Exodus 6:14-30

Well, I am sure that you were quite fascinated with the reading for today.  A genealogy never makes for an interesting read, unless you are trying to understand who is connected to whom and if a person has the proper standing for something like an inheritance or some sort of authority.  If you will notice this genealogy is incomplete.  It begins with Reuben, then goes to Simeon, and then picks up the line of Levi.  None of the other tribes are mentioned, and the line of Levi is expanded on to show us how Moses and Aaron fit into the picture.  All of this is important, since Moses will become the great law giver, and Aaron will become the first high priest.  The legitimacy of all of this is established here in this section. It is this Moses  and this Aaron whom God called to bring the people out of the bondage of slavery.

Did you know that you and I have this very same authority today.  Jesus gave it to us in Matthew 28.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

(Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

Jesus has given us authority to call people to come to him for the deliverance from their bondage to  the slavery of sin. We have the right to tell people that they need Christ.  We have the authority over the powers of evil to call them to let people go.  We have been given the authority to teach people to obey all that Jesus has taught and to embrace Jesus in faith by going through the act of baptism.  Now we don’t get forceful with anyone, or demanding, but we are sent by God, just as Moses and Aaron were sent, to call people to abandon their slavery to sin and embrace the joyful freedom of living in the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Bob