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God of Freedom

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June 18, 2024 8:00 pm

God of Freedom

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June 18, 2024 8:00 pm

President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated people held in slavery two-and-a half-years earlier and the Confederacy had surrendered, yet the state of Texas still hadn’t acknowledged the freedom of enslaved persons. However, on June 19, 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and demanded that all enslaved persons be released. Imagine the shock and joy as shackles fell off and those in bondage heard the pronouncement of freedom.

God sees the oppressed, and He’ll ultimately announce freedom for those under the weight of injustice. This is true now just as it was true in Moses’ day. God appeared to him from a burning bush, with an urgent message: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt,” God said (Exodus 3:7). He not only saw Egypt’s brutality against Israel—but He also planned to do something about it. “I have come down to rescue them,” God declared, “and to bring them . . . into a good and spacious land” (v. 8). He intended to declare freedom to Israel, and Moses would be the mouthpiece. “I am sending you to Pharaoh,” God told his servant, “to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (v. 10).

Though God’s timing may not happen as quickly as we hope, one day He’ll free us from all bondage and injustice. He gives hope and liberation to all who are oppressed.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

I'm Gwen Collier and today's piece is called God of Freedom. President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated people held in slavery two and a half years earlier, and the Confederacy had surrendered, yet the state of Texas still hadn't acknowledged the freedom of enslaved persons. However, on June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and demanded that all enslaved persons be released.

Imagine the shock and joy as shackles fell off and those in bondage heard the pronouncement of freedom. God sees the oppressed, and He'll ultimately announce freedom for those under the weight of injustice. This is true now, just as it was true in Moses' day. God appeared to him from a burning bush with an urgent message in Exodus 3.

I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. He not only saw Egypt's brutality against Israel, but He also planned to do something about it. I have come down to rescue them, God declared, and to bring them into a good and spacious land. He intended to declare freedom to Israel, and Moses would be the mouthpiece. I am sending you to Pharaoh, God told his servant, to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. Though God's timing may not happen as quickly as we hope, one day He'll free us from all bondage and injustice.

He gives hope and liberation to all who are oppressed. Today's scripture reading is from Exodus chapter 3 verses 1 to 10. Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight, why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, Moses, Moses. And Moses said, Here I am. Do not come any closer, God said.

Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Then he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. At this Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.

I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now go.

I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites out of Egypt. Let's pray. Dear God, we're overwhelmed at times by the oppression of our world. It's very easy to despair. Please help us stay fixed on your intention to announce freedom. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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