Formations lesson for Oct. 20: When God Remembers
October 4 2002 by T. Wayne Proctor , Exodus 2:16-25

Formations lesson for Oct. 20: When God Remembers | Friday, Oct. 4, 2002

Friday, Oct. 4, 2002

Formations lesson for Oct. 20: When God Remembers

By T. Wayne Proctor Exodus 2:16-25

We serve a God of the "second chance." We make a horrible mistake. Some of our friends shun us, and some write us off as a failure. Then God gives us a second chance, and God makes something good come out of our disappointment.

Moses' sin of killing the Egyptian was indeed a horrid crime. He had to leave Egypt.

Perhaps you, too, have had to leave Egypt, not knowing where you might find home.

Even Christians can make a mistake which causes them to believe they've nullified their usefulness to God. But then God moves us to a different place.

God moved Moses to the wilderness known as Midian. What looked like a desert became an oasis, a refuge for him.

Just as you've been to an Egypt, you've also been to a Midian. It wasn't the place you thought of choosing, but it was the place God sent you. God used that Midian experience as a time of valuable spiritual growth.

Yes, sometimes life breaks us down, and it takes the miracle of God's grace to put us back together in a different, yet better way than we knew before.

The prophet of Midian Reuel (Jethro) was a godly man. He was a tribal leader, a man who had earned respect. He also was a man of wisdom and one who had a positive, lasting impact upon Moses' life, like the father he never knew.

One of the attributes of a great leader is the ability to see potential in others. When Moses aided his daughters, he knew this "Egyptian" was special. He welcomed Moses into his home and later extended the privilege of being in his family.

Later in scripture we see the Midianites listed as enemies of Israel, but here Moses finds a home, a place to build a family and grow as a man.

The rescue There are a number of "well" stories in scripture. Abraham's servant went to a well where he met Rebekah, who would become Isaac's bride (Gen. 24:10-17).

Then Jacob met his future wife, Rachel, at a well (Gen. 29:9-12).

The well was a vital place. Tribal families lived or died by the availability of water from the well. Most wells, like this one, were community wells. Several families depended upon its waters, and sometimes the more forceful got the greatest benefits.

Water was precious and Reuel's animals must be watered. Therefore, Moses' action was more than a display of chivalry - it was a rescue from danger and injustice, literally a "salvation" event.

We see many facets of the rescue experience in this passage. Reuel's flocks and daughters are rescued by Moses. Moses himself is rescued by Reuel. Moreover, at the end of this passage, we see the hand of God preparing for a greater rescue, with Moses as his chief leader.

Because of its interrelatedness to the themes of this passage, we also need to remember the great "well" drama of the New Testament, Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4). This meeting at Jacob's well prompted a significant salvation event for the people of Sychar. It too dramatized God's acceptance of a people who were different and who could have been rejected.

The reward Moses likely had the appearance, the accent and the style of an Egyptian, but he had the action of a man of character.

Reuel rewarded Moses, and in return, Moses rewarded Reuel. God gave Moses a second chance, and He used Reuel and his family as an instrument of acceptance.

What happened in Moses' past was not significant to them. What ultimately mattered was the Moses they had met, not the Moses who had lived in Pharaoh's luxury.

As we reflect on this passage, let us reflect more on the nature of God than on the actions of Moses.

Most people are capable of a few good deeds. Some are capable of many good deeds, but we serve a God who looks deeper than deeds.

Let us remember that God is salvation and all of His provisions are acts of His grace and love.

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