September 3, 2017: I AM with you.

Posted on : Aug 31st, 2017 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Unfortunately, the need to fight for the powerless hasn’t been an easily galvanizing task, throughout human history.  It’s less burdensome to simply turn one’s gaze in a different direction, when difficult things happen to those people societies consider to be less worthy of respect, i.e., because of one’s ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, etc.  Many people in the United States continue to wrestle with the divine Judeo-Christian commission to fight for the powerless.

This Sunday’s text, chosen from the Common Lectionary from the book of Exodus, is appropriate because it reveals Moses’ calling by God to participate in God’s liberation of the enslaved Israelites from oppressive Egyptian control.  Yet the imperfect Moses, like us, wasn’t so thrilled to embark upon a task he knew wouldn’t be easy.  Like us, Moses throws questions to God in an attempt to dissuade the Creator from selecting him for the task.  Yet in spite of Moses’ imperfections, he is God’s chosen person to initiate the task of fighting for and freeing the powerless Israelites.

As we continue our theme “Be the Church” and consider how we are to fulfill God’s commission to us to “Fight for the Powerless,” please meditate on the lyrics of this old African-American Spiritual composed in the 1800’s, “Go Down Moses/Let My People Go,” and I hope you join us Sunday!

Respectfully,

Howard

 

Go Down, Moses

First Church of Deliverance ChoirNat King Cole

 

Way down in Egypt land

Tell all pharaohs to

Let my people go!

When Israel was in Egypt land

Let my people go!

Oppressed so hard they could not stand

Let my people go!

So God sayeth: ‘go down, Moses

Way down in Egypt land

Tell all pharaohs to

Let my people go!’

So Moses went to Egypt land

Let my people go!

He made all pharaohs understand

Let my people go!

Yes the lord said ‘go down, Moses

Way down in Egypt land

Tell all pharaohs to

Let my people go!’

Thus spoke the lord, bold Moses said:

Let my people go!

‘if not I’ll smite, your firstborn’s dead’

Let my people go!

God-the lord said ‘go down, Moses

Way down in Egypt land

Tell all pharaohs to

Let my people go!’

Tell all pharaohs

To

Let my people go

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Exodus 3:1-15

3:1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

3:2 There the angel of our Creator appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

3:3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.”

3:4 When God saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

3:5 Then God said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

3:6 He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

3:7 Then God said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings,

3:8 and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

3:9 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.

3:10 So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

3:12 He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

3:13 But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”

3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

3:15 God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘the Creator, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

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