Exodus 1-3, Matthew 14

Exodus 1:12
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.

We must guard our hearts from running from affliction. When it comes, we must embrace it in the strength of the Lord. There is nothing to difficult that He does not see us through. He will often times use affliction to strengthen our relationship with Him. On the other side of the affliction, once we have weathered the storm, our relationship with the Lord is stronger than ever.

Exodus 1:17
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.

Even unbelievers have a fear and reverence for God. They may not verbalize it, but deep down inside they understand that there is someone greater than they are. Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived, wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes, “God has put eternity in our hearts.” God is eternal!

Exodus 2:10
10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Moses was an amazing prophet and leader, a foreshadow of an even greater prophet and leader…Jesus.

Exodus 2:25
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

God loves us so much that He never takes His eyes off of us.

Exodus 3:5
5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Wherever God is, is holy ground. We have lost sight of the holiness of God these days. This is so unfortunate, because God never changes. When we begin to grasp the holiness of God, we will naturally desire to live more holy lives, not out of legalism, but out of obedience and adoration.

Exodus 3:14
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you. ’”

There is no greater name than this. It encompasses all things. Jesus too is the great “I AM”. Throughout the gospel of John we read the seven great “I AM” statements of Jesus, perhaps the greatest being, “I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by Me.”

Matthew 14:9
9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her.

It is tragic to think of what people will do because of what others might think. I want to be concerned in this life only with what Jesus thinks.

Matthew 14:31-32
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “ O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Whenever Jesus catches us, nothing can harm us. He is always willing to meet us where we are, even when we are lacking in our faith. He understands our doubts and wants to strengthen us during such times.

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2 thoughts on “Exodus 1-3, Matthew 14

  1. Pastor Ron, these thoughts encouraged me this morning: “Whenever Jesus catches us, nothing can harm us. He is always willing to meet us where we are, even when we are lacking in our faith. He understands our doubts and wants to strengthen us during such times.”

    I sometimes pray for God’s help to keep my focus on Jesus and not on the waves. I know that I will be aware of the waves, but I want to be trusting more and more that even the winds and waves obey him, in other words to consider how small the trials are compared to Jesus’ infinite power and love for me. If he allows the wind and waves to be stirred up, he will bring me through them and keep me from sinking.

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    1. Jonathan, thanks for reading. This account in Matthew spoke to me as well. I am learning that sometimes the Lord will intentionally stir up our lives in order to cry out to him more. Going to be learning about prayer tomorrow in our study in Colossians 4. The storms of life keep us in a good place of crying out to him, and he will answer our call. Sometimes the winds cease, but only the calm before the next storm where we begin to cry out to him all over again.

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