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 33:13 A Prayer for Today

Exodus 33:13 (KJV)
Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

The cry of the child of God ought to be, every day:
Show me the way 
It is not enough to know that it’s all going to work out in the end. God has a way, a step for us to take each day. May we long to see and walk that way. 

That I may know thee
Praise the Lord He knows us. He has called us, redeemed us, saved us, and adopted us. Let us not stop at that. Let us ask Him that we may know Him. 

That I may find grace in thy sight
Grace to be saved is only the beginning of the grace available to us. Pray that we may find these other graces. 

Consider this nation
No Christian is an island unto himself. His duty is to plead for the souls of others. 

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Exodus 33:13 A Prayer for Today

Exodus 30:38 The Sweet Smell Stinks

Exodus 30:38 (KJV)
Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

Someone has said that imitation is the sincerest form of compliment. Whether that is true off not, I do know that the devil likes to imitate God. I also know that God does not consider it a compliment (nor does Satan mean it as such).

Those things that belong to God ought to be left strictly to God. In this case, it was the anointing oil. Almost anyone at the time could have made a perfume that smelled like it. Everyone else could have just read the recipe from the pages of the Bible. God said anyone doing so ought to be cut off from the people. 

God does not want imitations of the real. But Satan leads people to imitate the things of God in all sorts of ways

  • Imitation Bibles 
  • Imitation churches
  • Imitation doctrines
  • Imitation preachers with
  • Imitation anointing 

These things are not only to be discouraged and avoided, but they are also to be identified and cut off from that which is real. 

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Exodus 30:38 The Sweet Smell Stinks

Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 25:8 (KJV)
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

It seems to me that the key phrase is “that I may dwell among them.” God indeed is everywhere. 

  • He is in the mountains 
  • He is in the fields
  • He is where the oceans and the lakes are

God is there: when we work, when we rest at home, when we conduct our necessary business. 

But God asks us to prepare a place especially for Him. It’s not that He needs it. It is that we need it. We need a sanctuary, a place designed that God dwells among us. 

He is everywhere. He wants us to come to the one place that is dedicated only to Him. 

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Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 24:16 Even If

Exodus 24:16 (KJV)
And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

Based on this passage, and many others like it, I have to wonder if most of today’s Christians, including preachers, ever really hear from heaven. After God had already prepared Israel to hear from Him, God’s glory rested on the mountain for six days. Six days Moses waited before God called him. And then Moses was on the mountain with God forty days and forty nights. 

  • That long, Moses communed with God to get the message. 
  • That long, and the people transgressed. 

How many preachers never get God’s message because they believe it’s up to them to keep the people from sinning?

Sin is never the right action. But neither is haste. People fed shallow doctrine but forced to conform to church behavior are no better off than people who have heard no truth. It is much better to get the message directly from God and deliver it to those prepared to listen to it, even if it is a fewer number. 

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Exodus 24:16 Even If

Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In a Daily Visit with God out of Exodus 19:5, dated December 6, 2011, I wrote, 

“God has a peculiar treasure among His treasures; in the Old Testament God laid upon Israel a condition; “If ye will obey“. The New Testament does away with the condition and declares as a fact that the believer is a peculiar treasure to the Lord. 

· We are that treasure because we are in Christ
· We are that treasure because of our love for the One God loves

But we ARE that treasure.”

We are God’s treasure, a peculiar people not because of our obedience but because of our faith. We are what Israel never became, “a kingdom of priests.” Every born again, blood-bought child of the Lord is a New Testament priest. 

  • We stand between men and the Lord. 
  • We Intercede to God on behalf of men. 
  • We testify the Word of God to men. 
  • We serve as salt and as light in this dark and corrupt world. 

We are a kingdom of priests. There are no non-priestly Christians. There are only less active, less visible, less effective ones. 

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Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation

Exodus 15:13 (KJV)
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

The promises represented by God’s dealing with Israel are encouraging and heartwarming. 

  • He is merciful 
  • He has redeemed 
  • He is strong
  • He gives guidance 

It is vital that we see where He guides. Those He has mercifully redeemed are directed, not into a better, more successful version of their own plan, but to God’s holy habitation. His plan, His will, is not merely to free us from those obstacles to the destination of our choosing, but to clear a path, through the Red Sea when necessary, to the destination He ordained before the world began.

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Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation