Trek through Exodus
Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 37-40, Leviticus 1
Key Scriptures: Exodus 40:34-37 “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the Cloud had settled upon it, and the Glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the Cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the Cloud did not lift, they did not set out–until the day It lifted.”
God would go with His people and lead them by the Cloud of Glory of His Presence. They were only to move when He moved and stay when He stayed. God’s Presence guided them, protected them and marked them, as they followed, obeyed and worshiped!
Overflowing joy: God’s Presence is with all those who believe on His Son, Jesus Christ! “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
Scripture reading for January 26th: Exodus 33-36
Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:12, 14-16 “Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.”. . .”The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to Him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and your people unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? ”
Moses knew he needed help in leading God’s rebellious people. He asked the Lord for that help and God promised him that His Presence would go with them. Moses told God that he would not go without Him! Nothing else would so mark Moses and God’s people as set apart from all others!
Overflowing joy: God provides His Presence dwelling within each of His people through the Holy Spirit! “And you were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a Seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” (Ephesians 1:13)
Scripture reading for January 25th: Exodus 28-32
Key Scriptures: Exodus 32:9-11, 14 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave Me alone so that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “O Lord,” he said, “why should Your anger burn against Your people whom You brought out of Egypt with great power and and a mighty hand? . . . .” “Then the Lord relented and did not bring on His people the disaster He had threatened.”
After the incident with the golden calf, God was angry at the idolatry and adultery of His people. He was ready to destroy them and start over. Moses stood in prayer and interceded for God’s mercy! God listened and relented!
Thankful for Christ’s intercession: God’s anger against our sin was laid on Jesus Christ, who prayed for us! “When they came to the place of the Skull, there they crucified Him, along with the criminals–one on His right and the other on His left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Scripture reading for January 24th: Exodus 24-27
Key Scriptures: Exodus 27:20-21 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. In the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain that is in front of the Testimony, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.”
Our God is light and has no darkness or shadow of turning! He commanded His people to set up lamps outside of the curtain shielding the Ark of the Testimony in the Tabernacle. These lamps were to be furnished with pure, clear oil from pressed olives. The lamps were to be kept burning all night and never let to go out!
Cause for rejoicing: We, in the New Covenant, are now bearers of Christ’s light and God has supplied the source: The Holy Spirit, whose anti-type is the clear oil! “You are the light of the world. . . .” “In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14, 16)
Scripture reading for January 23rd: Exodus 19-23
Key Scriptures: Exodus 19:3-6 “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob. . .’You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'”
God, by His grace, picked Abraham and formed a nation of people. He made a covenant with this group of people to dwell in their midst and be their God and they would be His people. If they obeyed Him fully, they would His treasured possession and a kingdom of Holy priests!
Cause for rejoicing: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been made into a holy people and are a kingdom of priests set apart to God with His presence dwelling in us! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1st Peter 2:9)
Scripture reading for January 20th: Exodus 14-18
Key Scriptures: Exodus 15:1-3 “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
God brought Moses and the Israelites through the Red Sea and then closed the waters over their pursuing enemy, the Egyptians. He proved Himself faithful to His covenant with the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was the LORD, the covenant God! This deliverance foreshadows the defeat of Antichrist and his army at the end of the last days!
Rejoice in the LORD: God is the faithful One who is true to His word and has power to bring it to pass! “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. The held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty. . . ” (Revelation 15:2-3)
Scripture reading for January 19th: Exodus 9-13
Key Scriptures: Exodus 12:12-14 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn–both men and animals–and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord– a lasting ordinance.”
The Israelites were instructed to take a lamb for a family and slaughter it at twilight. They were to place the blood on the top of their door and the sides. This blood would be a sign to them and to the Lord that they were safe from the plague of death of the firstborn!
Reason for rejoicing: Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed and His blood can mark each believer by faith! “Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1st Corinthians 5:7)
Scripture reading for January 18th: Exodus 5-8
Key Scriptures: Exodus 6:6-9 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as My own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.”
God is The Lord! He will do as He says! Nothing will deter His word and will. He desires to be our Lord and us to be His people. He has promised His people a land as an everlasting possession. He will deliver us from our enemies. He will bring it to pass!
Cause for thankfulness and joy: God is faithful and true to His promises, what He says, He will do. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
Scripture reading for January 17th: Genesis 50, Exodus 1-4
Key Scriptures: Exodus 4:29-31 “Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”
God saw the misery of His people in Egypt and heard their cry for mercy. He acted by appearing to Moses and calling him and his brother Aaron to go and demonstrate His power to His people and the Egyptians. His goal was that His people would worship Him and enter into a relationship for eternity.
Cause for Joy: Our Lord and God cares for the needs of His people and is concerned enough to act to bring the needed help! “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to Him, “You are My Son; today I have become your father.” (Hebrews 5:4-5)
Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40
The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering. (Exodus 25:1-2) He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them. His job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose to build the Tabernacle.
God’s desire was that His people learn to be willing givers and experience blessing. He was the original giver and set an example for us. Everything we have has come from His hand! He sends rain for the earth and crops. He gives strength and ability to work. His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful and wasteful we sometimes are.
Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us. “Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) The people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth. They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house! They gave so generously that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6-7)
Giving is the one place in Scripture that God says you can test Him! Malachi 3:8-12 instructs us test God by bringing the whole tithe into the storehouse (where you are fed). God will then open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain. May the Lord open the windows of heaven on you as you cheerfully “bring him an offering”!
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7-8