Friday, July 25, 2014

God Intervenes

30 "Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord:32 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. ' And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt. '
35 "This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge? '—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. (Acts 7:30-36)

Stephen reminds his compatriots that Israel had rejected Moses. Yet God had intervened and sent Moses back to Egypt to save his brothers. He gave Moses signs and wonders to perform to convince both Pharaoh and the people of God’s intention to save them through Moses. Now they have rejected Jesus, even crucifying him on the cross. But again God has intervened raising him from the dead. 

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