Exodus 13:3 Remember

Exodus 13:3 (KJV)
And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

Paul said there were some things Christians ought to forget:[1]

  • We ought to forget the sins that God has forgiven 
  • We ought to forget offenses committed against us 
  • We ought to forget those things that are glories of the flesh (prideful accomplishments)
  • We ought to forget those blunders that we think prevent us from coming boldly to the throne of grace

Having acknowledged that there are some things we should forget, there are also some things we should work at remembering: 

  • We ought to remember the day we got saved
  • We ought to remember our public profession of faith
  • We ought to remember the price of our salvation 
  • We ought to remember the promises and vows we have made before the Lord. 

God told Israel to plan for this memory through a yearly celebration, to speak about this memory to their children and to mark this memory by going to the place God has given us (in our case, His church).

I would suggest that if we actively work at remembering these things it would be much easier to forget about the other things. 


[1]Philippians 3:13 (KJV)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

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Exodus 11:1 One Plague More

Exodus 11:1 (KJV)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

I am interested in the phrase “one plague more.”

One commentary says, “one, and only one.” more plague.

One more, but one unlike all the others. 

  • More grievous
  • More dangerous
  • More divisive
  • More effective

This one does the job. Pharaoh not only allows Israel to leave but drives them out.

Why is it that the hardened heart refuses to be right with God until it’s taken the best we have and the best we are? Why won’t we yield to God when we first come under conviction? Why do we have to lose our health, our wealth and our children before we finally come to believe Him?

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Exodus 9:20 A Means of Escape

Exodus 9:20 (KJV)
He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

It is worth noting that, even among the servants of Pharaoh, there were those who feared the word of the Lord. That Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, that the majority would not listen, did not mean that no one listened and heeded the Word of God. We are always best off when we focus on those who hear rather than those who do not. 

Moses had warned of a terrible hail that would kill every living thing in its path. Man, cattle, beasts would all die if they did not find shelter. The grace of God allowed for them to find the shelter and be safe from the storm. But they had to accept that grace. They had to fear the Word of the Lord and obey it. 

  • Those who did were saved
  • Those who regarded not the Word of God were slain

This is exactly how it is today. God warns, teaches, preaches and instructs. He graciously gives to us the means to escape the troubles of life now and eternal judgment later. But He does not remove those troubles or judgment. 

  • If we will fear the Word of the Lord and do it, we will find shelter despite the storm. 
  • If we choose not to regard His Word we can expect to experience those storms in all their worst. 

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Exodus 7:11-12 God Is Greater

Exodus 7:11-12 (KJV)
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

I read today of three miracles the magicians attempted to duplicate. 

  • The first one, the staff to a serpent, they did but Aaron’s serpent ate theirs. 
  • The second, the rivers to blood, the Bible just says they did. 
  • The third one, dust turned to lice, they could not duplicate. 

The case of the third is clear.

The case of the second is speculation- who knows.
 The Bible just says they did so with their enchantments. If there was already blood throughout the land, who can tell whether they made any more. 

The first is the issue. 
The Bible clearly says they turned their rods into serpents. 

Magicians, as we know them, are illusionists. They can’t do magic. They can only make us think they have done magic. The use of the word enchantments might imply this was illusion. 

But there is another, less comfortable explanation. There is a supernatural power that exists outside of God. To discount the possibility that they did in fact turn rods into serpents, denies the power of Satan. We live in a world that, even when accepting God, chooses to discount the Devil. If he exists. If he is actually powerful. If he can really do things, then this is an enemy more dreadful than we are willing to abide. 

Here is where Aaron’s rod swallowing them becomes key. No matter how they produced their magic, God is more powerful, capable of swallowing up any work Satan does. 

  • If it is merely a mind game
  • If it is just a human skill or
  • If it is indeed a demonic force

God is greater. 

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Exodus 1:12 Don’t Lose Our Savor

Exodus 1:12 (KJV)
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

I wonder if the children of Israel knew that, in the midst of their affliction, God had blessed them with growth, and perhaps more importantly, the eye of Egypt? 

  • That they were afflicted could have been such a preoccupation that they failed to see their numbers growing. 
  • That Egypt was grieved because of them could have been such a concern that they did not see that such grief was a sign of their influence. 

Egypt would not have been grieved by an insignificant people. 

I am not sure that the current number of Christians is growing. 
The surveys taken these days would be so skewed by errors of presumption[1]that I doubt any count could be considered accurate.

I am sure that these days Christianity is a grief to those of the world. 
That grief ought to be interpreted as an indicator that we are fulfilling our function. We are acting as the salt of the earth. 

God help us not to lose our savor. 


[1]They would presume every Christian denomination is Christian. They would presume that everyone who claimed to be a Christian in previous decades is Christian. They would presume smaller groups of Christians such as the independent Baptists, should be included as a part of the larger Protestant count and not as a separate count by themselves

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Genesis 47:6 Men of Activity

Genesis 47:6 (KJV)
The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

We people are such hypocritical beings. The Egyptians considered shepherds an abomination but their own Pharaoh owned cattle. He may not have worked them himself but owning them made him a de facto shepherd.

On the more positive note, I am interested in Pharaoh’s interest in “men of activity.” His experience with Joseph told him that these were a people capable of production. He no doubt had his own employees over his cattle but Joseph might recommend someone able to get more increase for the same work. 

Men of activity will never be long out of work. Someone will see it. Someone will recognize the person who puts his hand to the plow. Be busy about whatever work you do, and someone will put you to even greater work.

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Genesis 44:25 A “Little” Food

Genesis 44:25 (KJV)
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.

The term, little, has to be relative. Each brother carried sacks of food back with them and I think we can assume each brother had more than one animal carrying sacks. It would be impractical to endeavor upon such a journey unless a substantial amount of food could be obtained. There were seventy mouths to feed back home and they wouldn’t have wanted to make this journey very often. 

On the other hand, it could not have been a lot of food. They could have only carried so much and, with so many mouths to feed, it must surely have been a sparse meal they all received. 

So much trouble for just a little food. 

  • How necessary that little bit is
  • What lengths a man will go to get it

May we ever learn to place this much value in the things of the spirit-things of eternal worth. 

Job 23:12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 

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Genesis 41:4 Save Up the Positive

Genesis 41:4 (KJV)
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

I am willing to accept that my thoughts on this passage today are not the primary lesson. Some might even think it is no lesson at all, but it occurred to me that the stronger, fatter, healthier was no match for the leaner, sicker. This was born out both in the cattle and in the ears of corn.

Health does not promise success in earthly competition. To the contrary, that which is of poorest health has the greatest motivation to succeed. Those people, who are ill favored and sickly, tend to use every means to gain what they need. They will lie, cheat, steal, use every unethical and wrong tool at their disposal so that they succeed. 

The well-trained fighter might get clobbered on the street because the guy on the street has no rules to restrict him. He’ll do anything to win. So too, the one who is ill favored and sickly will do anything to gain what they need. What have they to lose? They have no moral code to prevent them. 

Negative people often overshadow positive, helpful people because the negative ones have no boundaries by which they live. Complainers don’t mind being louder than the encouragers. Angry people behave unruly. Civil people do not. Consequently, it is very likely that the sickly, weak, negative, ill-favored will devour and destroy whatever good the well favored accomplish. 

Unless this principle is recognized and provisions are made to prevent it. 

Joseph didn’t lie or cheat during the years of plenty. He only saved up some of it for the years of trouble. If we will but “save up” the positive, the kind, the good. If we will encourage the encouragers, recognize the kind, lift up the good hearted. If we will do these things, we can build a store of good that sustains is through the storms of negativity. 

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Genesis 39:1 Bought and Sold

Genesis 39:1 (KJV)
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

The Ishmeelites bought Joseph for profit and I suspect they earned a profit when they sold him. 

  • There was guilt in possessing another
  • There was burden in possessing another
  • There was constant conviction in possessing another

So often we think we want something[1] only to discover when we have it, it is too much for us. 

  • The payments on a car
  • The upkeep of a house
  • The commitments of an expensive hobby toy

How often do we come into the possession of a thing only to long for someone to take it off our hands?

It’s best to be content and faithful with what God provides. 


[1]Forgive me the comparison of a man with an inanimate possession. There is so much more here than that. 

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Genesis 35:29 No Conflict in Israel

Genesis 35:29 (KJV)
And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

The differences between Jacob and Esau were huge. 

  • It caused what amounted to a twenty-year severance between them. 
  • It left Jacob away for his mother’s burial. 
  • It set in motion the events resulting in Jacob’s children by four women. 

And yet they reconciled so successfully that, when their herds grew large, it was Esau who stepped out of the Promised Land, effectively acknowledging that God had given it to the children of Jacob – the Jews. 

  • Abraham had no conflict with the people there before him. 
  • Isaac had little conflict
  • Esau acknowledged it belonged to Jacob

The people of Jacob have proven that they would have little conflict with the others who live there even today, if only they would accept that God put them there and live peaceably beside them. 

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