Monday, March 27, 2023

Take Cover

Broadcast 3617

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Exodus 9;19-20 (NIV) Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’” Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.

Our text today provides a very good analogy to illustrate the goodness and benevolence of God. In the background of this familiar story, they were on the seventh plague and Pharoah’s heart was yet hardened against God and his people and would simply not let them go.

However, you find an interesting detail here that although God’s servant, Moses, had proclaimed God’s righteous judgment of visiting the land with hail, he did not stop there. But rather, he went on to persuade them to take cover for themselves and their livestock so they can be safe from the hail. Does this sound familiar to you?

We sinned. The just penalty for sin sadly is death, and God is the righteous Judge and would not subvert justice. However, he takes no pleasure in the death of a sinner (See Ezekiel 18:23), and therefore, even though He is right in carrying out justice and is even the wronged party against whom we rebelled in sin, YET, he took it upon himself not only to pay for our sin, but also to mobilize His Kingdom resources to announce to us that there is safety and salvation to be had from the death and destruction that is to come.

You see, in our case, he does not just merely say, ‘Take Cover’, but took the extra step to provide the covering Himself. Indeed, the Psalmist described a certain blessedness thus: “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalms 32:1).

Further down our text says that servants of Pharoah who feared God heeded Moses’ warning and instructions and were saved. There is an ever-present call today from the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘Take Cover…In Me’. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV).

The critical question today is, have you found ‘cover’ yet? Have you been to Jesus for Salvation?

If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NLT).

You can find Safety today.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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