Daily Devotions

“Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: Israel is My firstborn son. I said to you, “Let My son go that he may worship Me.” But you refused to let him go; now I will kill your firstborn son.” Exodus 4:22-23 (NRSV)

 

“Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: Israel is My firstborn son. I said to you, “Let My son go that he may worship Me.” But you refused to let him go; now I will kill your firstborn son.” Exodus 4:22-23 (NRSV)

God’s People in a Hostile Place

We are leading up to this weekend’s Gospel story of the sending out of the 12 disciples:

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

Moses was a leader whom God kept sending into tough situations. Moses was more than a little reluctant to go out on his new assignment, back into dangerous Egypt. The kingdoms of this world resist the Kingdom of God, and God’s people get caught in the middle. Sadly, such tragic confrontations plague all of human history—on Good Friday 2017 there was a deadly double bombing of Christians at worship in Egypt.

Gracious God, I pray that hard hearts may be softened, and the nations reconciled according to Your will. Lift up courageous leaders who will speak the truth. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pastor Jim

Prayer Concern: Places where violence keeps repeating, and give thanks for the places at peace.

Additional Readings: Psalm 100 and Hebrews 3:1-6

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