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Exodus 6:14-7:7 “Tale of Two Brothers”

“So the LORD said to Moses: ‘See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.’”

Exodus 7:1 (NKJV)

I recently met with a friend who told me that he had results from DNA testing. Now he knows his nationality precisely, and it is different than what he thought. If we were to examine every person in our family tree, no doubt we would discover some pretty gnarly characters!

That’s how it was for Moses and Aaron. Their ancestor Levi was one bad dude! He and his brother told the men of Shechem to become like them and circumcise all their males. The men agreed, but then while they were still sore, Levi and Simeon killed them all. This was payback for the prince of Shechem violating their sister Dinah. Jacob didn’t do much at the time, but later he cursed these two on his deathbed:

“Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not my soul enter their council. Let not my honor be united to their assembly.”

Genesis 49:5–6a (NKJV)

Nevertheless, God still chose Levi to be the priestly tribe. That warrior spirit of Levi would be repurposed to bring forth strong men who would stand before Pharaoh now and before the LORD later.

Is God calling you to make a difference for Him? Do not let a bad family history, your own checkered past, or even present weaknesses keep you from being all that God is calling you to be. God doesn’t use perfect people; He uses people who are willing to be instruments in His hand. By grace, He will do more in you and through you than you could ever imagine!

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