Exodus 32:31-32 Truly Praying

Exodus 32:31-32 (KJV)
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Moses’ ministry toward Israel is a unique one. He served as: 

  • Deliverer from Egypt, 
  • Prophet of God, 
  • Leader of the nation and, in this instance the 
  • Shepherd of God’s flock 

Fully aware of the sin of this people
Moses pled for them.

Acknowledging the magnitude of their sin 
Moses asked God to forgive them.

Having been blamed for their troubles in the past 
still, Moses asked God to blot out his name rather than their own.

This is truly praying on the behalf of others.

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Exodus 25:1-2 Willingly With His Heart

Exodus 25:1-2 (KJV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

It is interesting that God is definitely the one who gave the command to bring an offering and Moses was definitely commanded to tell the people to bring it. 

To bring an offering is the will of God. 

But, though, Moses was to tell the people to bring it, he was to accept only those offerings given ”willingly and with his heart.” The only way I know that this would be possible is that he spoke the command in such a way that only those who wanted to give “willingly and with his heart.” Felt compelled to give at all. I take it that Moses’ manner of speaking was not so forceful that an unwilling heart felt coerced into participating. 

God loves a cheerful giver. This is a matter of the heart and not of obligation. Unless duty is personal rather than forced it is not of God. 

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Exodus 20:2-3 Keep His Commandments

Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV)
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

A popular method of presenting the gospel right now is to use the Ten Commandments to “get the sinner lost.” The idea is to go through the Commandments and ask them if they have ever broken any of them. 

  • Have they ever lied?
  • Have they ever taken the name of the Lord in vain?
  • Have they ever taken something that did not belong to them?
  • Etc. 

Using this information as a starting place then the soul winner can show them forgiveness is found in Christ. 

This is all well and good. I am not faulting it at all. I merely note that deliverance is the basis for the Commandments and not the other way around. It was not that they had broken these Commandments that God offered them deliverance or even that they cried out for deliverance that God offered them. In fact, it was because God had already delivered them that He expected them to keep these Commandments.

The order was this:

  • The world was hostile to them
  • They cried out to God for deliverance 
  • God heard and saved them from Egypt 
  • Then God gave His Commandments 

The same is true in the Christian life. Faithful obedience to the Word of God is an expectation of the Lord upon the redeemed. It is because we are saved that we are to do good works. 

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Exodus 18:8 Areas of Attack

Exodus 18:8 (KJV)
And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.

Israel barely got across the Red Sea before temptation after temptation fell upon them. These were the things of living free:

  • The need for food
  • The need for water
  • The need for protection

And then, here, 

  • The need for organized leadership – government.

The trend among Fundamentalist Bible students, I think, has been to accept Jethro’s counsel as wise. I am not so sure. Divided leadership provides for division and divisions spring up among people easily enough on their own.

So I see the first three attacks of Satan after the Red Sea crossing as:

A physical attack 
Food and water

An outward attack
The Amalekites 

An inward attack
Jethro’s worldly counsel

These three seem to be the areas of attacks we face in everyday life. Whether we speak of: 

  • The life of an individual,
  • The life of a family or 
  • The life of a church

Constant vigil must be had against allowing: 

  • Physical necessities to pull us away from God
  • Outside influences to pull us away from God or
  • Ungodly counsel to pull us away from God

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Exodus 14:5 Not Soon Angry

Exodus 14:5 (KJV)
And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

Counselors[1]say that the five stages of grief  are: 

  • denial 
  • anger 
  • bargaining 
  • depression and 
  • acceptance 

Pharaoh and all of Egypt must have been in a deep state of grief at the loss of so many of their firstborn children. They had let Israel go, indeed had driven them out of Egypt after the death angel had visited. But it wasn’t long before they rethought their decision, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” Perhaps this was a kind of denial. Perhaps they had come to think it could not have been a supernatural act of God that had done all the plagues and slain all their firstborn. Suddenly they questioned letting Israel go. That led quickly to an act of aggression and anger – an army was assembled to chase after them. 

And this act of anger led to even further grief.

No matter what the reason, anger and aggression seldom turn out well. I think there are times when it is not only right and biblical but even necessary. That said, the consequences are always difficult to bear. The Bible says that the Egyptians confirmed this truth,

Exodus 14:23-25
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, evenall Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 

They weren’t angry any more but it was too late.

Titus 1:7 
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 

It would be best is all of us learned to be, “not soon angry.

Use anger cautiously and, when we have used it wrongly, fearfully and quickly repent. 


[1]I did find one article that claims these stages are wrong. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/supersurvivors/201707/why-the-five-stages-grief-are-wrong%3famp

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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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