Exodus 33:13 – Moses’ Prayer Part 3 – Humility

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” (Exodus 33:13 ESV)

As we reread Moses’ prayer today, we are struck with the humility in which Moses asks God to continue revealing His ways. If anyone had first hand experience of watching God work, it was Moses. Here are a few examples:

-God speaks to him through a burning bush (Exodus 3).

-God uses Moses to prophesy 10 plagues on Egypt (Exodus 7-11).

-God works through Moses to split the Red Sea (Exodus 14).

-God gives Moses the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai (Exodus 20).

-God speaks to Moses as a man speaks to a friend (Exodus 34:34).

Moses had [Read more…]

Exodus 33:12 – Moses’ Prayer Part 2 – The People

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Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ (Exodus 33:12 ESV)

We are continuing our series on the prayer of Moses in Exodus 33:12­13.

Moses knew God had called him to lead the people into the promised land, but he also knew he could not do it alone. Moses is pleading with God, asking “Let me know who you will send with me.” As Moses is praying this prayer he probably remembers his father­ in­ law, Jethro’s, advice in Exodus 18:18­27. Jethro sees Moses trying to lead all the people by himself and says “What you are doing is not good. You and the people will wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.” His father­ in­law wisely knew Moses needed a team of capable, trustworthy, and godly leaders around him.

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1 Timothy 3:1 – The Hardship Of Spiritual Leadership

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The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Timothy 3:1 ESV)

1 Timothy 3:1 is a verse that is often glossed over. We tend to focus on the verses after it that describes the attributes of an overseer (we won’t argue about what an “overseer” is, we will just put them in a place of spiritual leadership). We over look it because we don’t really understand the context of Paul writing to Timothy here.

1 Timothy was probably written in mid 60 AD. This was when the persecution of the Church began intensifying and then escalated under the reign of Nero and the emperors after him.  By 70 AD, James, Paul, and Peter had been martyred. Think about this: three of the first spiritual leaders of the Church had been killed only 5 years after Paul told Timothy that it is noble to aspire to be a spiritual leader. [Read more…]