Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A History of Violence

Yearly Reading: Genesis 49- Exodus 2

The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the groughs to water their father's flock. But some shepherds came and drove them away. Moses got up and came to their defense, and watered their flock. Exodus 2: 16-17 NRSV

Moses had a history of violence. He killed the Egyptian that was beating a Hebrew. He tried to break up a fight among his fellow Hebrews. His act of murder was well known - by Hebrews and by Pharoah. So, he is forced to flee.

Now Moses uses his fighting skills as a means for justice: the seven Midianite women have drawn water for their animals but the male shepherds have driven them away, no doubt to use that same water for their own flocks. Moses drives them away and waters the Midianite flocks.

Although violence can have incredibly negative consequences, in this instance God uses even the worst traits of a person for a good outcome. In coming to the defense of the women, Moses has found a home in which he will gain knowledge that will help him lead and govern his people.

God, we too have shortcomings and negative traits. Please help us to either overcome these or to use them for your glory and purposes. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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