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Read Exodus 13:17-22, Exodus chapter 14 and 15:1-21

The Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary for today’s reading, but I wanted to share some things I’ve learned about a few of the miracles seen through the Exodus…

First of course is the parting of the Red Sea.

stop it

That would’ve been AWESOME!!  But what more can be said about it, you say?  Did you know that it took all night for the sea to be divided?  It’s not like so many movies portray…

Moses sticks his staff in the water and the sea immediately separates.

No.

As Moses stretched his hand over the sea, God sent a strong wind to separate the water and no it wasn’t instantaneous.  Poor Moses’ arms had to hurt because it took aaaaaaaaaaaaaaall niiiiiiiiiiiiiight loooooooooooooong! (Exodus 14:21)

But one, of the many, interesting things is that the wind God sent came from the East.  The opposite side from where the Israelites stood, in Egypt…

red sea map

Hmmmm.

The Exodus account also notes that there were 600,000 men (Exodus 12:37) that traveled out of Egypt.  That number only counts the men, not the women and children who traveled with those men…or even the flocks, herds and livestock they brought along.  So wrap your mind around that!!  Easily over a million people traveled out of Egypt together, including the same number of animals…

I have a hard enough time herding my family of six and keeping us all together at the grocery store, so this feat?  Miraculous.

But the thing that always floors me is the fact that these multitudes of people traveled through the parted Red Sea on dry ground.

DRY GROUND.

You’ve walked on the bottom of a lake at some point in your life I’m sure.  The muck that squishes between your toes is just gross; slimy, cold, squishy, sticky and having been submerged in a body of water indefinitely means that wetness goes down… deep.

There is no way the land the Israelites crossed over, after the water just receded, would have been completely dry…

muddy

except, of course, it was God that made it so.

And finally.  God threw the Egyptian army into a state of confusion and jammed the wheels of their chariots thus allowing the Israelites to clear out of the Red Sea.  Which means when the waters flowed back over, it would have covered both the Egyptian army and it’s chariots…

chariot wheel encrusted

hmmm…

 

 

Oh, don’t you just love this stuff?!!  🙂

Related Articles:
Chariots in Red Sea: ‘Irrefutable evidence’   (wnd.com)
The Red Sea Crossing   (michaelrood.tv)

Passover and the Exodus

“God makes preparation to bring his people out of their Egyptian bondage by a devastating demonstration of power in which the firstborn of all living things throughout Egypt will meet with death — all, that is, except the Israelites, whom God will spare through a plan involving the sacrifice of lambs and the use of their blood to identify those who are God’s people.

The significance of the event is nothing less than the implementation of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  It is the deliverance of God’s people from their bondage in a heathen land, and a prelude to the establishment of the nation of Israel through which all nations will one day be blessed.”

Read Exodus 12 and Exodus 13:1-16

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Related Articles:
Symbolism of the Passover Points to Jesus Christ   (mormonmatters.org)
How the Passover Reveals Jesus   (godandscience.org)
The Tenth Plague: Death of Firstborn   (mazornet.com/holidays/index.htm)

 

 

Read Exodus chapters 9, 10 and Exodus 11:1-10

The Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary for today’s reading…I sure wish it did.  Several years ago, I had the privilege to attend a Seder meal just in time for Passover.  It was an incredible experience, one any Christ follower should definitely partake in if given a chance.  The picture of Messiah Christ alone seen clearly through the Seder teaching is worth it!

But I digress.

Because I was able to experience the Seder meal and teaching, I wanted to share what I learned with the kids from my church.  Wanted to show them how the Bible, even those rules and celebrations from days of old, are still for our benefit.

So I knew I had to preface the teaching of the Passover with the story of the Exodus out of Egypt… and as you all know;

teach

You have no idea how true that statement is.  I learned so much!!  So in lieu of commentary provided by The Daily Bible, I will take this opportunity to share some of what I learned with regards to today’s (and yesterday‘s) readings.

So why all these random plagues?  Blood?  Well, I do get that one…that would be pretty freaky and gross.  But frogs?  Gnats?  Besides being very annoying, they’re relatively harmless…granted, not if there are millions crawling all over, but still.

You see, these specific plagues are not a random use of pests to get God’s point across.  God chose each specifically.

As you have probably figured out by now, the Egyptians don’t worship the same God as Moses.  In fact, they worshiped many different gods they believed controlled the weather, the sun, moon and stars, or could bless them with fertility, long life, good harvest, etc…

Each plague God chose to display His power through was specifically used to debunk an Egyptian god:

Hapi

Hapi

khnum

Khnum

  

   BLOOD – Egyptian gods Khnum & Hapi
Khnum was the water god who ruled over all water.  Hapi was a water and fertility god.

 

 

Heket

  

   FROGS – Egyptian god Heket (or Heqt)
Heket was the god of growth and fertility.

 

 

 

Geb

Geb

  

   GNATS or lice (from the “dust of the ground”) – Egyptian god Geb
Geb was the god of the earth.

 

 

 

 

Amun

Amun

Ra

Ra

  

 

   SWARMS – Egyptian god(s) Amun Ra
Amun was the god of the air and Ra the sky and sun god.
These two deities eventually merged to become the great king of their gods.

 

 

Apis

Apis bull

  

 

LIVESTOCK DISEASED – the Apis bull was a living image of Egyptian god Ptah

 

 

 

Imhotep

Imhotep

  

 

   BOILS – Egyptian god Imhotep
Imhotep was the god of medicine.

 

 

 

Nut

Nut

  

   HAIL – Egyptian god Nut
Nut was the sky goddess who controlled the weather.

 

 

 

Osiris

Osiris

  

 

   LOCUSTS – Egyptian god Osiris
Among other things, Osiris was also the god of agriculture.

 

 

 

Aten

Aten

 

DARKNESS – Egyptian god(s) Ra & Aten
Aten and Ra were some of the many sun gods.

 

 

 

 

Related Articles:
What is a Seder?   (about.com)
The Seder Service in a Nutshell    (chabad.org)
Introduction to a Christian Seder    (cresourcei.org/index.html)
Why Did God Send Frogs, Locusts, Boils and the Other Ten Plagues of Egypt?   (voices.yahoo.com)
Against All The Gods of Egypt (#1)   (padfield.com/index.html)
Against All The Gods of Egypt (#2)   (padfield.com/index.html)
Against All The Gods of Egypt (#3)   (padfield.com/index.html)
Ancient Egypt Online   (ancientegyptonline.co.uk/index.html)

Plagues on the Egyptians

“The struggle between God and Pharaoh demonstrates how all men and women tend to struggle with God.  Pharaoh will first reject God altogether, then respond to the initial demonstrations of God’s power by believing in the artificial manifestations of power which human trickery can devise.  When even the tricks of his magicians cannot duplicate the plagues brought against his people and property, Pharaoh will try to avoid God through procrastination, compromise, and insincere repentance.  With each attempt at resisting God, Pharaoh’s heart gets harder, until he is unmoved by even the threat of death to his people.

As the confrontation begins, Pharaoh’s tough response and vindictive actions against the Israelites cause them to question Moses’ leadership.”

Read Exodus 5, 6:1-13, 28-30, Exodus chapters 7, 8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Establishment of a Nation  (Ca. 1525-1400 B.C.)

Moses Emerges as Leader

“Some 400 years apparently pass before another scriptural account focuses back on the descendants of Israel in Egypt.  In the years covered by the Genesis record, the outstanding man of God was Abraham.  It was Abraham whose belief and trust in God’s promises made him an example of faith for all times.  As the Exodus record begins, a new spiritual leader emerges from among God’s people.  Moses, like Abraham, will be a man of faith in God and an intermediary between God and his people.

The story of Moses’ ascension to a place of leadership over the Israelites is a fascinating one in which the providential hand of God can be seen to lift Moses from his lowly birth as a Hebrew to a place of honor in the very household of the ruling Pharaoh.

During a time of exile in the land of Midian, Moses is called by God to lead the Hebrew nation out of the oppressive bondage into which they have fallen since the days of Joseph.  It is clear that Moses is reluctnt to take on the responsibility of leadership, and therefore God must demonstrate the power that will be given to Moses in order to accomplish the mission which God has assigned him.”

Read Exodus chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6:14-27

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Read Genesis 45:16-28, Genesis 46 and Genesis 47:1-28

Like yesterday, The Daily Bible doesn’t give us insight into today’s reading, but it reveals how God uses obscure and implausible ways of bringing His plans into fruition through unlikely characters just like us.

Today’s reading is a continuation of Joseph’s story and God’s ultimate plan of bringing the future nation of Israel out of a currently desolate “promised land” to a more prosperous land in Egypt, allowing future events and God’s plan to unfold properly.

As family of Joseph “ruler of all Egypt” (v. 45:26), Israel (Jacob) and all his offspring were treated exceptionally well by Pharoah who allowed them to settle “in the best of the land” (v. 47:11) and as God promised, they were becoming a “great nation” (v. 46:3) flourishing vastly.

But God offers great foreshadowing of events to come when He says to Israel (Jacob):

“I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again…”   Genesis 46:4

 

Joseph the Egyptian Ruler

“The story of Joseph’s rise from being an imprisoned slave to being a ruler second only to Egypt’s Pharaoh himself is wonderfully captivating.  Equally fascinating is the account of how Joseph ultimately brings his father and brothers to live in Egypt, a move which Joseph sees as the clear culmination of a long series of events brought about by God’s providence.”

Read Genesis chapters 39, 40, 41 and Genesis 42:1-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible
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