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In any change things are going to get tense, but if your focus is through rose-colored glasses staring at the past, at what is familiar, that is where you are going end up.
The God Who Liberates. Exodus 14:19-31. The Hebrew slaves’ dramatic escape through the parted sea reveals God’s heart for the liberation and freedom for all people. Who is crying out for liberation today and what can we do about it? Perhaps you are seeking some liberation from some personal issue or circumstance.
God’s call on our lives comes in many ways. How do you recognize what God is calling you to do? Often what God calls us to do is quite different than what we want to do or feel capable of completing. Even Moses offered lame excuses to dodge God’s call but eventually he did the right thing–will you?
Puah and Shiphara translated into English mean: Beauty and Splendor. In scripture, names are significant. Beauty and Splendor saved a whole generation. Why do you think this story about Beauty and Splendor defying authority and saving a generation is told in the Bible? Do you think it is just a history lesson? By no means. It is about us. People who will stand up to what is wrong, and put themselves on the line for others have souls filled with beauty and splendor.
Jesus gave us a wonderful example. No matter what we’ve been taught, no matter who we’ve been taught to hate and demonize, we can let compassion rule the day and our hearts. Even if we have to let go of our interpretations of scripture, and culture, we need to keep drawing that circle wider. I like to think the point of the story isn’t so much about if Jesus’ mind changed, it’s more about if your mind can change, can you let go of stereotypes, insensitivities, dehumanizing language?
When we are low and confused and sighing in frustration or grief or whatever, we don’t have to worry about getting the words or thoughts right for God to respond.