In the book of Matthew, we notice that God pre-planned the salvation of man through Jesus years ahead. This can also be seen from Jesus’ response when Peter suggested to Him not going to the cross.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Jesus rebuked him sharply because this would affect God’s purpose.
Exodus was about the purpose of God in moving His people from oppression into freedom and joy; However in Matthew God’s purpose was to move His Son from glory and favor into pain and troubles and death; yet in both cases, they were all God’s purpose.
- It is amazing what the plans of God are.
- It’s amazing that both man’s birth and our deaths lie in God’s purpose.
In both cases, there were obstacles
18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.
19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
Why did God tell Moses to tell Pharaoh that He had met with them? This is because when you meet God, everything about your life changes.
I pray that you meet God in that situation today and have a turn around of events in Jesus Mighty Name! Amen
Extrated from a Sermon preached at Ramseyer Presby, Taifa District
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