“Stubble Instead Of Straw.”

 KEY SCRIPTURE  

Exo. 5:10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. 11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished. 12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. 13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

A bunch of friends got together after work to go to a restaurant for an impromptu dinner. Everyone ordered what they wanted, and all the meals were priced about the same. Once the dinner was over all the diners put up an equal share of the bill, EXCEPT one guy who was, “a little short!” If it was just the one time, it might be understandable; however, at this point it appears to be a pattern with this fella. Just like Evil, he NEVER gives what is expected, NEVER reaches the standard, NEVER completes an assignment, not because he can’t, but because he hates order. Yet, he wants the same benefit as everyone else.

Hatefulness in others often identifies, and even focuses on our fine distinctive qualities! Though it certainly notices our shortcomings in order to vex us, hatefulness may pejoratively (scornfully) highlight our excellence in an attempt to make us feel inferior. This ridicule, of course, is intended to rob us of dignity and make us more receptive to being their puppet. When people are devalued, there is a reluctance to give them anything that’s treasured; there aren’t many who’re concern about the condition of their lives. BUT GOD, who is our Provider, Redeemer, and Deliverer most assuredly is!

Conversely, when you are anointed you have the ability to make brick with stubble instead of straw”! Believers, you can “fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw“ (see KEY SCRIPTURE). God has always had a way of taking that which is not valued and creating something more glorious from it. He created Man from dust, Woman from a rib, and in Exodus God is on the verge of creating a theocratic* government ran by priests, of a people stripped of their humanity. They lived in an environment which treated them as if they were stubble instead of straw”! Yet in short order they will become the shadow* of the “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” found in I Pet. 2:9-10!

Jhn. 15:1I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. 2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Overcoming situations enables God to develop character-building “fruits” in us (Gal. 5:22-23). He will also empower us to be more productive in many other areas of life (see Mat. 25:23). Our trust in Him actually positions us for spiritual wealth (Psa. 3).

We should endeavor to follow what Paul said in Php. 2:4 and “look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Then, just as the Jews had to find stubble to make brick, we will help each other find our true value by following the command of Jesus in Mat. 28:19 to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

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