Notes on The Exodus (18)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The Victory that Overcomes 
(Chapter 2 Verses 11-15)

Moses deliberately breaks with Egypt here, he is left with but one option to run v15. There is of course a time for such action, in order to fight another day. Moses, at this point had some knowledge of his spiritual heritage and destiny, he was educated to be lawyer and trained leader, but. He still had learn what it meant, to be a shepherd. When once you have frightened the sheep it is impossible to lead them. To have their confidence is vital, essential. Consider the mighty working of God in this deliverance, what it took to loosen Egypt’s grip on Israel. It took no less to convince Israel that she should leave. Not everyone is convinced that they should move on with God. We are the same, we have our traditions don’t you know, we’ve always done things this way. People do not take kindly to being disturbed, no, not even by God himself. The Son of experienced the same with the Jews, neither heaven or hell would shift them. Even after they had left Egypt this lot moaned and groaned and the majority of them perished on the way to the promised land, they never got there. Later on in Israel’s history the very same attitude would crucify the Lord of glory. Staying spiritually awake, fresh and in step with the Holy Spirit is an essential part of our walk with God (Galatians 5:25). This is vital for the church in every generation. The North American Minister, Jonathan Edwards said, “it is the task of every generation to discover in which direction the sovereign Redeemer is moving, then to move in that direction.” Lest we languor and perish in our religious traditions.

So Moses finds himself catapulted into the land of Midian and all alone v15b. Now God can begin the work of preparing his man for his task, the deliverance that lies ahead. Yes, Moses got it wrong, but God doesn’t give up on his people as easily as some of us do. God can do some amazing things with impossible situations, he alone is the sovereign determiner of what is possible and what is impossible. From a human perspective it is all up with Moses, not ministerial material, he has blown it before he has even started. But not in the Divine perspective. What about you, disappointed, defeated, dejected? All over? You got it wrong somewhere, somehow? Now you say it’s impossible, God can’t use you, not ever. Or so you think. Please do us all a favour get a grip on the principle of faith, “for everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. ” (1John 5:4). Through faith in God through Jesus Christ any situation can be changed, nothing’s impossible (Mark 9:23). The victory can be snatched from the very jaws of defeat. God is still upon the throne and can turn your defeat into victory.“Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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