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Lenten Devotional: Mar 20

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Today’s Texts: Exodus 2:23-3:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Mark 9:14-29

Exodus 2:23-3:15

In the story of the Exodus, God reveals to Moses that He heard the Israelites “crying out” to God because of their suffering at the hands of their slave drivers.

During this Easter season, many Jews who celebrate Passover commemorate God’s miraculous deliverance from their slavery to Egypt. Part of their Passover meal includes eating bitter herbs. This is to remind them of the feeling of bitterness related to the pain and suffering they experienced in the hands of the Egyptians. Their severe suffering was too much to bear and they cried out to the Lord for help.

Crying out to God for help in the midst of pain and suffering is to be accepted as an important component in our Christian journey. In fact, the name “Jesus” is from the Hebrew name, Joshua, which means “the Lord who helps (i.e. saves)” and when Mary was to give birth to Jesus, she was told to name the son “Jesus” because he will help and save his people from their sins.

Suffering and distress due to the hardships in a failed marriage, a rebellious child, a failed business, unemployment, bankruptcy, the struggle with sinful habits or whatever else you might be going through in life is a prompting from the Holy Spirit to cry out for God’s deliverance and help.

And just as God used Moses to rescue the people of Israel with a message of salvation from God, so God’s word of hope has come to reach you today encouraging you to “cry out to God” for help. As the scripture says, “Everyone who cries out for help to the Lord, will be saved.”

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Bert Cortez

Rev. Bert Cortez is Associate Pastor (Filipino Ministries) of the Church of the Highlands in San Bruno, CA. I was born in the Philippines. He grew up in San Francisco as a Catholic and later came to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus when a co-worker told him about receiving forgiveness of all his sins by simply praying to receive Jesus as his personal savior. He experienced the new life in Christ that moment and was never the same since then.

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