February 21, 2018
What does it mean to be "angry and sin not"? It is a question I have pondered many years. The Bible says "be sure your sins will find you out". Such was the case for Moses. He allowed the situation to fester within his mind. It just kept eating at him. Finally, it matured into BITTERNESS.
We had a sermon not long ago about the risk of allowing the "root of bitterness" take hold in our lives. The situation we are facing can at times become so annoying that it finally boils over in devastating anger. At this point, we have an important choice. We can ask God to forgive us and ask those with whom we are angry to forgive us. Or, we can hold on to that "root of bitterness" insisting we are in the right.
I have discovered that it does NOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL WHO IS RIGHT. It only matters if we ourselves are RIGHT WITH GOD. If we have left behind that humble and contrite heart to insist we deserve to be offended, we are on blind dark path to destruction. It simply is not worth throwing away the good and great things of God. We often associate our personal self esteem with being "right". Of course, it is not possible to please everyone. But, when all is said and done have we extended the mercy to others that the Lord CONTINUALLY extends to us or did we allow the root of bitterness to numb us into insensitivity?
Moses was chosen and ordained of God for the most important purpose in the world at that time. What do you think he could have done to cause himself less heartache?
Moses is born, and set afloat in a basket of bulrushes
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
He is found, and brought up by Pharaoh's daughter
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
He slays an Egyptian
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?
19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
God hears the complaints of the Israelites
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
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So very true Bro. Hal. A friend of mine tells me all the time “I’d rather be happy than be right!” I have spent a lot of energy in my life “being right” and it doesn’t make me happy nor does it make God happy.