We have entered the second book of the Old Testament, Exodus. Some of you may know the story of Moses and the Israelites. When the Israelites left Egypt, when Moses parted the Red Sea and how God guided them through the wilderness.
All these plus God giving Moses the 10 Commandments are in the book of Exodus.
Exodus 5 / Luke 8
You may know Moses from the previous chapters in Exodus. On Chapter 5, we are going to witness the start on God’s command to Moses and Aaron (his brother). Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and told him about letting the Israelites go to be able to worship God.
Pharaoh questioned who is God and punished the Israelites with more labor. The Israelites rejected Moses because of the punishment. Moses questioned God’s plan of salvation upon seeing the Israelites forced to work more for Pharaoh.
The chapter started with some Jewish women previously possessed by demons, ministering to Jesus. Included with these women was Mary Magdalene, where Jesus casted out 7 demons out of her. The parables of the sower, soils and lamps, calming of the storm that we read in Mark 4 were also retold by Luke in this chapter.
Jesus clarified that His true brothers and sisters are those who hears the Word of God and do it. He also casted demons from a man to the swines. Also, He cured the woman with blood issues and Jairus’ dying daughter.
Exod. 5:2 KJV “And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”
Luke 8:10 KJV “And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see and hearing that they might not understand.”
God gave us a choice to believe in Him through Jesus Christ. We are provided with information, from the Bible and history, that He is the true God. But what do we do? Do we believe right away and give Him the praise and worship He rightly deserve? Or we become hard headed and go by our own ways creating “gods” that suites us? Sad to say majority of us choose the latter.
From boomers to Gen Z, we gradually loose the meaning of knowing the true Jesus Christ. As James Emery White describe the latest generation (born between 1996-2010) in his book “Meet Generation Z”, as the first truly post-Christian generation.
Unbelievers, no matter how you explain the Gospel, won’t understand it unless the Holy Spirit works in them. Therefore, we have to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit when reading the scriptures and in our daily lives.
The Holy Spirit will enlighten us while we read the Bible. Furthermore, He will guide us to know what God wants to say to us. Our conscience is our innate knowledge that God exists. The more we read the Bible the more we make our conscience strong. We should listen to what our conscience says because if we do not it will become insensitive and useless.
God the Father, we give praise to You. Thank You Father for giving us an innate knowledge of You. May You send Your Holy Spirit to guide us towards You, as we read Your Word, how we interact with others and how we pray to You. Thank you for all the chances You give us to be closer to You. May it be Your will Father that I will be one of Your many Children and keep me safe in Your protective Love from the evil ones. All these we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.