Monday, January 4, 2010

Exodus 11-30

What a great day yesterday at Church!  I preached on "My Vision for 2010", and what a blessing to see our people respond to the vision before us.  The goals and plans for this year were unfolded and the theme was set.  "I'll Do My Part" is the theme for the year.  Like Gideon's men of old, we need every man standing in their place.  New families were excited, people joined the church, decisions made for Christ.  Wow!  What a people.  The greatest event of the day happened late at night.  My wife told me that she is so happy to be married to such a godly man, and good husband.  (except, I'm a little messy)  If there is anyone I want to know me as godly it is my wife.  Others I may fool, but not someone you have been married to for 35 years.   Let our walk with God be manifested in our homes!! 
I'm in Exodus, and here are a few thoughts:

1) THE BONES OF JOSEPH- Exodus 13:19 says:  "And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you."  In Gen. 50:25 it reads:  "And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence."  (vs. 26)  "So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt."  Now in Exodus 12:40, it reads:  "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years."  Israel came to Egypt when Joseph was 39 years old, and Joseph lived another 71 years to die at 110 years old.  So you take the 430 years, subtract 71 years, and Joseph had been dead and embalmed and placed in a coffin, for..... 359 years!!!   That would be like taking someone who died in 1651 and bringing them to America in 2010!  Wow!!  Joseph was saying, don't bury me in Egypt... he wanted to be identified with the Promised Land! 
*There are so many spiritual implications here, but I'll let you ponder them.

2) THE SONG OF MOSES- In Exodus 15, we have recorded the "Song of Moses".  This is a song that Moses sang unto the LORD with the children of Israel about God's great deliverance.  (The Red Sea, and how God destroyed the army of Pharaoh)  What is interesting about this song is that in Revelations, we see the saints of God singing the song of Moses!  Revelation 15:3  "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints."  Why, because again it is singing about God's deliverance!  Keep in mind that one of the signs of the Spirit-Filled Life is singing..... do you have a song in your heart today? 

3) BOND SERVANT- In Exodus 21, we have the laws concerning servants.  If a man was a Hebrew servant, he was to serve for six years and be freed.  If he married during that time and had children, the wife and kids still belonged to the master.  The man could go free.  But, if that man said, I love my master, I love my wife, I love my children, I will not go out free.  They then bore a hole in his ear as a sign that he was a servant forever.  He was a servant, but now he is a bond servant.... a servant who chooses to be a servant!!  In the New Testament, Paul says:  Romans 1:1  "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,"
He is meaning he is a bond servant.... one who willingly serves the LORD.  That is what we servants to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Well, again, my time is gone.  May God richly bless you today!   Pastor Mike Mutchler

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