Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Tuesday, February 17th: Exodus 1-3 Mark 15:1-25 | Nathan
In Exodus chapter 2 we see God at work in how He looks after the future leader of the Israelites, when Moses was a baby. Pharaoh wanted all Israelite male babies to be killed because he feared the power of the Israelites as they grew in numbers.
Just the fact that Moses survived as a baby and wasn't discovered by the Egyptian guards was a miracle. As well as how he was hidden, in a homemade boat, then found by Pharaoh's daughter who had compassion for him. She then "happened" to find a women (Moses' mom) to look after him, and was even paid to do so. Pharaoh's daughter later would want to look after him and raise him. This was obviously God at work. The odds of this happening just on coincidence was impossible.
In our new testament reading in Mark, I notice two men who are put in difficult positions. First is Pilate, who feels uncomfortable going through with crucifying Jesus. He tries to convince the people to agree to let Jesus go free, but he's not strong enough to stand up to the political pressure he gets to kill Jesus.
The second man who is put in a difficult position is Jesus. Instead of taking the easy way out, He goes through with His Father's will and takes unbelievable punishment for us. He takes this abuse for sinners like me and you, people who don't deserve it. Jesus could have easily gotten out of this, He didn't deserve it, but loved us so much He went through with it. He took the hard road compared to Pilate who took the easy road, when put in an uncomfortable position.
This is a reminder for me to do my best for God, who did something for me that I'll never be able to repay.