And the Lord said:
I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
Good morning friends. I submit to you that The bible is a living book. It provides readers and scholars with insight into the past, present and future. It opens up humankind’s struggle with free will, the influence of the unseen world over us, and our vulnerabilities to the physical world. Summarised in my words as the conundrum between the lost spirit, and self-centred body.
Inspite of advancements in technology, we are still far from understanding, yet alone finding solutions to pain, suffering and evil. In Paul’s effort to make sense of our propensity for evil, he put forward this argument;
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
So back to my opening texts. Friends, as He did thousands of years ago, He still sees, hears, and knows the pain and suffering facing our world today. His heart bleeds every passing second for our pain and suffering, but He needs our cooperation to intervene. Like Moses, are we willing to listen? Are we willing to be sent? Are we willing to partner? Are we willing to sacrifice ours for the greater good? Or are we busy having a ME festival (mefest)?
Lord, have mercy.