Pastoral Postscripts

God Will Surely Come to You

"I am about to die; but God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob," Joseph, Genesis 50:24

The book of Genesis ends with a promise: God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. This promise is (I believe) made by God, spoken by Joseph, and given to the descendants of Abraham, a displaced people living in Egypt.

The next book of the Bible, Exodus, is the story of how God fulfilled that promise. Sometime after Joseph died, a new pharaoh came to power in Egypt, one who did not know Joseph. Fearful that Joseph’s people would grow too numerous and threaten the Egypt, he oppressed and enslaved the people. To make bad news worse, the pharaoh ordered that the newborn boys born to the Hebrew women be thrown into the Nile River. One woman hid her newborn son. He was later named Moses.

As we continue through the book of Exodus this month and learn more about Moses, we will see how God surely comes to the people to bring them out of the land of Egypt and bring them back to the Promised Land. We will see the land of Egypt inflicted with plagues--a bloody river, frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of firstborn children.

I don’t know about you, but that list of plagues reminds me a little bit of 2020. We have a Coronavirus pandemic across the globe, murder hornets arriving in the Pacific Northwest, melting ice shelfs in the Canadian Arctic, twin hurricanes in the Gulf, and an asteroid headed to Earth the day before a U.S. Presidential election.
It’s time to hold on to God’s promise: “God will surely come to you.” God has surely come to the world. God has come to us so many years ago in a baby called Emmanuel, which means, “God with us.” God comes to us each week in the bread and wine, the body and blood of Emmanuel. God will come to us again in the last days, when Emmanuel returns to Earth. God will surely come to you.

Pastor Tom Pairan
P.S. We are offering a “take home” Bible study on the book of Exodus. Be sure to look for it in the bulletin announcements and in our weekly e-mails. And check out some of the “Moses at the Movies” clips we’re posting online!


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