Week 5

Exodus 8:1-21:21

Ex 8:15 “But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to LISTEN…”  Lord, help me not to be that way! How many times do we do this?! “Lord, if you just do this/or get us through that or provide such and such then we will _______________ (fill in the blank)?!” Look at the U.S. after 9/11…so many turned to God…oh help us through this…but as soon as relief came (the dust settled, the funerals and memorials over, the debris cleared…), people became stubborn again and refused to LISTEN to God.

Vs 8: I wonder why the gnats were the first plague the magicians couldn’t replicate?!

Ex 9:11 This time (the plague of boils) the magicians didn’t even make an attempt …they were in so much pain from the boils they couldn’t stand!

Vs 16: “But I have spared you for a purpose- to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth.”  How many times do we think people just “get away” with things?! Or we see evil prosper and can’t understand why God doesn’t just “wipe them out”?! Could it be this??!! He is sparing them to bring glory to His own name and for His own plan?!

Ex 10:2 “I’ve also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them- and so you will know that I am the LORD.”   Sometimes God allows things in our lives just to show us His glory and power. When we are going through things that just seem too much to bear or too hard to handle, how might our feelings change if we look at it as an opportunity for us to KNOW THAT HE IS THE LORD?! That He can use the mess as a message…He will turn the test into a testimony!!

Vs 16: “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you,” he confessed. (Pharaoh speaking)  How dangerous!! He knew he was sinning against God! He admitted as much…yet he is just saying what he needs to for the plague to be lifted! Willful disobedience…how many times have I been there myself?! Thank You, God for being longsuffering and patient…for not raining down the “plague” my sins deserved!!

Ex 11:7-13 I AM SO THANKFUL THE BLOOD IS ON MY “DOORPOSTS”!!

Ex 12:30 “There was not a single house where someone had not died.” The Passover…in the past I always thought how awful…all of this death because Pharaoh was stubborn. But today I felt a nudge…isn’t it the same way today?? Is there a single “home” (family) in our world that isn’t losing people who do not have the blood applied? They are eternally lost! I honestly think I really felt a burden for the lost for the first time (sad, I know). Lord, break my heart for those who don’t know You…the ones who do not have the blood applied. Give me an opportunity to reach those I can and the words to say when You give me those chances. Let our lives show Your love in such a way that people see and seek that difference!

Ex 13:17 When Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though it was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” I see this as a beautiful picture of God’s rescue from chains/bondage/addiction. God knew their faith was weak/new just like He knows how weak I am at any given moment. He was protecting them from a battle they couldn’t handle so they wouldn’t be tempted to “return to Egypt”…to their chains…to their bondage!! He knows my flesh wants to return to those things when I’m scared or my faith is weak. God ALWAYS knows what’s best for us even when it may not seem like the easiest path from point A to point B…we just need to trust that His path offers us protection no matter how it takes us!!

Ex 14:11-12 The people cry out to God and Moses- “why didn’t you just leave us alone?” “It’s better to be a slave than dead!!” Isn’t that just like us?? Things look scary/hard and we act like God abandoned us?!

Vs 13: “…Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today.”

Vs 14: “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Ex 15:24 “Then the people complained and turned against Moses…” They are so quick to turn and complain when things start going wrong…am I the same way?? Quick to issue blame and complain?!

Ex 16:3 “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Wow!! A bit of a glorified view of slavery here, isn’t it?! Isn’t that our way though? It’s so easy once we’re removed from a situation to look back and act like “well it wasn’t THAT bad”! They are looking back and losing faith! I know my “Egypt” was bad and I know my God rescued me from it!! Lord, help me not to look back regardless of what I’m facing. Help me to not glorify my captivity but to always see the truth of what You rescued me from!!

Vs 18: “Each family had just what it needed.” GOD WILL PROVIDE…we just need to be faithful, follow Him and trust Him!

Ex 17:8-13 I love the image of Aaron and Hur coming alongside Moses and holding his arms up to win the battle! I love how God will send people (family/friends) to help “hold us up”. To help strengthen us when we’re tired…to keep us going when we feel weak or like we want to give up. I’m thankful for the ladies God has placed in my life…they have strengthened me so many times! May we be each other’s arm holders!!

Vs 15: “Yahweh-Nissi”: the Lord is my banner

Ex 20:5b-6 “I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected-even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. BUT I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”  SO thankful for the “BUT” in those verses!!!

Matthew 19:13-23:29

Matt 19:16-22 The rich man asking Jesus what he needs to have eternal life…I personally think he was expecting Jesus  “oh, you’re so righteous”…the man said, “I’ve obeyed all of these commandments”…I think he was looking for a toot my own horn session!

Matt 20:1-16 I love the parable of the hired workers. I’m not sure the meaning everyone else takes from this but for me it is such a good lesson. I see this as no matter when in our life we come to Jesus we receive the same gift-eternal life! So if someone is saved as a child and serves God their entire life or if someone is 90 and genuinely calls on Jesus shortly before death, they each receive an equal “pay”- heaven!! Eternal life! I’m so thankful for this! It also helps me not to compare my walk with anyone else. Not to fall into the “well I’m not as valuable as this one who has served God their entire life” mindset. On the flip side it also teaches me humility…it keeps me from letting pride steal in and thinking “well I’m worth more than so and so because well they’ve only known God for x amount of time”. The thief on the cross was told he would be in Paradise with Jesus! It didn’t matter what he had done or how he had lived his life…all that mattered was he turned to Jesus before it was too late. He received the same “pay” as those who had been with Jesus the whole way!

Vs 31: “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The world will try to silence us! When we cry out for Jesus…when we call on Him to deliver us from trials…the world will tell us to “be quiet”… to go away…to stay silent. SHOUT LOUDER!!!!

Vs 34: Just ONE TOUCH!!!

Matt 22:37-40 All of the commandments come down to LOVE!

Matt 23:8-9 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi’ teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father’ for only God in heaven is your Father.” To me the entire Catholic hierarchy (priests, ‘father’, pope…) is done away with in these two verses as Jesus speaks!

Vs 13-29: Jesus uses the word “hypocrites” six times!!

Vs 27: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.”   I realize this is how I was for so long trying to play the part of “good church girl”…and I dare say most people never knew the difference…but Jesus did! Then I got so tired of feeling like a hypocrite (because I knew) that I just went off the rails to the other extreme of not caring what anyone thinks and just doing whatever feels good to me. So thankful God reached me and forgave me and drew me into true relationship with Him!

Psalms 24:1-28:9

Ps 25:4-5 “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”  Let this be my prayer each day!!

Vs 8: “The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.”  THANK YOU, GOD!!! So glad He shows us the right way, forgives us and puts us back on the right path!

Psalm 27: My granny’s favorite Psalm!!

Vs 7-8: “Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.'” So glad I LISTENED and heard Him call my heart! So thankful to spend time LISTENING and letting His voice change me!

Proverbs 6:1-7:5