Growing Apologist

Becoming a Defender of Truth

The Exodus of Life

We are currently in the book of Exodus in the Great Adventure Bible Study, learning the story of Exodus of God’s People from the land of Egypt.  God’s people lived in the land of the Egypt for a very long time. So long, that the people forgot who God is and His promises. They stopped holding to the covenant of the Lord as they ate Egyptian food, dressed like Egyptians, talked like them, intermarried, and even worshipped the Egyptian gods. However, God did not forget his people, and so the Israelites still prospered and soon there were so many of them that the Egyptians became fearful that the Israelites would take over their land.

Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy ...

I think we all know the story from this point: the Pharaoh ordering all of the male Hebrews born to be cast into the Nile; Moses saved from the Nile by the Pharaoh’s daughter; Moses growing up in the Pharaoh courts until one day he has to run from Pharaoh because he killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew; the Lord selecting Moses to lead His People out of Egypt; the ten plagues as a warning to Pharaoh to let the Lord’s People go; the parting of the Red Sea; forty years in the desert with the ten commandments given to Moses at Mount Sinai; finally Gods People reaching the Land of Canaan, the land promised to the ancestors of the Hebrews.

As I read the story and answered my homework questions for the bible study, God heard my prayer to ‘reveal to me what You wish me to learn as I study your Word.’ The homework question that astonished me most was to evaluate how Moses has changed from Exodus 5-6 to Exodus 32. As I read these chapters and saw how Moses went from saying, “I cannot do it, send someone else” to “Send me Lord, let me lead these people”, I had flashbacks from my past.

I was a teenager, and trying to figure out the world and God, and I was very lost. I was taken with culture, just like the Israelites were taken with the Egyptian culture, and I became a pagan. Then one day, I actually listened to Jesus, He stole my heart, and I became Christian. I remember being sad and bitter. I remember kneeling in the pews of my church saying, I believe, Jesus, in you and your death and resurrection. But I do not believe in the bible, or Church, or organized religion. I do not believe in testifying, in fact I will never testify. I will not tell others about you, and you cannot send me.Sunrise from Mount Sinai

I was just like Moses, unbelieving, unknowing and unwilling. Just like Moses, the Lord has led me from the pagan life and a life of slavery, through the Red Sea, and camps with me at the foot of Mount Sinai. I am not out of the desert yet, but I know that sometimes the Lord leads me, sometimes He directs me, sometimes He carries me, and sometimes He challenges my faith to see if I will stand for Him, and at the end of this journey, I will be in the Land of Milk and Honey and dwell always with the Lord. Who would have ever thought that we, who live now and in this generation, could experience the same Exodus that the Hebrews experienced so long ago?

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