April 3, 2023
DAY 93 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Exodus 3:4-6
Today we begin our journey through the book of Exodus, which ultimately leads to the formation of a nation: Israel. The journey was not easy. It was a difficult journey for the people of Israel. They struggled, as we do, with the choice of who to serve: sin or God.
Take some time to seek the Lord’s understanding of Exodus 1-4. Read Exodus 1-4 and, as you read, listen for God to speak to you through His word. Let’s journey!
Exodus 1-4: The book of Exodus begins by telling of the plight of the descendants of Joseph since his death hundreds of years past. They were no longer viewed through Joseph. They were viewed as foreigners who were too prosperous and numerous in Egypt. Not satisfied with making the Israelites slaves, the Pharaoh ordered that all the male babies of Israel were to be murdered at birth by their midwives. The midwives refused. Pharaoh then ordered Egyptians to murder all young male Israelite children. Moses is born and escapes the murder of all the young children to be raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was raised to be an Egyptian, but grew up to kill an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew. Moses flees from Egypt in fear for his life and arrives in Midian where he marries Zipporah and works for her father, Jethro, as a shepherd. While working as a shepherd, God comes to Moses, appearing as a burning bush. God tells Moses that He, God, has heard the cries of His people Israel coming from Egypt. God tells Moses that he has been selected to deliver His people from Egypt, and the tyranny of the Pharaoh. Moses is reluctant to obey God. Moses is reluctant to obey God and asks that another be given the assignment. Moses claims that he is unqualified, however, he did not directly refuse to obey God. God gives Moses an assistant, Moses’ brother Aaron, and Moses proceeds to Egypt to begin the emancipation of Israel under the direction of God. (Exodus 1:1-4:31)
The focus verses for today:
4When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
(Exodus 3:4-6, NIV)
Have you ever had a burning bush moment? Whether we fully comprehend those moments – most likely not a burning bush – as believers, God speaks with us frequently. Are you listening for Him? Are you reluctant to incorporate what you are being told by God into the way you choose to live? God speaks to you just like He spoke to Moses. God gave Moses a mission to do. The mission was composed of two parts. The first was to be obedient to God. Moses was to live his life, his daily life, for God. The second was to fulfill God’s purpose for his life. Have you ever had a burning bush moment?
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