Read - Exodus 4:27-31
Message - Alan Burke
Seriously where is all going to end? Will life ever return to the way it was? Have you heard about the new strain? Will the vaccine be effective? Will we be able to afford it? What if the doctor tells me it’s serious? What are you worrying about the day? Remember Moses, his excuses, well there was one that he gave and he was worried that he wouldn’t be believed (4:1).
From a human perspective, it is may be easy to understand why Moses worried after all it wasn’t like he was a trusted upright member of the community. But the problem was that he had heard but he hadn’t listened, he had failed to trust the word of God even though the word of God is the truth of salvation, it alone has the power to save. And here we are told how Aaron and Moses and after some catching up head to Egypt and gather the elders of the people telling them what God had said and preforming the signs, and they believed.
Just as the Lord had promised Moses, as he had assured him of what would happen and Moses didn’t believe it or rather didn’t want to believe it because he had made it about himself, they believed, they believed the message that Moses took to them.
Remember those excuses by Moses, those attempts to wrangle out what God was calling him to, how he worried, how he protested?
What was it all for?
What use was it?
How many of us though live our lives worrying about the future before it gets here? Were worried about covid, jobs, our house, the weather next week, that interview that’s coming, what September is going to look like, will life ever get back to normal, worried about retirement, the kids growing up, worried about your health?
You spend your time worrying what if this or what if that and by the time it comes its nowhere near as bad as we thought it was going to be but the problem is that when that day comes we forget we were worried about it because we are worrying about something else.
Stop wasting your time, remember, and not just recall to mind, but remember and know each day that God is in control, he is at work right here and now by his providence, I know that is hard to grasp at times, but that is the truth. And remember “…do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt 6:34).
Moses could really have done with being reminded of that.
But why were the people moved to worship? it was because they heard how the Lord was concerned about them and he had seen their misery (31). I do not not know you face this day, I do not know your hardships but I know that just like the Egyptians God has seen heard, and has compassion, he has not left you or forsaken you even though nothing may seem further from the truth. Will you worship, in the midst of it all, will we worship as a people who have many more reasons to be that the Israelites in Egypt?
Q 97 What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’ s supper?
It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’ s supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’ s body, (1 Cor. 11:28–29) of their faith to feed upon him, (2 Cor. 13:5) of their repentance, (1 Cor. 11:31) love, (1 Cor. 10:16–17) and new obedience; (1 Cor. 5:7–8) lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves. (1 Cor. 11:28–29)