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

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

Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

Genesis 40:7 (KJV)
And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

The officers had worked for a Pharaoh so mighty he could have them in prison just because they offended him. They were in jail. And yet, Joseph could see they were sad the morning after their dreams.

Even under challenging circumstances, I observe that a man does not have to be sad. At least not every day. Joseph had every reason, I think, to be depressed and miserable. Indeed, he wished to escape prison and even took steps to that effect in the passage. But he wasn’t depressed beyond measure. He was still diligent, faithful, and full of faith.

Life brings difficulties our way. It’s not wrong to acknowledge them. It is not evil to take steps to get passed them.  But we never have to be overwhelmed by them.

Faith in God and choosing to do right[1] will get us through.


[1] The baker had obviously done wrong.

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Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 37:29-30 (KJV)
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

Rueben found himself in a real pickle. He didn’t agree with his brothers, but he didn’t disagree either. He didn’t care for Joseph any more than they did, but he didn’t want to shed blood and didn’t want to hurt his father.

His brothers, who were not as willing followers as Rueben might have thought, had little interest in Rueben’s feelings on the matter. They didn’t care for him any more than they did for Joseph. I don’t think any of them cared about anyone but themselves.

Rueben’s trouble was in attempting to please both sides. He wanted to maintain his allegiance to his brothers, but he also wanted to please his father.

The answer to the solution would have been to consider Joseph (mostly to consider God). Had he put his foot down, called this wickedness, and stood with Joseph,

  • He wouldn’t have been in this pickle.
  • He would not have had to live with twenty years of guilt
  • He would not have had to hide this from his father

Doing right is not always easy.

It is always right.

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Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 33:11 Insincere Gifting

Genesis 33:11 (KJV)
Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

I feel like I’m telling on myself, but I need to clear my conscience. Obviously, I’m not over it. 

A few weeks ago, I gave my neighbor an electric trolling motor. My intentions were good. He is very sick. I had put the motor on a for sale site and had offers, but I did not want to haggle. My neighbor likes boating, likes fishing, and I was sure he would appreciate it. He accepted it graciously.

A bit later, he called me over. As I approached, he reached out his hand. I could see he had some money. He said he wanted to give it to me for the motor. Now the embarrassing part. Even as I shook my head and insisted I had given him the motor, I accepted the money into my hand. Later it occurred to me that if I had sincerely not been interested in the money, I would not have taken it in the first place.

This is what I see happening in this passage. Esau and Jacob both said they had enough. They negotiated whether to receive the gift, but in the end, Esau took it. Jacob wanted to buy his brother’s favor, and Esau wanted to pretend to have no need. Neither had completely sincere motives.

To be generous without selfish motivation is difficult. It will not happen without intention. 

But is the Christ-like thing.

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Genesis 33:11 Insincere Gifting