by Christina Farris
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. Where does God's mercy begin and end for mankind. If we study Noah ark, it ended when evil touched the sky, yet began from the moment Adam and Eve was forced out of the garden with coats made especially for them to cover them. I can not help but look at the news and wonder if compassion for President Trump is growing cold, with each delay he makes to welcome the other party into our nation's White House. Then I realize compassion for furture President Biden and former Vice President Biden was never President Trump's strong point. His own states failed him and that more embarassing then handing a key to President Biden. Yet it also lets the level of compassion President Trump does not have for the democrates or others that are not republican. This has been the concern of a nation for four years. Yet in reality he still showed compassion for our nation despite his independent thoughts, attitudes, twitters, messaging and so forth. His true response was the only thing to follow not his first response or attitude. There is a point this morning. we see Pharoah daughter coming down to the brook to bath with her maids only for her to spy a little ark made of reeds and pitch floating in the river among the bullrushes. She sees that ark and opens it only to have instant compassion for baby Moses. She fell in love with this little boy she was suppose to have discuss for and did not. And immediately compassion was given to the enemy, to the people in slavery because of this little boy. The little baby boy would live and not only live but be in the Pharaoh's palace growing up, while being nursed by his own mommy.
I talked about hand's across America yesterday, it was the widest world event and human gathering to take place at its time. Yet Christians every Sunday millions of people go to their churches, to their online church, to there Bible study and so forth and it is the largest Christian gathering though separated by walls that occurs weekly in the name of one Lord, Jesus Christ. Whether city blocks separate or walls, or outdoor county, city, providences, towns, country, seas, oceans, and more the divide us, it is unified by God's Spirit. Are we blind by the unity of faith, or the compassion of God to those outside the church given by the church world. The church sees the individual hurting as they have hurt and immediate there is compassion on another knowing God is able to help them as he had help them.
The world has compassion for others as the christians population does, but when we become to prideful, to arrogant in our own thinking where is the compassion of Christ, when we turn our backs on the hurting on those in need. We are to shun evil, but not people in need, not the people that need hope. Pharaoh daughter seen a baby boy needing hope, but she was from the world, and Moses would learn not only about the Hebrew people but the hatred the Pharoah had for his people, and the abuse of his people. When he returned to the Palace he went as a man before the Pharaoh not a kinsmen necessarily and God would seend plagues on the Egyptians.
How many people must be given compassion in society before there is a just cause to free a people. For someone to rise up to set a group free. What does it take for a group of people to see a need in a community before they help. Jesus was filled with compassion many times when he was with the crowd of people even feeding them before he dispersed them back to their homes.
When God says he shows mercy on some and not others does it bother you. Esau God hated Jacob he loved. Why does God show compassion with some, we do not know the full story, but we know God can see the heart of man and know's man even in his mother's womb. We do not know the reason God allows some to rise to fall, and others to fall and he lifts them back up, other then the fact God's compassion is for all, for he sent his Son to die for the world, Yet not all receive his compassion. Cain did not receive God's compassion of warning that he was about to sin, but did receive his protection or mark as he roamed the earth.
Why did Paul suffer in his journey, or any of the Apostles for that matter, why did Christ if God's love is great? It because of our williness to lay our own life down to help another as Christ did for us, that God's compassion hovers over us in our time of need. He does not leave or forsake his people though they hurt and in pain. He does this only for us to know the hope of eternity, that all might know his grace despite suffering of this world.
When we receive God's love, compassion or grace, it does not mean we going to have a bed of flowers without thorns and thistles, but that we will continue to walk in beds of roses that have thorns and thistles growing all around us. Until the stem is touch you think that lfower/friend is a beautiful until you see what is holding the head of the flower up or are pricked a few times. God's compassion has no strings attached, only the promise of eternal hope. A promise of his Spirit to give comfort in this world.
Sometimes the compassion of the princess seems wonderful until we understand that those people did not have compassion on the Hebrew people. That love was artificial because of the sight of a beautiful baby boy. The sight of someone special in the eyes of the beholder. It did not change compassion on all the Hebrew people only Moses and his family.
Every slave given aid someone had compassion on to enable, but it did not mean compassion was for all slaves, it would take and act of God to change the situation for the Hebrew people. It takes act of God sometimes still for compassion of God to be demonstrated on those in need. Where is our hand extended to those in need. If we are God's people is our hand helping those who God is sending us to help, or only for ourselves and those similiar to ourselves.
Hands across America did not show any lines of division beyond what was necessary. Gaps did not matter. Love should be even with the gap. Meaning even without Christ in the life of another can we still show Christ love to our enemy, to those we have a reason to dislike. I think of evil in this world and the trouble in the world, how do we take down these issues with love hopefully, but sometimes love is tough and not always nice. Where was God's love for Esau when Esau prosper despite the fact he sold his birth right to his brother. Despite the fact that he did not have that love for God Jacob would and his children. God even provided for Cain, despite Cain attitude toward God. God's compassion still outweighted the Princess compassion, she fell in love with the little baby, not what Moses would or could grow into. God would use the knowledge Moses had of the Palace and of Egypt and so forth to free his people, who he loved.
Dear Heavenly Father, remind us of your compassion for your people and people not your people that even when you hate you still demonstrate more love then what should be given, for you sent your Son to die for the sinner man, the evil man of no compassion for you and for those with compassion for you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown Day 18: Thank you for your compassion and the compassion of others and the reminder of why we need to have compassion this season to show compassion despite our nation's divisions, or division of differences in our land. May the unity of the Christian community reach out to those in need not by what separates but in genuine love for each other.
Continual Scripture Study:Romans 9:13-16 KJV
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.