Hard Labor

Hard Labor

Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 1:13-14

“…so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.  They made their lives bitter with hard labor…in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.”

This year, as I write these words and reflect on Israel’s history as recorded in the book of Exodus, it’s almost Christmas.

On the one hand, it seems a strange time to be thinking about the slaves of Egypt of so long ago, their cry to God for help, His response in the form of a liberator named Moses.

On the other hand, perhaps it is the perfect time because this is the time Christians all around the world sing “O Come, O Come Immanuel – and rescue captive Israel.”

This is the time when we talk about “God with us”.

This is the time when we search the heavens for one bright star again – just as travelers from faraway places searched for it.

This is the time when we think about how broken and dark and sinful and in need our own world still is – just as it was when the slaves lived bitter lives of hardship under harsh taskmasters.

It is an old story – yet it remains ever new.

We need release.  We need hope.  We need grace.  We need freedom.  We need exodus to the Promised Land.

Come, Lord Jesus. Come.

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