Thursday, August 6, 2009

God had a Plan,

He should not have been allowed to live. At least, that’s what the ruling authorities said. You see, in Egypt the Israelites had grown so strong the Egyptians feared they would soon take over.

But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them. Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. "Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land." (Exodus 1:7-10)

You remember the story of the baby, Moses. The Egyptian king’s edict was that all male babies born to the Israelites among them were to be killed by being cast into the Nile, but the baby girls were to be allowed to live. The parents of Moses sought to obey God rather than men, and hid the baby Moses. But they knew they could not keep him hidden forever, so they took a basket, covered it with waterproofing tar and pitch, and placed it in the reeds on the bank of the River Nile.

Of course God had a very definite plan for Moses. That's why he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and why she desired to keep him as her own. He was nursed by his own Hebrew mother and yet raised in the palace. It’s quite a story of God rescuing one who was supposed to be killed, according to the prevailing authorities of the time.

It has been said that Moses is a type of Christ. I believe that means that he was representative of the Christ, the Savior, and in a sense gives a prophetic picture of what was to be fulfilled through Jesus.

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)

Satan has always had a plan, and that is to try to stop God’s plan from coming about. Just as the ruling authorities of the time tried to kill Moses, so the ruling authorities of the time sought to kill Jesus.

Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive." (Exodus 1:22)

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him." So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-14)

Just as God rescued Moses from the wicked plan of Pharaoh, God rescued Jesus from the wicked plan of Herod. The rest of the chapter of Matthew 2 goes on to reveal several more instances of Joseph, husband of Mary, listening to the warnings of God to move in order to protect the Child, Jesus.

Of course the day came when God removed His protection from Jesus – we all know the suffering He endured on our behalf. How amazing is the love and mercy of God, that He would not leave anything to chance, but He had a plan to redeem, and when the fullness of the time came, He sent forth His Son…

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Galatians 4:4-6)

After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; (Revelation 19:1)

Job 42:1-2Then Job answered the LORD and said, "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."

1 comment:

Wanna Be A Cowgirl said...

Hi, I really enjoyed reading your I will have to go back and start from the beginning! I certainly hope chapter 7 will be posted soon, you left us hangin'! Great, interesting story, excellent writing. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. God bless. Chris