September 2021 Letter

The Stuttering Servant

 

One of my favorite movies is the 1956 blockbuster produced, directed and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille – The Ten Commandments. It celebrates the life and ministry of Moses, God’s chosen servant, who led the Children of Israel out of their slavery in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan. Moses’ life and ministry is commemorated each Church year on September 4th.

 

Moses was born in Egypt and his mother put him in a basket and set it in the Nile River to save his life. He was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as her son (Exodus 2:1-10). At the age of 40, Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster and fled to the land of Midian, where he worked as a shepherd for 40 years.

 

At the age of 80, the Lord called Moses to return to Egypt and tell Pharaoh, “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness” (Exodus 5:1). Moses refused to go initially, because he was not an eloquent speaker ( he stuttered), but God sent Aaron, Moses’ brother, to speak on His behalf. (Exodus 4:10-17). Eventually Pharaoh gave in, and after the Israelites celebrated the first Passover, Moses led them out of their slavery. At the Red Sea the Egyptian army was destroyed and the Israelites passed to safety on dry ground (Exodus 12-15). At Mount Sinai, God gave them His Law in the Ten Commandments and the Israelites erected the tabernacle to worship God (Exodus 19 – 40). Moses wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land, but God allowed him to see it before his death at the age of 120 (Deuteronomy 34).

 

Lord God, heavenly Father, through the prophet Moses, You began the prophetic pattern of teaching Your people the true faith and demonstrating through miracles Your presence in creation to heal it of its brokenness. Grant that Your Church may see in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the final end-times prophet whose teaching and miracles continue in Your Church through the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

September Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern