Monthly Archives: January 2018

Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Exodus 21-27

“…ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people…” Exodus 19:5

We said yesterday that it was important to understand the law of God. We said that the first purpose was PURITY.  The second purpose is PECULIARITY. God wants His children to be OUTSTANDING in a crowd. He doesn’t want us to be similar to or emulate those who don’t know Him or love Him. I have said it so many times and I don’t mind repeating it for the benefit of those who are willing to learn. God clearly tells us in His Word that His children are to be different on purpose. The Apostle Paul was trying to drive this home to the Corinthian Christians In 2 Corinthians 5 and 6. Consider verse 17 of chapter 5 and chapter 6 verses 17 and 18

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

All of those laws recorded in these chapters of Exodus were to make Israel a “peculiar treasure” to a God who loves and has promised to protect us. Chapter 23 ends with that promise, read verses 20 through 31 again. This might be where the idea of a guardian angel comes from. God definitely promised a guardian angel to Israel.

After delivering these first foundational laws to the people and getting their response to accept and obey them. God calls Moses up the mountain to meet with Him in chapter 24. Now prepare to be amazed right here. Initially God called not only Moses but also Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and seventy of the elders (leaders) of Israel. In verses 9 through 11 we read that these men saw God and lived. They saw God with their own eyes and yet they are compelled by a rebellious people to do evil within months! I sometimes have to deal with Christians who want to follow the worlds fads and acceptance. when confronted with this way of living they get indignant. They want NO RULES! They don’t care how it looks, they don’t care who it hurts they shamelessly demand their freedom to do what they want. THATS NOTHING NEW! People have been doing that since the beginning. It takes a dedicated, focused and determined person WHO LOVES GOD to surrender to and sacrifice for His glory.

At this point God calls Moses alone to come to Him in order to get the rest of Gods laws for glorifying Him. As Moses ascends the mountain the people watch from the ground.

Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

The Bible tells us that Moses was up there with the LORD for 40 days and 40 nights. This was a crash course in developing a nation for the glory of God. Men study these pages for years and still have trouble getting it all straight but Moses got it all in 40 days and nights. That tells me that God gave something special to Moses.

Detailed instruction on building and maintaining the tabernacle (a compact, portable Temple) was given to Moses. Detailed instructions on the Ark of the Covenant with The Mercy Seat, all of the furniture of the Tabernacle as well as its placement was given. How to set up the Tabernacle (direction for each corner) the lay of the tribes as they set-up camp, the garments for the priests, etc. There’s more to come but we will see in the days ahead that while Moses is being instructed by God, Aaron (who was left in charge) is being instructed by people who only care about themselves…sad!

Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Exodus 17-20

Exodus 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 

God once again provided Israel’s need when they murmured but before long they are faced with their first opposition on their way to the promised land. The people of Amalek were descendants of Esau and they hadn’t had to deal with Israel for 400 years and they didn’t like the fact that they were headed their way. But to show that deliverance was of Him, God allowed the Israelites to win while Moses held up his hand but when he put them down Amelek began winning. We then see the importance of faithful friends. Aaron and Hur (one from the tribe of Judah) held up Moses hands until Israel won the battle. If not for faithful friends Israel would have lost there and the story would be over!

Proverbs 25:19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

The testimony of God’s blessing on Israel began to travel and be published and strike fear in the hearts of the hearers. It is a good thing when word travels of God blessing. Moses father in law, having heard, takes brings his wife and children to him and gives Moses some wise counsel that helps him in dealing with the multitude of people. Three months into their journey to Canaan, they come to Mt. Sinai where God has His first serious meeting with Moses about His people. He gives a specific promise at first that if Israel will obey Him and follow His command then they would be His special people. so Moses report to the people the “offer” and they accept.

Exodus 19:8  And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

How many times have we said that ourselves? We have a knack of making our promises to God on Sunday and breaking them on Monday. God gives instructions to Moses to sanctify and secure the people for His decent on Mt. Sinai for the giving of His law. It must have been an awesome sight see as recorded in Exodus 19:16-19.

 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.”

Moses is called up to meet with God in a personal way and there he receives the tables of Ten Commandments. Its important to understand that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of the law. There is more to the law of God in detail but the foundation focuses on God first and others after. A Pharisee lawyer asked Jesus which was the “Great commandment.” Jesus responded by saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  (Matthew 22:39 ) That’s the Ten Commandments in a nutshell. There’s never been a man beside the Lord Jesus who has been able to keep that law. After writing those commandments with His finger on the stone tablets, God proceeds to elaborate on His desire for His people. It’s important to understand the purpose of the law of God. The first purpose is PURITY; God knows that our sinful nature is destined to not only corrupt ourselves but to be corrupters. One of the members of the church showed me yesterday from Isaiah 1:4 that the Israelites had become that; corrupters and that God warns us in the not to do what they did from 1 Corinthians 8:13  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 

Are we guilty of corrupting others by demanding our “liberty” at the offence of the brethren? Today’s generation seem to care very little about offending the brother. They demand “their right” to do the questionable regardless of its affect on others. The Apostle Paul writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit called that SIN!

WE NEED REVIVAL!!

 

Daily Bible Study

“Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh” (Exodus 6:1).
The initial approach to Pharaoh was a disaster. Instead of gaining their freedom or even getting a consideration from Pharaoh, Moses is kicked out and the workload of the Hebrew people is increased substantially. Moses is discouraged, his people are angry and God says “NOW.” I see some parents attempting to correct their children’s behavior but the children aren’t listening then Dad gets up quickly and everything changes; now dad means business and heads are going to roll (figure of speech). Pharaoh has pushed the God of heaven into action and the LORD means business. The LORD launches an attack on the gods of Egypt. Understand this, regardless of what Oprah Winfrey or anyone else says, there is only One God and only One Way to that God everything else is just a lifeless idol. The plaques that the LORD initiates on Egypt was to show them there is no help for them in their false gods. Pharaoh was taking a position thinking that he would be protected by his gods and the true God was going to show him that his protection was worthless! It took ten plaques, each one worse then the previous in severity, before Pharaoh got the message. But wait (as the commercial says) it gets worse; even after the last plaque and the release of the Jews, Pharaoh has the audacity to go after them to bring them back.

Exodus 14:28  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

When the dust had settled Egypt was decimated. Not a shot was fired (arrow wise), not a sword swung but defeat was complete and Israel was free. I think if we actually knew how much God acted on behalf of His own we would be amazed and far more appreciative than we are. Once free from bondage we will see how appreciative they were.

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.  And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?” (Exodus 15:23-24 ) They just saw God deliver them from the mighty nation of Egypt without a weapon used. They just saw God miraculously part the Red sea for them to cross on dry ground then drown the Egyptian army when they tried to cross on the same ground. So they know they are being led by an omnipotent God. Yet instead of trusting God when the first test came, they begin to murmur and complain. Have you ever noticed how easy that is; to complain I mean? How God loves us despite our obnoxious behavior is beyond me…but I’m glad HE does!! They finally get through that test and it happens again. “And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”  (Exodus 16:3)

There seems to be an attitude on the part of Israel that they deserve royal treatment from God. Think about this; If we got what we deserve we would be eternally miserable with no hope of it ever getting better. It is only by God’s amazing grace that we have anything but that. But there are those who scoff at that truth. Complaining is therapeutic for them. It doesn’t change their circumstances but it makes them feel that they deserve better. We all get caught up in it. It takes focus, moment by moment to fight off the suggestion that Satan puts in our mind that we deserve better. That is the very thing that Satan used against Eve in the Garden of Eden: “God is holding back on you and you deserve better.” When she bought into his lie, it was over! Moses tells them, “…your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. ” If it goes unchecked, it only gets worse. “And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. ” (Exodus 17:4) Is Moses complaining?

Here is the bottom line…pay attention! GOD DESERVES OUR PRAISE NOT OUT PROTEST!!

Daily Bible Study

Genesis 50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Of course the brothers were afraid their payday had come and as Laban told Jacob when he fled from him in the night, it was in the power of Joseph’s hand to do them hurt. But Joseph has always been guided by the Spirit of God and that continues even after he becomes the second in command of Egypt. He is not going to play God, he is going to remain His servant because he knows God has got a bigger plan than human minds can conceive. Only God can give a man the grace to respond that way! The average man would have vengeance and payback heavy on their mind.

Time passes on and they live large in Egypt but an aging Joseph prepares to die. Dying is a part of this life. I don’t know why the child of God is so afraid of dying. God has said, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15 ) Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24) There is absolutely nothing to fear in death, it has been conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ and for the Christian it’s sting has been removed. Joseph wasn’t afraid of dying, he just didn’t want his bones left in Egypt. So Genesis ends with the words “he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” (Genesis 50:26)

Exodus 1:8  Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
As more time went by the children of Israel become a mighty nation within a nation and this became a concern for the new leadership generations later who knew nothing of Joseph. Why can’t things just remain the same, why does there have to be change? One of the many great things about God is He is immutable ( that means He doesn’t change). Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” It seems the older we get the more we dislike change. Maybe its because we just can’t keep up with it, or maybe it always seems to bring bad things. In Israel’s case it brought bondage and slavery. So for the next three hundred plus years (400 all total) the Hebrew people build Egypt as slave labor. Then it gets worse! The Egyptians decide to stop the population growth of their Hebrew slaves and order forced abortion. The only difference between what they did and what is beingb done in America today is they admitted that it was KILLING! “And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him…”  (Exodus 1:15-16) It was wicked then and it is just as wicked today! There was one Hebrew woman who refused to do what was wicked before God and saved her baby boy alive. To keep from seeing him KILLED she placed him in the hands of God by putting him in a basket  and sending him down the river to be found by none other than the King’s daughter. The Kings daughter takes the baby and raises him as her own. Thus Moses grows up a Hebrew prince in Egypt.

Curiosity is a strong human attribute. Adopted children usually want to know who their biological parents are. Of course this is usually distressing to the adoptive parents but its natural. So Moses somehow finds out that he is actually of the slave people and not those of whom he is prince. Another problem that we have to deal with is impatience. Some are worse than others but I think we all suffer from it and Moses is no exception. He realizes he has the capability of helping his people and he jumps the gun. The Bible puts it this way, “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” (Acts 7:25)  His impetuousness lands him on the backside of the desert being banished from Egypt. Forty years pass before God is ready to give Moses another chance.

Exodus 3:10  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.                                                                                                                                                            It took some convincing but before long Moses was on his way back to Egypt to free his people with the power of God but he runs into a stubborn and hateful Pharaoh.  “And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. ” (Exodus 5:2 ) Pharaoh is not the only obstacle either. “And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. ” (Exodus 6:9 ) Isn’t it amazing that people can become so comfortable in bondage? They get use to being oppressed but our God is a deliverer! 
Have you been delivered from the bondage of sin? Lets face it, we know we are sinners, we can’t help it, its our nature. But God sent His son to deliver us and those that trust Him for that deliverance will be free! My friend if you have not trusted in Christ for your deliverance, do so now! If we can help you understand it better feel free to call, we would jump at the opportunity of helping you. Until tomorrow, God bless…

Daily Bible Study

Genesis 40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

The King’s Butler and Baker whom Joseph was charged with keeping were bothered by a dream they both had the same night. The dreams were different yet they both had one the same night and they both were bothered by the fact that they didn’t understand the dream and had no one (they thought) that could tell them the meaning them. Usually dreams are about someone with whom we have recently interacted or something that we have done, but these dreams weren’t about anything like that. These dreams were about the future; their future. God was the giver of these dreams, they weren’t the normal activity of the subconscious. They told Joseph what they dreamed and God gave Joseph the wisdom to interpret those dreams. They were a message to these men from God concerning their immediate future. The Lord is setting up the events that will lead to not only the release of Joseph, as he has done nothing wrong but rather right, but also to his exhalation to leadership in Egypt.

Keep this in mind dear reader, God is the Master Designer of this universe and it’s events. There are no accidents with God. While He gives man a free-will He stays several steps ahead of him to alter his path to accomplish His will. There are those who resist and are said to be outside of His will and there are those who comply and are said to be in His will. Jesus said, “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did accordingto his will, shall be beaten with many stripes”. (Luke 12:47)

There is blessing in finding and following God’s will and there is consequences in refusing and opposing it. Are you dear reader in His will? You say you don’t know but if God wants you to be in His will do you think He would hide it from you? There is a promise given to Jeremiah that I believe applies to everyone. It’s found in Jeremiah 12:
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lᴏʀᴅ, thoughts of peace, and notof evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
The problems that many have in life are a result of seeking their own way and resisting God’s. Make no mistake, life is not a cake walk when serving the LORD but His strength and help is ever present when you walk with Him!

Well, the interpretation came to life just as Joseph said; The butter was restored and the baker was executed. Joseph however, was never mentioned until one night the King (Pharaoh) had a dream that bothered him and none of his “wise men” could explain it to him. Then the butler remembered Joseph. It wasn’t long before Joseph was the King’s executive assistant. I’ve heard that referred to as “a God thing” meaning that it just doesn’t happen, God is in it. Again keep this in mind, when you walk with God, He’s in everything (Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Actually Pharaoh’s dream was a nightmare that God used to have Joseph make a dream by giving the necessary wisdom to spare Egypt during a horrible time of drought. It was also the vehicle that God used to unite Joseph with his estranged family. Joseph was given the very best opportunity to enact vengeance on his brothers but he has had an excellent attitude in misfortune times and it doesn’t change in the fortunate times! What made Joseph such an excellent personality? It wasn’t financial position because he had none in prison. It had to be the Spirit of God with whom Joseph walked. If we could learn to walk in the Spirit we too would respond to life in a positive way regardless of the circumstance that get in the way. Walking in the Spirit requires focus and faithfulness. It is something you have got to want it on purpose!!

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