The second book of the Bible is Exodus. Exodus is a very powerful story. It is about the rise of the Israelites and watching them become a nation of God's people.
Moses is one of my favorite people of the Bible. To begin with, he was meant to die, but God saved him through the love of his mother Jochebed. She hid Moses until she couldn't anymore and then let him go down the Nile praying for a miracle. And it happened. Pharaoh's daughter found the child and took him in as her own instructing Moses' mother care for and nurse him. (Exodus 2:1-10) Talk about an answer to prayers. Now that I'm a mother, this story means so much more to me. And this is just the beginning of Moses' life.
The Lord comes to Moses to let him know that he will lead the people out of Egypt and this is Moses' response:
"Moses said to the Lord, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." (Exodus 4:10)
Moses was not perfect and God did not expect him to be. God provided a speaker for Moses in Aaron. Moses was the person for the job and he led the people well. A friend reminded me of a wonderful quote recently, "God does not chose the qualified, He qualify the chosen." It is very true in Moses' case and many other great people in the Bible. God wants the person who is going to stand strong in any situation and any opposition. Moses did that his whole life, he really was a servant to God.
The other big stories in Exodus are the seven plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the ten commandments and the forty years in the desert. Exodus is full of rich story telling and epic adventures.
One of my favorite verses from this chapter is this:
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
I pray for all who join me in this Bible reading quest and all who strive to walk closer to God.