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El Dorado, AR 71730

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Sunday:

Bible Class - 9:00 a.m.

Worship - 9:55 a.m.

Evening Worship - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:

Community Bible Class - 10:00 a.m.

Evening Bible Class - 7:00 p.m.

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HSCOC Journal Archive
Saturday
Feb252017

Doing Our Part

Moses got off to a slow start with God.  When God first called him, he did not do as the inspiring example we have of Isaiah the prophet when he stood before God's throne in a vision.  What did Isaiah say to God when called?

Isaiah 6:8  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

When it was Moses who stood in wonder before the burning bush after having removed his sandals, God called him to do great things for Him.  Moses' response, unfortunately, was not like Isaiah's.

Exodus 3:9-12  (9) And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you:  When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Moses' response can be summarily paraphrased as, "Here am I, find someone else."  Moses argued his own inadequacy and clung to his own unwillingness to follow and trust God more than any other character in the Bible.  It is awe-inspiring to see how long it took God to convince Moses to finally obey Him.

But obey God Moses finally did.  He grew into the leader God always knew him to be capable of becoming.  But by the time he got a visit from his father-in-law Jethro, not only did he lead the people out of Egypt by God's hand, he settled in as the sole judge before the people.

It didn't take long for Jethro to assess the situation.  Moses was going to soon exhaust himself by doing too much of the work others would be just as suited to do.  So at this time Moses set apart men to judge the people at multiple levels so they could judge the minor things and larger disputes could be brought to him.

The lesson for us is to not take too much on ourselves by doing work others should be doing.  If the church is serving God and one another as they should be, each of us should be finding what we can do while knowing God can multiply even the least of things when done in His Name.  ALL must seek to do their part!  Find what THAT is and go do it!

... John Fields