Daily email Number 188 – from the Vicar

Our passage today is Exodus Chapter 4 verses 18 to 31.
It is a sort of transition/preparation passage before Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh at the beginning of the next chapter. It is a reminder that big things, whether in the physical world, but also and more importantly in the spiritual world need preparing for, to make sure we are right with God.So let us trace it through;
Moses seeks permission from his father-in-law, the head of the family who have taken him in, to go back to his own people (v.18).  He is a man under authority.
The Lord speaks to Moses again about what is to happen, reminding him of some things, and in particular telling him that the whole event of leaving Egypt is not going to be easy, that there will be opposition from Pharaoh and his heart will be hardened (vs.19-23).
Moses’ son is circumcised (vs.24-26), part of the Jewish covenant, which perhaps had got missed as Moses had been brought up in the Egyptian palace, and had then married outside the community.  This was a sign of wanting to be right with God.  (A similar thing happened much later as the Israelites have just gone into the Promised Land and were about to attack Jericho, and all the males were circumcised, a practice that had fallen by the wayside in the wilderness years.)One writer puts it like this, ‘In this way God taught Moses that no-one has a right to claim the privileges of God’s people unless he or she is obedient to God’s commands.’ 
Moses meets with his brother Aaron (vs.27-31), and tells him all that has happened and the plans that the Lord has for them.  They then meet with the elders of the Israelites, who see and believe, as the Lord had previously foretold (Ch.3 v.18).  When they realised that the Lord was concerned about them, and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped.  Wonderful!
However, the trouble is about to intensify…

From our extended church address list, please remember in your prayers today,- Beatrix and family- Ellie (Lynn’s daughter) and her husband Lee

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