Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, July 2

I'd like, for what it's worth, to offer some personal reflections on Exodus at this point.  Being only a man (and a very fallible one at that), I can only list some observations and questions:

As to why God worked this in such a way: I can only say, were I given an opportunity to meet Him face to face, I would be in the dust offering nothing but praise and crying out, "You are the Lord.  Thy will be done."

As to Moses' initial rejection from Pharaoh with the resulting blame from his people for having failed: I would want to surround him with my love and encouragement.  I myself, in a much smaller way, have experienced  the pain of good intentions gone bad.

As to the Hebrew people caught in such a dark temporal place of pain and injustice: I would want to tell them, "I have few answers as to why this must be.  But trust God, not because of your circumstances, but despite them."

As to why the Pharaoh acted in such a way: "Why such harshness and hardness of heart?"

Much of what we have studied, despite whatever revelation, human scholarship and hindsight we may have, remains to a degree a paradigm of mystery related to the human condition of sin in which we all find ourselves, both in terms of Egypt and the Hebrews.  There are no exceptional good guys here.  It is God and His purposes that draw the tension, setting the bar and line.  If there is any real justice in this crazy existential world, it will come from not simply choosing sides, but from taking the side of God Himself whose love extends not to the Hebrews alone but ultimately, in Christ, to the world (John 3:16).

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