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Our Journey – Week 5

Our Journey began here, where you can see this months reading schedule and past journal entries! Please join us reading through the Bible chronologically this year! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!

Date

January Reading

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January 28 Exodus 1-3  
January 29 Exodus 4-6  
January 30 Exodus 7-9  
January 31 Exodus 10-12  

Date

February Reading

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February 1

Exodus 13-15

February 2

Psalm 78

February 3

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Exodus 1
Here we learn how Pharaoh made a law to kill all newborn Hebrew babies, as he felt that the Israelites were becoming too nurmerous.

Exodus 2
Papyrus basketMoses’ mother could not bring herself to harm her son – so she hid him for three months. Then she placed him in a papyrus basket and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile, where his sister watched from a distance. The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket and knew that it was one of the Hebrew’s babies. Moses’ sister went to the Pharaoh’s daughter and asked if she should get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for her, which Pharaoh’s daughter agreed to. So, Moses’ mother was blessed by God to raise her son for a while longer!

Exodus 3 God speaks to Moses through a burning bush.
|The notes shared in my Life Application NIV Bible state God spoke to Moses from an unexprected source: a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he went to investigate. God may use unexpected sources when communicating to us too, wheather people, thoughts, or experiences. Be willing to investigate, and be open to God’s surprises.
Are you willing – waiting with open ears and eyes to hear a word from God today?

From the burning bush Moses’ learns that God is asking him to go to his people in Egypt and let them know theat He’s seen their misery and promises to bring them up out of it! God often calls us to tasks that seem too difficult, but he doesn’t ask us to do them alone. He will always be with us!

Exodus 4
Moses speaks to God of his own fears of the people not listening to him. But God reassure’s him that He will provide the help needed for the people to listen to Moses! He gives Moses signs to reassure him that he can do this. God used Moses’ staff  as a sign to teach him an important lesson. God sometimes takes joy in using ordinary things for extraordinary purposes. What are the ordinary things in your life – your voice, a pen, a hammer, a broom, a musical instrument? While it is easy to assume God can use only special skills, you must not hinder his use of the everyday contributions you can make. Little did Moses imagine the power his simple staff would wield when it became the staff of God!

The LORD said to him, Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Exodus 4:11-12

Seek His guidance for you to have the right words when dealing with different situations in your life where a certain message you feel hard to deliver must be heard. Life Application NIV Bible shares: God finally agreed to let Aaron speak for Moses. Moses’ feelings of inadequacy were so strong that he could not trust even God’s ability to help him. Moses had to deal with his deep sense of inadaquecy many times. When we face difficult or frightening situations, we must be willing to let God help us.

The LORD lets Moses know this is not going to be easy – He’s going to harden Pharaoh’s heart (confirming his will to resist God) so Pharaoh will not let the Isrealites go so the Isrealites may learn that all the good they have and will recieve only comes from God.

Exodus 5
Understand things will not happen as fast as we’d like them to. We must trust in His timing! Too often the Isrealites complain to Moses of their suffering because they do not understand nor have the faith needed that God will have them succeed. Even in suffering we are encouraged to be happy. In James 1:2-4, we are encouraged to be happy when difficulties come our way. Problems develop our patience and character by teacher us to (1) trust God to do what is best for us, (2) look for ways to honor God in our present situation, (3) remember that God will not abandon us, and (4) watch for God’s plan for us.

The Ten Plagues to help Moses free the Israelites

Reference Plague What Happened Result
7:14-21 Blood Fish die, the river smells, the people are without water Pharaoh’s magicians duplicate the miracle by “secret arts,” and Pharaoh is unmoved
8:1-15 Frogs Frogs come up from the water and completely cover the land Again Pharaoh’s magicians duplicate the miracle by sorcery, and Pharaoh is unmoved
8:16-19 Gnats All the dust of Egypt becomes a massive swarm of gnats Magicians are unable to duplicate this; they say it is the “finger of God,” but Pharaoh’s heart remains hard
8:20-32 Flies Swarms of flies cover the land Pharaoh promises to let the Hebrews go but then hardens his heart and refuses
9:1-7 Livestock All the Egyptian livestock die – but none of Israel’s is even sick Pharaoh still refuses to let the people go
9:8-12 Boils Horrible boils break out on everyone in Egypt Magicians cannot respond because they are struck down with boils as well – Pharaoh refuses to listen
9:13-35 Hail Hailstorms kill all the slaves and animals left out or unprotected and strip or destroy almost every plant Pharaoh admits his sin but then changes his mind and refuses to let Israel go
10:1-20 Locusts Locusts cover Egypt and eat everything left after the hail Everyone advises Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go, but God hardens Pharaoh’s heart and he refuses
10:21-29 Darkness Total darkness covers Egypt for three days so no one can even move – except the Hebrews, who have light as usual Pharaoh again promises to let Israel go but again changes his mind
11:1-12:33 Death of Firstborn The firstborn of all the people and cattle of Egypt die – but Israel is spared Pharaoh and the Egyptians urge Israel to leave quickly; after they are gone, Pharaoh again changes his mind and chases after them

The Life Application NIV Bible shares in the notes for Exo 9:12 – God gave Pharaoh many opportunities to heed Moses’ warnings. But finally God seemed to say, “All right, Pharaoh, have it your way,” and Pharaoh’s heart became permanently hardened. Did God intentionally harden Pharaoh’s heart and overrule his free will? No, he simply confirmed that Pharaoh freely chose a life of resisting God. Similarly, after a lifetime of resisteing God, you may find it impossible to turn to him. Don’t wait until just the right time before turning to God. Do it now while you still have the chance. If you continually ignore God’s voice, eventually you will be unable to hear it at all. You have the choice – don’t run away from the goodness of Good – run to Him and allow Him to help you through whatever it is you’re up against.

Exodus 10

I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.”
Exodus 10:1b-2

God told Moses that his miraculous experiences with Pharaoh should be retold to his descendants. What stories Moses had to tell! Living out one of the greatest dramas in Biblical history, he witnessed events few people would ever see. It is important to tell our children of God’s work in our past and to help them see what He is doing right now. What are the turning points in your life where God intervened? What is God doing for you now? Your stories will form the foundations of your children’s belief in God.

Exodus 15

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus 15:2

He said, “If you listen carfully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I broght on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
Exodus 15:26

Psalm 78

The people of Israel rebelled and were not faithful to God (78:8); forgot about the wonders God had done (78:11, 12); put God to the test by making demands from him (78:18); lied to hm and tried to flatter him (78:36); and continued to turn away from him even fater he did great works on their behalf (78:42-56). God recorded these painful and shameful truths in his Word so that we can avoid the same errors. In 1 Corinthians 10:5-12, Paul used this classic story of Israel’s unfaithfulness to warn the early Christians to be faithful.

 

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