Words from the Heart for Friday January 18th, 2019
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.'”
Exodus 8:1 (NIV)
Let My People Go
Since the very first censuses, Statistics Canada has collected data on the origins of the population. In 1871, the year of the first Canadian census following Confederation, approximately 20 origins were enumerated in the Canadian population. At that time, 60.5% of the population reported origins from the British Isles, 31.1% reported French origins, and less than 1% reported Aboriginal origins. In 2016, over 250 origins were reported and 41.1% of the Canadian population recorded more than one origin. In 2016, 2.1 million people, or 6.2% of the total Canadian population, reported Aboriginal ancestry.
Sometimes, we are asked to do something that takes superhuman courage. Such was the case with Moses when he was asked by the Lord to appear before the most powerful man in the world – Pharaoh – to demand that the Israelites be released. There was no such thing as a constitutional monarchy in those days. Pharaoh was not used to being confronted. But Moses had no choice. He was chosen by God for this very reason. He was to lead His people out of slavery and into the land God had promised them. In Exodus 8:1 we read: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.'”” The power here is that Moses is speaking the words that God has told him to speak. Pharaoh may be all powerful in his own Kingdom, but Moses was speaking on behalf of the God who had spoken the entire world into being. His words had power over even Pharaoh and Moses knew it. His words have the same power in your life. Allow them to speak victory and freedom for you.
These have been words from the heart.