Prayer: Wonderful God, Your Word tells us the story of Your people and the promises you have made and kept. Thank you for calling me to be one of Your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. (v. 16)
Do you ever wonder how God knows you? What, with the great vastness of the earth and universe and with all the other people in the world, how does He know about me? How could God know?
We know from the story of God’s people…the Bible. We know the stories from the Bible that tell about the lives of hundreds of His people who have come before us. He promises that just as He knew the plight of the Israelites, He knew Moses. God knew Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah and Rachel. All of them began as ordinary persons, who God called to service. Our devotion writer tells us; “I remember the story of the Lord who called Moses and gave him voice and strength, God who brought freedom to an enslaved people.”
God knows our pain and also our joys. He always is with us, even when we may not see Him. God continues to call people to freedom and new life and gives us voice and strength to share His story. Our Devotion writer explains; “In Jesus Christ, God came to us so we would always know this freedom and resurrection. When we stand amid the creation, we can connect with God’s world. God’s people, and God’s love. And give thanks for our place in it as loved children of God.”
Prayer: “Jesus, our joy and sorrow is bound to you; thank you for bearing it on the cross. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 I declare that I will bring you up out of the misery of Egypt, to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 18 They will listen to your voice; and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; let us now go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 I know, however, that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will perform in it; after that he will let you go. 21 I will bring this people into such favor with the Egyptians that, when you go, you will not go empty-handed; 22 each woman shall ask her neighbor and any woman living in the neighbor’s house for jewelry of silver and of gold, and clothing, and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters; and so you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
Moses Returns to Egypt
18 Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, “Please let me go back to my kindred in Egypt and see whether they are still living.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 The Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt; for all those who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and his sons, put them on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt; and Moses carried the staff of God in his hand.