MONDAY 19TH MARCH 2018 MORNING
Exodus 5:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
Bricks Without Straw
1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”
4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.
The Israelites became like slaves in Egypt. They were oppressed. Pharaoh would not allow them to go worship God. But we know the end of the story. God fought for His people. Finally God enabled Moses to lead the people out of Egypt.
If God is for us who can be against us? Let us make sure we are on God’s side and ask Him to guide our lives. Then we will be blessed and even in hard times God will take us through.
JUMATATU TAREHE 19 MACHI 2018 ASUBUHI
1 Hata baadaye, Musa na Haruni wakaenda wakamwambia Farao, wakasema, Bwana, Mungu wa Israeli, asema hivi, Wape watu wangu ruhusa waende, ili kunifanyia sikukuu jangwani.
2 Farao akasema, Bwana ni nani, hata niisikilize sauti yake, na kuwapa Israeli ruhusa waende zao? Mimi simjui Bwana, wala sitawapa Israeli ruhusa waende zao.
3 Wakasema, Mungu wa Waebrania amekutana nasi; twakuomba, tupe ruhusa twende safari ya siku tatu jangwani, tumtolee dhabihu Bwana, Mungu wetu; asije akatupiga kwa tauni, au kwa upanga.
4 Mfalme wa Misri akawaambia Enyi Musa na Haruni, mbona mnawaachisha watu kazi zao? Enendeni zenu kwa mizigo yenu.
5 Kisha Farao akasema, Tazameni, watu wa nchi sasa ni wengi, nanyi mnawapumzisha, wasichukue mizigo yao.
6 Na siku ile ile Farao akawaamuru wasimamizi wa watu, na wanyapara wao, akisema,
7 Msiwape watu tena majani ya kufanyia matofali, kama mlivyofanya tangu hapo; na waende wakatafute majani wenyewe.
Waisraeli walikuwa watumwa kule Misri. Waliteswa na Wamisri kwa kupewa kazi nzito sana. Farao aliwakataza watoke na kumwabudu Mungu. Lakini tunajua Mungu aliwatetea na mwisho Mungu alimwezesha Musa kuwaongoza Waisraeli kutoka Misri na kuanza safari yao kuelekea Kanaani.
Mungu anatuhurumia na anatutetea dhidi ya maadui zetu.
Tumtegemee Mungu naye atatubariki, na hata kwenye kipindi kigumu atatuwezesha.