Victory Vitamin Blog – Exodus 12:31-32 – Victory Lutheran Church

“During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested.  Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go.’”

-Exodus 12:31-32 NIV

 

 

Cecil B. DeMille’s movie “The Ten Commandments” was made in the 1950’s but is still quite impressive in terms of the special effects.  It dramatizes some of the events described in the book of Exodus.  It’s well worth the watch!  The second book of the Bible is called Exodus because it records the departure of the Israelites from Egypt where they had served as slaves to Pharaoh for hundreds of years.  It’s an amazing story.  A true story. And a story that mirrors our lives as Christians.  The Israelites were held captive by Pharaoh, we were held captive by sin.  Moses came to win their freedom, Jesus came to win our freedom.  The Israelites passed through the water of the Red Sea on their way to freedom.  We pass through the water of baptism which sets us free from sin, death, and the devil.  The Israelites traveled through the wilderness guided by God, until they reached the promised land of Canaan, we pass through this life guided by God until we reach the promised land of heaven.  They may never make a movie about your life, but It’s quite a story about how much God loves you, and how much He has done for you.  I hope you feel special.  You are!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 50:20

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” 

– Genesis 50:20 NIV

 

This line is the crux in the story of Joseph.  Joseph had been beaten up (by his brothers), thrown in a cistern (by his brothers) , sold as a slave (by his brothers), falsely accused of sexual assault, and thrown in prison.  In all this, he was innocent.  Imagine his frustration and perhaps even downright anger.  Anger toward his brothers, anger toward God.  But this was the denouement.  This was the moment of realization.  This was when Joseph realized that God was in control of the whole series of unfortunate events.  There are two parallels I want to share.  First, Jesus also experienced tragedy.  The perfect sinless Son of God, became like a servant, was abused, ultimately killed.  It looked like evil had won, “but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  You and I, and all people have forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus!  Second, What is true for Joseph is true for you.  The yucky events you experience are not random and entirely unfortunate.  God is there.  You see the yuckiness, God sees the end result.  Whether you experience it here on earth, or hereafter in eternity, in Christ, YOU WILL BE BLESSED!  Enjoy the day with all of the ups and downs it may bring!  God is guiding it all.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 1, 2017 – Genesis 35-50

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 1, 2017 – Genesis 35-50

This week, we continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people throughout history.  It’s our story too, the story of how God’s love for His people caused Him to provide a way for salvation and a path to eternal life with Him! Learn more about Genesis 35-50 NIV this Sunday at Victory Lutheran Church.