Meandering with Moses

(Resting In His Grace…I love that title picked by mt. The writer of Hebrews goes to great length to talk about rest…and who rests…and who won’t. Moses is mentioned often, so I am going to meander after him for a while. I hope you will meander with me…)

Moses and Jochebed

Moses and Jochebed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May I tell you a story?…
Once upon a time, a baby boy was born in ancient Egypt. He was a beautiful child that brought joy to his proud parents… and so…he was hidden from sight. What a strange twist for his story to take…but his story is bigger than him…
Over three hundred years previously, this beautiful baby’s Hebrew ancestors were invited to the land of Egypt by a friendly, related Prime Minister. They were given the choice land of Goshen to settle where they grew in numbers and strength. They prospered until “there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Exodus 1:8.
This king who didn’t know Joseph, must not have known Joseph’s story either, and fear entered his heart, and then the hearts of his people. Fear of the prosperous immigrants…fear of what they would do…well, that’s another post…back to our story…
This king tried to limit the influence of the fearsome aliens by putting them in bondage to cruel taskmasters who persecuted them with unreasonable work loads and service. When this did not diminish the race, the bitterness of the situation increased until infanticide was ordered. The king commanded that every Hebrew son was to be cast into the river. Then a beautiful baby boy was born.
This child was born during turbulent times, to a persecuted minority, during a period of infanticide, into the slave household of Amram and Jochebed. The situation was extremely difficult and I would expect to find the parents distraught and hiding their newborn in dread and trembling. Nevertheless, we are told that they were not afraid of the king’s command. (Heb 11:23) This is an amazing statement! I would be weeping and wailing in hysterics with worry concerning the fate of my newborn. I weep and wail in hysterics concerning many lesser matters, and this is a life literally hanging in the balance.
Why this fearless response? They looked at their child the way God did. Luke wrote in the Acts of the Apostles (7:20) that this child was beautiful in the sight of God. What God saw in this child was beautiful. A promised grace arriving right on time.
In Genesis 15: 13-15 (NKJV) the Lord promised Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.”
Amram and Jochebed knew that they were under this promise. They responded from their conviction that the Lord would keep His promise to bring them out, and they knew the time was drawing near. They looked at this child and believed the larger story that all would be well. Did they know how it would all work out? I don’t think so. Faith is not knowing how it will work out, but WHO will work it out.
If they were not afraid, then sister Miriam wasn’t set to watch the floating basinet out of fear, but to see what the Lord was going to do. What a great example of how to faithfully face the turbulent times in my life, not with fearful weeping and wailing, but in watchful expectancy. I hope I learn that lesson soon.

Blessings to you who meander after Moses with me,

CeeCee

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About ccragamuffin

Christina C. is a woman energized by encouraging others. She never wants to forget that she is a ragamuffin...a broken earthen vessel, heavy laden, bedraggled, and weary until grace changed her life. She now holds a treasure in a cracked earthen vessel. Anything bright or beautiful is the treasure shining through the cracks.
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18 Responses to Meandering with Moses

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  3. Evez says:

    I am so relieved to meet anhetor Christian like you! I’m new at this church going thing and the thing that always made me weary was the culture of condemnation I felt from other Christians before I was one. I wanted Jesus but didn’t want his people, if you knw what I mean. I’m learning to love around that but I got to say, I like your kind of people Thanks for being so real. (I betchya hear that a lot).

    • ccragamuffin says:

      I am very thankful if my writings blessed you and let you glimpse the love of the Lord. The recent entries of the series are posted under “Resting Writers”, then “ccragamuffin”. I am praying for you as I type this, that you will continue in your journey of “learning to love around that” (wonderfulj phrase!), and that the Lord will be your personal tutor. How wonderful that He doesn’t just give us a lesson in love…He IS love! In Him you are loved…and you have a spring of love to flow out of you. Blessings to you Evez.

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  7. Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this web site.

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  9. Keep working ,fantastic job!

  10. Very efficiently written story. It will be helpful to anyone who usess it, as well as yours truly :). Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

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  14. mtsweat says:

    “God saw a beautiful child… they saw the child as God saw him. Grace arriving right on time!” This is an excellent, encouraging, and rewarding piece of work, Cee Cee! Their knowledge of God’s promises and knowledge of His attributes gave them strength to walk by faith. Let us dig in to His promises, learn of Him… and be faithful followers of our Lord! Looking forward to this series! Thanks good friend.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Thank you for the constant encouragement, MT. Being a faithful follower is the great work of our life. I hope you will continue to bless our journey with your comments.

  15. Lady Deidre says:

    Well written — I love the story of Moses.
    God Bless You!

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Thank you for the comment…and the blessing! Since you love the story of Moses, I hope you will continue to meander along with me and let me know your thoughts on my perspective. Blessings.

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