I’m inspired to save the boys.
I’m baffled by the power of God to weave story together for me as I follow God’s lead as Pastor of Crossroads Greeley Church in Northern Colorado. I’m beginning a new sermon series called “Bridges” where God leads us to freedom. It’s an 8 part series that compares events in the book of Exodus with events in the book of Acts.
In the beginning of Exodus, a new Pharaoh rises to power who neither knows Joseph of Genesis ‘fame’, (who saved the demise of Egypt from famine due to instructing previous Pharaoh about dreams), nor does this new Pharaoh care about the Hebrews who were enslaved for 350 years at this time in the event. Pharaoh is an oppressive leader whose fear drives him to administer infanticide and demands that the Hebrew midwives eliminate babies at their moment of birth. They refuse to obey the orders, but honor God instead (Exodus 1:17). Pharaoh’s fear led him to give a national decree to all his people, “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22)
Their honor of God leads the midwives to have families of their own and no doubt, save the life of Moses who would later save the lives of some 2,000,000 Hebrews in the Exodus event in about 80 years down the road. Who knew that the Christ-like, life-saving actions of faithful women who were put into such a precarious situation would lead to the saving of millions of lives? And, they may never have been able to see it for themselves. If these women were in their 20’s at the saving of babies’ lives, when Moses is born, it took 80 years for Moses to recognize God’s plan for the Exodus. These women could have passed away or been over 100 years of age. Fascinating.
Today in a Facebook post, Kate Elizabeth Conner writes an interesting blog called Lily Pads, and a recent post is called DEAR BOYS, which is advice from her husband to young boys for direction and growth to manhood. I recommend it strongly.
What’s the point?!
As a son, a father, a husband, an uncle, a friend… It’s my responsibility to save the boys too. I need to look to save boys of our generation and the next who are falling victim to tyrants like Pharaoh around us. There are some who live in fear because of the outside influences of society on our boys, and we need to rise up and teach these boys not to fear.
2 Timothy 1:6-10 says, “6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
The Spirit of God did not make us timid, but gave us power, love and self-discipline. Let’s live like it and help “Save the boys” (girls too) around us that we might become the presence of the Kingdom of God here on earth. “Father, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen”