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Do You Know Who You Are?
"For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep a very severe pestilence.'" - Exodus 9:2-4
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In the last couple of articles, we learned how God had reminded Moses about the "promise covenant" that he made with Abraham and the rest of his forefathers: "I [God] have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.'" -- Exodus 6:4-8
Once more, we find that Moses was encouraged by what the Lord had to say. Because of this, Moses went back to the Israelites to inform them about the things the Lord shared with him. However, we would soon find out that the Israelites had once again refused to listen to Moses: "So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage." -- Exodus 6:9
And of course, after this had happened, Moses went back to God discouraged. But the Lord would insist that Moses press ahead: "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land.'" -- Exodus 6:10,11
Again, we find that Moses would start putting forth his weak excuses: "And Moses spoke before the Lord, saying, 'The children of Israel have not heeded me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?'" -- Exodus 6:12
But God would have none of it: "Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a command for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt."
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Moses Know Who You Are
But what God said next, personally I find to be of great importance: "These are the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel [Jacob], were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. These are the families of Reuben. And the sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the families of Simeon.
"These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the years of the life of Levi were one hundred and thirty seven. The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimi according to their families. And the sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kohath were one hundred and thirty-three. The sons of Merari were Mahali and Mushi. These are the families of Levi according to their generations.
"Now Amram took for himself Jochebed, his father's sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of the life of Amram were one hundred and thirty-seven. The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. And the sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri. Aaron took to himself Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Nahshon, as wife; and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
"And the sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are the families of the Korahites. Eleazar, Aaron's son, took for himself one of the daughters of Putiel as wife; and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites according to their families." -- Exodus 6:14-25
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Now I know that most are thinking, "Oh great, another genealogy." But personally, I find that the listing of "genealogies" throughout the Word of God to be advantageous when it comes to our biblical studies and our faith when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Being that it's the "genealogies" that keep us on the right path as we travel throughout the Sacred Record when it comes to the unveiling of the true Messiah (Jesus [Yeshua] Christ) that the "prophets of old" had constantly prophesied about. And remember that it would be Jesus Christ that had fulfilled every single messianic prophesy that has been recorded within the Sacred Record.
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Not In A Bragging Sense?
It's not looking at these "genealogies" in such a way that one would try to use them in a hereditary sense - especially in the modern era. But to show that they've inherited some type of supreme divine authority when it comes to teaching anything outside the Word of God.
Keep in mind that Timothy did send a warning about this: "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith." -- 1 Timothy 1:3,4
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Jesus Took Away The Restrictions
Keep in mind that the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ would make eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, redemption, and all other benefits associated with God's "New (Blood) Covenant" available to all those who believed in Christ as their Lord and Savior. God's covenant was no longer limited to the Israelites.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." -- John 3:17,18
However, for studying purposes, this particular genealogy is given by God to remind Moses about the linage that he comes from. To be more specific, Moses came from the lineage of the Levites, who were the descendants of Jacob's [Israel] third son, Levi. Know that it was at this time from within the Scriptures that God's "promise covenant" rested solely with the Israelites, and the Lord wanted to remind Moses that he was a part of that.
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Invested Full Authority?
"These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, 'Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies [numerous families].' These are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are the same Moses and Aaron. And it came to pass, on the day the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, that the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'I am the Lord. Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.'" -- Exodus 6:26-29
And so we now find that God ends by reminding Moses again that He has made him somewhat of a "plenipotentiary" (which means that the Lord has invested full authority within Moses to be His spokesman). But the problem with Moses is that we find that he doesn't want the job. This is why we find him saying: "But Moses said before the Lord, 'Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?'" -- Exodus 6:30
Although I find it very tempting to rip Moses on what he just said, I won't. You see, I know that Moses' faith had brought him a long way back, from when he fled into the wilderness some forty years ago. And honestly, Moses has done more up to this point than a vast majority would do in today's time.
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God wants to take Moses much further than he already has, but Moses' fear of Pharaoh when it comes to the Egyptian ruler increasing the punishment and affliction of the Israelites; seems to be greater than the fear that he has when it comes to disobeying God. So we will see how God handles this within our next article.
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