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Exodus No.12

Hello Congregation,

I hope and pray all is well with you and that God’s grace is filling your hearts. 

Here is my video devotion on the Sixth Plague entitled, “Boils, Boils, Toils, and Troubles.”  As God attacks the gods of Egypt and is working to redeem His people, He sends a plague of boils on the Egyptians, from the soles of their feet to the tops of their heads. 

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But for those who would rather just read a short devotional, here is some of my thoughts on a lovely passage of Scripture, Deuteronomy 33:26-29:

Deuteronomy 33 is a lovely poem where Moses rehearses the blessings God placed on His covenant people, naming eleven of Israel’s tribes.   Simeon was the only tribe not mentioned in the song.  No doubt because of his violence he was to be scattered among his brethren (Genesis 49:7), and so he lost his tribal individuality.  He was added to Judah.  Verses 26-29 brings the blessings to a summary conclusion proclaiming, “There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your help, and through the skies in His majesty.  The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’ So Israel dwells in security, the fountain of Jacob secluded in a land of grain and new wine; His heavens also drop down dew.  Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, who is the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread upon their high places.”

This blessing points Israel to their hope in a God who is mighty to save, mighty to protect, and mighty to bless with abundance.  How wonderful -- the eternal God is a “dwelling place” for His people.  Every Israelite can find a home in God!  The home is a comfortable place where we rest from labors, enjoy the company of family and friends, and repair from the blasts of the world.  When God is your dwelling place, you have everything an eternal and almighty God can provide: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).  Moses means to teach us that though Canaan is a land flowing with milk and honey, a place of great abundance, it would be a land of darkness without God.  It is not the blessings of the land that we find our rest, but in the everlasting arms of the Almighty. 

“Underneath are the everlasting arms.”  Isaiah 52:10 says, “The LORD has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” In these arms, God’s people will find a wonderful support in times of great distress.  These arms will lift them when they are crushed by the heaviest burdens.  When His arms are carrying His people, the gates of hell can never prevail against them.  While the Church in general can take comfort in that, individual saints can also find their comfort in these arms.  We are often overwhelmed by a plethora of troubles, but underneath us are the everlasting arms to keep us from falling, from fainting, from failing.  Paul wrote, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).  Not crushed, not despairing, nor forsaken, not destroyed because underneath are the everlasting arms of an Almighty God!  Paul testified “that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” 

Because of those everlasting arms, notice the victory Moses mentions: “He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’”  Believers are more than conquerors over their spiritual enemies, through Christ that loved them. The captain of our salvation thrust out the enemy from before us when he overcame the world and spoiled principalities and powers on the cross.  God Himself is the shield of our help and He is the sword by which we are well assured of victory over our enemies.  It is by these everlasting arms that God of peace shall soon crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16:20).  Who is like unto you, happy Israel whose God is the Lord!



—Pastor Michael

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