Journey to Freedom: Let My People Go
Sunday, September 24 – 10:00am
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The Journey to Freedom series continues with the famous command from Moses to Pharaoh Let my people go!
Moses had been less than excited about the assignment that God had given him to lead the people of Israel out of their slavery in Egypt and onto a journey bound for an unknown promised land. Please, my Lord, just send someone else, he says to God, but God is very insistent, and pushes Moses to take leadership.
Exodus 3:16-20, 4:10-13, 5:1-2 (Common English Bible)
”Go and get Israel’s elders together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me. The Lord said, “I’ve been paying close attention to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. I’ve decided to take you away from the harassment in Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land full of milk and honey.”‘ They will accept what you say to them. Then you and Israel’s elders will go to Egypt’s king and say to him, ‘The Lord, the Hebrews’ God, has met with us. So now let us go on a three-day journey into the desert so that we can offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ However, I know that Egypt’s king won’t let you go unless he’s forced to do it. So I’ll use my strength and hit Egypt with dramatic displays of my power. After that, he’ll let you go.
But Moses said to the Lord, “My Lord, I’ve never been able to speak well, not yesterday, not the day before, and certainly not now since you’ve been talking to your servant. I have a slow mouth and a thick tongue.”
Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives people the ability to speak? Who’s responsible for making them unable to speak or hard of hearing, sighted or blind? Isn’t it I, the Lord? Now go! I’ll help you speak, and I’ll teach you what you should say.”
But Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.”
Afterward, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, Israel’s God, says: ‘Let my people go so that they can hold a festival for me in the desert.’”
But Pharaoh said, “Who is this Lord whom I’m supposed to obey by letting Israel go? I don’t know this Lord, and I certainly won’t let Israel go.”
Moses is a very reluctant leader… he’s not sure about the task, and he is clear that he is not the right person for the job. Have you ever found yourself saying to God Please my Lord, just send someone else? What happened? Did God insist on sending you anyway? Can you refuse God?
God saw in Moses some skills and qualities that Moses didn’t see in himself. What skills and qualities still remain hidden within you? How might you find them?
The Trustees have a work day organized for this coming Saturday, September 23rd, 8am to 12 noon. Please come and help with some of keeping “our house” in good shape, clean and tidy. There is yard work, repair work and basic cleaning work to be done. Just show up… at any time during the four hour window. Your presence will be much appreciated.
Prayers please for:
Ginny Baldauf, LaRon Bryant, Mary Czech, Halmm, Family, Joseph Lappia, Nancy Lawman, Vivian Noble, Marlene Schmitz, Barbara Schroeder, Sparks Family, Ava Watkins