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God Who Hears the Cry of the Persecuted Exodus
3:1-10 Then the Lord said I have observed the misery of
my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their
taskmasters. Indeed„ I know their sufferings (Exodus 3:7).
The faith narrative begins with the brutal reality of
slavery with the sounds of the people of Israel growing and crying under
the yoke of slavery, displacement and exile (2:23-25; 3:7-8). In chapter
3, Moses, a refugee Israelite with an impending murder warrant in Egypt
(2: 11-16) is hiding in Sinai desert.While he is tending to the sheep he
sees a strange sight of a bush that burns and yet is not consumed.
The vision of the extra ordinary in the ordinary situation (Great
miracle) turned Moses's world upside down. In V.4 God called Moses out of
the bush. This encounter (the calling of the burning God) challenges
Moses for taking the enormous task in his life. It helped him to meet
with Pharaoh, the King of Egypt and acts in God's place to save God's
people. God is not passive in the face of human suffering. He intercedes
in the midst of the groaning of those living under the struggles of the
world. He intimately involves in the daily struggles of those who have
been stripped of all belonging, of a place, of a home, bereft of the
conditions that make and sustain human lives (I know all about their
suffering V.7). It is not a matter of how the persecuted people address
God. God, the one who hears the cry of the people, responds by using His
people as an instrument for the great act of liberation.
The burning God is also calling His faithful in many ways to be the
liberators of the deprived and oppressed. This calling is very
challenging because as Moses did, this may involve standing up to
authorities like Pharaoh in Egypt or the rulers of the world(v10). The
faithful God always fulfills His promises (v 8).
As a worshiping community, are we listening to the voices of the deprived
and needy and are willing to act in God's place to save God's.people.
PRAYER God, the one who hears the cries of the
persecuted, help us to be a part of fulfilling Your divine
purpose in this world, Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God is beside the weak and the downtrodden. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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