them.  What was he thinking?  Is it a sign of unfaith?  You could not blame him for losing faith.  God had made a covenant with the ancestors, a covenant all about the future.  They should find a settled, secure position in Canaan instead of being like undocumented aliens.  But for generations they have not been in the country at all.  What has happened to God's covenant commitment?  Has God forgotten it?  Certainly God has not been mindful of it. 

John Goldingay. Exodus & Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.26.

      Have you thought about God's has forgotten you before?  What have you experienced from that kind of feeling?

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Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: God will never forget you

    What I receive from Jesus today is a question we quite often ask when we think that God seems far away. It is normal for Moses and the Israelites in his time asking that question because they had been in Egypt for 430 years. We can find that number 430 years is Exodus 12:41 and also Galatians 3:17.

     For 430 years God seems doing nothing. You really can't blame Moses and the Israelites thinking that God forget them or there is no God, right?

     Jesus leads me to have a out of the box thinking today. It is not God forget His people but His people forget God. And, God allows His people to forget Him for 430 years until they prayed! Yes, until they seek God's help and pray! 

      And, if you want to be God's servant like Moses, there is something you really need to do before you can serve him. In Moses case, it is the circumcision. What's is that in your case? Tithing? Daily devotion? Or, what?

     How can you help those people God prepares for you to get the right thinking back so that they do not keep on forgetting God? That's how God calls Moses and how God calls you today.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us never fall into the darkness that you have forgotten us.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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