KODIAK — Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJV) — “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’”
A great statement of faith by Moses.
I can’t remember if I heard this next quote in Sunday School or Bible Study, but I do remember it from early in my Christian walk. Perhaps in my mid-thirties, perhaps my first year.
The question: “What’s worse than waiting on God?”
The answer: “Wishing you had!”
I really like what the Compact Bible Commentary said about verses 13 and 14:
“Moses did not lash out against the complaining people. Instead he sought to encourage them with a promise that they would see the Salvation of the Lord. The people were to go forward not back and not give up.”
Are you like me in regards to using more than one Bible translation, more than one commentary?
For our opening Scripture passage, I used the New King James Version. I really was interested in the difference between the NKJV from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David Stern.
Exodus 14:13-14 (CJB) — “Moses answered the people, ‘Stop being so fearful! Remain steady and you will see how Adonai is going to save you. He will do it today — today you have seen the Egyptians, but you will never see them again! Adonai will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!’”
Both translations seem to be saying the same thing, but differently.
Have you ever told someone something, and they either didn’t believe you or perhaps didn’t understand what you were teaching them? Then, someone else comes along and tells them the same thing — bang! — they get it.
Part of my reasoning to read Scripture from more than one Bible translation and more than one commentary is Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV): “Where there is no counsel, the people fail; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Have you ever done or taken part in a Bible Study or perhaps a seminar on the names of God?
Our opening passage made me think of one of the names that identifies one of God’s attributes.
“Jehovah-Jireh” meaning Jehovah/Yahweh will provide.
I think the key is in the lesson demonstrated through Abraham on Mount Moriah when offering his son Isaac as a burnt offering.
It’s one thing to think we believe God. It’s easy to say it. But to actually put ourselves in motion based on faith in God’s promise … that I believe is the kind of faith God seeks.
Are you familiar with the New Testament verse in John 4:23?
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.”
If I may encourage you to continue attending services that glorify God through prayer, praise and preaching. Allow each of us to be encouraged by the following verses:
Hebrews 10:24-25 — “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as in the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.” My Friend there are excellent congregations here on the Island. Be encouraged. Be strengthened. Be blessed to be a blessing.
“Put yourself in the position to be Blessed, that you may be Blessed.”