March 17 2018
That’s what I heard when I woke up.
The weapon is rest.
And when I opened the Bible, I landed on Exodus 23:20
Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to prepare you into the place which I have prepared.
Isn’t it wonderful? God sends His Angel to go before us. And the Angel is Jesus. For God says, ‘for my name is in Him.’
So, whatever you are going through may your heart find rest in Him. Allow Him to lead you to the still waters.
Since these words are recorded in the Old Testament you get to hear the ‘frightening tone’ of God in the next verse.
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. Ex 23:21
He surely doesn’t look like a loving father, does He?
Why is He trying to frighten us?
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport. Shakespeare
But that’s not the nature of God. We run because of the menacing mask.
Good News Translation
Their minds, indeed, were closed; and to this very day their minds are covered with the same veil as they read the books of the old covenant. The veil is removed only when a person is joined to Christ.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
but their minds were closed. For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it is set aside only in Christ. 2 Cor 3:14
When you read Exodus 23 fully, you can’t miss the compassion of God for His beloved people.
The heart of God is revealed in every single verse in this chapter. He is absolutely compassionate, merciful and just.
And ‘love your enemies’ is found in the Old testament itself.
23:4 If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.
This is God. This is Love.
There is no darkness or evil in Him. He doesn’t want to see the enemy suffer.
At the same time He is Just. He did not create man to oppress man.
23:7 … And the innocent and righteous slay you not: for I will not justify the wicked.
So if you are being oppressed right now, may the justice of God overtake the evil. May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life.
And may we step into the fullness of the union so that we may be able to grasp the depths of His love towards us when we are on earth.
#Meet the Risen King
If you are going through grief, loss or pain, don’t let your questions drive you away from Him.
At the cost of being misunderstood, God chose to reveal Himself through this way in the Old Testament.
The same thing could be happening in your life too. It’s so easy to misunderstand Him by looking at the circumstances.
That’s why you need to find Jesus. Find Him. See Him in your midst. See Him stepping into your house as He stepped into the house of the disciples.
Jesus came to teach us the art of beholding the Father.
But again, it’s so easy to misinterpret that too.
Instead of seeing His love, we tend to be obsessed with His wrath.
We let one word define the relationship.
And that reminds me of the way we argue.
We let one word dominate the conversation that turns into an argument and that ends up separating people.
God gave us the word to draw us closer to Him. But we misinterpret it and tend to misunderstand His heart.
So, what’s the solution?
We need to encounter the risen King. He is the Prince of peace and His Gospel is love.
The disciples saw the Risen One and they were transformed forever. May we behold him and be transformed too.