Our Daily Bread 29th March 2023 for Wednesday
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TODAY’S TOPIC: GOD HAD OTHER PLANS
Bible in a Year: Judges 7–8; Luke 5:1–16
Bible Verse: Pharaoh’s daughter . . . named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:10
Today’s Scripture: Exodus 2:1–10
INSIGHT – 29TH MARCH 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD:
Similar to the kindness of Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:6) is the compassion of the Hebrew midwives in the previous chapter. Pharaoh had commanded Shiphrah and Puah to kill any baby boys born to the Hebrew women (1:15–16). Were there only two midwives? We don’t know, but these two are singled out for their moral courage.
The midwives “feared God” and so defied Pharaoh’s vile command (v. 17). When he confronted them, they lied about it (vv. 18–19). God blessed them for their fear of Him rather than Pharaoh, and for their actions in defense of vulnerable life (v. 21). By: Tim Gustafson
ODB 29 MARCH 2023 (WEDNESDAY MESSAGE)
Their precise ages are unknown. One was found on the steps of a church; the other knew only that she’d been raised by nuns. Born in Poland during World War II, for nearly eighty years neither Halina nor Krystyna knew about each other. Then DNA test results revealed them to be sisters and led to a joyful reunion. It also revealed their Jewish heritage, explaining why they’d been abandoned. Evil people had marked the girls for death simply because of their identity.
Imagining a frightened mother who leaves her threatened children where they might be rescued calls to mind the story of Moses. As a Hebrew baby boy, he was marked for genocide (see Exodus 1:22). His mother strategically placed him in the Nile (2:3), giving him a chance for survival. God had a plan she couldn’t have dreamed of—to rescue His people through Moses.
The story of Moses points us to the story of Jesus. As Pharaoh had sought the murder of Hebrew boys, Herod ordered the slaughter of all the baby boys in Bethlehem (see Matthew 2:13–16).
Behind all such hatred—especially against children—is our enemy the devil. Such violence doesn’t take God by surprise. He had plans for Moses, and He has plans for you and me. And through His Son, Jesus, He’s revealed His biggest plan—to rescue and restore those who once were His enemies. By: Tim Gustafson
Our Daily Bread 29 March 2023 (Reflection & Prayer)
- How do you see God’s plan at work in your life? In what ways has He rescued you?
- Heavenly Father, there’s so much evil in the world. Thank You for Your rescue. Help me to trust Your perfect plan.