Saturday, November 30, 2013

Exodus 30

The altar of incense is a symbol of the Son of God in his human nature, the incense burned typified His prayers for His redeemed people. Rich or poor should pay the same amount, half shekels during the census, because the souls of all are of equal value and equally in danger. To show the excellency of God's service, only quality spiced oil were used at the altar. In the same way, God is looking for people who will be qualified for His ministries… Reading: Exo. 30, God bless. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Exodus 29

Aaron and his sons were to be set apart for the priestly ministry. Animal sacrifices as sin offerings should be done outside the camp, a burnt offering made by fire to the Lord. Putting the hands on the head of the animal symbolized the exchange of life, transferring men's sin into the animals, an act of God's forgiveness. Christ at the cross fulfilled all these ceremonies, acting both as High Priest and Lamb for the forgiveness of many… Reading: Exo. 29, God bless. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Exodus 28

The holy garments not only distinguished the priests from the people, but were representations of that holy conduct which should ever be the glory and beauty of God's ministration. They also typified the righteousness of Christ, not of costly materials, but the garments of salvation, the robe of righteousness. When we appear in the presence of God, we need the garments of Christ that we may be justified for all of our sins… Reading: Exo. 28, God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Exodus 27

The altar was a wood overlaid with brass, to which the priest must bring their sacrifices unto God. The tabernacle was enclosed in a court, formed by curtains hung upon brazen pillars. The priest and Levites received the tithes and offerings of the people in this area. The pure oil signifies the gifts of the Holy Spirit which all believers received from the Lord. Without the oil, our light cannot shine to all men… Reading Exo. 27. God bless. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Exodus 26

God manifested His presence among the Israelites in a tabernacle, an act of grace to His people. The curtains and other materials were very costly, embroidered with cherubim that signifies God's protection. A thick veil or curtain separated the holy place and the holy of holies, which forbade anyone to look into the holiest place except the high priest, once a year. All of these are symbols of Christ's works at the cross… Reading: Exo. 26, God bless. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Exodus 25

Moses would make the sanctuary, while the people were to furnish him with materials by their own free will. In the sanctuary should include the ark of covenant, mercy seat, 2 cherubim, table of showbread, golden lampstand, all overlaid with gold. The size and the actual materials should be made according to the pattern which God has shown him. It means that God expects that they will follow what He had commanded them… Reading: Exo. 25, God bless.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Exodus 24

God's people are people of covenant. God governed them by a written word, expecting the people would obey the law. He was doing it ever since. Neither our good works, nor traditions, nor religion could meet the high standard of God, except through the shedding of the blood, which is the forgiveness of sins. So Jesus said, "My blood…shed for many for the remission of sins." Praise God we have been forgiven… Reading: Exo. 24. God bless.

Exodus 23

God hates false witness, dishonest persons, partiality, and bribes. Perverting the truth is an abomination to God, while ignoring the needs of others and strangers is a reversal of the golden rule. No work on the 7th year is intended to teach them on total dependence on God. Worship to the gods of Canaanites is strictly forbidden, or else, it will be a snare to them. God's promise is complete protection till they reach the final destination… Reading: Exo. 23, God bless. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Exodus 22

This chapter tells that the people of God should be ready to show mercy and tenderhearted attitude toward others, regardless of race, color, education, status in life, etc. Public and private actions will be accountable to God, therefore when we do harm to others, we should make restitution. God's people are the recipients of God's grace, so God expects that we shall be His vessels to extend this grace with others… Reading: Exo. 22, God bless. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Exodus 21

The OT law are different from our times and customs, yet they explain the morality and rules for justice concerning the relations between employee-employer, parents-children, and citizens-state. By God's providence, He sustains our needs and maintains our lives by giving both the natural and spiritual laws. The freedom of slaves symbolized our freedom from Satan, while the punishment is a reminder of God's final judgment… Reading: Exo. 21, God bless. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Exodus 20

God never spoke at any time so as He spoke while giving the 10 Commandments. This spiritual law is God's rule to measure men's conduct. The first 4 tell our duty to God, while the last 6 tell our duty to ourselves and to one another. Christ simplified it calling the great commandments. God requires perfect obedience, that failing to obey one is guilty to all. No one can obey it perfectly, that's why men need the Savior… Reading: Exo. 20, God bless.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Exodus 19

God Himself is the Creator of the covenant, Moses is the messenger. This covenant was initiated out of God's grace. Israel will be His special people above all, and God will be their God. They answered Him as a united people. "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." Then Moses returned the words of the people to God. At the foot of Mount Sinai, people were told not to touch nor to stay near, and exact opposite of Christ's call "Come to me…" Reading: Exo, 19. God bless.  

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Exodus 18

Jethro came to rejoice with Moses and the Israelites. They gave glory to the God of Abraham as they joined in a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mutual friendship is sanctified by joint worship. It is good for friends to join in the spiritual sacrifice of prayer in time of success and trials. Here, Jethro advised Moses to have a better plans, because great men of God are willing to learn and become useful for the glory of God… Reading: Exo. 18, God bless. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Exodus 17

Two things we can learn today, first, God will supply our needs. In time of starvation He is our provider. Nothing is impossible to Him, He can bring out water even in the wilderness. Second, God is our Jehovah Nissi, our Banner. In time of distress and difficulties in life, He is there willing to help. However, we should cooperate with Him, pray for our brethren who experience these trials. Do not tempt the Lord our God…Reading: Exo. 17. God bless. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Exodus 16

Even before the giving of the Law at mount Sinai and entry in Canaan, the Lord had already imposed to observe the Sabbath, signifying the importance of rest day in the Lord.  That's why when the Israelites kept manna against God's command, it stank; but when they kept it accordingly, it was sweet and delicious. If we will just obey God's command with all our heart, everything is sanctified for God will take care of everything… Reading: Exo. 16, God bless. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exodus 15

The song of Moses is said to be the most ancient song we know of. The song exalted the name of God, and celebrated the victory of His power, nothing about man. It tells that the Lord is a man of war, for He is our strength and defense in time of distress. He is our song, for in singing we should praise Him and glorify His name. His promise is complete healing, total shalom, if we will diligently heed His voice…. Reading: Exo. 15. God bless. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exodus 14

God said, "I will be honoured upon Pharaoh." All men are created for the honor of their Creator. The Israelites were trapped, for there was no open way to keep them running away, then the deliverance came. We may be in the way of duty following God's command, yet troubled on every side. It means God brings us to our knees, not complaining as the Israelites did against their leader Moses. If we will trust God, He will fight for us and deliver us in time of needs… Reading: Exo. 14, God bless. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Exodus 13

By the power  of God, the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, and must be remembered every year as they celebrate the feast of Passover. This story should be taught by the parents to their children to all generations. In Christianity, Christ's resurrection is the day of deliverance from death and bondage. He died that we may have life, the firstborn among the dead. He is our Protector, our pillar of cloud by day and fire by night… Reading: Exo. 13. God bless.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Exodus 12

Passover month is the first month of the year, and on the 10th day, man shall take for himself passover lamb, without blemish. On the 14th day, it shall be killed at twilight. The blood shall be put on the 2 doorposts and on the lintel of the house. At night, the angel of the Lord shall pass through the land of Egypt and strike all the first born, but shall pass over the house with blood. Praise God, we have Jesus Christ, who is our passover Lamb… Exodus 12. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Exodus 11

The last dreadful plague was the death of the firstborn. The first-born signifies the strength of the Egyptians, and God would made the whole nation collapsed. But to the Israelites, not one dog should bark at any of their children. Pharaoh was hardened, yet he was compelled to soften his heart until the Israelites got their full freedom. God's judgment day shall be a great day of separation between God's people and His enemies… Reading: Exo. 10, God bless. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Exodus 10

Moses wanted all Israelites, young and old with flocks and herds to go and serve the Lord, but only men were allowed by Pharaoh, then locust came (8th). Later Pharaoh allowed the little ones to go but not the flocks and herds, then total darkness (9th). It shows that people cannot make bargains with God and alter His command. We must come to the demand of God and devote all our beings and possessions to the service of YHWH… Reading: Exo. 10, God bless. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Exodus 9

The 5th plague is death of cattle, 6th is boils, 7th is hail mingled with fire in all Egypt, except in Goshen where the children of Israel live. Some servants of Pharaoh trembled at God's word, but others, like Pharaoh rejected, which leaves judgment upon their own heads. God declared, "For this purpose, I have raised you up." We need to be careful in our purpose in life, it must always be for the glory of God, not for personal gain… Reading: Exo. 9, God bless. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Exodus 8

First plague was blood, then frogs, lice and flies. God did these that He might magnify His own power. He is the Creator, and can do anything He wants to do. He also wants to humble Pharaoh's pride, chastise his evil ways, and forced him to obey. But after pleading to remove the plague, he hardened his heart again, refusing to submit to God. Lesson: We are to surrender everything, or else we put a fatal deception upon our own souls… Reading: Exo. 8, God bless. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Exodus 7

God wants His name glorified, and He can use a person either in negative or positive way, based on their personality. If you are obedient like Moses, good for you, otherwise, God can harden your heart to fulfill His plan like the proud Pharaoh. The  magicians were trying to copy the real miracles to deceive others, but later could not imitate the effects of Divine power. Blood signifies repentance and forgiveness, but Pharaoh was stubborn… Reading: Exo. 7, God bless. PF

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Exodus 6

God Almighty is El Shaddai, while Lord is YHWH (Jehovah), a very personal name of God. He renewed His covenant to Moses about the land which He swore unto Abraham, promising that He would bring them back to that land to finish His own work. God intended their happiness and redemption from bondage. So Moses had been expecting what God would do, but now he shall see what great things He will do in Egypt… Reading: Exo. 6, God bless. PF 

Exodus 5

Pharaoh treated all he had heard with contempt. He had no knowledge of the Lord, no fear of Him, unreasonable, so he refused to obey Him. That's why his pride and ignorant of truth had lead him to his own destruction. Pharaoh taunted the Israelites when they complained about this new very severe job. The Israelites should have humbled before God, but instead they quarreled with Moses. Some people always blame the leaders in time of troubles not knowing that God had great plans in their lives. Leaders' reaction to this situation is to go to God and pray... Reading: Exo. 5, God bless. PF

Exodus 4

Moses demanded miracles so that his people will take his word, and it was granted by God. Today, we need miracles to change the lives of men. But it must begin from us, because our character and doctrines are to be tried by that word of God to which we declare. When God told you to go, obey it because this is a command from the King, not a request... Reading: Exo. 4, God bless. PF