WOL Newsletter 152: The Great Escape 2: Lessons from the life of Moses
August 2, 2015
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Edited by Stacie Thomas
I love all of the symbolism, imagery, and relevance of the Bible ‘stories’. Because, I immediately called out the Israelites in their doubt of God’s plan when they doubted Him after all they witnessed. I think it should be easy to trust God when you see firsthand what He’s capable of and witness His miracles right before your eyes… And then it hits me: Hypocrite! Every morning I wake is a miracle in itself. Each sip of coffee is a blessing He’s bestowed upon me…yet I doubt, question, argue, and ignore Him when He speaks at times. I have seen Him act in my life in astounding ways, yet I choose to remember (or more bluntly, dwell) on the difficult circumstances instead. I don’t understand why certain things in my life have happened. I don’t understand why I have a forever hole in my heart due to broken dream, and am bitter and wounded—for what reason? And if He loves me so, why does He continue to allow it to be thrown in my face; a constant reminder of what will never be? And truthfully, for this one bad thing, there are countless good things that counteract it… So why do I continue to focus on the negative? For the same reason the Israelites did—I don’t trust His plan completely. God has me (and you) exactly where He wants us at this moment in time. He brought me (you) to it. He allowed, and maybe caused the pain. But through each storm, He is with us; just like He was with the Israelites. He shares each moment we go through (Psalm 37:23); He cries with us. We are His all… And He desires (and deserves) to be our all. If we understood the love He has for us, we wouldn’t ever question Him. We would worship and praise Him constantly. This life is not about us (Hellooo- is this thing on? Are we going to get this repeating concept; ever?) This life is all about Jesus. We aren’t to be focusing on us, but on Him. Glorify Him. John 17:4, Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 11:36.
“I don't believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.”
Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live
“God doesn't mock us. He never gives us a goal that we cannot accomplish in His strength. I want to assure you, you can glorify God, you MUST glorify God. But you have to determine deep within your heart that you're going to do it His way.”  Charles R. Swindoll, Rise & Shine: A Wake Up Call
This series, while sugar-coated in a kids Bible story for us, was really just an extension of the ‘radical for Jesus’ series. We’ve got to stop putting ourselves first, and God last. Increase God, decrease us. Let go and let God. The Bible is full of sugar (and salt) coated stories. All of which we can gleam some sort of purposeful life lesson from. Romans 15:4. The question is, who do you love more— You, or God?


The Great Escape 3: Lessons from the life of Moses

The Rest of the Story:
When we left off a couple of weeks ago, Pharaoh had just ordered Moses to leave. He did so, along with 2.5 million Israelites. They headed into the desert with nothing but a few days worth of food and water…Exodus 13:17-22: 1) God led them out of Egypt 2) God didn’t take them the easy route; He planned a way that would not give them the opportunity to turn and run or to trust any other source for provision or protection—giving God all the glory for their escape 3) Joseph made them promise to take his bones with them (he trusted God’s promise to give them their own land, even though he didn’t live to see it) 4) God was with them the entire time they were in the desert (‘a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire by night): Psalm 105:39.
Exodus 14:1-2: there were easier routes to take- yet Moses obeyed and trusted God’s plan; 3-5: Israelites were Egypt’s workforce, and Pharaoh changed his mind when he lost them; 6-9: it was late at night when this event unfolded: Egypt was one of the most powerful countries of the ancient world, and their chariots were cutting edge war machines: 10-12: the Israelites began doubting God so soon when they realized the Egyptians were coming after them- God put them exactly where they were supposed to be at that moment; 13-16: God fought for and with them- once they moved in faith. [Side note: WOL stands by the ‘argument’ that it was the Red Sea- not the Reed Sea*]; 19-20: The Angel of God in OT almost always refers to Jesus in His pre-incarnate works—the cloud was so massive it hid 2.5M people from the Egyptians, and the flame in the sky was so bright it lit the way for this enormous body to begin crossing the Sea; 21-22: dry (desert dry- not muddy), wall (wall- not shallow, receded water): words meant ‘standing erect’ and ‘frozen in place’ (Psalm 77:16-20); 23: the Egyptians are in mass chaos in the Sea; 24-29: the Israelites saw God’s plan in action.
Recap/Life Lessons: No matter where we are, or how troubled we seem, we are exactly where God wants us. We don’t live for self-pleasure or ease of life, but to glorify God with our lives (at any cost). When we live to glorify Him, we are obedient and He will be our Warrior and our Guiding Light in amazing ways. We should follow Moses’ example and truly praise and thank Him with a humble, passionate heart. Exodus 15:1-5, 11-13, 18-19

  •  Red vs. Reed Sea: There has been an attempt by some to downplay God’s miracle by saying that the Hebrew word translated as ‘red’ in some OT verses of Exodus (suph) is thought to have an Egyptian origin meaning ‘reed’, inferring that the Israelites waded through a local shallow lake or marshly land. We believe the proof refutes these claims: 1) the many passages using these words clearly refer to a very large and deep body of water, the only one of which in the area is the Red Sea. 2) 1 Kinsg 9:26 uses this phrase to describe a place where King Solomon built a fleet of ships in the land of Edom (a shallow lake would not be suitable) 3) The Greek Septuagint (200BC- the earliest translation of the Hebrew OT known) translates the passages as the ‘Red Sea’ from the beginning 4) IF the unfounded misconception were true, and it was a shallow lake, the miracle of thousands of drowning Egyptian soldiers and washing away their chariots is even more impressive in two feet of water.
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