Please excuse the lateness of this post as we've dealt with family emergencies in the last week. I thank you all who know the details for your time spent in prayer for my family.
|February 4||Exodus 16-18|
|February 5||Exodus 19-21|
|February 6||Exodus 22-24|
|February 7||Exodus 25-27|
|February 8||Exodus 28-31|
|February 9||Exodus 32-35|
|February 10||Prayer / Reflection / Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up|
Our Journey began here in Genesis, 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!
Exodus 16:4b In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.
God test’s His people, He does not tempt us. This is something we need to understand – as He will always help us through trials and temptations!
Exodus 16:31 The description of manna is giving in this verse! Manna means What is it? (see verse 15).
What a battle! This is where Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses ordered – while Moses went to the top of the hill.
11As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
The notes in The Life Application Bible NIV state for v. 10-13: Aaron and Hur stood by Moses’ side and help up his arms to ensure victory against Amalek. We need to “lift up the hands” of our spiritual leaders as well. Shouldering some responsibility, lending a word of encouragement, or offering a prayer are ways of refreshing spiritual leaders in their work. Take a look at yourself, are you helping out and encouraging your spiritual leaders?
Learn from Exodus 18 to not ‘take-on’ too much. It is okay to delegate tasks to others – One does not have to do everything – it is not healthy.
Moses receives the Ten Commandments!
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
The Life Application Bible NIV: Throughout the Bible we find this phrase, “Do not be afraid.” God wasn’t trying to scare the people. He was showing His mighty power so the Israelites would know he was the true God and would therefore obey Him. If they would do this, He would make His power available for them. God wants us to follow Him out of love rather than fear. To overcome fear, we must think more about His love. 1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love drives out fear.” How have you handled obeying God’s Word? I’ve personally tried it both way, and dealing with it out of fear is so much harder then simply out of loving Him! Giving my love to Him, my hand for guidance – He is there to help us along the way!
Exodus 21 – 23
Other laws given
The Israelites break the law – again – making idols 😦
I have so much to share here… just want to note – any notes that come from The Life Application Bible NIV will be written in blue.
Do you see how simply it is to allow temptation, fear, and not knowing to change our ways? We have to guard ourselves against such things – stay in His Word, making it active in your everyday life, speaking His Word – to protect yourself & family. Be careful of your ways to not be labeled “a stiff-necked person.”
32:1-10 Idols again! Even though Israel had seen the invisible God in action, they still wanted the familiar gods they could see and shape into whatever image they desire. How much like them we are! Our great temptation is still to shape God to our liking, to make him convenient to obey or ignore. God responds in great anger when His mercy is trampled on. The gods we create blind us to the love our loving God wants to shower on us. God cannot work in us when we elevate anyone or anything above Him. What false gods in your life are preventing the true God from living in you?Is it too much work, TV, hanging out with friends, money, material possessions. Pray and ask Him to show you what is in the way of a fruitful relationship with Him, and then repent and ask His help in overcoming your faithlessness.
32:4, 5 … Even if we do not make idols, we are often guilty of trying to make God in our image, molding Him to fit our expectations, desires, and circumstances. When we do this, we end up worshiping ourselves rather than the God who created us – and self-worship, today as in the Israelites’ time, leads to all kinds of immorality. What is your favorite image of God? Is it Biblical? Is it adequate? Do you need to destroy it in order to worship the immeasurably powerful God who delivered you from bondage to sin?
32:9-14 God was ready to destroy the whole nation because of their sin. But Moses pleaded for mercy, and God spared them. This is one of the countless examples in the Bible of God’s mercy. Although we deserve His anger, he is willing to forgive and restore us to Himself. Like Moses, we can pray that He will forgive others and use us to bring them the message of His mercy.
ONE MAN made the difference for this entire nation! Who can you pray for, who needs your prayer, for Him to forgive them and restore them to Him? If you’re unsure of who may need your prayers… ask God to show you.
32:19,20… Anger at sin is a sign of spiritual vitality. Don’t squelch this kind of anger. But when you are justifiably angry at sin, be careful not to do anything that you will regret later.Take the time in prayer to discern what it is that God wants you to do with this anger you feel.
Have you ever wondered, “What is God’s glory?” Exodus 34:6-7 gives us the answer!
And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
His glory is His character, his nature, His way of relating to His creatures! His glory reveals all of His mercy! But we also need to be careful – because as Exodus 34:7 continues
Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
Why would sins affect children and grandchildren? This is no arbitrary punishment. Children still suffer for the sins of their parents. Consider child abuse or alcoholism, for example. While these sins are obvious, sins like selfishness and greed can be passed along as well. The dire consequences of sin are not limited to the individual family member. Be careful not to treat sin casually, but repent and turn from it. The sin may cause you little pain now, but it could sting in a most tender area of your life later – your children and grandchildren.Remember – the children are always watching, mimicking our moves, words, etc. Be the example He wants you to be. I know we cannot be perfect, so even when we do mess up; be wise to show the children how to handle it. The need to see our mistakes as well to learn from as we learn from them.
34:28-35 Moses’ face was radiant after he spent time with God. The people could clearly see God’s presence in him. How often do you spend time alone with God? Although your face may not light up a room, time spent in prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating should have such an effect on your life that people will know you have been with God. I recommend having an accountability partner to check with… are you spending time with God daily, and can that partner see God in you?
One other Scripture that struck me this week – Exodus 35:31
and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kings of crafts –
Do you realize ALL of your skills come from Him. He chose each one of us before we were even born to be able to complete some task. Thank Him for your skill today, everyday, every moment. And when you’re using your skill(s) remember to use them for Him, as He would have you use them!