Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Food, Perspectives and Advice

Here are some of my thoughts from the last couple days readings in Exodus:

Exodus 12:16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat—that is all you may do.

-Things I noticed from this verse:

- God was very practical here- he said that for the passover you couldn't work except to make food :)

- God is by context agreeing that it is work to prepare food!

Exodus 16:2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

-Our perspective changes with time. Being slaves in Egypt was not that easy, but that's all they remembered when they were hungry.

Exodus 18:14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?" 15 Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God's decrees and laws." 17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him.

-Often we need the advice of "outsiders" (such as visiting parents as in this case) who can see the bigger picture without getting bogged down in the details. When given advice, it's hard to accept it at times since we're sure we know best. But like Moses, we should consider advice and if the advice is good, we should apply it.

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