Teachings from Mighty Mouse

“Here I come to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!”

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For those of you not familiar with Mighty Mouse here is his theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsPa8QgGGkc

There are a lot of Jesus teachings in the Mighty Mouse theme song. I do not intend to demean Jesus by comparing him to Mighty Mouse, but the theme song has so many Biblical parallels.

Shall we take a look?

Mr. Trouble never hangs around when he hears this mighty sound. “Here I come to save the day.”

Jesus conquered death. He is greater than Satan. If we are willing to submit to Him He will be there for us. We are told in 1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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Joseph Goes Home

 

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Did you ever have one of those days when everything took forever? A long stop light. An extended meeting. A slow line at the checkout. Maybe you’re having a life like that. Maybe you’ve been waiting on something for weeks or months or years.

Maybe you’ve lost hope.

One lesson Exodus 13 teaches us is that sometimes God’s plans take time to unfold as He intends.

All scripture references are from The New American Standard Bible.

Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” – Genesis 50:25

Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones from here with you.” – Exodus 13:19.

Joseph’s story began in Genesis 37 and ended in Joshua 24. Over 400 years passed between those chapters. As long as that seems, it reflects the details of God’s plans for His people.

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Not Quite A Done Deal

 

In spite of his doubts expressed in Exodus chapter 3, Moses accepted God’s call to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt.

God’s call to Moses, and to each of us, is always optional. We can refuse. We can stay seated when God asks us to stand. He doesn’t force service on any of us.

But why would we refuse? If we truly believe God can be completely trusted doesn’t it stand to reason that anything He asks us to do should be done?

Moses must have thought so. We’re now in Exodus chapter 5. Moses and his brother Aaron stand before Pharaoh.

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible.

And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” Exodus 5:1

God said it. Moses did it. That settles it. Done deal.

But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2

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Remove Your Sandals

Being in the presence of God might seem somewhat daunting. But isn’t that where we’re supposed to be? How else can we expect to hear from Him?

In Exodus chapter 3 Moses has an encounter with God that forever changed the course of history.

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible.

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:1-2

Moses was no longer in the safety and security of the house of Pharaoh. He killed an Egyptian and was force to flee for his life. See Exodus 2 beginning with verse 11. As chapter three begins, Moses is living in Midian. He is a shepherd tending the flock on a nothing special day.

Then he saw something very unusual, a burning bush that wasn’t being burned up. He had a choice to make. Ignore it and go on with his daily routine, or check it out.

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Delivering the Deliverer

Did you ever have to let something go? Something precious and valuable? It’s not easy to do. Often there is no choice. We have to let it go.

There’s an interesting story in the second chapter of Exodus that illustrates how sometimes letting go returns an unforeseen blessing.

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible.

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. Exodus 2:1-2

Momma had to hide her little one because Pharaoh had ordered all newborn Hebrew male babies be put to death. See Exodus 1:16. She kept his birth a secret for three months, but the time came when it must have been impossible to continue doing so. What’s a momma to do? What would you do?

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