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God's Campaign Against Egypt

God's Campaign Against EgyptExodus 3:13-22
B. God Answered Moses’ Objections (Ex 3:11–4:17)

Moses did not exactly jump at the chance to assume the leadership of a nation of slaves. That was an awesome task, and he shrunk from it. Moses raised five objections to his appointment.
1. He pled lack of standing (3:11–12). “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” The forty years in the wilderness obviously had humbled Moses. He felt woefully inadequate. God responded to this first objection with a twofold promise. First, the Lord promised to be with Moses. The believer’s source of power is not who he is, but who is with him! Second, God promised Moses success. He would bring the people out of Egypt to worship their God on Mt. Sinai.
2. He cited ignorance (3:13–22). If he were asked he would not be able to tell the Israelites the name of the God who was sending him. God answered this objection by telling Moses his name:I am. The statement “I am who I am” can be rendered a number of different …

Bearing Others’ Burdens

Bearing Others’ Burdens 1aExhortation                                We athen who are strong ought to bear with the 1scruples of the weak, bRejection                                         and not to please ourselves. 2aMandatebLet each of us please his neighbor for his good, bPurpose                                           leading to 2edification. 3aReason (2a-2b)cFor even Christ did not please Himself; bComparison                                     but as it is written, cQuotationd“The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4aReason

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 26

  Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life
Prov. 4:23
He who would keep his heart pure and holy must plant a sentinel at every avenue by which sin may find access there, guarding against none more than the “little” sins, as they are called.
The man of God has his eyes to keep, and so Job said, “I have made a covenant with mine eyes”—his tongue, and hence the exhortation, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile”—his ears, and hence the warning, “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err”—his feet, and hence David says, “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.” And since there is no gate of the five senses by which the enemy may not come in like a flood, unless the Spirit lift up a standard against him, we have need to guard every port, and write over every portal, “Here there entereth nothing to hurt or to defile.”

Guthrie

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for…

Connect the Testaments

May 26: A Longsuffering God
1 Chronicles 18:1–20:8; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Psalm 85

God is longsuffering, but sometimes we take this for granted. How often have we given into temptation, expecting to be obedient at a later date?
Psalm 85 gives a testimony of God’s faithfulness in the past: “O Yahweh, you favored your land. You restored the fortunes of Jacob. You took away the guilt of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your burning anger” (Psa 85:1–3).
As he experiences that judgment, the psalmist remembers God’s past restoration, and he hopes for it once more: “I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, because he will speak peace to his people, even his faithful ones”; he also sets a condition: “but let them not return to folly” (Psa 85:8).
Do we wait until bad times before we realize God’s amazing grace for us?
God’s faithfulness is also expressed in surprising moments in the New Testament, like Paul’s exhortation to Timothy. Paul tells hi…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 26                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”
         — Psalm 55:22
Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be neglected without involving transgression: for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do for us. We attempt to think of that which we fancy he will forget; we labour to take upon ourselves our weary burden, as if he were unable or unwilling to take it for us. Now this disobedience to his plain precept, this unbelief in his Word, this presumption in intruding upon his province, is all sinful. Yet more than this, anxious care often…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 26th
Think as Jesus taught


Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17.
We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception we have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows ceaselessly, and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are not conscious of it, but it is always going on. We are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect joint with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. Beware of anything that stops ejaculatory prayer. “Pray without ceasing,” keep the childlike habit of ejaculatory prayer in your heart to God all the time.
Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer; He had the boundless certainty that prayer is always answered. Have we by the Spirit the unspeakable certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when God does not seem to have answered prayer? “Every one that asketh receiveth.” We …