Exodus 10 gives us a reason why God is still telling Moses to go to the Pharaoh. Despite all the plagues Egypt has suffered, the Pharaoh will not let the Israelites leave. Under God’s instruction, Moses brings forth a plague of locusts which eat every plant not already destroyed by the hail storm. God tells Moses that he has done all these things (10:1) “… so I can display my miraculous signs among them.”
But the Pharaoh is still stubborn. There is a plague of darkness, but still the Pharaoh refuses. It’s building up to a final confrontation between God and the Pharaoh. Moses is simply a player here. As Joseph was!
Finally, Exodus 12. And the first Passover. The Israelites are given specific instructions on how to prepare a feast and to paint their doors with the blood of the sacrificial animal. God moves through the land and strikes dead every firstborn. From the lowliest servant to the Pharaoh himself. Even the livestock are not spared. In every family, the firstborn is struck down in this plague of death. But the sign of blood on the doors of the Israelites acts as a sign and God passes over their homes.
In Matthew 20, Jesus is telling his followers another parable. It’s the one about the landowner and the workers in the field. All the workers are paid the same at the end of the day. Even the ones who only joined in the work an hour before the end of the day. The imagery is obvious. God is the landowner, the disciples are the workers. All Christians will be treated equally on judgement day. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been Archbishop for 80 years or a tea maker at the City Centre food kitchen for one night.
Once again, Jesus’ disciples miss the point. The mother of James and John even has the cheek to ask for a reservation for her sons. Jesus reminds them that (20:26) “… whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.” Jesus wasn’t here for himself. And his disciples should know that too!
Psalm 25 talks about choosing the right path. It’s not easy! Sometimes we need God to show us which is the right path. (25:4) “… point out the road for me to follow.”
Proverbs 6 has moved on from giving financial advice. But it’s a warning about people who need (6:10) “A little extra sleep, a little more slumber…” because (6:11) “… poverty will pounce on you…” And how will you defend yourself while you are asleep?
And on that note, I’m off to bed.