Exodus 19 Devotion

June 30, 2014Pastor's Blog

To Himself In Exodus 19 the Israelites finally make it to Mount Sinai. Upon arrival Moses went up the mountain to meet God. The LORD called to Moses and told him to tell Israel, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings, and brought you to myself.”  These words from God call for a closer look. Notice the emphasis on what the Israelites have personally seen. God had liberated them from the Egyptians, from the hand of Pharaoh. They had … Read More

Exodus 19

June 30, 2014Daily Reading

Israel at Mount Sinai 19 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore … Read More

Exodus 18 Devotion

June 28, 2014Pastor's Blog

We are reintroduced to Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro as he visits him in Exodus 18. I love the picture that their relationship paints. Moses is 80+ years old, so we can assume that Jethro is substantially older than that. Now it wouldn’t be surprising for Moses to show regard for his elder, but instead we see a reciprocal humbling and a mutual respect. Both men learn something from the other and their respective lives are enriched by the relationship. This is the beauty of a mentor/mentor relationship, also described in Proverbs … Read More

Exodus 18

June 28, 2014Daily Reading

Jethro’s Advice 18 Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 Now Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her home, 3 along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, “I have been a sojourner[a] in a foreign land”), 4 and the name of the other, Eliezer[b] (for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh”). 5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came … Read More

Exodus 17 Devotion

June 27, 2014Pastor's Blog

We are reintroduced to Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro as he visits him in Exodus 18. I love the picture that their relationship paints. Moses is 80+ years old, so we can assume that Jethro is substantially older than that. Now it wouldn’t be surprising for Moses to show regard for his elder, but instead we see a reciprocal humbling and a mutual respect. Both men learn something from the other and their respective lives are enriched by the relationship. This is the beauty of a mentor/mentor relationship, also described in Proverbs … Read More

Exodus 17

June 27, 2014Daily Reading

Water from the Rock 17 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, … Read More

Exodus 16

June 26, 2014Daily Reading

Bread from Heaven 16 They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt,when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to … Read More

Bread of Heaven

June 26, 2014Pastor's Blog

Exodus 16 Devotion The bread (manna) of heaven is a supernatural representation of God’s provision of faith for those who trust the Lord. This provision of faith comes in the form of having gratitude in the midst of hopeless surroundings, trust in the generosity of God’s provision, and blessing when God’s instructions are followed. 1. (vs.2-3, 8-9). Grumbling denies the Hope we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gratitude invites the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with thankfulness. 2. (vs 10-20). Hoarding implies a clear sign of unbelief … Read More

Exodus 15

June 25, 2014Daily Reading

The Song of Moses 15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;     the horse and his rider[a] he has thrown into the sea. 2 The Lord is my strength and my song,     and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him,     my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3 The Lord is a man of war;     the Lord is his name. 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,     and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5 The floods covered … Read More

Exodus 15 Devotion

June 25, 2014Pastor's Blog

”Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three says they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink’” ~ Exodus 15:22-24 Three days – it only took three days for the Israelites to forget one of the greatest Old Testament miracles – the parting of the Red Sea. Never mind plagues God sent to … Read More