Morning Prayer: Thursday, 22 June – Acts 7:23-38 ~ Moses, previously rejected

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, as I turn to your Word for me, may the Spirit of God rest upon me. Help me to be steadfast in my hearing, in my speaking, in my believing, and in my living. Amen.

Reading: Acts 7:23-38 (NLT)

[Stephen continued…]

“One day when Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his relatives, the people of Israel. He saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. So Moses came to the man’s defense and avenged him, killing the Egyptian. Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn’t.

“The next day he visited them again and saw two men of Israel fighting. He tried to be a peacemaker. ‘Men,’ he said, ‘you are brothers. Why are you fighting each other?’

“But the man in the wrong pushed Moses aside. ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ he asked. ‘Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian. There his two sons were born.

“Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he went to take a closer look, the voice of the Lord called out to him, ‘I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses shook with terror and did not dare to look.

“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now go, for I am sending you back to Egypt.’

“So God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected when they demanded, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ Through the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush, God sent Moses to be their ruler and savior. And by means of many wonders and miraculous signs, he led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and through the wilderness for forty years.

“Moses himself told the people of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.’ Moses was with our ancestors, the assembly of God’s people in the wilderness, when the angel spoke to him at Mount Sinai. And there Moses received life-giving words to pass on to us.
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Reflection and Prayer:

Sovereign Lord: Moses was rejected by your people, and yet you sent him back to them with great signs and wonders to lead them out of slavery; and through him, you gave them the law to teach them how to live.

+ Humble us before you today, Lord, that we may be prepared to love and serve you in the face of rejection and persecution, and bear witness to your life-giving Word as revealed to us in your Son, Jesus Christ.

+ Fill us with your Holy Spirit and give us wisdom and sound judgement, that the message we bring may be credible and clear, and that your Word may go forth with great power to accomplish your purpose in the lives of those who listen.

I ask this in Jesus’ name, your Son – who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Go Down Moses” – Louis Armstrong


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Concluding Prayer -Psalm 109:1-5 (NLT)

O God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me. They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason. I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them! They repay evil for good, and hatred for my love.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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