Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Exodus - Movement of the People

I really enjoyed the reading today.  I had lots of thoughts (maybe it was the Starbucks).  

I've seen attempts at scientific explanations for the plagues, like there was a volcano far away..., but they fall short because they happened when Moses did something (put the staff in the sea).  With the Manna today there's not really a scientific explanation for it.  I've thought maybe it was sand and it froze, but that would not taste like honey.  Also it's kind of miraculous too.  It lasts for 2 days when it's supposed to, but rots when it's only supposed to last one day.  And the one that stays before the testimony never rots.  

The people were still learning God's laws and boundaries.  Some had to disobey to learn the consequences.  They were not used to having to obey specific laws.  

I didn't realize this, but Zipporah, Moses' wife, completely missed out on all the plagues and miracles.  Can you imagine Moses saying, "Guess what honey..."

I liked in Exodus 18:9 how Jethro "was delighted to hear about all the good things."  Moses grew up without his true father, but it seems like he was kind of adopted by Jethro.  To see this older man caring and supporting Moses is encouraging.  Later Jethro gives Moses some good advice too.  

When Moses is judging all the situations with the people, how did he know God's laws?  He hasn't been up on the mountain yet.  There are a couple of mentions of him knowing other things, like laws in today's reading.  I wonder what that is about.  

Finally today, Jethro tells Moses to divide up the work.  Great advice.  I wonder if in our church we have a good division of labor.  Should we have more, capable men?  Do we depend too much on our main leader?  What effects could that have on him and us?  

Just my thoughts for today.  Thanks for all who've been posting.  


Tera Chau said...

Moses would say to his wife "guess what honey blah blah blah..." and his wife would prolly respond "yea riiiiiiite" haha :)

Tera Chau said...

(I'm kidding I'm sure she wudv been as or more impacted than her dad Jethro :) hehe)

Mitchel Thomas Gonzalez said...

That might be a good survey question. On a scale of 1 thru 10 How is your congregation doing when it comes to having a good division of labor. I'd say on a good day the OC singles are at about a 5....IMO

Justin said...

I'd say a 3 or 4 in regards to the different type (Eph 3), but a 6 or 7 when it comes to having good BT leaders.