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October 10, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Matthew 20-21
Audio: Matthew 20-21

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Memory Verse of the Week

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
(Genesis 50:20 ESV)

Exodus 1 (ESV)

These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.

15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

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  1. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. Exodus 1:7

    Fruitful and Multiplying

    As we've seen since the beginning of time, God's Kingdom reigns in the life of His people. But also as we've seen, Satan's kingdom is set against God, His Kingdom and His people.

    In today's reading in Exodus 1, we see God's people fruitful and increasing greatly. They were multiplying and exceedingly strong – so strong that Egypt was filled with them. Because of this, the new king over Egypt comes up with a scheme to stop the fruitfulness and multiplying of God's people in order to prevent them from taking control over Egypt. 

    The plan? Slavery. 

    Exodus 1:13-14 says, "So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves."

    If that's not bad enough, the king wanted the Hebrew midwives to kill any males born to the Hebrew women. They refused because of their fear of God but told Pharaoh it was because they gave birth before they could kill them. As Pharaoh afflicted them, the more they grew!

    As God dealt well with the midwives, Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live" (Exodus 1:22).

    In All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, Herbert Locker writes on this first chapter of Exodus:

    "The Book of Exodus records the beginning of Israel's national existence, and contains the fulfillment of Genesis 50:24. Thus Exodus is a continuation of Genesis. The title of our English version means 'The Way Out,' and is found in the word 'exit.' Recording, then, the redemption out of Egyptian bondage, the book is typical of Christ as the ground of our redemption from sin."

    Do the trials of life build your faith or destroy it?

    Does suffering make you more spiritually fruitful or more cynical?

  2. Ultimately, the trials of my life build my faith and make it stronger. There are times that I have reacted to problems and frustration with anger and outbursts, just as the "old me" would. 

    I am practicing diligently to exercise patience and THINK before I react. I'd like to turn my reactions into just plain actions! 

    I can really feel the changes in myself, in my life, and the way my family is affected. It's been an amazing transformation … and it's not done yet! 

    I used to physically kick my feet when I woke up each day, because I was angry I was still alive and had to face another day. 

    Steeped in depression and anxiety, everything I had to do was a chore. I simply dreaded living, and did as little of it as I possibly could, staying in my bed whenever possible, eating in front of the television. 

    Having truly accepted Christ, I am a new person, and He means everything to me. I am grateful beyond words, and sometimes I'm so excited about the next day, I have a hard time falling asleep! I can't wait to get up and live, everyday. 

    I suffer from several health problems, and I am currently on 14 different prescriptions. I have pain all day, everyday, but Jesus helps me to cope without narcotics. I've accepted the pain. I once heard a girl say, "The pain is inevitable; suffering is optional."

    With God, I can make it through anything. 

  3. Question 1.  Sometimes both.  I know God is at work doing something but in the midsts of my trial I ask why God and how long.  I do tend to doubt my faith when I feel burdened for a long period of time with no relief.

    Question 2.  Probably both.  I know am not exempt from suffering and trials and I do look for God's hand on the situation and search for His teaching in it.

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