ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Today’s lesson was entitled, THAT’S NOT FAIR. The Scripture was from Exodus 3:1-12. The KEY VERSES were verses 9 and 10 which read, “Now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.” (NIV)
As a species (human), our history is punctuated with episodes of mass emancipation. This lesson deals with one of those mass emancipations; the emancipation of the Israelite people from enslavement by the Egyptians. However, there were others.
In two days, we will celebrate one of those “others”. On the 4th of July we will celebrate the emancipation of the American Colonies from subjection by the British.
Also among those “others” is January 1st 1863, which represents a day of Emancipation for Black people in America. On that date, Abraham Lincoln issued a document which was intended to free Black slaves in America. However, it would take three amendments to the Constitution, and a “Civil Rights Act” on this date [July 2] in 1964, to make the latter stick.
Many were called to make personal sacrifices to achieve these emancipations. Moses was called to free the Israelites, it cost him his life. George Washington witnessed the death of many soldiers while securing the emancipation of the Colonies from British rule. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated for the cause. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and others dedicated their lives to achieving emancipation for their people from the slave-masters. Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers were assassinated for the cause. John Lewis and others were injured; some scarred for life in the struggle for emancipation from the constraints of JIM CROW.
The inscription on the Korean War Memorial says, “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”.
That word, EMANCIPATION, is synonymous with FREEDOM.
All of these leaders had one thing in common; they were only human. They all wondered, at some point, if they were up to the task at hand. They all had doubts. They all had fear! Fear is a human frailty; a human weakness, but MLK said it like this, “Darkness can’t drive out darkness, only light can do this. Fear can’t drive out fear, only LOVE can do this.”
AND who is LOVE? GOD is LOVE!
When God calls someone for a “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE”; HE has already made the way POSSIBLE. He’s already blazed the path. He’s already turned IMPOSSIBLE into I’M-POSSIBLE!
The BURNING BUSH caught Moses’ attention. He’d seen bushes burning before but this one did not burn up. Be watchful for YOUR burning bush.