The following devotion is by Edward Andrews based on the scripture, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Edward lives in Nelson, he worked in a night shelter for the homeless for 27 years and was awarded a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for his services to the community. Edwards is a regular member of the Friday morning Zoom group. He’s "74 years young", never been married, and been serving the Lord since 1980.
Edward Andrews writes:
Matthew 5:48, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (New King James Version)
Think and or read about the plight of the Hebrew people (Exodus 1-2), and when they were escaping after being captive in Egypt for 430 years (approx.).
What do you think it would have been like? Put yourself and your family in the situation.
Also think about how God, our Father set them free (Exodus 5-14).
How do you respond to these stories we know so well? What is your emotional reaction like?
Points for consideration:
- The severity of God, our Father.
- The way God, our Father protected His people, whilst at the same time, punished the oppressors severely. (e.g., The plague of darkness, and the killing of the first-born only affected the Egyptians.)
- The importance and results in obedience. (The Hebrew people had to apply the blood and stay indoors. Also, the crossing of the Red Sea.)