Returning to Exodus

I have been snacking.
By that I mean, rather than doing “serious reading”, I’ve just been hitting a chapter or two here and there… or not reading at all.

Today though, I went back at it. I picked up where I had left off (Exodus 8). On the way, I looked over what I had read last time. This served two purposes. One, it helped me remember where I was in the book. Two, it put me “in the frame of mind” in the sense of what has happened in the story.

This took me through chapter 7, where the famous scene with the snakes happens.  Have you ever read it and wondered..
“When Aaron’s snake went back to being a staff, was it just a little fatter from eating the other snake-staffs?”

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 8:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pharaoh, Messengers and Attitude

Wednesday

I have moved on to the book of Exodus. Today, in chapter 5, I see a lot of us.

I read of the pharaoh who does not know the Lord and wonders why he should listen. I thought about that for a moment. What must it have been like for him? He was probably always given what he wanted, a child spoiled beyond belief. As pharaoh there were probably few to none that would dare contradict him. Then comes along Moses and Aaron telling him that suddenly he must listen to One greater than pharaoh himself.

Still today some people do not ‘get’ that they are not all mighty and powerful, no matter how many ‘yes men’ they have around them.  Their reward is here, and my heart is sadden for them.

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What really got me in this chapter, was verse 21.

21And the foremen said to them, The Lord look upon you and judge, because you have made us a rotten stench to be detested by Pharaoh and his servants and have put a sword in their hand to slay us.
Exodus 5:21 (AMP)

Have you ever said that?
Okay, maybe not those exact words, but the heart of it?
Have you ever been on the receiving end?

Picture this:  You are going along, working your tail off, and someone walks up to you saying “God said to tell you this …. And here is proof it’s from the Lord …”  First you’re probably thinking “If it’s from God, why doesn’t He tell me Himself?”

Then things get harder.  One of two things usually happen:
1. Friends say “the enemy is attacking because you believe”
2. You attack the person “Why have you done this.  God will get you for it”
Again, maybe not those exact words, but same heart.

I’m not really sure where this is going, other than it caused me to think: How many times do we speak either for the Lord or pass judgment on behalf of the Lord when it is not really His point of view at all.
“May the Lord judge you for this.”
I don’t think the Lord’s judgment came out as they thought it would since Moses and Aaron were doing what He told them to do.

Just because things don’t make sense to us, does not mean God is not in it.  Our sight and knowledge is limited.

Is everyone who comes to you “with a message and a plan” truly from God?  Probably not.  Test the spirits.  Then watch God’s hand move.

Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Monday 20090216


Writing this feels like connecting with an old friend.

I have missed sharing my reading and doing my deeper studies.  I missed the accountability.
I had planned to start writing again when school began last fall.  Obviously, I did not do as I had planned.  I thought about it many times.

I am not sure when I will return to posting my studies.  For now, for today, I am sharing what I read and perhaps some thoughts.
I am returning for accountability.

As always, feel free to comment, to share.

Today I finished reading Job.  I began today at Chapter 38 and read to the end. I found it both beautiful and terrifying.

I love the words, the questions of the Lord.  The descriptions of intimately knowing, not imagining, things that one can usually only wonder.   Things such as telling a wave it may go no farther, an ostrich laughing at a horse, and a horse snorting ‘Aha’.

Although the descriptions of the behemoth and leviathan may have caused me to sit back for a moment, it was Job 38:16 that struck me with awe. I sat back and imagined…
Deep in the ocean, there is darkness.  There are creatures absolutely amazing.  For example, the Anglerfish…

Now imagine being able to walk along the deep.  My God shines with glory.  His very step lighting the way as you stroll with Him just taking in His creations…
Yes, I know this walk with Him is unlikely to happen, but just imagine.  He is God. He can take this walk anytime He desires to do so.

Towards the end of the book of Job – 42:7 to be exact – was the terror.  Imagine what it would be like to not only hear the voice of the Lord, but to hear Him say He is angry with you.
The Lord was mad because of the words spoken and not spoke.

7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.
Job 42:7 NKJV

Let that soak in.
Wow.
Be careful what you speak, yes?

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Tuesday 20080408


I read Leviticus 21 today.
It contains some of the rules for Priests.
I took a few moments to thank Jesus for fulfilling the law.

By the time I was done with that chapter I could not help but to think, if not for my Savoir, Christ Jesus, I would not be able to talk to my heavenly Father as I do now.

Looking at verses 16-23, I thought about how that veil was torn.
I also thought about how even though those the Lord is speaking of there could not even approach the alter, they were allowed to eat the holy bread.
Not knowing my history as I others do, there may be an even deeper significance there.

Leviticus 21:16-23
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Speak to Aaron, saying: ‘No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For any man who has a defect shall not approach: a man blind or lame, who has a marred face or any limb too long, 19 a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, 20 or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch. 21 No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the LORD. He has a defect; he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. 22 He may eat the bread of his God, both the most holy and the holy; 23 only he shall not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profane My sanctuaries; for I the LORD sanctify them.’
(NKJV)

Surely I am with defect, with blemish.
Jesus, without blemish, made that way for me to approach God’s holy place.
Wow! Does that not cause you to just sit back in awe?
Do you understand even a sliver of the magnitude of that provision?
How we do take that privilege for granted!

Tell me, when was the last time you thought about yourself as not only less than perfect, but actually as ‘with defect’ or “with blemish’?
If you are with out physical blemish, have you ever gone through any purification ritual of the testament? Probably not.
Yet, we can approach the holy place , approach the one true Holy GOD … and call Him Father because of the Perfect Sacrifice that cleanses us and makes us whole.

This is truly amazing.

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Trials and Faith


Things have been rather rough for us lately. We are struggling to get by and, from my point of view, not doing very well at making it.
This time of year has often been hard on me for other reasons. Some years are better than others. This year the memories, and all that go with them, have come but have not conquered me.
I didn’t want to go to church today or to HT tonight. I went anyhow; I plan on going anyhow.
Although I understand the memory issue, the other two things I haven’t understood. After all, from my point of view, I have been doing what I am suppose to be doing. So, why have things gotten harder? I know we (Christians) are not always going to have an easy path just because we are Christians. But in this area, the only area we are told to test, things are harder. I was confused.
With all that is going on, I feared I was already starting to slip away again. I hadn’t posted here, I wasn’t reading like should. I still listened to the Bible on cd at night, but that wasn’t really cutting it for me. It wasn’t my much needed study. I had gotten busy. Or maybe I was just getting lost in myself again. Or escaping again. Or trying to “fix” things myself. I was stressed and trying to trust but confused.

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Published in: on March 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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How do you pray?

This morning I have been thinking about a recent conversation regarding prayer.
Really, what is prayer?
Some people are uncomfortable praying out loud with others around, while some feel strange praying out loud when there is no other visible person there. While yet others think praying out loud is the only way to go regardless of anyone being around or not.
Some people say they don’t know how to pray, how to talk to God.

Isn’t that what it really boils down to? You are TALKING to God.

Jesus gave us an example prayer in Luke 11.
Does this mean this is the only way to pray?
Well, reading the Bible, I’d have to say no, it’s not. When you are in a tough situation, then just call out to Him. After all, when Jesus ask His Father why He had forsaken Him (Mathew 27, Mark 15) , there we no flowery words.

Look in the Old Testament for prayers and you will find many. That was before Jesus said “Say this….”

Look in the New Testament and you will find many more prayers or references to prayers (“I pray…” “..rise and pray…”)

So, even though we have “The Prayer” from Luke we can see that pouring out our heart does not have to be formal.

In a good family situation, do children talk formally to the father and then informally to everyone else? No, generally not. Not in a good loving environment. Yes, the children are respectful, but they are also comfortable. If God is our heavenly Daddy, shouldn’t we be comfortable talking to Him?

I am not saying to disregard what Jesus said at all. Definitely pray that prayer, or use it as an outline, but don’t forget to pour out your heart to Him. Don’t forget to listen to Him. Remember that a short shout out is okay.
God desires a relationship with us. A relationship.
Relationships require communication. Communication is both sharing and listening. It is getting to know one another.
Seek out times to spend with God, talking. Open your Bible and get to know God.
Read, I mean really read what your Savior went through for you. See His love for you.

Then talk to Him, in your own language.
And remember to listen.

Published in: on March 3, 2008 at 10:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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How do you respond?

Psalm 122
A Song of Ascents; of David.
1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go unto the house of Jehovah.
(ASV)

Psalm 122
1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
(KJV)

Are you excited to go to the house of the Lord?
Are you glad to speak to Him in prayer?
If someone says “Hey, let’s go to church”, do you ask “Why?” or do you get excited?
What if they ask and it is not Sunday morning?
Do you enjoy church because of the people that attend or because it is a place to meet with God?

Published in: on February 29, 2008 at 9:50 am  Comments (1)  
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Digging Deeper- 20080228

It has been a while since I have posted one of my studies. So, this morning I sat down at my desk and prepared for what God had for me today. I had begun mentally preparing my comment (excuse) regarding my absence. I opened all that I usually use to study and get the post rolling. In the process I stumbled over another verse. And wouldn’t you know it? This verse changed my post here completely. Granted, the “verse of the day” was in a different translation, but posting that version here is no-no (legal stuff and all that). So, let’s take a look at it in the version that I am able to post here (that is, if I understand their legal terms correctly)

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Published in: on February 28, 2008 at 11:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Love


It seems like everywhere I turn lately I am seeing, hearing, or reading “The Love Scripture” – 1 Corinthians 13 – in whole or in part. Whether this is due to Valentine’s day being near by (tomorrow actually) or due to Someone trying to tell me something I cannot be certain. I will say that these verses were gone over last Sunday and I just sat there nodding with an occasional “ouch”.

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Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Birth, Travels, and Dreams


Pondering Matthew 1-2

This morning while reading the first couple of chapters of Matthew, I found myself writing more questions than really digging into any one verse or passage.

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Published in: on February 12, 2008 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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