Face challenges in the name of the Lord

1.Moses: The number of Israelites increased a lot. Egypt was filled with them. The pharaoh became scared seeing their number. The pharaoh ordered the housewives to kill Hebrew boys and let girls live. Exodus 1:15-16, 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” But the housewives feared the Lord and let them live. Exodus1:17,  17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. It was during this time that Moses was born. The Lord has a plan for Moses. He rescued Moses and brought him to the palace where the king’s daughter brought him up as her own.

The Pharaoh began to torture and ill treat the Israelites. Moses used to stammer while speaking. Lord appeared before Moses and said to him ‘I have heard the cries of my people, Israelites and have selected you to deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians.’ Moses began counting his shortcomings to escape from the task. Exodus 7:1, Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. The Lord worked many wonderous things through Moses and brought put Israelites from Egyptian slavery and bondage.

The Israelites who believed that all their problems were over had to cross the Red Sea. The army of Pharaoh were behind them. Moses too was scared seeing them. Exodus 14:13-16, 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 

Moses who considered himself a stutter and weak, brought the people of Israelites out of Egyptian bondage in the name of the Lord. He delivered them from the hands of the Pharaoh having challenged him and delivered them.

2.David: God’s people, the Israelites were being constantly humiliated and mocked by a Philistine giant and fighter, Goliath. The king of Israel, Saul and his army combined were afraid of Goliath. Saul was ready to give his daughter in marriage and half his kingdom to anyone who killed Goliath. David was a young boy and shepherd. His elder three brothers were also part of Saul’s army. David’s father, Jericho sent him with some food for his elder brothers and also to enquire about their welfare to the place where the army had camped.

David having arrived at the army camp looked around and enquired about what was happening there. He decided that he would kill the one who insulted the Lord. His elder three brothers and Saul tried to dissuade him from this task. Yet they were not able to change his decision. 1 Samuel 17:40,  40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. David approached Goliath who humiliated him for his puny size before him. But David answered Exodus 17:45-46, 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. How did he slay the giant?

Exodus 17:49-51, 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

Moses who had his shortcomings challenged the mighty Pharaoh. He delivered the Israelites from his hands and brought them to the promised land of Canaan. Without any prior knowledge pf army/warfare and without any weapons the young boy David slayed the giant Goliath in the name of the Lord. He killed the giant within seconds before King Saul and his army in the Lord’s name.

Dear children of God, just like them, the Lord has plans for each one of us. Moses and David were victorious because of their trust and faith in the Lord. The people whom the Lord selects are led by Him always. Exodus 3:12, 12 And God said, “I will be with you.

Jeremiah 32:27, 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

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