ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—DAY 6
Exodus 3:9-14 “I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”
But Moses said to God, “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God answered, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.”
But Moses replied, “When I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ So what can I tell them?”
God said, “I am who I am. You must tell them: The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.’”
This passage is simply soaked in the Christmas spirit. Christmas begins with people oppressed: by work, by circumstances, by their self-produced misery. God determines to save them. But He not only sends His own Son, He also chooses nobodies to deliver His Son to the world: Mary and Joseph initially, then Peter and Paul, and later you and I. We bring Jesus and in His power and because He is with us, because HE IS; we work and pray and struggle . . . Will the people believe us? Will Jesus make the difference? In trying to deliver the people, we travel through the desert a place in our lives of frustration and thirst, and there we . . . Celebrate Christmas! The celebration itself is the proof that God is with us, that life is not meaningless, that Jesus does bring deliverance. In some mysterious way, just the idea of Christmas, the idea of the one WHO IS coming to be born among us to die for us, an idea so extraordinary as to defy human invention, is proof that it is true and that He is with us.
Prayer: Dear God, I identify with Moses. I am a nobody and I have no proof that You have sent me to bring the love of Jesus to others. Not only do I ask that you would make good on your promise to be with me, I also ask that you would convince me of its truth so I can speak and act boldly in faith. During this Christmas season allow the celebration itself to be the proof of your presence and of your calling upon my life. This I pray in the Name of the Savior. Amen.
3 From the Holman Bible, 1898