Redeeming the Plagues: Part 18
D-Day Series: Part 1
[God said to Moses] “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10
This week is the seventy-third anniversary of D-Day.
In the photograph above, Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses the paratroopers in the hours before the Allied invasion of Europe through Normandy, France.
His orders of the day speech always find me in tears because of its application toward spiritual warfare and the Christian life.
For too long we have been meek and mild, choosing to ignore those around us who need to see God in a tangible rescuing way.
That was the intent of the Exodus. God was going to interfere in human history, liberating his people. He hadn’t forgotten them.
And Moses reaction is, “Why me?”
He still sees himself as a displaced, adopted kid stuck between two cultures.
God saw a warrior. A shepherd who was built for leadership and justice.
We’ve discussed the purpose of the Angel of the Lord and the identity of this particular angel is thought to be Jesus Christ.
Jesus said the same thing to his disciples, and by extension us:
“So now, Go!”*
It’s not about who we think we are…
It’s about who God KNOWS we are.
Eisenhower said in detail what the writers of the Bible presumed we already knew…
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven the many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
Your task will not be an easy one. You enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle! We will accept nothing less than full Victory!”
*Matthew 28:16-20 (The Great Commission)
All Bible verse references are from Bible Gateway.
Photograph of Eisenhower Addressing the Troops: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3a26521/
Photograph of Eisenhower’s speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwighteisenhowerorderofdday.htm
Text of Eisenhower’s speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwighteisenhowerorderofdday.htm
Photograph of D-Day Battle from Troop Carrier aka Higgins Boat: http://www.travelthruhistory.tv/visit-national-wwii-museum-new-orleans-la/