Exodus 7, Luke 10, Job 24, 1 Corinthians 11

Exodus 7:4

So delivering His people from slavery is a great act of judgment from the Lord.  Judgment against whom? 

Exodus 1:13-14 says the Egyptians ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter.  Exodus 2:23-25 tells us the people groaned because of their slavery and when they cried out, God heard.  God has seen what has been done to them and promises to bring them out of the affliction of Egypt. 

The Hebrew word for judgment is shapat.  It is a judicial word which refers to a third party sitting over two parties who are at odds.  After listening to the case of each party, the third party decides what is right and what to do about it.  The third party acts as both judge and jury.  

So the LORD judges Egypt for the treatment of His children.  Zechariah 2:8-9 warns against  plundering His children by describing them as the "apple of his eye".  Matthew 18:5-6 describes God's extreme response to those who cause His little ones to sin.

Thank You, Father, for Your great care for Your children.  Thank You for telling us we have angels watching over us who always see Your face.  Thank You for hearing our cries.

Luke 10:3

I often forget the truth of Jesus' statement, "I am sending you out like lambs in the midst of wolves".  I fear I don't remember the seriousness of my task as a disciple of Christ Jesus.  Jesus instructs us to proclaim the Good News that the Kingdom of God is near, but He warns us of our surroundings.  It is so easy to think I am capable and forget the opposition I will face.  The only way to accomplish what I am called to do is under the authority and protection of the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).  I am reminded of Romans 8:36-37, where disciples of Christ are referred to as conquering sheep.

Chief Shepherd, strengthen me for the tasks You give me as one of Your sheep.  Remind me I am like a sheep among wolves but in You, I am a conquering sheep.

Job 24:1

Job is not the only one to ever wonder why it seems God is so slow in dealing with the wicked.  In Psalm 73, Asaph examines this concern in great depth.  He acknowledges God is good but when he sees the prosperity of the wicked, it almost causes him to stumble.  He gives a very thorough description of how it seems the wicked are materially blessed and his thought process that caused him to nearly stumble.  It is only by spending time in God's sanctuary that Asaph realized the destiny of the wicked.

Father, forgive me for envying the wicked and their apparent prosperity.  I know You are a just Judge.  Your slowness is Your patience wishing none would perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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