TOPIC: Divine Weapon (DCLM Daily Manna 11 January 2022)
TEXT: Exodus 4:18-26 (KJV)
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19 And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
21 And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him.
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
KEY VERSE: “And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand” (Exodus 4:20).
John F. Kennedy, a former president of the United States, was quoted to have said, “The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us”. He was assassinated by a gunman with a rifle fitted with a telescope.
The use of physical weapons by the unregenerate results in unjustified destruction but divine weapons are designed to accomplish God’s holy purposes.
From our text, Moses set out on his mission as God’s prophet to liberate the Jews from the Egyptian bondage. He was not dressed like a musketeer. Neither did he set up a camp to train an army of liberators; nor was there any need for mercenaries. He went as a family man with his wife and two sons. He only took a rod, rode on an ass, on a journey of faith to confirm the Scripture that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
God had given Moses all the assurances. With all questions answered and all excuses and doubts removed, Moses was now ready to ride on in the strength of the Lord. At eighty, he had overcome the immaturity and infirmities of his youth. He now knew better. Never would he run ahead of God again. Though he was convinced all along that he was the chosen one to liberate Israel, he had seen the fire of his youthful exuberance ebb out when he made the first attempt to save Israel forty years earlier.
We need not hurry but wait for God, follow His method, use only the weapons He prescribes and the way He directs us. It is then that victory is certain.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God’s weapons always guarantee victory.
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