Weekly Devotion – Exodus 4:29-31
Published 1:34 pm Thursday, April 20, 2023
By Mike Caton
Exodus 4:29-31, “Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”
The sentence starts in verse 29 and goes until the first part of verse 31, that’s why they are all included here this morning. We see Aaron and Moses doing exactly what God has commanded them to do. They first meet with the leaders of the Israelites, telling them God has seen and heard their misery, that he has not forgotten the promises he made to their ancestors, and that he is about to bring them out of their bondage and into the land he promised first to Abraham.
It says, and they believed. But I wonder what it took to convince them. Suppose someone you last heard from 40 years ago, and they left under bad circumstances, showed up with some amazing news of great blessings coming your way. We all like good news and great blessings, but this type of guy might be hard to believe. And then they performed the miracles, that would be impressive as well. Honestly, I can be more than a little skeptical of things like this, I’d have been looking for the trick. But eventually, the people accepted what they were told.
Can you imagine the joy and celebration that ensued? After 400 years they were going to finally be free. Remember, not all of those 400 years were in slavery, but most of them were. And now they were not just going to be free, but they were going to have a home, a land of their own! What great news! But we have even greater news today, Jesus has died and rose again to pay out debt. We need to accept that gift and live to show our gratitude.
Father, thank you for not forgetting me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org.