Exodus: One God and many kings

exodus_gods_and_kings_movie-wideLast night I saw Exodus: Gods and Kings. I’ll never understand why anyone would make a movie based on a bible story and change the story so much. If they told the story as it is in the bible it would be a much more cohesive story. Despite this it was enjoyable and here are 3 things I loved about it.

1. God is in charge

Throughout the movie there are plenty of characters who think they’re in charge, Pharaoh & Moses being the 2 big ones. Obviously Moses is the focus of the movie and from the beginning it’s clear there’s big things ahead for him, but the harder he tries to control things – his life, his future, his gang of rebellious Hebrews – the clearer it becomes that he is useless without God. During one conversation between God and Moses, God points out Moses’ failure and tells Moses to stop and watch. This is just before the plagues start and when they come it is crystal clear who is in control of them. It ain’t Moses.

2. God is powerful

Speaking of plagues, they are impressive. Big, powerful, devastating. The only thing more impressive is the one in control of them. His power is held in stark contrast to the gods of the Egyptians who are silent and powerless. The only god or king that holds real power in this story is the God of the Hebrews.

3. God has a plan

It’s clear that God has not forgotten his people. He always had a plan to save them from slavery. He always planned to keep his promise to lead them into the land of Canaan.

The story may have deviated from the biblical narrative in parts, but these are tremendous biblical truths about the God of the Hebrews. The one true God who had a plan not only for the Hebrews, but for the whole word. This plan was fulfilled in the person of Jesus, who came to rescue us from our own slavery, to sin and death.

Find out more about Jesus and God’s plan for freedom here. 

Counting down…

There’s a few things I’m counting down till at the moment.

25 days – till BON JOVI!!! can’t wait! Last time I saw them I was 15. This time it’s a 30th birthday present from my sisters. Me, 2 of my sisters, their husbands, my oldest nephew (he’s 12 – gonna LOVE it!), Jon, Richie, David and my favourite drummer in the world – Tico. There may be some other people there. For the next 25 days I’m dedicating all of my facebook status updates to lyrics from my fav Bon Jovi songs. Here’s some classic Bon Jovi for you to enjoy! (I wouldn’t mind if he sang this at the concert but I’m glad that those pants won’t be making an appearance)

35 days – till I hit 30. I’m counting this down by planning a party and trying hard to NOT freak out about being 30 and single.

1 year (ish) – till I finish college for good. Much excitement. Very much looking forward to 4th year. And even more looking forward to what comes after that. Of course I wish I knew what that was ;-)

These are exciting things to be counting down till. Knowing that they are coming affects things I do now – I’m getting ready and preparing for exciting days.

I was reminded last night of something much bigger and more exciting that I should be counting down till.

This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels …  (2 Thessalonians 1:7)

It will be exciting but there is a harsh truth that comes with it

… taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction, away from the Lord’s presence and from his glorious strength, in that day when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be admired by those who have believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

We don’t know when the day we are counting down to will happen. But we know it will. So I pray that while we wait we will be getting ready for it and counting down by telling as many people as we can.

Want to know how to be on the good side? Find out here.

6 things that can change your life….

Six things I know to be true…

1. This is God’s world
Look around you at the beauty of the mountains, the individuality of a snowflake, the incredible way the human body works and its not hard to see that we are created people living in a created world. Therefore we must have a creator. That creator, naturally, is the boss of what he made. Image you started a company, wouldn’t you want to be the one who decides how to run it? Wouldn’t that, in fact, be your right? Same goes with the creator of this world. God made us and is therefore rightly in charge. The bible says

‘You are worthy, our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory and honour and power. You are worthy because you created all things. They were created and they exist. That is the way you planned it.’ Revelation chapter 4, verse 11

God is a boss who wants to give good things to the world he made. Doesn’t that sound good? Perfect even? But clearly things are not like that.

2. We do our own thing
All you have to do is watch the news or read a paper to know something has turned bad. Is it God? No of course not – its us! The average person is happy to live ignoring God and being their own boss. And this is precisely where we go wrong. We didn’t make this world and we don’t know the best way to make it work. We willingly turn from God’s leadership and he holds us responsible for that.

‘No-one is right with God, no-one at all. No-one understands. No-one trusts in God. All of them have turned away.’ Romans chapter 3, verses 10-12

So what do you think God will do about this – about us who ignore him, do our own thing and got the world into such a mess??

3. There is trouble ahead
Back to your company. You hire someone to be a part of what YOU created and they ignore you, refuse to listen to your orders and treat your property like it’s their own. What do you do? Fire them, right? Why do we deserve any different. When we ignore God we say to him ‘leave me alone’ and in return he will do just that and cut us off from him completely. He is the creator and therefore the source of life and light, and when we are cut off from him that means death and destruction. Choosing our own way leads only to punishment.

‘People have to die once. After that, God will judge them.’ Hebrews chapter 9, verse 27

So without God this is our grim future. But….

4. God has a solution
God made us and that means he cares about us – in fact he LOVES us and doesn’t want this future to be true for us. So he offers a solution. He sent his son Jesus to the world to save us from it. Jesus lived the way we should. He never ignored God and he always followed him. He was the one PERFECT person. God sent him to take away the punishment that we deserve. He died our death and because our debt has been paid, we can be forgiven.

‘Christ died for sins once and for all time. The one who did what is right died for those who don’t do right. He died to bring you to God.’ 1 Peter chapter 3, verse 18

But this is not the end of the story…

5. Jesus is NOT dead!
Thats right – he lives! God, who is the source of life, brought Jesus back to life! God accepts Jesus’ death as the punishment for us, and put Jesus in charge of the world – he is now the king! So the one who took our punishment, is the one who we will stand in front of for judgement. His death was not for nothing. He gives us a chance to be forgiven and to begin a new life, following God.

‘Give praise to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead.’ 1 Peter chapter 1, verse 3

So where does this leave you??

6. There’s a choice to be made
We can either keep being our own boss or we can let the one who made us be our boss. Jesus invites us to turn to him, trust him as the one who saves us, and follow him for the rest of our life. Without this, we are heading away from life towards death.

‘Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. Anyone who says no to the Son will not have eternal life. God’s anger remains on him.’ John chapter 3, verse 36

Wondering what to do now? If you want to accept Jesus’ offer all you
need to do is talk to him – this is what prayer is. All you need to say is
sorry I’ve ignored you, thanks for sending Jesus,
and please forgive me and be my boss forever.

Got questions? Comment or email me
For more info check out this site or
see what my mate Dave says about the king who saves.

Want to live forever????

Whenever someone I know goes though any kind of serious, or semi-serious, health issue it reminds me of how temporary this life is.

If someone offered you eternal life in a great new earth where death will no longer exist, and where grief, crying and pain will no longer exist, would you be interested???

Someone is offering this. Want it?? Here it is.