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Frances
Oct 26th 2012, 04:25 PM
Exodus 1

- (from the book heading in my NKJV) this book begins with ''now'' to show it is the continuation of Genesis. 'Exodus' means 'departure', in Luke 9:31 it is used of Jesus' death. Exodus' theme is redemption - which is only accomplished through death. His people's situation in Egypt mirrors the spiritual condition of the human race. ie all humanity is enslaved to Sin; only the Power of God could ensure Israel's release, as only His Power can break Sin's hold on us and make us truly free.

What did I learn of God? - He ensured the birth, and growth, of the nation He had chosen was recorded. He ensured they were in a land (Egypt) where their population could increase sufficiently to inhabit the land He would give them. He let them be ill-treated to such an extent that they'd be pleased to leave the place they thought of as home. He may allow apparent disaster to come on His people today so they are willing to go to where they will be able to experience His Blessing.

What did I learn of myself? - God knows who I am, and who my ancestors were. He knows what difficulties I have faced, and will face, and He will enable me to Glorify Him through each one. Is God using difficulties I encounter to encourage me to do things I would not otherwise do? Am I intent on pleasing God in all I do? Do I stand up for the Jews, and the sanctity of life, even when those I associate with denigrate them?

What did I praise God for? - His Wisdom in bringing His Purposes to pass.

What did I pray for? - To trust Him in-spite of all difficulties, to be working circumstances toward my ultimate good.

What does this say in one sentence? - Israel's suffering in Egypt.

Frances
Oct 27th 2012, 04:10 PM
Exodus 2

What did I learn of God? – He puts His desires in the hearts of those determined to please Him. He ensures His people receive the necessary training they will need to fulfill tasks He will give them. He is prepared to wait many years to accomplish His Purposes if necessary. He has foreknowledge and foresight.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I follow the Lord's directions, human instinct, or Satan's suggestions? Am I willing to give something precious to others to prevent it being destroyed? Are my priorities shaped by financial status, education, or God? Do I gratefully accept pleasures the Lord gives? The Lord ensures I am in the right place, with the necessary training, at the right time to fulfill His present purpose for me.

What did I praise God for? - His Foreknowledge and Patience.

What did I pray for? - To willingly accept the training God provides to enable me to fulfill His Purposes, and offer gratitude for His Blessings.

What does this say in one sentence? - Moses birth, early and mid life.

Frances
Oct 28th 2012, 02:07 PM
Exodus 3

What did I learn of God? - He meets with His people wherever they are. He knows what will get the attention of the person He intends to speak to. He is, was, and always will be God. He knows and understands each of His people's difficulties. He is leading me to a place of plenty - but I may have to fight for it, under God's direction. He had chosen Moses 80years previously for the task He was giving him - which is why He'd encouraged Moses’ mother to keep him hidden, then to put him where the princess would find him; He'd encouraged the princess to adopt Moses, so that he would be well educated and, 80years later would have access to
Pharaoh. . . God has laid His plans for my life just as carefully. He ensures His people have sufficient of this world's goods to fulfill His Purposes for them.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I wait for God to direct me? or get tired of waiting for Him, and make a mess of things? Do I trust Him in all things? I will never be too old for God to use me to Glorify Him - if I do everything His Way. Am I so used to conversing with God, and obeying Him, that I will do whatever He tells me to? Moses spent 40years being 'somebody' then 40years learning to be 'nobody' before God could rely on Him sufficiently to use him in an amazing way - have I fully learned to be 'nobody' yet? Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob my God? I have, at this moment, all of this world's goods that I currently need. Do I acknowledge my weaknesses? Do I realize that I will make a mess of what I do for God, and that only by allowing Him to work through me His Way will anything of value be achieved. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is with me too. Am I willing to continue learning all He wants to teach me? Are all the things God enables me to learn to enable me to do things for Him one day, or so that I can teach others?

What did I praise God for? - Preparing me for the tasks He intended/intends me to do.

What did I pray for? - To realize that God's Timing is crucial for fulfilling His Purposes.

What does this say in one sentence? - Moses and the burning bush.

Quote (Florence Nightingale)''If I could give you information on my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do, in His service, what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.''

Frances
Oct 29th 2012, 06:13 PM
Exodus 4

What did I learn of God? - He is able to work miracles through those who trust Him. He is not pleased, and may become angry, with excuses for disobedience.. He would not use Moses to lead His people until his disobedience was rectified. He made clear that only through obedience and blood will we be Saved. He warns of difficulties to come. He doesn't remove all obstacles for His people, but allows difficulties to encourage them to grow spiritually.

What did I learn of myself? - What I may consider ‘good reasons' why I can't do the Lord's Will He regards as excuses and disobedience. He will open the Way for me to do His Will. He is able to perform miracles through me when I'm 100% obedient to Him. I am Saved by the Blood of Jesus. God is able to use what I already have (eg. stick, hand, water) to convince others He is 'real'. God will be with me in spite of obstacles (like pain, difficulties and tragedies) and may not remove them. Have I fulfilled, and continue to fulfill, all I must do to enjoy Salvation? Does my faith in God persist in spite of difficulties?

What did I praise God for? - The Miracles of Salvation and Freedom through Christ.

What did I pray for? - To be 100% obedient to Him, in spite of any reservations I may have.

What does this say in one sentence? - God enabled Moses to do some miraculous signs to show Pharaoh to prove He was with the Israelites.

Frances
Oct 30th 2012, 05:49 PM
Exodus 5 + 6

I]What did I learn of God?[/I] - His Ways may sometimes seem hard to His people - but are never without a beneficial purpose. He is the Lord. He is always mindful of Covenants He has made with His people. He knows who all His people are, and their ancestry.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I trust the Lord, without question? even when doing so brings pain instead of pleasure? God hears my prayers. What God Promises me may not happen immediately, or in the way I'd prefer. The Lord knows all about me. When my expectations turn sour, do I remember Ps.37:7 and 'wait patiently for Him'?

What did I praise God for? - His Wisdom.

What did I pray for? - Greater understanding of His Ways, and willingness to obey Him and wait for Him to act on my behalf.

What does this say in one sentence? - The Lord assured Moses of Salvation.

Frances
Oct 31st 2012, 05:06 PM
Exodus 7

What did I learn of God? - He speaks to those who will listen to Him. He allows those opposed to Him to disregard Him - but only to fulfill His greater Purposes more effectively. He expects His people to continue to obey Him, and to persevere through discouragements. When demonstrating His Power to unbelievers He sometimes allows His people to suffer too. (eg. all water in Egypt turned to blood).

What did I learn of myself? - Do I always obey the Lord, even if what He tells me to do seems totally unreasonable? Do I realize I may suffer too when His Power is demonstrated to those who don't acknowledge Him? If I encounter difficulties when obeying the Lord, do I assume I'd made a mistake and He hadn't really spoken to me, go on trusting Him r egardless, or do I ask for confirmation or rejection of my course of action?

What did I praise God for? - His Power over 'nature'.

What did I pray for? - To always accurately discern His Voice; to trust Him to fulfill His Promises to me; and that I never doubt His clear Voice.

What does this say in one sentence? - God made Aaron's snake eat the magician's snakes, turned all the water in Egypt to blood, and the fish died.

Quote:- (L.O.Richards)''God did not harden Pharaoh's heart against Pharaoh's will. If Pharaoh's heart had been like wax instead of like clay, it would have softened rather than hardened when God revealed His Power more fully''.(the way the sun hardens clay but melts wax)
''If our hearts are like wax we will respond to God as He speaks to us. If our hearts are like clay. . . the more God speaks to us the harder we will become, until He is forced to break us''.

Frances
Nov 1st 2012, 04:44 PM
Exodus 8

What did I learn of God? - He repeats what He has said until He is obeyed. He may multiply 'good' things until they become very bad (eg.frogs) if He is not obeyed. He is not taken in by false promises. He sometimes allows His servants to choose the timing of the demonstrations of His Power. Though demons have power God's Powers are far superior. He is able to choose precisely where ''natural'' disasters will happen - to make plain His Power to protect His people and harm evil-doers.

What did I learn of myself? - If I don't obey God's specific instructions at once He will require me to do it at some time in the future. He will ensure that what I idolize will overpower me. Do I always recognize the 'finger of God'(acts of God) in my life? Some folk who ask me to pray for them, like Pharaoh, will return to their Sin as soon as God gives them relief from what afflicts them.

What did I praise God for? - The many opportunities He gives folk to obey Him before making them really suffer.

What did I pray for? - To obey God immediately, and keep my promises to Him.

What does this say in one sentence? - God demonstrated His Power over Hept, the Egyptian god of birth whose symbolic frogs became stinking heaps of death; and by ensuring only the Egyptians suffered from some of the plague He sent.

Frances
Nov 2nd 2012, 04:53 PM
Exodus 9+10

What did I learn of God? – He warns of His Judgments to allow those who trust Him to escape them. No one will ever win a battle with Him, unless He allows it to fulfill His Purposes. He is Gracious to all who respect His Word.

What did I learn of myself? – If I do not trust the Lord ‘today’ I may well suffer a catastrophe ‘tomorrow’. Others can see what is in my heart by what I do.

What did I praise God for? – His Persistence.

What did I pray for? – That He will soften my heart.

What does this say in one sentence? – The 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th plagues – Anthrax, Boils, Hail, Locusts and Darkness.

Frances
Nov 3rd 2012, 05:17 PM
Exodus 11

What did I learn of God? – He never fails to accomplish His Purposes. He knew that progressively worsening situations for the Egyptians ensured that the Israelites would not only be set free, but would be given much wealth too.

What did I learn of myself? – Do I accept all the benefits the Lord offers me? or do I refuse to accept His Blessings from those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord? Do I continue to trust the Lord 100% even after many disappointments? I would be wise to surrender to God’s Discipline immediately, or worse may follow.

What did I praise God for? – His Wisdom.

What did I pray for? –That my faith in Him and His Love never wavers.

What does this say in one sentence? – Moses told Pharaoh all the 1st born of the Egyptians and their livestock would die, and told the Israelites to ask their Egyptian neighbours for articles of gold and silver.

Quote:- (C.S.Lewis) “You will hear men say that people ‘in olden times’ believed in miracles ’because they didn‘t know the laws of Nature’ A moment’s thought shows this to be nonsense. If events were not known to be contrary to the Laws of Nature how could they suggest the presence of the supernatural? How could they be surprising unless they were seen to be exceptions to the rules? And how can anything be seen to be an exception till the rules are known? . . . Belief in miracles, far from depending on ignorance of the laws of Nature, is only possible if those Laws are known.”
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Frances
Nov 4th 2012, 04:56 PM
Exodus 12 (1446BC)

What did I learn of God? – When He gives detailed Instructions He expects all of them to be carried out. He keeps His Word. He said only His people by birth or conversion could eat the Passover meal.

What did I learn of myself? – Jesus is my ‘Passover Lamb’, His Blood frees me from the power of Sin and Death. Do I always do precisely what He tells me to do? Do I note every small detail? Do I go where, and when, He tells me? Do I frequently thank Him for His Salvation?

What did I praise God for? – His Guidance.

What did I pray for? – To always be motivated to do His Will, His Way without deviating the smallest amount.

What does this say in one sentence? – The Passover regulations, the 10th plague (death of 1st born) and Exodus.

Frances
Nov 5th 2012, 04:51 PM
Exodus 13

What did I learn of God? – He has great Power. He requires His people to frequently remember His Power (for their own protection). After He releases His people from slavery He, deliberately, leads them a long and difficult route giving them time to adjust to Freedom, so preventing them returning to slavery at the first battle. He is with His people day and night. Those He Saves belong to Him, and are obligated to obey Him.

What did I learn of myself? – As my Freedom was bought by Jesus Christ’s Blood I am obligated to give up my desires to please Him. (I must not be tempted to assume that if I please God He is obligated to please me). God’s requirements for me, His adopted child, are to trust Him completely – and true repentance if I do not act in accordance with His Word. God may not lead me in the direct route to fulfill His main Purpose for me, but every detour He leads me on will have a purpose. Being with God, day and night, is more important than arriving at the end of the journey.

What did I praise God for? – His willingness to lead me the most beneficial way to my Promised Land.

What did I pray for? – To be aware when I am not about to act in total obedience to Him.

What does this say in one sentence? – The Lord didn’t lead His people by the most direct route, He said they must always hold a Passover feast in Abib to remind future generations of His Power and He claimed all future 1st born.

Frances
Nov 6th 2012, 06:05 PM
Exodus 14

What did I learn of God?- He may lead His people to apparent disaster, but only to encourage them trust Him, and to demonstrate His Power, as He destroys all that would harm them. He fights on behalf of His people. He performs amazing miracles. What He does may give 'light'(understanding) to His people, and 'darkness'(confusion) to their enemies. He may remove the 'sea' of an impossible situation, and then expect His people to walk through an area of possible catastrophe to receive His Promise. What gives Freedom to His people may annihilate their enemies.

What did I learn of myself? - Only my total obedience to God will suffice. I have no need to hear anything more from God if I am doing precisely what He tells me, for His Purposes will be accomplished. If He tells me to say nothing, He will fight for me if I obey Him 100%. When God intends to accomplish great things all He requires of me is apparently very little. The understanding God gives me may totally confuse those opposed to Him. I must trust the Lord in the midst of apparently certain disaster, or I will not gain all He wants to give me.

What did I praise God for? - Being my 'pillar of cloud and fire'.

What did I pray for? - An undivided heart 100% faithful to Him.

What does this say in one sentence? - Crossing the Red Sea.

Note:- For those totally obedient to the Lord (Ex.14:14) “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Frances
Nov 7th 2012, 05:56 PM
Exodus 15

What did I learn of God? - He always triumphs. He is the Strength and Saviour of those who worship Him. He is Glorious in Holiness. He has no equal. He wants His people to diligently heed all He says - for their own benefit.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I sing, and listen to, songs celebrating Who the Lord is, what He has done and will do? - or do I sing and listen to ungodly songs? Is the Lord my Strength? Has He become my Saviour? Is He my God? Do I always obey Him? Do I trust Him to fight my battles? Do I fight with Him, under His direction, or ignore Him and fight my battles my own way? Do I always allow the Lord to lead me? Do I submit myself to Him 100%. If I am totally obedient to the Lord He is my Healer. I will encounter problems in my life with Him.

What did I praise God for? - Being my Saviour.

What did I pray for? - To be nagged, if necessary, into total obedience to Him.

What does this say in one sentence? - Songs of Moses and Miriam, also the Lord showing Moses how to make the water fit to drink.

Quote :- (William Law)''If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. It is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a Blessing. If you could work miracles, therefore, you could not do more for yourself than by this thankful spirit. It heals and turns all it touches into happiness.''

Frances
Nov 8th 2012, 04:10 PM
Exodus 16

What did I learn of God? - He provides what His people need and ask for (meat and bread). He enables His people to see their own un-trustworthiness. His Provision is on a daily basis - (not in a big lump to last my entire life).

What did I learn of myself? - Do I complain about the Lord’s Provision for me? I would be wise to realize that I will enjoy (or otherwise) what I ask Him for, for the time He determines, which may be a very long time. Am I content with His present Provision for me? Do I keep one day each week specifically to worship the Lord? or do I let ‘secular’ things take over? Do I keep reminders of the Lord’s Goodness to me? Do I praise Him for the provision of my needs (not necessarily wants)? Do I realize that I may have to work for what the Lord Provides? Do I depend on the Lord for my needs each day?

What did I praise God for? – His Provision.

What did I pray for? – An endlessly grateful spirit.

What does this say in one sentence? - The Lord’s provision of Manna.

Query:- Could my present problems be in answer to one of my prayers in the past?

Frances
Nov 9th 2012, 05:17 PM
Exodus 17

What did I learn of God? – The Way He tells His people to go may involve difficulties that can be removed by His Power alone – so they learn to depend, totally, on Him. Sometimes He doesn’t give us all we need unless we ask Him for it, while believing He will Provide. He regards his people’s hands raised to Him as prayer and worship.

What did I learn of myself? - Am I surprised when I meet discouragements when following the Lord’s directions? Do I continue to trust Him expecting to learn more of His Power? When tempted to doubt Him, do I remind myself of the good things He has done, and is doing, for me or do I focus on the problems? Do I pray for, and otherwise support, those unable to fulfill their God appointed tasks without help?

What did I praise God for? – His limitless Power.

What did I pray for? – To trust Him to ensure I benefit somehow from each ‘impossible’ situation.

What does this say in one sentence? – The Lord produced water from a rock, and enabled the Israelites to win the battle against the Amalekites, while Moses hands were raised.

Frances
Nov 10th 2012, 04:42 PM
Exodus 18

What did I learn of God? – He freed His people from Egyptian domination. He is far greater than any other god. He may use ordinary folk to give leaders Godly advise. He doesn’t want any of His people to consider themselves indispensable. He uses His people in many small, as well as larger, ways.

What did I learn of myself? – Do I go out of my way to encourage others? Do I Glorify the Lord by telling others all He has done for me? When telling of His Greatness and Power do I stick to personally known facts? or pass on details that, like Chinese whispers, have gathered untrue details? Do I know the Lord is Greater than all gods? Do I give God all He requires from me? Do I wear myself out doing everything for others? or do I delegate some of the tasks I enjoy doing? Do I consider myself indispensable? Or am I willing to help others to grow so I can share some of my responsibilities with them? Do I ensure all seemingly good advise is confirmed by God before acting on it?

What did I praise God for? – Using all His people to fulfill His Purposes, not just the most gifted.

What did I pray for? – To have more openings to tell others all I know of God, and that I never act on ‘good’ ideas until I receive confirmation from God.

What does this say in one sentence? - Jethro visited Moses and gave him good advise, but urged him to seek God before acting on it

Frances
Nov 11th 2012, 04:38 PM
Exodus 19

What did I learn of God? - He requires obedience from His people. All the earth belongs to Him. Those who keep His Covenants will be a Kingdom of Priests (able to communicate directly with Him). He wanted His people to be Sanctified, to have abstained from intercourse and to wear clean clothes before they came near to Him. He gives a special experience of Himself to those He gives special tasks. Any person or thing that crosses boundaries He sets will die.

What did I learn of myself? - Am I following the Lord? Do I always obey Him? Do I obey His Covenant of Love? if so, I am one of His 'special treasure's. I must adhere to His Boundaries. He has given me (as one of His priests) the responsibility of praying for His people. I will hear God speak to me, but not see Him. Do I make special preparations to meet with God? or do I approach Him as though I am doing Him a favour? Do I maintain boundaries of respect and repentance when approaching Him? I sometimes need reminding of things I already know.

What did I praise God for? - Enabling me to realise how very Blessed I am to be welcomed by God, through Jesus Christ, at all times.

What did I pray for? - Greater realisation of how much Jesus has done for me, and a greater willingness to pray for His people, and those not yet His 'special possession'.

What does this say in one sentence? -God's Instructions to Israel before He spoke to Moses on Sinai.

Quote:- (Samuel J. Miller)''Since I dislike you, how can I fulfill the Law of Love? Your speech, your ways, your very image in my eye,
These all revolt me . . . (and it is no help that I am sure you care no whit the more for me!)
Thus battle head and heart, the one reverberant with pique,
The other incandescent in the light of love.
But both, I think, must surely be of God, and so an acrid lesson says
That head must love whom heart insists it cannot like.
God help me try!''

Frances
Nov 12th 2012, 04:36 PM
Exodus 20

What did I learn of God? – He’s made 10 Laws which He Commands His people to keep. (1) Recognize Him as the ultimate Authority, and worship no other gods. (2) Not make the likeness of anything He has made to worship – He regards any contravention of this as hating Him (3) Not misuse His Name in any way (4) Keep one day each week Holy for rest, to remember that God Created the universe and everything in it in 6 days then rested on the 7th (5) Honour parents (6) Not murder (7) Not commit adultery (8) Not steal (9) Not say anything that is not 100%true. (10) Not covet anything a neighbour has. He will Bless His people when they honour Him, wherever they are. He is concerned about all aspects of His people’s morality.

What did I learn of myself? – Have I always kept all 10 of God’s Laws? Do I allow anyone or anything to take God’s place in my life? Do I respect Him as my one and only Lord? Do I respect His character and not trivialize Him in front of others? Do I always honour Him and His Name? Do I realize I need to worship Him, and set time aside for this purpose? Do I keep one day each week to rest and remember He created the universe and everything in it in 6 days, and rested on the 7th? Do I honour my parents (or their memory)? Have I ever murdered anyone’s reputation? Do I respect human life? Have I ever committed adultery? (or fornication?) Have I ever stolen anything? Do I respect the property of others? Do I respect the Truth? And the reputation of others? Have I ever said anything about anyone that is not totally true? Have I ever coveted anything or anyone? Have I ever done anything immodest? Do I respect Holiness by ensuring my motives, as well as my actions, are pure? Do I obey God’s Commandments because I want to please Him, or because I fear punishment if I don’t? I, alone, am responsible for my obedience (or otherwise) to Him. If I disregard any of God’s Commandments I will harm my relationship with Him, and with others. I reveal whether or not I respect God by the choices I make each day.

What did I praise God for? - His Wisdom and Morality.

What did I pray for? – His Help to fulfill the actions and attitudes He requires.

What does this say in one sentence? – God’s 10 Commandments.

Frances
Nov 13th 2012, 06:20 PM
Exodus 21

What did I learn of God? – His Laws protect the individual much more than other law-codes of the time. eg. there was a time limit to slavery unless the slave chose to stay for life. He holds those who cause harm, including by carelessness, responsible for their actions (eg. digging a hole creates the responsibility to ensure no one can fall into it)

What did I learn of myself? – Do I respect the life and well-being of every individual, whatever their social position? Do I ensure the weak members of society are protected? (eg. unborn babies). If my words or actions cause others harm I am responsible for it. (even if what I said was without malice).

What did I praise God for? – Caring what happens to each individual, however lowly.

What did I pray for? – That I will not do or say anything that will harm anyone.

What does this say in one sentence? – Laws concerning servants, violence and controlling animals.

Frances
Nov 14th 2012, 04:37 PM
Exodus 22

What did I learn of God? – Social harmony is important to Him. He regards crimes regarding property as crimes against the victims (our legal system regards them as crimes against the state). He is compassionate (to the poor, widows and orphans) He regards Sins that corrupt society (eg. sorcery, bestiality and idolatry) very seriously so that, for the perpetrators, the penalty is death.

What did I learn of myself? – If I hurt or harm others it’s not enough to apologise, I have no right to ask for forgiveness until the injury has been rectified and restitution made. Am I truly compassionate? Does my compassion require those in need of it to take any necessary responsibility? Do I maintain a sense of balance between compassion and insistence on certain standards?

What did I praise God for? – For demonstrating (in Old and New testaments) that Forgiveness may be free, but it is not cheap.

What did I pray for? - To know when to stand firm against an evil that will corrupt society, and when to be compassionate to individuals . . .and to get the balance between them right.

What does this say in one sentence? – Responsibility and morality.

Lawrence O, Richards)Quote:- (“ While Old Testament Law guards the rights of individuals, it never does so at the expense of the community, and it holds individuals responsible for their Sins”

Frances
Nov 15th 2012, 05:14 PM
Exodus 23

What did I learn of God? – He desires Justice for all of His people, and any strangers among them. Being poor or rich, famous or unknown must not incur special treatment – either good or bad.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I repeat rumours before checking if they are true or not? Have I always told the whole truth? Am I led by the Lord or by peer pressure? Do I slant my representation of the truth in favour of either the rich or poor? Do I go along with the crowd when I know they do not please God? Only by treating everyone the same in all things do I reflect the Justice as well as the Mercy of God. The Sabbath Law is so that God’s people may be refreshed, so I do myself a favour when I set aside one day each week to worship God, not Him. I worship God when I demonstrate my faith in Him, by my obedience to Him – and help myself because He will oppose those who oppose me. As I grow strong enough to deal with problems He will gradually remove them. I must ensure I do not associate too much with those who will lead me away from God. God has prepared a place for me. I will have to fight to obtain His Promises to me. The One true God’s Angel (Jesus?) will lead me.

What did I praise God for? – His Compassionate Laws.

What did I pray for? – To always hear and obey Him, and follow where He leads.

What does this say in one sentence? – God requires equal justice for all; the Sabbath is intended for the benefit of His people; 3 Festivals must be celebrated in His honour.

Note:- Henry Ford is reputed to have said that his Model T would have been ready for sale 6months sooner if his workforce had not insisted on working 7 days each week.

Frances
Nov 16th 2012, 05:03 PM
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What did I learn of God? – He requires obedience from those who choose to live in a personal relationship with Him. He had chosen Moses before he was born, ensured he was saved and educated, so he would be able to write down all the Lord said that was important for the Children of Israel to remember. He appeared clearly to the leaders of the people. He seems to have required Moses to fast for 7 days before speaking to him. He wants commitment from His people – but only following full understanding.

What did I learn of myself? – Have I chosen to have a personal relationship with God? Do I understand the full implications of that commitment? I must not expect the Lord to speak to me instantly I seek Him, as Moses had to wait 7 days. (though He is often gracious enough to give an answer straight away.) Am I always willing to wait for Him, meanwhile growing in my understanding of Him (and maybe altering my prayer in line with that understanding)? I am responsible for what I do. I have the same privileges as Moses!

What did I praise God for? – His willingness to guide and speak to His people when they are willing to heed what He says.

What did I pray for? - That I will always be willing to be with the Lord and wait for Him to be ready to speak to me.

What does this say in one sentence? – All Israel agreed to the terms of the Covenant, and Moses wrote it all down, 74 leaders saw God, and Moses spent 40 days and nights alone with Him.

Quote :- ( Bede the Venerable)“ With mind entire, faith firm, courage undaunted, love thorough, let us be ready for whatever God Wills; faithfully keeping His Commandments, having innocence in simplicity, peaceableness in love, modesty in lowliness, diligence in ministering, mercifulness in helping the poor, firmness in standing for the Truth, and sternness in keeping of discipline”.

Frances
Nov 17th 2012, 05:22 PM
Exodus 25, 26 +27.

What did I learn of God? – He wants offerings to be freely given, not under duress. His Instructions are precise.

What did I learn of myself? – God wants my gifts and service to Him to be expressions of my love for Him, - not motivated by obligation or fear. Do I give to Gods Work begrudgingly or willingly? Do I follow His Instructions ‘to the letter’? or do I alter them according to my preference? God is interested in every detail of my life.

What did I praise God for? - His detailed (if necessary) Instructions for what He requires of me.

What did I pray for? – That I am not tempted to alter God’s directions, even slightly – but if He does allow me to be tempted He also gives me the determination to resist it.

What does this say in one sentence? - God‘s Instructions regarding offerings for the Sanctuary, the Ark, table, lampstand, tabernacle and altar.

Quote (Lawrence O. Richards)“Several significant realities reflected in the tabernacle are (1) the tabernacle was a visible reminder that God is with His people.
(2) the tabernacle had only one door, for there is only one way to approach God (John 14:6)
(3)the altar just inside the door of the courtyard showed that a sinner could only approach God by sacrifice.
(4) the curtain between the holy front room of the tabernacle and the ‘holy of holies’ inner room was a reminder that human beings did not then have free access to God. When Jesus died, the curtain in the Jerusalem temple was torn from top to bottom, as a sign of the free access to God we now enjoy(Heb.10:8-10).. . . . The reality symbolized by the altar is Christ’s death on Calvary. Because of Christ’s Blood, our Sin is gone, and we come to God freely, knowing that Forgiveness is ours. God never intended sin to forever isolate human beings from Him.”

Frances
Nov 18th 2012, 04:57 PM
Exodus 28+29

What did I learn of God? – He wanted the Priests to have special, beautiful garments, with shorts underneath, to wear when Ministering to Him in the Holy place – which they would pass on to their descendants. He had Aaron and his sons consecrated to serve Him, and their descendants in perpetuity, as Priests. He required a burnt sacrifice each morning and evening, where He would meet with the people in the place sanctified by His Glory. His desire is to live with His people. He likes colourful beautiful things.

What did I learn of myself? – Do I realize that the colour and beauty in the world were Created that way to Glorify God? Does what I wear Glorify God? Do my undergarments “cover my nakedness” or titillate desire in the opposite sex? Do I meet with the Lord each day? All disciples of Jesus Christ are priests (1 Peter 2:9). Do precious stones remind me how precious I am to God?

What did I praise God for? – The colours and beauty of birds, fish, plants, animals, and inanimate objects.

What did I pray for? – That everything I wear will please and Glorify Him.

What does this say in one sentence? – Special garments were prepared for the Priests – Aaron and his sons – and they were consecrated to God.

Quote:- (source unknown) “If individuals live only 70 years then a state, nation, or civilization which may last 1,000years is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is incomparably more important, for they are everlasting and the life of a state or civilization, compared to theirs, is only a moment.”

Frances
Nov 19th 2012, 03:28 PM
Exodus 30

What did I learn of God? – He values everyone, whether rich or poor, equally. Holy anointing oil, made to His specifications, was only for anointing the tabernacle, all it’s utensils, and for consecrating Aaron and his sons – but not on their flesh. He will disown anyone who makes anything like it, or who puts any on an ‘outsider’; and He will disown anyone who makes incense of the sweet spices He specified..

What did I learn of myself? – My value to the Lord is no more, and no less, than for anyone else. I must not make, or use, anything like the Holy anointing oil or incense the Lord specified to be for His use alone. Incense = prayer (Rev. 8:3-4). Do I pray every day? Do I purify myself (repent all Sin) prior to speaking with God? Do I make a clear distinction between secular and sacred things?

What did I praise God for? – Valuing all of His people precisely the same.

What did I pray for? – That I am not tempted to use anything dedicated to God for a secular purpose.

What does this say in one sentence? – God’s instructions for the altar of Incense, ransom money, bronze washing bowl, anointing oil and incense.

Frances
Nov 20th 2012, 05:27 PM
Exodus 31

What did I learn of God? – He gives practical Gifts, as well as Wisdom and Knowledge, when He fills people with His Spirit. He intends His people to rest for one day in seven to be rested and refreshed, for their own benefit, to remember that He is the Creator. He wrote His ten Commandments on stone with His finger.

What did I learn of myself? – Have I invited, and allowed, the Lord to fill me to overflowing with His Holy Spirit? Have I done all possible to improve my ability in the practical Gifts He has given me? Do I use those Gifts to enrich the lives of others for His Glory? Do I ensure I rest for one day each week to be refreshed in body, mind and spirit? Do I honour God on that day, remembering He is the Creator? Do I adhere to the full meaning of the ten Commandments?

What did I praise God for? – All the beauty of His Creation.

What did I pray for? – That I will always spend all of my days, and particularly my ‘rest day’ Glorifying God.

What does this say in one sentence? – God’s Holy Spirit gives practical, as well as spiritual, Gifts; and decrees that His people will have one day each week for rest, recuperation and to Worship their Creator.

Quote:- (Lawrence O. Richards) “Is the Sabbath for Christians? The text clearly states the Sabbath is a sign of God’s Covenant with Israel. From the beginning Christians have met on the first day of each week – commemorating Jesus’ Resurrection, while the Sabbath commemorated Creation. What links the two is that each is a day of rest and worship; and each serves as a weekly reminder to believers of their personal relationship with God.”[/FONT]

Frances
Nov 21st 2012, 04:36 PM
Exodus 32

What did I learn of God? – He sees everything His people do. If they turn from Him to worship other gods, He no longer owns them as His. He gets angry. He Blesses those who obey Him even though it may be in ways they don’t want. He punishes waywardness and disobedience – though not always immediately. He wrote His commandments on stone. He Forgives, but He also Punishes.

What did I learn of myself? – Am I impatient when I’m waiting for God to speak to me? Do I ever disregard Him and make my own decisions? if so, I am liable to lose what is valuable to me, and suffer at some time in the future because of my impatience. Am I more concerned with the Lord’s good Name than my own advancement? Have I allowed the Lord to write His Commandments on my heart? Do I ever make excuses for allowing myself to be led into Sin? Do I ever give credit due to God to something or someone else? Am I willing to end friendships if the Lord so directs? When I feel ‘alone’ but speak up for God I will discover there are others just as determined to please Him. When others speak up for God do I stand with them? When I’m tempted to take the ‘easy way’ out of uncomfortable conflict I must remember the ‘easy way’ is usually a way to become guilty of Sin. I am responsible for my Holiness, and sometimes this may involve standing against those near and dear to me. God must always come first. I must not forget either God’s Forgiveness or Holiness. If I act as though sin is of no consequence, one day I will experience His Punishment.

What did I praise God for? – Jesus Christ’s Salvation.

What did I pray for? – To always be willing to wait for Him.

What does this say in one sentence? – The golden calf.

Query:- Do I want the good opinion of God or other people most?

Frances
Nov 22nd 2012, 05:30 PM
Exodus 33

What did I learn of God? – He Guides His people. He will drive those already in the land He gives His people, out of it. (but only when His people fight, under His Guidance, for it). He keeps the Promises He made to former generations, so Promises He makes to me may not be fulfilled in my lifetime, and Promises He made to my ancestors may be being fulfilled at the present time. He speaks with those who are faithful to Him. He, personally, is with His people, and will give them rest. He chooses those He will be Gracious and Compassionate to. No one sees His Face. He will not be with those who anger Him.

What did I learn of myself? – God will lead me to where He wants me to be. Do I always follow Him? He will enable me to win battles against those not submitted to Him. Do I meet with the Lord somewhere special? Do I stay in that special place with God? Do I seek to know more of Him? Do I depend on Him? Do I desire to see Him more clearly? Am I aware of God’s Presence with me? If not, could I have angered Him and need to repent? Do I recognize the places God is active today, or only where He has been in the past? Do other folk recognize God’s Presence with me? Being with God will inevitably change me into a person other folk respect (like Moses) as opposed to a person with authority but no respect (like Aaron).

What did I praise God for? – He is always available to His people.

What did I pray for? – To know God and His Ways better each day.

What does this say in one sentence? – God told Moses to take the people from Sinai to the Promised land, talked with him face to face, said His Presence would go with them, and showed Moses his back.

Query :- Did Moses continue to fear the enormous responsibility God gave him?

Frances
Nov 23rd 2012, 05:27 PM
Exodus 34

What did I learn of God? – He is Gracious and may give, a second time, what His servants mis-use. He is the Lord. He is Merciful, slow to Anger, Gracious, abounding in Goodness, Truth and unfailing Love. He Forgives iniquity, transgressions and Sins. He does not excuse the guilty and allows their Sins to affect several generations (research shows the pattern of Sin [eg. promiscuity] is usually repeated in the perpetrators children). He will not share the allegiance of His people with other gods. Israel is His Inheritance. When He seems harsh it is for the long-term good of His people. He insists on His people keeping Passover, redeeming their first-born, having one day of rest and worship each week(however busy they may be) and will protect their property as they worship Him.

What did I learn of myself? – When I destroy what the Lord has done He
may give me a second chance to Work with Him. I must meet with the Lord on my own. I must prepare hearts of ‘stone’ for the Lord to ‘write’ on. Do I worship God wholeheartedly? Does my face shine when I am with Him? I must ensure I am not ensnared into worshipping other gods through ‘beneficial exercise’ (eg. Yoga or Tai Chi). Do I keep one day each week to rest and Worship God? If I meet regularly with the Lord others will recognize His influence in my life. Although God is willing to Forgive all my Sin He does not clear any of it from His record of me.

What did I praise God for? – Being consistent throughout all the generations.

What did I pray for? – That I am not led away from God through my actions, without realizing.

What does this say in one sentence? – God wrote the 10 Commandments again while Moses was with Him 40 days and nights; and each time Moses met with God his face shone.

Note:- I have heard it said that God’s Forgiveness makes my record clear ‘just as if I’d never Sinned’ but v.7 makes clear this is not so and He ‘by no means clears the guilty’, it is only if I am wearing Jesus’ ‘Robe of Righteousness’ (Is.61:10) at all times that I am free from my sin.

tooldtosee
Nov 23rd 2012, 08:28 PM
It is my understanding that the Exodous occurred because Moses murderers this Egyptian and the Egyptian authority has a warrant out for his arrest for this murder. And before the Egyptians can catch him he gathers up all is clan and flees, hence the great exodous

Someone correct me on this

-SEEKING-
Nov 23rd 2012, 08:30 PM
Wow. .

Frances
Nov 24th 2012, 05:11 PM
Exodus 35+36

What did I learn of God?- He has designated 6 days each week for work and one for rest, recuperation and worship. He gives practical Gifts to His people. He will accept whatever His people give to Him willingly including their time for the many, and various, aspects of His Work. He stirs the hearts, and moves the spirits of His people. He gives wisdom and ability in all kinds of craftsmanship. He deserves, and requires, the best His people are able to provide. He gives practical Gifts to his people. He rejoices in the gifts given willingly to Him, for all He requires to be done.

What did I learn of myself? - Do I keep one day each week specifically to worship the Lord, and for rest and recuperation? Am I willing to give the Lord my time and experience? Do I willingly give the Lord all I am able to in the way of skill and substance to ensure the His Will is done? Do I give Him my time and experience? Am I willing to work with others to fulfill the Lord's Purposes?

What did I praise God for? - Enabling His people to have things to offer Him when they are needed in the future, the abilities He gives, and opportunities to give a little of all He gives me back to Him.

What did I pray for? - Greater willingness to serve Him in ways that please Him.

What does this say in one sentence? - God's Instructions for the Sabbath, also offerings of time, expertise and substance for the tabernacle that were willingly given - and the people gave more than enough to complete the tabernacle.

Frances
Nov 24th 2012, 05:21 PM
It is my understanding that the Exodous occurred because Moses murderers this Egyptian and the Egyptian authority has a warrant out for his arrest for this murder. And before the Egyptians can catch him he gathers up all is clan and flees, hence the great exodous

Someone correct me on this

The exodus occured because God's chosen race, the descendants of Israel, had been slaves for 400 years and were treated cruely. God used Moses to save them from the tyrants. If you read Exodus chapters 2 - 14 you will discover the true account of the salvation of the nation of Israel.

Nick
Nov 25th 2012, 04:08 AM
It is my understanding that the Exodous occurred because Moses murderers this Egyptian and the Egyptian authority has a warrant out for his arrest for this murder. And before the Egyptians can catch him he gathers up all is clan and flees, hence the great exodous

Someone correct me on this

No. The only Exodus that occurred after Moses murdered the Egyptian was Moses fleeing for his life. He fled to Midian and spent 40 years there before an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. I think the bigger question is why Moses? What was so special about Moses? Nothing really, at least not on the surface, but God saw a much greater purpose for him. Moses was just an ordinary dude with a speech impediment that did extraordinary things through his faith and obedience. Then again, Moses also had the privelige of one-on-one conversations with God. There's a powerful lesson in all this for me. Despite what we may think of ourselves (Moses didn't think too highly of himself) God can use us for extraordinary things if we get out of the way and completely trust in Him. Therein lays the challenge.

Frances
Nov 25th 2012, 05:42 PM
Exodus 37 - 40

What did I learn of God? – He expects His people to follow His directions implicitly. He is concerned with each detail of everything His people do; He is Glorified by their obedience. Only the best, that is available, is good enough for Him. He can only be approached following sacrifice.

What did I learn of myself? – Do I follow every detail of God’s Instructions? or only when it suits me? Do I always give Him the best, that I am able, of my substance and ability? (what may be possible for others may not be possible for me). Am I willing to be just one of an army of ‘helpers’? or do I only do those things that will bring me glory? I can only gain access to God because of Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice for me. Does my life reflect the Glory of the Lord? and that I am determined to do His Will? Do I only trust leaders who are submitted to the truth of the Word of God? or am I influenced by their personal charisma regardless of what they do and say? Do I realize that others see me (because I’m a Christian) as a representative of God and that I am symbolic of Him whether I choose to be or not?

What did I praise God for? – Being willing to fill His Church with His Glory – if it fulfills His conditions, and glorifies Him at all times.

What did I pray for? – That I will have the determination to remove everything that tarnishes what others regard as representative of God in me.

What does this say in one sentence? – Making the Ark, table for Showbread, gold lamp-stand, altar of incense, anointing oil, altar for burnt offerings, bronze laver, Tabernacle and it’s Court, garments for the priest, erecting it all and the Lord’s Presence in and over it.

Frances
Nov 28th 2012, 05:14 PM
No. The only Exodus that occurred after Moses murdered the Egyptian was Moses fleeing for his life. .

I believe the Bible account is true. Therefore I suggest you read your Bible before making comments that are contrary to God's Word. The Exodus is the account God releasing His people, the Hebrew Israelite slaves, and how they left Egypt.

I agree that God can, and does, perform extaordinary things through a person who trusts Him completely and is totally submitted to Him.