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October 12, 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 24-25
Audio: Matthew 24-25

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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 3 (ESV)

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

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. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

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  1. 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, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians . . . Exodus 3:7-8

    God – Our Deliverer

    When we think of all the struggles of life, the pain, the sorrow, the loss, the failures and the sin that surrounds us, it can seem like God is far off, distant and maybe even unaware of what's happening to us. But God is there. He is always there – not as a mere observer but a deliverer. 

    Although God deliverS us from suffering, He does not always (or usually) do so right away. As we'll see in the coming chapters of Exodus, God's people were not delivered right away. 

    One of the reasons God does not remove our suffering immediately is that it would be hard for us not to look at God as our servant – like a cosmic genie who moves at our command. It's important for us to always remember that deliverance is not something we deserve. It's only by God's grace and mercy that He delivers us. It's not a gift if we demand it and think we're entitled to it, right?

    Another reason God does not remove our suffering immediately is that He is testing our faith in Him which builds our trust in Him. If God removed all suffering, the struggles of life would not make us more like Christ but instead would be our cue to call God the Janitor to CLEAN UP THIS MESS so we can get back to living our lives problem-free for our own enjoyment. 

    But when does deliver us, it's always in His time and for His purpose – so He gets all the glory!

    Who Am I?

    But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:11

    This verse goes by quickly but if we look carefully at it, we'll see Moses' humility before God. He says, "Who am I?" because he didn't think too highly of himself. He didn't consider himself worthy of the task and certainly didn't think God was smart to pick him. Moses isn't questioning God's decision. His posture before God is reflected in Exodus 3:3, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned."

    This reminds me of the prophet Isaiah who said in Isaiah 6:5, "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"

    Moses asked, "Who am I?" and we should ask "Who are we?"

    I Am

    Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13

    When we have a proper view of ourselves and our true condition before a Holy God (and a godly perspective on suffering), we are in a better place to see God for who He is – the I AM! God always was, always is and always will be. He is eternal. He is everlasting. He is the beginning and the end!

    Jesus said of Himself in John 8:58, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

    Notice Jesus didn't say, "Before Abraham was, I was." Abraham was brought into existence but Jesus existed eternally. John 1:1; 14 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

    God's Will WILL Be Done!

    But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. Exodus 3:19

    These verses help us see God's sovereignty as He said, "I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go" but He knows they will when they are "compelled by a mighty hand." The word "compelled" is interesting because it certainly takes some time for them to be compelled enough to finally let them go.

    God tells Moses it is His mighty hand that will strike Egypt. It's not Moses' mighty hand but God's hand. This reminds me of Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might."

    Are you able to get past the personal pain of suffering and focus on what God is doing in (and through) you?

    Do these lessons on suffering help build your faith and trust in God?

    Do you see a purpose in suffering in ways you didn't before after reading these chapters?

  2. This reading, as always, is exactly what I needed! 

    My life has changed in so many ways, and I need to remember that that is simply not the case with old friends. 

    Sometimes I feel them pulling away, and I'm okay with that, because I know it's God's will. I have spoken to them about Jesus and invited them all to church, but so far, not a one. 

    I worry for them and it hurts me that they aren't saved, but I know that God is in control. This gives me peace. 

    I feel His presence every single day, and walking with Him is the most important thing to me. 

  3. Question 1.  Most of the time no.  I am certain He is working something out for me but all I can focus on is my suffering and when will it end.

    Question 2.  Somewhat.  I know it builds my need for Him.  It does show me the character of God.

    Question 3.  Yes.  It strengthens our relationship with Jesus.  It strengthens us to withstand suffering.  Teaches us what we need to learn from God.

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