Who do you trust?

Preparation as children, many of us learned how Pharaoh had been mistreating and oppressing the Hebrew children of God. He was killing all the Hebrew boys. One mother saw that her boy was beautiful and healthy and so she hid him for three months. Exodus 2:3~ But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket (תֵּבָה tebah) for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (NIV) By God’s providence, Moses’ own mother became his nursemaid until he was weaned and likely remains his guardian. Now Pharaoh’s daughters named him (מֹשֶׁה Mosheh) a compound of two Egyptian words meaning saved from the water. 

While the word (תֵּבָה tebah) or ark, basket occurs 28 times in 25 verses, all in the first two books of the bible and is used to reference two biblical events, both center on deliverance. One is as Ole Mo is launched out on the river, trusting that God is going to deliver Mo now and build the future deliverance of His people. This moment speaks volume of the trust that Ole Mo’s mom has in the Lord. Parents, sometimes we have to release our children, to God so He can be their salvation. He prepares them and the moment planned. As we release them to fulfill and be who God has called and created them to be. Preparation by definition is the process or act of making ready, of being made ready. Lord, why am I going through this? Is there any way that we can bypass, or go around? 

Isaiah 43:2~When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLT) I bet you noticed that in each case it was through God said there is a process and He is El Shaddai. Ole Mo finds himself in need of deliverance again in Exodus 6:3, listen to what the Lord said~I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai (שַׁדַּי אֵל ‘El Shaddai)—God Almighty—but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. (NLT)

I get that we all want to take matters into our own hands, but walking in the Spirit requires that we learn to walk in the ways of God but also in His Way. It’s not just semantics. For Ol Mo at 40, he’d learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in words and deeds, Acts 7:22. So, he becomes a vigilante in an unwise attempt to free his fellow Israelites from Egyptian injustice. He murdered an Egyptian, mistreating a slave. When his crime became known, Ole Mo had to go. God had raised up Moses to be Israel’s deliverer from bondage but Ole Mo was premature and misguided. God said Vengeance is His. Deuteronomy 32:35~ I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them. (NLT) The Lord said make no mistake there is a plan. We just may not see it. Salvation That Floats: offers a Wayback, and takes time for Preparation. 



Useful

The Wayback from the day of Ole Mo’s birth, God protected and prepared him to become the deliverer of Israel. By divine providence, Ole Mo grew to adulthood in Pharaoh’s house. It was at the ripe old age of 40 years when decided to be a hero, Exodus 2:12. Yes, it’s an act of sheepish courage, slinking around but Ole Mo was attempting to right a wrong. Many have made a human attempt at solving something that requires a divine intervention. Stop me if you’ve heard this story about your own life. When what is truly needed is a standard (נוּס nuwc) to be raised or an Ark, built with purpose and sent for deliverance. This event will lead to Ole Mo fleeing for his life. His new journey will take him from the place to the desserts backside. Seeking refuge he’ll find it in the arms of distant relatives, the Midianites, and eventually Zipporah. 

Now the Midianites were the descendants of Midian, a son of Abraham and his second wife Keturah. Yes, Abe had eight sons, two from Sarah and six more to fill out his 175 years of life. In the time of OleMo, the Israelites were still permitted to marry Middians and it is in the house of the chief priest of Midian, Jethro where Ole Mo begins to learn again. Still, think it makes a great name for student ministries for Jethro took in a wayward OleMo who spends the next 40 years being groomed by God. Understand before God called OleMo to go fulfill his destiny as a deliverer, leader, and lawgiver of Israel, from their Egyptian oppressors. He was sent for an education a great need of learning how to lead. Funny thing about sheep they bite.

According to the reckoning in 1 Kings 6:1, Ole Mo was born in 1525 BC and lived until 1405 BC. The life of Moses shares humble beginnings, before abounding grace, a tragic fall, and wilderness. His life shares that God can still use us, no matter how far we may run, what we have done, or even our age. God has a plan to prosper our lives Jeremiah 29:11~For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV) We all need deliverance and part of the process of being delivered is realizing that Salvation floats. That our life still holds purpose. That God has not cast us off, even when we make mistakes, or the enemy seems to be reeking havoc. I know life’s waters can become troubled, but there is always a way back. To help us better connect with our faith let’s look at how salvation floated for Ole Mo. Salvation That Floats: Wayback, and Preparation.



The Call to Freedom

Today, we arrive at our last question from our Spring Series on the Spirit world. Boiled down to the heart, it is about deliverance. Deliverance is the action of being rescued or set free. Which can open for us a world of possibilities. Freedom is difficult to define in human terms. Speaking as Americans, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, that is God—Elohim, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In this declaration, we were declaring deliverance from foreign oppression, most notably taxation. 

The questions posited were not on spiritual deliverance but on life and circumstances. Again freedom can seem relative to our situation unless you speak of the ultimate freedom found only in Jesus Christ. Once we are clued into the fact that life is finite, that heaven and hell are real, that this life is about serving God or his adversary, the devil. The thought of losing our life for Christ Jesus shouldn’t scare us anymore. The end comes no matter what, the only thing that matters is how do we live and go out. Is it in Jesus Christ or yourself. Jesus Christ floats our lives to the top of every situation. Isaiah 59:19~So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard (נוּס nuwc) against him. (KJV) (נוּס nuwc) Flee, escape, to put to flight. God is our refuge, he is our Ark of salvation.

I want us to take a moment and consider a snail. Yes, a garden pest, I know, they may not seem like much, sliding their way through life, stop picturing that individual, a snail’s life is a life of determined persistence. ~ Charles Spurgeon ~ By perseverance the snail reached the ark. What is the ark, it is a symbol of hope. A place of salvation where one is delivered from the state of affairs and events called life. As the Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18:10 the righteous run in and are saved, blessed be the name of the Lord. Today, we look at the deliverance of God as we witness Salvation That Floats: Wayback, Preparation, and Refuge.