Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Does God care?
When we pray, does God answer?
When we suffer, does God care?
Age old questions, to be sure.
Today's story puts perspective to those two questions.
God promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that they would become a great nation and possess the land of Israel.
Moses is raised in Pharoah's court, hearing the stories of his parents God and the promises made. But his people are slaves.
He may have had some visions of being the leader of a great revolt. But he killed an Egyptian, and became a fugitive from the law.
He fled as far away as he could possibly go. Out of the country, across a barren desert, to the end of the earth (so to speak).
Forty years pass. Any dream he may have had to be the "great rescuer" had utterly died.
And his people still suffer. Still groan. Still are enslaved...
23 "Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act."
Moses was going to be used by God to create the biggest upset in the history of the world!