Sunday, January 11, 2015

OT DAY 126 - Why Moses Was So Angry? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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                                             Psalm 47:6-7
Today's Reading: Exodus 11:1-10

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      Can you image the look of Moses when he was so angry and left Pharaoh after he said what God wanted him to say? Is it appropriate for him to be so angry?  

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
       There is some jerkiness about this section of Exodus, presumably issuing from the way it combines different versions of the story.  At the end of chapter 10 we would have assumed Moses had left Pharaoh, but in 11:4 he still seems to be in Pharaoh's presence.  So this means the hot anger with which Moses leaves Pharaoh links with the standoff at the end of chapter 10.  It is the first time Moses has become angry.  We have had one or two references to God's being angry, and maybe Moses is now learning to be more like God.  

John Goldingay. Exodus & Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.53.





      Do you think God would be angry with you when you insist on doing your own thing not listening to His command? 

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Why Moses was so angry?

    What I receive from Jesus today is a right way to get angry. Anger is never a way to show our emotions. But, the anger Moses has is the kind of anger we call anger of righteousness. When evil men doing things against God's will destroying everything, God's anger will pour down just like how he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, or just like he allows destruction to happen to a nation or some people. 

    When God is angry and act, no one can escape!

    Do you have this kind of anger before? Do you think you can act according to God's direction when that happens?

    I remember last June someone in our church did something really very foolish and wrong. I had this kind of angry and got him out for a talk right away. I said, "What you did is completely wrong. What I receive from the Lord is that you are going to have four months to change. If you keep on doing this, God will give you severe punishment." You know what he said, "OK. Let me count, now is June and that should be around October that I am going to be in a mess. Let's see if that will come true." Well, it is good that what he said did not match with what he did. He changed in a few weeks time and got through a faith crisis. He is still worshiping in our church and in a far more better way. 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to discern our emotions and not to be controlled by our anger. If that is an anger of righteousness, help us to have the courage to do what you want us to do decisively.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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