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SUNDAY 06 AUGUST 2017
The Old Testament is full of people - real people; whose lives are messy, their families dysfunctional and their obedience not always full or immediate, yet God used them. Our study of their lives is to bring perspective, hope and instruction to ours - to recognise that at times we are tempted to sanitise or selectively interact with their stories and in that way make them heroes. The reality is that their stories are powerful because they are human like us and face the same temptations and frailty that we do - yet God used them.
Last week we spent time with Joseph – seeing in the story of his life that God had a dream – through pits, prisons and palaces God was faithful to work in and through Joseph to see the dream realised. We now move out of Genesis and into a significant shift…from the people God made promises too – Abraham, Isaac & Jacob – that they would be a great nation and through them the whole earth would be blessed.
And right at this critical pivot we find two unlikely people who God uses to deliver a nation... I don’t know about you – but I wonder if you jumped to Moses & Aaron? They are usually the next heroes in our usual Sunday school stories. But in this text there are two people who step in first to bridge the gap. We find inbetween the people who the promise of God was made too and the people who would see the promise first realised – two women.
Two women who feared – held in awe/respect God and therefore obeyed God rather than humans. And in doing so delivered a nation!This is there story...