Saturday, August 15, 2009

QQC--Deceptive Appearances (Or: How Could it Be God?)

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 5:19-21

Moses made his way to Egypt and appeared to Pharaoh with this request from God: "Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert." (Another lie.) But Pharaoh not only refused but made the work of the slaves more difficult by not providing the straw needed to build bricks but not reducing the quota of bricks he expected to be made.

The Israelite foremen protested to Pharaoh but got nowhere so they complained to Moses: "May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us." If someone came to your community or church and something they said or did resulted in dire consequences and possibly death for all the people, what would your assumption be? This can't be God! The Israealite foremen (and probably all the slaves) were no different. Certain that this was not God, they cursed the one God sent.

I wonder how often we do that.

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