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2/9/2018 – Exodus Chapters 30-32

Oh, what differences we see in these chapters — from continued instructions on how the nation of Israel was to worship the Lord (Chapter 30), to the conferring of special gifts to perform this work on Bezalel and Oholiab (Chapter 31) to the utter contempt shown the Lord by the Nation (Chapter 32.) And less

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2/8/2018 Exodus Chapters 28-29

From an earthly perspective I see a great difference between the topics described in these chapters.  In Chapter 28 we see the making of things of beauty — the priestly garments:  the ephod, the breastpiece, the robe of the ephod, the turban, the tunic, and the linen undergarments. Then we move into Chapter 29.  We

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2/7/2018 Exodus Chapters 25-27

What strikes me as I read these passages describing the tabernacle that will house the Ark of the Covenant is the level of detail that the Lord provided.   While we can read the words of these details artists can help us envision the final results of these instructions. The following are artist renditions that show

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2/6/2018 Exodus Chapters 22-24

In Chapter 22 we begin to see the Lord’s detailed instructions for His people.  We will see these instruction embedded in the rest of the chapters of Exodus & continue into Leviticus. But in addition to the instructions we see the Lord continue to unfold His Story for His people.  In Chapter 23:20-26 we see

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2/5/2018 — Exodus Chapters 19-21

In this passage a detail is recorded that I have not really focused on — Exodus 19:24: 24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them. So, not

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2/4/2018 – Exodus Chapters 16-18

The passages contain an episode that I have often used in teaching leadership skills in the business world.  Exodus 18:17-23 states: 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it

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02/03/2018 — Exodus 13-15

Following the crossing of the Red Sea and the salvation of the Israelites from the Egyptians we read the “song of Moses” in Chapter 15.  Verses 2 and 11 are two of my favorite verses as they speak to the power of the Lord that He can use to protect us: 2 “The Lord is my

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02/02/18 – Exodus Chapters 10-12

What a magnificent set of chapters on God’s continued Story but most of all His grace.  In these chapters two thoughts emerge. (1)  In Chapter 12 we see God’s grace for the Israelites unfold at Passover.  (2) But we also see that the Nation had to take actions to receive this grace.  In no way

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02/01/18 Exodus Chapters 7-9

Not unusually for me as I read these chapters a question arose.  In Chapter 7:11 and other passages we see the Egyptian “wise men and sorcerers” apparently mimic several of the miracles performed by Moses — the rods into snakes; the Nile into blood; and the frogs invading the land.  How was this done? Commentators

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01/31/2018 — Exodus Chapters 4-6

So many events to discuss in these chapters that we could spend weeks!  But I wanted to focus on an event that perplexed me on first reading.  Exodus 4:24-26 states: 24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off

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1/30/2018 Exodus Chapters 1-3

Obviously as we begin our reading of Exodus (definition: a going or marching out) we need to remember that the second book of the Torah is the continuation of the first book, Genesis. And we need to consider the time frame.  The events of Exodus occurred 430 years after the end of Genesis.  If we

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1/29/2018 — Genesis Chapters 48 – 50

As we come to the end of Genesis what struck me in these last chapters is that the chapters present a combination — a combination of the history of an earthly family & God’s eternal plan.  The history of the earthly family of Jacob and Joseph is complete with all of the emotions we face

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1/28/2018 – Genesis Chapters 46-47

I always marvel at the reality that the Lord is not limited as we are by the concept of “time.”   We see this in Genesis 46:3-4 in the promise the Lord makes to Jacob. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I

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1/27/2018 — Genesis Chapters 43-45

I see two marvelous examples for us in Chapter 45 — first, forgiveness and second, a recognition of God’s will and His plan. In verses 4-5  we see Joseph forgive his brothers & a statement of Joseph’s recognition of God’s will in all of their lives: Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to

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1/26/2018 – Genesis Chapters 41-42

Now, admit it — you really enjoy a good story full of irony.  Like Les Miserable where the “thief” becomes the moral compass of the nation?  Or Helen Keller where the most severely challenged person becomes a leader of a movement?  Or of course Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) where the underdog Patriots beat the heavily

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1/25/2018 Genesis Chapters 38-40

So, in the midst of the history of Joseph we have a bit of an “interlude,” the  life of Judah in Canaan.  But this interlude provides an additional insight into the immorality present during this time & another example of the faithfulness of the Lord to His people. After Joseph is sold into slavery we

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1/24/2018 Genesis Chapters 35-37

I must admit that often when I read genealogies I kinda “skip” their meaning.  But they would not be written in the inspired word of God if they were not important to our understanding of God’s plan.  For example Genesis 35:22-26 lists Jacobs sons: Jacob had twelve sons:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of

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1/23/2018 Genesis Chapters 32-34

How often do we make plans for “the worst” only to find out that we are truly blessed if we remain within God’s will?  This thought came to my mind as I read Genesis Chapter 32 & 33 as Jacob prepared for and met his brother Esau. I can only envision the effort that it

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1/22/18 Genesis Chapters 30-31

As we read these passages we see an example of one of our greatest challenges — envy.  In Chapter 30 we see that Rachel envied her sister Leah for the children she bore to Jacob while Rachel had none.   And, instead of loving her sister’s children we see Rachel take drastic actions to try to

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1/21/2018 Genesis Chapters 27-29

I think we are all familiar with “Jacob’s Ladder” from the old Negro spiritual we often sang as children.   But do we reflect on when Jacob’s ladder appeared? Reading back in Chapter 27:42-43 we see that Jacob was on his journey not to “sight-see” but to escape from the murderous plot of his brother, Esau. 

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