Prayer: Lead us, O God, through your Word and Spirit, in Christ. Amen.
God’s judgment and rescue
4 When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.
In this world we all see wrongs that go begging for correction. We see bullies who pick on younger and/or weaker victims. Sometimes we see heroes show up to rescue them. We see injustice and over charging. And sometimes we see others coming to help right the wrongs.
Our devotion writer tells us; “God tells Moses and show the world that judgments will be made, and oppressed and abused people will be saved. Egypt’s brutality and injustice cannot stand; the Israelites will go free. Even so, it is a long process for Moses and the Israelites, involving several confrontations with Pharaoh and one plague after another. Still the goal was rescue and freedom, and God accomplished it. This is good news to remember as we seek to help people who are facing injustice and suffering.”
Prayer: “God of justice and rescue, make us instruments of your saving work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Moses and Aaron Obey God’s Commands
28 On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 he said to him, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I am speaking to you.” 30 But Moses said in the Lord’s presence, “Since I am a poor speaker, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
7 The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and I will multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. 5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.” 6 Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. 7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
Aaron’s Miraculous Rod
8 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a wonder,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the Lord had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. 12 Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up theirs. 13 Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.