DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 16 September 2023
TOPIC: God Still Delivers
TEXT: Exodus 18:1-12 (KJV)
18 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt;
2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
5 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
8 And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the Lord delivered them.
9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.
“And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.”
DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 16 September 2023 MESSAGE
A young man lost his father shortly after he was admitted into the university. He was later afflicted with strange sickness that defied all medical antidotes. His condition threatened not just his academic career, but also his life. He consulted spiritualists for his healing to no avail. While dying on his sickbed, he quietly cried to God for healing and vowed to serve Him if He could deliver him. God visited him the moment he prayed. He fell asleep and woke up healthy.
God still delivers today. Today’s text examines how Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, visited him alongside Zipporah, Moses’ wife and her two sons. During the visit, Moses testified to what God did to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for the sake of Israel. He also recounted all the challenges that the children of Israel faced in the wilderness and how God delivered them “out of the hand of the Egyptians”. In response, Jethro blessed the God of Israel for the great miracles and wonders He performed in the midst of His people. He then sacrificed a burnt offering in appreciation of God’s mercy towards Israel.
Just as Jethro visited Moses, believers must cultivate the habit of visiting other brethren in times of challenges and rejoicing. Moses gave a comprehensive account of how God delivered Israel, parted the Red Sea for them and fed them with manna. Likewise, we should be in the habit of testifying about His goodness and mercy towards us.
The same God who delivered Israel under Moses is our God. He still delivers today. However, He delivers particularly those who accept His lordship and continue on the path of faith. As faithful believers, there may be challenges on our path; God promises to deliver us as we call upon Him.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Faith in God’s faithfulness douses every tension.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: