Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Scepter of a King, part 2

As Moses continued in the authority that God had given him and he matured, God expected more of him.

In Exodus 14, the Israelites had fled captivity in Egypt and had stopped to camp along the sea. God once again hardened Pharaoh's heart, and let him decide to chase after the newly freed Israelites. As they looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them, they saw that they were trapped by the sea. They cried out to Moses and panicked. In verse 14 Moses tells the people, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” But God expected Moses to do his part, he expected him to use the authority that God had given him.

(Moses' part:)
15Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward."
16"As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.

(God then explains what His part will be; the part that He had not enabled Moses to do.)
17"As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them..."

God desires that we mature in our relationship with Him. Part of that maturing is understanding what our part is, and how to use the knowledge and authority that God has given us, rather than asking Him to do everything for us.
We come to God as children, but He desires that we mature as sons and daughters.

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