by Ivor Powell

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Those Pesky Hornets (3 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell

Long ago, one of Job's friends said, "Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea" (Job 11:7-9). The ancient philosopher's conception of Jehovah suggested that Job could never clearly understand the God he professed to serve. Many people would disagree with that opinion, for they have learned to see God in a flower, hear His music in the songs of the birds, recognize His artistry in sunrises and sunsets, and feel the warmth of His love in the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jehovah is no longer an inscrutable Deity existing and reigning in distant heavens; He is close to all who call upon Him. Nevertheless, there is reason to believe He is best seen in little things-in the circumstances by which people are surrounded daily.

A Revelation of Divine Tenderness

"And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee" (Ex. 23:28). The children of Israel were on their way to Canaan. The bondage endured in Egypt had become an unpleasant memory. The future seemed to be bright with prospect and hope, yet the undisciplined Hebrews had no experience in warfare, and their enemies were likely to benefit from that fact. Moses had been specially trained, but unfortunately he could not do everything. The Lord was aware of this, but He had many assistants. The wilderness was the home of myriads of winged nuisances, and even they responded to the suggestions of the Almighty. The children of Israel should have understood that fact, for they had seen how the plagues of frogs and lice paralyzed the Egyptians. If swarms of hornets went ahead of the advancing Hebrews, their rapier-like stings could easi ...

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