Exodus 13:21 By Day and Night

Exodus 13:21 (KJV)
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

God provided guidance for Israel in the wilderness day and night.

  • He went before them
  • He protected behind them
  • He never took it away

I have come to think of the Word of God in similar terms.

The Bible serves to go before us
It points out the way in which we should go. It provides an example of others who have been where we are. It teaches us through them what our next steps should be.

The Bible serves to protect behind us
Careful observance of Bible principles and lessons prevents us from many dangers. The salvation of God ensures that, no matter what the world does to us, we are fully and eternally protected. 

The Bible has not been removed from us
Satan has repeatedly attempted to take the Bible from us. His most successful efforts have been to replace the Bible with inferior substitutes. Nevertheless, the Word of God remains intact and thoroughly profitable to those who will open it.

Day or night, day and night, God is present in the pages of His Word to lead us the way. Be faithful to look into the Word of God all day and all night.

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Exodus 13:21 By Day and Night

Exodus 12:14 Only God Does That

Exodus 12:14 (KJV)
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

On the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote that the day should be celebrated in the future with fireworks and rejoicing. Just two hundred forty some years later, historians debate whether he referred to July 4th or July 2nd.

Generally, men memorialize events that have happened and are recognized as significant. Herein lies one of the many fundamental differences between God and man. God established the memorial of the Passover before the fact. Even as he instructed Moses in the steps the Hebrews should take to save themselves when the death angel passed by; He was proclaiming that this day would be the most significant of events in Israel’s history, to be memorialized and observed forever into the future.

We only see the present and the past. Occasionally we will have a hint that an event will be memorable. Never can we look into our future and choose that this event will be the one we set our clocks by for the rest of history.

Only God does that.

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Exodus 12:14 Only God Does That

Galatians 3:19 Till The Seed Should Come

Galatians 3:19 (KJV)
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Till the seed should come

The Bible says

  • The law serves a temporary purpose
  • The law was added because of transgressions and
  • The purpose of the law was finished when the seed comes

We know that seed to be Jesus Christ. The law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The law now serves no purpose. The answer for sin and transgression is not the law but Jesus. The souls of men need no more duties. We need Jesus. We need to put no more yolk or burden upon people. We need to bring them to Jesus.

The promise of God is not a law. It is a Saviour. It is the seed of Abraham. It is Jesus.

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Galatians 3:19 Till The Seed Should Come

Galatians 2:8 Where God Works Effectively

Galatians 2:8 (KJV)
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

The ministry of the apostles, especially the ministry of Peter and Paul, is uniquely different from that of any preacher since. This is because the apostles were uniquely meant as the foundation of the local churches, Christ being the cornerstone.

However, we use Paul’s ministry, especially as the model for everything from pastoring, missions, and evangelists. In that sense, it is telling that Peter and Paul had uniquely different calls from God and that God worked effectively through each man as they ministered to those God had committed unto them.

Paul did try to reach the circumcised and admitted having a great burden for them. We may assume Peter attempted to reach Gentiles with the Gospel and, indeed, has done so through his contributions to the New Testament.

It seems appropriate to preach to those called into the ministry to seek those God has committed to their trust. It doesn’t mean we ignore others. It does mean God will work most effectively through us when we remain focused on the ministry He has committed to us.

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Galatians 2:8 Where God Works Effectively

Galatians 1:23 Hearing is Good Enough

Galatians 1:23 (KJV)
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

The Bible says the believers in Judaea did not meet Paul. They had only heard that he had been converted and now preached the faith. The Bible says then that they glorified God in him.

I do not believe they thanked God that he no longer persecuted them but that he had gotten saved.

  • They did not need to see it for themselves
  • They were content with the testimonies of others
  • They rejoiced that one such as Saul of Tarsus would come not only to be saved but to proclaim the message of salvation.

There are souls whose faces we will never see on this side of eternity. We can only hear of their conversions.

We should not need to know a soul personally to glorify God that they are saved and serving Jesus.

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Galatians 1:23 Hearing is Good Enough

Exodus 4:1 What If They Don’t Believe Me?

Exodus 4:1 (KJV)
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

The first nine verses of this chapter are surrounded by Moses’ question whether anyone would believe him. 

Exodus 4:8-9 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

He had a legitimate concern as, forty years earlier, they had not believed him. It almost cost his life.

The fact was, neither Pharaoh nor the Jews did believe him when he first returned. It took a serious length of time and a set of plagues before either one believed. Even then, there were still some doubts and doubters.

Whether our message is believed is a lesser concern for you and me. God has ways of working through our weaknesses. He may not work in the ways we expect or in the timing we expect, but He is at work through our weaknesses and their doubts. We just need to obey Him and preach the message.

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Exodus 4:1 What If They Don’t Believe Me?

Exodus 3:3 Why The Bush Is Not Burnt

Exodus 3:3 (KJV)
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

I have long considered the burning bush to be emblematic of God’s care of Moses. Moses had been through fires.

  • He was not supposed to survive birth
  • He could have been killed by Pharaoh after defending the Egyptian
  • He had been forty years in the desert

Moses had not only survived the fires but thrived.

  • He was raised in the palace
  • He was married in the desert
  • He was called of God from shepherding
  • Moses’ ministry from speaking with Pharaoh the the wilderness could be seen as a busn not being consumed event

If the burning bush is emblematic of Moses, it is not a stretch to consider it a picture of God’s work among His children.

  • We’re not supposed to escape the fires of life
  • We are meant to be a testimony so that others turn aside and ask what prevents us from being consumed

When this happens, others are led out of captivity to sin and into the deliverance of Jesus Christ.

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Exodus 3:3 Why The Bush Is Not Burnt

Exodus 1:10 Get Out of My Land

Exodus 1:10 (KJV)
Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

The Egyptians were in a quandary. The Jews had multiplied in number to the place they were a problem. The situation, as they saw it, was that the Jews might take the side of an enemy, join them, and affect their escape.

The thing is, the Jews did not belong in Egypt. They had a homeland of their own. They had come to the land as guests. The host Pharaoh had long since passed away. In our terminology, the Jews had overstayed their welcome.

Perhaps they had sold themselves to Pharaoh along with the Egyptian people during the great famine. I doubt it. It may be that over the centuries, four of them, the Egyptians and the Jews, just assumed they were possessions of the state along with everyone else.

One easy solution to the Jews would have been to invite them to go home. But Pharaoh didn’t want that either. He had grown accustomed to their productivity and industry.

His problem? He couldn’t live with them, and he couldn’t live without them.

The Jews had been invited into Egypt to save them from a famine. They just never returned home. It might have seemed uncomfortable to do so. It might have been more difficult at home than in the good land of Goshen. Whatever the reason for staying, it had turned into a bad deal. After four hundred years, the people living in the Promised Land wouldn’t have been happy to see them come home.

There is little way to avoid the trappings of worldliness. They can seem comfortable, even like a blessing. In some respects, they are necessary. But for the Christian, it is best to view them all as temporary. We must never hold onto anything on this earth too tightly.

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Exodus 1:10 Get Out of My Land

Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Genesis 49:1 (KJV)
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

I love the word “gather” and all its various forms in the Word of God. God must love it too. Seriously, it’s found no less than five times in this chapter. Four hundred sixty-eight times in the Bible.

  • It is what the Lord will do when He calls believers to heaven.
  • It is one of the descriptions of a local church.

In that context, Jacob’s words serve as a precursor to a church service. Jacob:

  • Called to his sons
  • Urged them to gather together and
  • Told them what would happen in the last days

Church services are organized.
A time and place are set.

Church services are for the sons of God
The whole of the body y is urged to attend. Unsaved people are invited, and we surely pray they will be saved. But they are not the reason for the assembly of God’s house.

Church services are for preaching
Ultimately every message is addressed to the future. We are to speak to the character of man to provoke them to prepare to meet God.

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Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Genesis 47:11 We Know the End of the Story

Genesis 47:11 (KJV)
And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Pharaoh offered the best of the land to Israel in verse six. In verse eleven, they accept and take possession of it.

Things seemed as if they had worked out well. What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil, God meant for good. Israel would be protected and saved, even blessed, in Egypt. I can hear the rejoicing, the shouting of “amen,” the giving of thanks, the testimonies of God’s goodness.

But we know the end of the story. No matter how well we think we have it in this world, it is not and never will be our home. The prince of the power of the air rules in the hearts of unbelieving men. While the tide comes and goes, and we must make our way in this world, it is never wise to be too comfortable here. Sooner or later, there will be a king who knows not Joseph.[1]

Our hope is in eternal, heavenly, not made with hands.

As difficult as it is to maintain our focus on that hope, we are in the best place when that is our place.


[1] Exodus 1:8 (KJV)
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

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Genesis 47:11 We Know the End of the Story