Your People

September 13th, 2022

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Exodus 5:10-23

For 400 years Israelite lives hinge on the whims of Pharaoh. In their despair concerning the new command to make bricks without straw, the people plead with Pharaoh for mercy saying, “You are unjust to your own people.” Your people. They have come to identify themselves as the people of Pharaoh.

In response to Pharaoh’s decree and Israel’s rage, Moses falls before God in despair at God’s inaction. He cries out the ultimate human question: Why do you allow suffering, God? Why do the powerful sit uncontested on the throne? Moses demonstrates the appropriate posture of faith, not suppressing doubt and fear, but rather giving it voice to God’s very self in the midst of his pain and uncertainty. Moses lays the responsibility for redemption where it belongs, at the feet of God.

We are invited to bring our doubt, confusion, and despair into the presence of God, but always remembering our identity as the people of God.

Author: Stephanie Lobdell

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One Response to “Your People”

  1. Marcela Luna Says:

    September 13th, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    Amen amen. I love how these bible stories are not simply stories but are actually real-life events that happened to the people of God to encourage us today. Romans 15:4 In our moments of doubt and despair may we do the same thing Moses did and go to God and lay them all at the feet of the cross. He cares for us. 1 Peter 5:7 We are His People! 1 Peter 2:9

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