ROOTED - Tuesday, October 19, 2021


The Old Testament prophets are famous for the phrase, “Thus says the Lord.”  Why?  Because they are merely messengers.  The source of their message is God himself.  And knowing who the message is from makes all the difference.

 

Here is part of the story of God and Moses and Pharaoh, when Moses is trying to get Pharaoh to release the Israelites from captivity in Egypt.

 

Exodus 8:1-6

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 

2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. 

3 The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. 

4 The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’ ” 

5 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ” 

6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. 

 

Reflections

Pharaoh was not going to be convinced by the words of some simple shepherd like Moses.  Moses knew this.  God knew this.  So God said to Moses in essence, “Tell him that I said this.  This is a message from me.  Thus says the Lord!”

 

How does knowing the author of the message change or influence its meaning?

 

When have I experienced a “thus says the Lord” moment in my life when I understood that the message I was receiving was from God?

 

Prayer

God of power and might, who delivered your people out of the terrible hand of the Pharaoh, deliver us once more from slavery to sin and death, that we may live with great confidence in your grace.  Through Christ the Lord we pray.  Amen.