Collective Guilt by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 07, 2021
TEXT: Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-10
“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.” – (Exodus 3:9)
It is estimated that about six million Jews died in the concentration camps set up by the German Nazis, during World War II. After the War, the British and the US occupation forces printed posters depicting the horrors of the concentration camps with slogans such as “These Atrocities: Your fault!” (referring to the entire German people).
From our text, the Hebrews, completely dominated by the Egyptians were left with no option than to cry out to God for justice. God mercifully responded by calling His servant Moses, through a vision of a burning bush, to become His messenger for Israel’s liberation. The Lord told him that He was aware of all that was done against His chosen nation and was, therefore, coming down to deliver them.
Like in Nazi Germany during the inglorious holocaust, the ordinary Egyptians looked on and even participated when the Hebrews were being murdered and oppressed. It would be difficult for them to blame all the killing of infants and the enslavement of the Jews on the government of the day alone. Many Egyptians owned Hebrew slaves and were partners in crime with the regime of Pharaoh.
Oppression of minorities, religious violence, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and mass killings take place in many countries of the world. Mass graves and chilling documentaries and monuments are there to prove our collective guilt. We can speak out and present the matter before the Lord in prayer. We must not keep silent while the ruthlessness of men sends people to eternity unprepared.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God will not hold us guiltless if we fail to stand in the gap for the oppressed.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: