June 30, 2010
Read: The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a wonder,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.'" So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the Lord commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials and it became a snake. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. Each one of them threw down his staff, and they became snakes [...] Exodus 7: 8-12
Fun & Games: In today's reading, Moses and Aaron directly challenge Pharaoh's authority with the gifts given them by God. Pharaoh was pretty much used to getting things his own way, however, and refused to believe that the power of this supposed "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" was greater than his own
Identity of some other people in the Bible who didn't believe in or fully trust God's power.
- "I didn't believe that my son would get what God promised us, so I came up with a "hairy" scheme even a blind man would fall for." (Gen. 27 1-29)
- "What would you think if Gabriel told you that your elderly wife would bear you a child? I was literally dumb-struck!" (Luke 1: 5-25)
- "I feared my people and let them steal from the Amalekites even though I was told not to. I later lost it all to my court musician... (1 Samuel 15:1-23)
- "The Lord sent me to save my people from the Midianites, but I was sure he must've meant someone else and NOT me." (Judges 6:14)
- "I had trouble believing my teacher until he showed me the (w)hole story." (John 20: 24-29)
- "I married quite a few ladies in my time and unwisely lost my kingly way because I started worshiping their way." (1 Kings 11: 4-8)
Pray this Prayer: God, in a world of full of distraction, confusion and mistrust, show me your life-giving truth. Make it like air or water to me, and may I always be thirsty for it and you. Amen.
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