Friday, September 08, 2006

(09/08/06) Exodus 21:1-36

Exodus 21. This chapter talks about the laws for the people to follow. There are many verses about what to do with servants and children that are sold as servants in the first verses. Then the verses talk about many of the eye for an eye type punishments (note: it is clear that servants are treated only a little bit better then any onther property.) The final verses talk mostly about how to handle situations where a animal harms another animal.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

(09/06/06) Exodus 20:1-26

Exodus 20. God spoke to Moses and gave him the 10 commandments. God spends the most time on the first three (1-11) and then the last seven (12-17).

The Israelites heard the trumpets and saw the smoke and lightning and trembled in fear and asked Moses to only be the one to speak to God, for they feared if they did they would die. Moses told them not to be afraid that God had come to test them and to cause them to fear so they would not sin. (18-21)

Then God says to Moses to remind the Israelites of the first commandment. He also tells him how altars and sacrifices should be done. Verses 25 and 26 talk about not using a tool to dress an altar or steps to go up to an altar incase your nakedness is exposed. (22-26)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

(09/05/06) Exodus 19:1-25

Exodus 19. The Israelites have been in the desert for 3 months and they came to Mt. Sinai. They camped there and Moses went up the moutain to God and God spoke to him. The Lord told Moses to remind the people of all He had done and that if they kept the covenant they would be God's treasured nation. When Moses told the peopl they all said they would everything the Lord asked. (1-8)

The God told Moses that he would come to him in a dense cloud that all the people would see so they would continute to put their trust in Moses. He told him to have all the people consencrate themselves and that anyone who touched the mountain would be killed. God told him to prepare themselves for the third day. (9-15)

On the third day their was loud thunder on the mountain and smoke billowed up. So Moses went up to be with the Lord. The Lord told him to remind the people not to come up and that Moses should bring Aaron with him. Moses obeyed. (16-25)

Monday, April 17, 2006

(04/17/06) Exodus 17:1-18:26

Exodus 17. After the people left the Sin Desert they started to run out of food and the people started to get angry at Moses. The Lord instructed him to take some of the leaders to a rock and to strike the rock with his staff and water would flow. Moses did and the water flowed. (1-7) Then the warriors of Amalek came to fight the Israelites. Moses instructed Joshua to call the men to arms to fight them. Moses, Aaron and Hur went to a nearby hill to watch. Whenever Moses held the staff in the air the Israelites had the advantage, however he began to get tired. Aaron and Hur held up his arms when he got tired. Eventually the Israelites won and God instructed Moses to write down a permanent record and to announce it to Joshua that the Lord would blot out every trace of the Amalek. (8-16) (Note: It does not say anywhere that the Lord instructed Moses to fight or to raise his staff in the air.)

Exodus 18. Word of what God had done for the Israelites soon reached Jethro Moses' father-in-law. Jethro came to visit Moses from his home land. He listened to what had happened and thanked God and gave sacrifices. (1-12) Jethro also saw all that Moses was doing for the people and suggested that he was going to ware himself out. Jethro told Moses he should appoint judges for the small cases and Moses accepted this idea. After this Jethro returned home. (13-26).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

(04/13/06) Exodus 16:1-36

Exodus 16. The Israelites left Slim and went into the Sin Desert. They traveled for about a month and the people began to complain again saying they would rather God killed them in Egypt than in the desert where they were starving. (1-3) The Lord heard their complaining and told Moses that he would provide bread in the morning and meat at night. He told him that there would be enough for each day and that on the 6th day they should gather enough for the 6th and 7th days. The 7th day would become the Sabbath. Of course the people did not listen and some tried to gather more then they needed and that food rotted. But eventually everyone believed. (4-31) Moses gave a command from the Lord to save 2 quarts of manna (the bread) forever as a reminder of what the Lord proveded for them. They did this and then for 40 years God provided manna in the morning and meat in the evening while they were in the desert. (32-36)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

(04/11/06) Exodus 14:1-15:27

Exodus 14. The Lord led the Israelites to what appeared to be a dead end so that the Egyptians would follow them. When Pharaoh heard where the Israelites were he sent out his army to get them. (1-9) When the Israelites saw the army coming they panicked and complained to Moses that he had led them there to die. He told them not to fear that God would save them. (10-14)

Then the Lord told Moses to lift his arms over the sea and then a wind came and parted the water for the Israelites to pass. The Lord confused the Egyptians and caused their chariot wheels to come undone as they crossed the river behind them. Then after the Israelites had crossed the river the Lord told him to raise his arms back over the river. Then the Lord filled the river again and not a single Egyptian survived. Then the Israelites feared God and put their faith in Moses. (15-31)

(Note: It is amazing how the Israelites saw all the miracles that God had done but then didn't trust Him when they seemed trapped. We always need reminders.)

Exodus 15. Moses and the Israelites sang a song of praise to the Lord for waht He had done and what He was still going to do for His people. (1-19) Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, led the women in song of praise as well. (20-21)

Then they moved from the sea and crossed the desert for three days without water. Finally they arrived at Marah and found water but it was bitter and not suitable for drinking. The people turned against Moses. (22-24) (Note: After 3 days they were already angry again)

The Lord showed Moses a branch and told him to throw it in the water and the water became good to drink. Then the Lord to laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you." (25-26) After the left Marah they arrived in Elim, which had springs and trees, they camped there. (27)

Monday, April 10, 2006

(04/10/06) Exodus 13:1-22

Exodus 13. The Lord said to Moses to dedicate every firstborn son of Israel and male animal to him. (1-2) Moses told the people that they would have 7 days of no yeast in the bread to celebrate that God had brought them out of Egypt. They were to do this every year to celebrate and explain to their children why. (3-16) (Note: The chapter talks a lot about "redemming" the first born male but doesn't explain what this is.) When Pharaoh finally lets them go God guides their journey by a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night. However he does not lead them on the quickest route to the promised land. God does this because He sas "If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return through the wilderness." Moses takes the bones of Joseph with him as the sons of Israel swore they would. (17-22)