The Soaring Eagle

Only your body is limited. Your spirit can 'mount up on wings like eagles'


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Exodus 1 & 2

“This is how you are to eat it:
with your cloak tucked into your belt,
your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand.
Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover”
( Exodus 12:11)

Reflection:
The Israelites obeyed the Lord’s command in Egypt. They painted their doorposts with the blood of lambs and that night ate their first Passover meal. The Lord’s angel went through Egypt that night and the first-born of the land, except for the Israelites, died. Pharaoh summoned Moses and told him to take the Israelites with their flocks and possessions and to leave Egypt – and the nation began to move out.

Some thirteen centuries later Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples and instituted what we celebrate as The Lord’s Supper. Like the Israelites He then began His own Exodus. That night after the struggle in Gethsemane He was arrested and the following day died upon the cross.

It is no coincidence that these two events are connected by the same festival. God deliberately linked them to each other to give us a fuller understanding of what He is about and the fact that this is all in terms of His original and only plan and purpose. He continues to work it out in ways that He decided before creation and which to Him are ‘very good.’

He saved His people from bondage in Egypt through the death of the first-born and the blood of the lambs. He saves us from bondage to sin through the death of His Son and His blood as the Lamb of God.

As we see for ourselves these great links between the early and later Scriptures we are reminded of God’s great love and His supreme majesty, power and authority.

Response:
How great is our God that He can and does orchestrate these major events and over such time spans.

Prayer:

Lord I stand in awe of such power and authority and the wonder of such a love. I bow down to You in humility and in thankfulness. Amen.

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Always will be

“I am the LORD your God,
who has brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage”
 (Exodus 20:2)

 

Reflection:
At Mount Sinai God reminded the Israelites that He and He alone is the Lord their God – the One who liberated them from their bondage and slavery in Egypt and brought them through the waters of the sea to Himself. From there He took them into the Promised Land.

This foreshadows the mission of the Messiah about whom the prophet Isaiah was inspired to proclaim about the One to come,

“The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1)

Here was the message of a freedom from the enslavement and suffering in a fallen world that would be brought about by the Christ to come. He would come as the Light of the world, as the Way, the Truth and the Life and as the Good Shepherd.  He would call and gather God’s chosen ones to Himself and lead them out of the world’s darkness, through the dark waters of death and on the other side into the Light and Life and Love of the Lord God Almighty in the place which He Himself has prepared for them.

This same God is the One who has said to us that

  • “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” ( Romans 8:28)
  • nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39)
  • “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29)

As we recognise that God has had this plan for us from the beginning, and that He has revealed His love and commitment to us in so many ways, He urges us to hang on to Him and trust Him for the best – the glorious, eternal and full-hearted living love – is still to come. And it will come.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

And so like the one man next to the Lord on the cross we can hold on just a little longer for we know that in a tomorrow we will be with Him in paradise.

Response:
Keep your eyes on the Lord in the good times and the hard times.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to keep my eyes and heart on You – and not to lose hope or faith, and not to become despondent about myself, but to hold on to Your hand as it holds on to me, even me. Amen.

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Unfailing Love

“In your unfailing love, O Lord,
you lead the people whom you have redeemed.
And by your invincible strength
you will guide them to your holy dwelling”
(Exodus 15:13 CW)

Reflection:
This comes from the song of Moses and Miriam after the Lord had brought the Israelites wonderfully through the parted waters and then drowned the pursuing army of Pharaoh.  As they marvelled at the Lord’s great act of power and salvation they prophesied that He was both willing and able to take them safely into the Promised Land.

As we look back at the history of God in the Old Testament and then at the astonishing act of power and salvation in the resurrection of Jesus Christ their message must strike us with the same force. Our God is both willing and able to take us through the journey of life and death and safely into His Promised Home.

Like the Israelites we will have many challenges and experiences along the way. However there is now nothing in all creation able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39) On top of this “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28)

The important truth for us to remember is that God is in control of our journey. No matter where or how we are at this moment in time He is with us. He will guide and strengthen us as we need it and to the extent that we will allow Him to do so. And He will see us safely home. Our peace and fulfilment may be tasted in this life but it is only a pale foretaste of that which He has in store for us.

Response:
His love for me is unfailing and His strength invincible.

Prayer:

Lord God you are working for good in my life even now. Please help me to trust in Your love and power and to journey faithfully with You. Amen.

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Open Your Eyes

“O LORD
Who is like you– majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory, working wonders?”
(Exodus 15:11)

Reflection:
Our vision of God defines our lives.

We can ignore Him, treat Him casually – by paying Him lip-service or turning to Him only when we need help – or we can take Him seriously – to the extent that He becomes our life.

His revelation of Himself through creation, through His history, through His great acts and ultimately through His Son Jesus Christ, is stunning. It is a revelation of awesome power and might, of unbelievable compassion and mercy, of immaculate justice and righteousness, and of breath-taking beauty and love.

If our vision slips then our faith, hope, love and integrity begin to go as well.

In times such as these there is a great need for those whom He has called to Himself to renew their vision, re-establish their foundations, and glory in the wonder of our marvellous God. One of our greatest gifts and weapons is our heart-felt love and worship of this God who is at once Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Response:

“Immortal, Invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.”

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, keep me conscious of Your glory, honour and power – and of Your great beauty and love. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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What is my answer?

2017-01-18

“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant,
then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”
(Exodus 19:5)

 

Reflection:
The moment of choice had arrived.

When God made man He gave him the freedom to choose and a command to be obeyed.

Now, when God had set the Israelites free from their bondage in Egypt and showed them something of His might, power and love, He again gave them the freedom to choose. They could be His people or choose to be their own masters and go off by themselves. Again the condition was that they do things His way by full obedience to His commands.

The Israelites committed themselves to Him in words – but Scripture would show that they did not live out their commitment. In reality the majority of them had not really made a choice for God at all. As a result most of them would never enter the Promised Land but would die in the desert. It was an inconceivable sadness.

Later, Jesus would come with another offer. This time it was for people to put their hope and faith in Him as the divine Saviour. He offered love and grace instead of the requirements of the law. However, the mark of our acceptance of His love and salvation would be that we would live this new life in His way and not our own.

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” (John 15:10)

To neglect or disobey His commands would be a rejection of Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life.

That is not to say that those who try and fall are rejected by God. Not at all! As we ask for forgiveness He is there to help us up again and to support, strengthen and encourage us as we continue our journey with Him. In the process He deepens our relationship with Him.

We do, however, have to ask ourselves whether our Christian walk is one of lip-service or life-style.

Response:
Cam I commit myself to the Lord for the year?

Prayer:

Father God I want to want to commit myself fully into Your Love and Life. Please help me. Amen.

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Your Way

2016-11-15

Moses said to the LORD … “You have said, `I know you by name and you have found favour with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you”
(Exodus 33:12-13)

Reflection:
The Lord chose Moses before he was born, and God was pleased with him notwithstanding his hesitations and lapses. Now that Moses had been walking with the Lord and developing a relationship with Him he asked God ‘to teach me Your ways so that I may know You and continue to find favour with You.’

The heart of the matter is that God chooses us. As we respond positively to Him it pleases Him. Then the way to know Him better and to continue to please Him is to live the way that He directs.  To do this we need to find out how He wants us to live. This is where Scripture and the Holy Spirit are so important – for the Scriptures are inspired by the Spirit who, Jesus tells us, will guide us into all truth.

Compare this with Jesus Himself. He responded to God by being baptised in the Jordan by John. This pleased God who immediately affirmed Him and filled Him with the Spirit. Jesus followed the Holy Spirit into the desert and then into the three years of His ministry. During this time He taught His disciples that He did only what the Father showed Him and spoke only the words that the Father gave to Him. He was committed to God and to His ways.

What was good for Moses and for Jesus will be the way that is right for us as well. To know God better – to have a deeper relationship with Him – comes through having faith in Him and trusting His love. We do this by living in the way that He shows us through the Scriptures and in personal guidance where we need it.

Response:
Ask God for guidance. Read and follow His directions.

Prayer

Your Word Lord is a lamp to my feet – please help me to walk in Your way and to do it Your way. Amen.

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Ransom to be paid

2016-11-10

“When you take a census of the Israelites to count them,
each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted”
(Exodus 30:12)

Reflection:
The annual ransom that the Israelites, who were twenty years and older, had to pay was half a shekel – and the Lord was very specific about it.

“The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives” (Exodus 30:15)

The Lord did not place a higher value upon the rich than on the poor – nor were the rich able to pay more for a ‘better atonement’ or more privileged position. The poor did not lose out in any way – nor were they seen to be inferior.  There was one standard for each and every one of them. One atonement before one and the same God.

The same is true of our atonement in and through Jesus Christ – except that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins once and that for all time. There is one sacrifice for each one of us. The rich did not have a better atonement made for them, nor did the poor have a poorer quality made on their behalf. For each and every one of us it is the one Lamb without defect who paid the penalty for all our sins and takes away the sins of the world. There is not one salvation for the rich and famous and another for the poor and unknown.

There is only one new relationship with the Lord God Almighty.  In and through Jesus Christ we all become the children of God – and there is only one elder brother, the Lord Jesus himself.

Response:
I am not a nothing – I am a child of God.

Prayer:

Father thank You so much for making me Your child. Please help me to receive and accept this wonderful truth and privilege. And as I deal with others of Your children please help me to give them the love and respect that they, and You , deserve. Amen.

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