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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)

TITLE: It’s Just the Beginning
By Melanie Kerr
05/31/04

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If you give me long enough, I can come up with the Ten Commandments. I know for certain that the very last one is about coveting. I’m not particularly interested in my neighbour’s house, though it is probably a lot cleaner than mine, or his manservant, his ox or his donkey. If I was going to covet anything it would not be something my neighbour has at all. It is Moses who has what I want.

When Moses blotted his copy-book very seriously with God and was told that he wouldn’t enter the promised land, he earnestly pleaded with God, “O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?”

Excuse me, Moses. “Begun to show?” Let’s just do a quick recap on the great things that you have seen God do. OK, you probably don’t remember much about the bull-rushes, but it was not by coincidence that the Pharoah’s daughter found you. Then there was the burning bush, staffs that turned into snakes and back again, hands that caught leprosy one minute and were cured the next. Plagues, there were quite a few of those and while the Egyptians suffered each and every terrible disaster, the Israelites remained untouched. I know you didn’t see the Angel of Death passing over as you remained hidden under the blood of the lamb, but you heard the anguished cries of those who lost their first born sons.

Then we have the Red Sea opening up to let you and your people through, and closing again on the Egyptians and all their chariots. There is a pillar of fire guiding you, and clouds descending and enveloping the tabernacle you built. There is manna from heaven, quails just flying in for lunch, and water pouring from a rock. There is a mountain with fire and thunder and a voice that makes everyone tremble, and a finger that writes on tablets of stone.

There is so much more and you say that you’re just beginning to see the greatness of God. You saw so much and yet you knew that what you were witnessing was just the beginning of God’s greatness and his strong hand.

I think that if I saw all of that you had seen I would sit back and stretch, my appetite for the miraculous sated and satisfied. If I saw that I would think that I had seen it all.

I need what Moses had. I need the revelation that what I see is just the beginning of God’s greatness, even after I have seen all that Moses saw.

We see so little, we expect so little and we are satisfied with so little.

“O Sovereign Lord, begin to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For there is no other god in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do.”


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Mary Elder-Criss06/07/04
Never thought of what Moses said in that light. After viewing all that, I think I would too, be sated and think I had seen enough miracles..Shows a hunger, huh? Made me think, and desire more. Thanks for sharing. Mary
Dian Moore06/07/04
"I need what Moses had. I need the revelation that what I see is just the beginning of God’s greatness, even after I have seen all that Moses saw." That sums up the beauty of this article. A great lesson and told very well.
Gary Sims06/07/04
Melanie – This is a very good piece for argumentation and debate. You outlined the basis for your thoughts and logically presented them. Your premise, as Dian noted, is very sound. I couldn’t read this article without formulating argument and conjecture to debate with you – which is a good thing. We want our readers to have their thoughts expand and horizons challenged.

My debate with this article would go something like this: I suggest that you have what Moses had. God’s activity in our lives today, in every step we take, is just as miraculous as in the stories of Moses. We may overlook them or not recognize them, but they are there. And even though we experience His presence daily, we are not satisfied. We want to know him more. Why? Because he has instilled this desire in our hearts which leaves us praying, just as Moses: “O Sovereign Lord, you have begun…”
Linda Miller06/07/04
Hi Melanie - wonderful article! I had trouble with the sentence "I think that if I saw all of that you had seen . . ." Somehow that just didn't read right and I had to go back. But overall a wonderful article.
Deborah Porter 06/07/04
Always an enjoyable read Melanie, and that first paragraph had my attention and gave me a smile. You have a delightful, warm style that makes your message very easy to take hold of.

Your message was good and I really liked that end thought, "We see so little, we expect so little and we are satisfied with so little." That's definitely something for me to take away from this message. With love, Deb

L.M. Lee06/08/04
what a great view of the topic! I love what you saw in the life of Moses.

I always felt so sorry for Moses after everything he had been through...one action cancelled the promised land for him. I've often wondered in my own life, have I crossed that line with God?
gillian liversedge06/08/04
Thanks so much for that. I agree, we do expect so little, when God has so much for us. God make us hungry!! Gillian
Dan Blankenship06/08/04
Melanie,
Very nice article. I, like everyone else, had never even thought about this topic before. You reminded me that we can learn something new every day.

Thanks.
Great job!
God Bless.
Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship

Corinne Smelker 06/08/04
WOW - this was well written, and brings out something that I think so many of us miss.

Good job. This is definitely a strong contender this week (in my opinion)
Annette Agnello06/12/04
I love the image you paint with Moses having a copy book, and that he was showing the great things God had done.
Patricia Ouellette06/13/04
Melanie your work is excellent. I have to agree with everything Gary stated in his argument.

As I wake up every morning I thank the Lord for the miracle of the new day. I believe that every second of my existance is a miracle. Why? Because I would never be able to do it alone, it is a miracle that this sinner is still searching for new ways to know God more intimately. That hunger inside is in itself a major miracle.

Blessings in His name