We’ve got a new toy in our house. It’s an AV adapter, which means we can connect the iPad to the TV. Yesterday we had Darlene Szchech playing along to our own photographs on slideshow on our own TV screen. I love technology when it does things like that. Amongst the photos were some old ones of our kids when they were little. Soooooo cute! How come my kids are just so beautiful??? And my grandkids are the most handsome and pretty you can get. Stunning family or what???
Oh so everyone thinks their family is the cutest/most handsome? God knew that too. That’s why he pointed out to Moses and Aaron the wonderful family they were related to. (Exodus 6:13-30) There they are, all listed, and there’s a lot of emphasis on verses 26 and 27, to show Moses and Aaron how they fitted in, that they were very much a part of this very special family.
You see, these two guys felt they had failed. They’d been to Pharaoh and asked for time off for the Israelites, and it had all blown up in their faces. Instead of a holiday, the people had been required to work harder than ever before. Unsurprisingly, Moses and Aaron were not the most popular people on the block. And the last thing they wanted was another visit to Pharaoh. What if it just made things even worse? God must surely know how badly they’d spoken last time, why ask them again?
What they saw was the problem. But what God saw was the people. And so he showed Moses and Aaron this beautiful family that they were a part of. This special family that he had a special destiny for. This wonderful family of which he knew each one by name.
It was a tough call for Moses and Aaron. They had a hard job. But God wanted it done because he loved those people. Not because they were good, but because of who they were. They were his family.
Those of us who have accepted forgiveness from God through what Jesus did on the cross, have entered into his family by adoption; we are his children. And how he loves us! Take a look around at others you know who are in his family – your family. See the people, not the problems. Aren’t they just beautiful!