Trek through Exodus
Scripture reading for February 3rd: Exodus 7-9, Psalm 105, Ephesians 1
Key Scriptures: Exodus 7:2-5 “You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.”
God gave Moses specific instructions to tell Pharaoh and specific signs and wonders to do each time he and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh. He also told them that Pharaoh would not listen. He revealed that He would lay His own hand on Egypt and He would bring His people out with His own mighty hand! Jesus Christ is God’s mighty ‘hand’ that delivers us from death according to God’s plan!
Psalm 105:43 “He brought the people out with joy, and His chosen ones with singing.”
Faith confession and prayer: I thank You Lord for Your unstoppable plan of redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Help me to spread the Good News before the fullness of time!
Ephesians 1:7-10 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purposes, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 4-6, Galatians 6
Key Scriptures: Exodus 6:5-7 “Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered My covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be My people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
God told Moses that He had heard the groaning of Israel and had seen their bondage and suffering. He is our God who sees and hears, and has the will and power to deliver. “I will” marks the confident assurance by which God states His plans to bring His people out of bondage by His own arm and with great acts of judgment. He desires to be their God and have them for His own people! Oh that we would as confidently boast in our amazing living God!
Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for Your great heart of mercy and for being aware and active in my salvation. I will ever boast of Jesus Christ and Your great act of deliverance of me and all others through placing our judgment on Your Son.
Galatians 6:14-15 “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”
Scripture reading for January 30th: Exodus 1-3, Galatians 5
Key Scriptures: Exodus 3:7-10 “Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh. . . “
God sees everything and knows what is happening to His people. He knows their bondage and fear. He understands their suffering and the hard taskmasters of sin and the devil. He, Himself, promises that He will deliver them from the bondage and take them to a land flowing with milk and honey. His plan then was to send Moses to Pharaoh in His place and use him to bring His people out of bondage in Egypt. But Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate and final word on freedom. In Him, through faith, we have been set free forever!
Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Faith confession and prayer: I believe in Jesus Christ, who has set me free from the bondage of sin and death! Lord, deliver me from all evil and empower me to enter the land of promise enjoying the milk of Your Word and the sweetness of Your presence with me today!
Scripture reading for February 5th: Exodus 38-40, Leviticus 1, Matthew 26
Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:6-11 “Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to Him with a jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to Me.””
Jesus was preparing for His last few days on earth before offering Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. A woman came up to Him with a jar of expensive ointment and anointed his head. This was a special act of love that Jesus said would be remembered everywhere the Gospel was preached. With this anointing, Jesus was set apart for His mission as our High Priest and the final blood sacrifice. This is prefigured in the Old Testament in Exodus.
Exodus 40:12-13 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall wash them with water and put on Aaron the holy garments. And you shall anoint Him and consecrate Him, that he may serve Me as priest.”
Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for anointing Your Son as my High Priest, set apart for Your service in giving His life blood for us. Anoint me afresh today with the Holy Spirit that I might serve You. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 2nd: Exodus 35-37, Matthew 25
Key Scriptures: Matthew 25:20-21 “And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents, here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need to use what God had blessed them with to bless God’s kingdom. Those who were faithful to use their ‘talents’ were commended by the master and rewarded. The one who failed to respond or even invest in God’s work lost everything. God is looking for willing investors!
Exodus 35:21-22 “And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, I want to willingly invest my time, talents and ability to Your kingdom’s use! I desire you ultimate commendation, not condemnation. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 1st: Exodus 31-34, Matthew 25
Key Scriptures: Matthew 24:3-5 “As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My Name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.””
Jesus answered the disciples questions concerning His earlier comments about the destruction of the Temple. He prefaced the answer with a warning about deception. Deception would mark the time prior to His return again for His people. This deception would even take in some of God’s people. We can look back in history to see that God’s people were deceived with a golden calf!
Exodus 32:7-8 “And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!””
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from deception and the lure of false ‘gods’. Thank you for your loving warnings in Your Word. Amen
Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 28-30, Matthew 23
Key Scriptures: Matthew 23:1-5 “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but no the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their fingers. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.”
Jesus was preparing to return to heaven and was giving His final instructions. He warned the disciples about imitating the current religious leaders of the day. Their example was not one to follow in that they preached one thing and did another. They also performed religious works to be seen by others, not focusing on pleasing God. We must walk in obedience to please our Father!
Exodus 28:1-2 “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve Me as priests–Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.”
Prayer: Lord, Help me to wear the holy garment of Your righteousness in all that I do. May I please you and not perform for men. Amen
Scripture reading for January 30th: Exodus 24-27, Matthew 22
Key Scriptures: Matthew 22:35-40 “And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus was being tested and the Pharisees desired to trap Him with a question concerning the greatest commandment in the Law of God. Jesus gave them His answer, in two parts: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus stated that these two commandments summed up all the law and the prophets.
Exodus 24:12-13 “The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandments, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for these great commandments. Your love is shown to me by the careful instructions you give and the blood of Jesus that covers my disobedience and ignorance. Let a river of Your love flow in my life towards You and my neighbors. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 21-23, Matthew 21
Key Scriptures: Matthew 21:20-22 “When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Jesus had cursed the fig tree for having no fruit. The disciples noted how quickly it had withered, and asked how this could be. Jesus informed them that they also would have this kind of authority if they simply had faith. Even greater obstacles would be removed by believing prayer. The Old Testament Scriptures revealed this kind of authority given to God’s people as they obeyed.
Exodus 23:23-26 “When My angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them, nor do as they do, but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their pillars in pieces. You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water , and I will take sickness away from among you. None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your promises of answered prayer. Help me today to walk in faith and appropriate all your promised blessing for Your glory. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 26th: Exodus 17-20, Matthew 20
Key Scriptures: Exodus 17:10-13 “So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”
Moses recorded this story of a battle with the Amalekites. He and Aaron and Hur observed the battle led by Joshua. As Moses would stretch out his hand, Joshua was winning. When he lowered his had because of exhaustion, Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands and seated him on a stone and Joshua prevailed in the battle. This is a picture of corporate intercession and the power of agreement.
Matthew 20:25-26: “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, for even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give His live as a ransom for many.”
Prayer: Father, help me to lift my hands in service of others. Thank you for the example of Your Son and Aaron and Hur to show me the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.