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Monarchs, Mayhem, and Murder

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YOU CAN DO THINGS YOUR WAY OR GOD'S WAY.

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MONARCHS, MAYHEM AND MURDER

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagon-load of corn in the road. The farmer who lived nearby came to investigate. “Hey, Willis,” he called out, “forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Then I'll help you get the wagon up.”
“That's mighty nice of you,” Willis answered, “but I don't think Pa would like me to.”
“Aw, come on, son!” the farmer insisted.
“Well, okay,” the boy finally agreed. “But Pa won't like it.”
After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. “I feel a lot better now, but I just know Pa is going to be real upset.”
“Don't be foolish!" exclaimed the neighbor. "By the way, where is he?”
“Under the wagon.”
You can do God’s will your way in your time or you can do God’s will God’s way in His time.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the world we live in. I see people share their perspectives and we want to hear about them. But not all perspectives are equal. I find that the Union’s perspective on slavery to be vastly superior and right to the Confederacy. I believe Democratic Capitalism to be vastly preferred compared to Socialism and Communism. I find the rights of the individual to be of a higher order than those of the collective or identity politics. I find the love of life at all stages to be moral in contrast to the punditry of choice or being doomed in the womb.
See where the story of Moses begins begins in the moral morass where there arose a Pharoah “who knew not Joseph.” The dynastic families of rulers changed in Egypt. All that Joseph and Pharoah had built together became taken for granted. Tribalism once again became entrenched in the mindset of the people.
Dr. Suess’ Sneetches and who has the stars on thars began to take over. In order for our TRIBE of Egyptians to rise, we have to put others down. We will see a similar substantive claim in the time of the Judges… Then there was a generation that knew not God nor His miracles.
Exodus 2:11–15 NASB95
11 Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 He went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, “Why are you striking your companion?” 14 But he said, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.
exodus 2:15-
I. We have the fundamental question here: Does Might Make Right?
a. The Egyptian had the Power to beat the Hebrew.
a. The Egyptian had the Power to beat the Hebrew.
b. But he did not MORAL right.
We live in a time when people take for granted the gifts we have. We take people and the relative life of ease we have compared to the rest of history. No one has to face what the Hebrews faced in America. But if we take for granted what we have
There are many ideas of men and women that sound great on paper, but they neglect God, His laws, and the nature and purpose of people. One of those natures is that we will choose what feels good over the good at any time. and that may to be to nurse our hurts, take advantage of others and act against our long-term interest. Remember Esau sold his birthright for a pot of stew.
Moses’ wrote the books of the law. Do you ever find that interesting? Genesis to Deuteronomy all get called the Law. While we find the Law, we find a lot more, why do you think that might be? I have my thoughts.
Injustice will always be around until Christ returns. And just because we know that doesn’t mean that we cannot look at the world and give critique without throwing order and politics out.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the world we live in. I see people share their perspectives and we want to hear about them. But not all perspectives are equal.
I find that the Union’s perspective on slavery to be vastly superior over the Confederacy’s perspective.
I believe Democratic Capitalism to be vastly preferred compared to Socialism and Communism.
I find the rights of the individual to be of a higher order than those of the collective or identity politics.
I find the love of life at all stages to be moral in contrast to the punditry of choice or being doomed in the womb.
See where the story of Moses begins begins in the moral morass where there arose a Pharoah “who knew not Joseph.” The dynastic families of rulers changed in Egypt. All that Joseph and Pharoah had built together became taken for granted. Tribalism once again became entrenched in the mindset of the people.
So perhaps you can relate to what Moses felt as he looked at the power and influence he had amassed. He had been educated at the Temple of the sun in all areas of knowledge: Hieroglyphics, math, social sciences, agriculture, architecture and warfare. The Hebrews hold to the tradition that he had become a battle scarred hero.
I can’t imagine this was the first time Moses had seen his fellow Hebrews abused. It seems he had formulated in his mind that at 40 or so, he had amassed enough influence and prospects to lead a political coupe.
But, notice something underlying the Hebrews question to him? Will you just be a new Pharaoh? Will you just lead according to your morals and dictates? Will we just be replacing one dictator with another? See they had been looking not just for the promised land, but the promise of God’s rule and a nation of Law that all people were under not a nation under a man. But one nation under God. Interesting isn’t it?
Moses for all his learning and intelligence had failed to grasp that.

Biblical narratives are honest about the failures and weaknesses of their characters, in contrast to most ANE literature, in which the heroes of stories—especially national heroes—are commonly portrayed in an unrealistically good light. So blunt is the criticism that Moses brought on himself as he wrote about his murdering the Egyptian that some critical scholars have even identified 2:11–15 as representative of an Israelite tradition hostile to Moses (cf. T. Butler, “An Anti-Moses Tradition,” JSOT 12 [1979]: 9–15). Cf. also B. Childs, “Moses’ Slaying in the Theology of the Two Testaments,” in Biblical Theology in Crisis (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1970), 164–83.

II. Moses STRUCK out on his own path to bring about God’s plan.
a. You can get ahead of God’s timing.
You can sow your wild seed, but you will walk upon thorns in the morning.
b. God’s plans go far beyond any MOMENT.
See, Moses spent the first 40 years thinking he was becoming somebody. Then God had to teach him 40 years in the desert that he was nobody. So then God could use him the next 40 years to show the world God can use a nobody.
III. The LORD desired to MAKE a nation, not a Name for Moses.
a. The Foundation would be Faith in the LORD, not a man.
Shortly after the revolutionary war George Washington had been asked about becoming Emperor of the States.
Washington made a noble and beautiful response of both shock and horror. He understood the goal was to become a nation of laws. And he asked what could have made people think he had such aspirations. We also know he willingly stepped down after 2 terms so as to stop the dangers of being ruled by the whims of men. It is said to see that one of our recent presidents commented or shall I say lamented that he could not rule as emperor of the US to achieve by fiat what he wanted. But, he admitted he is limited by the law of the US constitution.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the world we live in. I see people share their perspectives and we want to hear about them. But not all perspectives are equal. I find that the Union’s perspective on slavery to be vastly superior and right to the Confederacy. I believe Democratic Capitalism to be vastly preferred compared to Socialism and Communism. I find the rights of the individual to be of a higher order than those of the collective or identity politics. I find the love of life at all stages to be moral in contrast to the punditry of choice or being doomed in the womb.
Just be wise as we can reflect that there arose a Pharaoh that knew not Joseph. Things do not have to be as good as they are today. We should be thankful, but remember that the values that make what America is in her goodness come from the church and the morals God has given us. When we ignore that on either on the macro level or personal, we will pay the price.
See where the story of Moses begins begins in the moral morass where there arose a Pharoah “who knew not Joseph.” The dynastic families of rulers changed in Egypt. All that Joseph and Pharoah had built together became taken for granted. Tribalism once again became entrenched in the mindset of the people.
But it all starts as we see in Moses, at the personal level. God wanted Moses to get his heart and life straight before he would lead the people and the nation. You see the best way to clean up the world is to start with yourself. Maybe like MOses, you struggle with patience.
And when you walk in your own strength apart from God, you will end up in a spiritual desert. Don’t blame God. You got yourself there. You need to let God back into your life.
Some of you go your own way in your own time. But there are those of you who know God’s will but you don’t respond properly. You don’t follow when He says go. So you are in a desert as well.
See, it’s not about rules. It is about knowing the ultimate Ruler.
It’s not about God controlling you as a capricious dictator, but you learning self-control. Not gratifying the immediate impulse that you may live life to the fullest. Becoming who you were designed to be. See the law is there to help us reflect God’s Goodness
b. The Law would reflect God’s goodness.
c. The Goal would be to MOLD people’s hearts into loving God and others.
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 7692 The Dent on Moses’ Feet

Only little men are ever satisfied with their accomplishments—that’s why they remain little. The big men are never satisfied that’s why they become great.

It is one thing to discuss abuse academically, it is entirely something else to be emotionally moved by injustice. When we allow emotions to rule over us, we can act in ways that when we look back, we will feel shame. Look at the totalitarian governments etc...
There is a song saying He is the potter and I am the clay. Where do you need His hand to shape and form you? Patience, waiting, some of you need some get up and go… Will you be who He wants you to be.
In a letter to Lewis Nicola dated May 22, 1782 on the subject of some people wanting to make him king, General Washington stated his feelings on this matter in detail and naturally with greater eloquence and force than any one of us could have hoped to express.:
With a mixture of great surprise and astonishment I have read with attention the Sentiments you have submitted to my perusal. Be assured Sir, no occurrence in the course of the War, has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the Army as you have expressed, and I must view with abhorrence, and reprehend with severity. For the present, the communication of them will rest in my own bosom, unless some further agitation of the matter, shall make a disclosure necessary. I am much at a loss to conceive what part of my conduct could have given encouragement to an address which to me seems big with the greatest mischiefs that can befall my Country. If I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable; at the same time in justice to my own feelings I must add, that no Man possesses a more sincere wish to see ample justice done to the Army than I do, and as far as my powers and influence, in a constitutional way extend, they shall be employed to the utmost of my abilities to effect it, should there be any occasion. Let me conjure to you then, if you have any regard for your Country, concern for yourself or posterity, or respect for me, banish these thoughts from your mind, and never communicate, as from yourself, or anyone else a sentiment of the like Nature. (Volume 24, p. 272, John C. Fitzpatrick ed., The Writings of George Washington, 1745-1799(39 vols),
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