April 24, 2023
DAY 114 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Exodus 14:13-14
We continue our journey through Exodus with the Israelites in the desert being led by God. The Egyptians decided to pursue the Israelites, to capture them to keep them as slaves. As God prepares the way to the Promised Land the Israelites begin to rebel.
Take some time to ask God for His understanding of Exodus 13-16. Read Exodus 13-16. Let’s journey!
Exodus 13-16: The Israelites are directed by God to consecrate their firstborn sons and sacrifice the firstborn male of the livestock. Moses takes Jospeh’s bones with him. God leads the Israelites; however, not using the most direct route. God leads them during the day in a pillar of clouds and gives light by night as a pillar of fire. Pharaoh prepares his army to pursue and return the Israelites to slavery. The Israelites are terrified. Moses calms them. God parts the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross on dry land and returns it to its banks to consume the Egyptian army – every Egyptian soldier that attempted to pursue the Israelites across the dried water bed died. The Songs of Moses and Miriam, are songs of praise for deliverance from slavery and the Egyptian army. Stale water at Marah produces grumbling against Moses. Moses turns to God and the water is purified. Israel camps at Elim. God provides manna and quail for the Israelites to eat with conditions governing how much and when the manna and quail can be gathered. God’s conditions for gathering the manna and quail were violated by the Israelites. God was displeased. (Exodus 13:1-16:36)
Our focus verses for today:
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
(Exodus 14:13-14 NIV)
As the Israelites saw the dusk and heard the pounding hoofs of the horses of the Egyptian army closing in on them, they were terrified. They had already forgotten what they had seen. They had already forgotten what they had experienced. They had already forgotten their Deliverer. They had forgotten the God of Israel. Reflect on Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and take some time to thank God, thank Jesus His Only Son, for not forgetting you.
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