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May 30, 2017

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Reading along with us in Exodus? Here’s today’s reading:

Exodus 14 (ESV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, 7 and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly. 9 The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon… Continue Reading

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  1. Amazing grace shown by God as the Israelites escape thru the parted sea! Interesting all the requirements God made regarding their escape and His requirement to celebrate the Passover annually forever.

  2. I read Exodus 4 today and commented there about Zipporah’s interaction with Moses and God. Pastor Peter and Melanie were talking about it, too. Very interesting!

    Also in Exodus 4:21, we see God say HE is going to harden Pharaoh’s heart so the king doesn’t let God’s people go. He tells Moses how this will all end, once God has done all He is planning to do: “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’” (Exodus 4:22) We know now how everything turned out, and why. A major event was on the horizon, one that would foreshadow the coming Messiah as the perfect sacrifice, and not only for Israel’s deliverance, but to make a way for believing Gentiles to be saved!

    How awesome that we serve a God who is sovereign even over our hearts. This compels me to never give up hope in any situation, including the salvation of someone whose heart seems so hardened against the gospel. Keep praying!

  3. You’ve heard of buyers remorse, right? Why did I do that? Well Pharaoh and his officials experience the same thing…why did we let those Israelites go?
    Notice that God actual wants the Israelites to appear vulnerable so Pharaoh will be tempted to come after them. Once again God will show His mighty hand so the Jews as well as the rest of the nations will know the God of Israel. Verse 14 is a great one to meditate on. As the Jews are afraid and complaining when the Egyptians are approaching (sound familiar?) God says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” What a great lesson for all believers to internalize.
    And another miraculous night: the cloud holds the Egyptians at bay, the waters part, the Jews walk across on DRY land, and the waters descend on the Egyptians as the pursue the Israelites. What a mighty God we serve!!

  4. Today I read Exodus 15-17. I couldn’t stop. God’s miracles are so awe inspiring. Imagine being given manna for 40 years! No doubt that God takes care of His people!

  5. I love the placement of God in Ch. 14 – before them, then moved behind, in the cloud and in the pillar of fire looking out.
    Love the detailed description twice of walls of water.

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