Showing posts from September, 2023

September 30 - Exodus 20:8-11

September 30 - Exodus 20:8-11 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. This commandment is so often misunderstood, I believe. The leaders of that day took it to an extreme where it was unlawful to help people who were in desperate need of help. I believe God gave them this commandment not only to remind them to take one day a week to worship and praise Him, b

September 29 - Exodus 20:7

September 29 - Exodus 20:7 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 20:7 7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. This one verse says so much in so few words. I don’t know many people that haven’t crossed the line with this one. It doesn’t even mean using His name as profanity, but using His name when it isn’t in reverence. Anytime we misuse His name or use it in a lighthearted manner, we take His name in vain. This one is often a heart issue. How reverent and serious are we about who God is and how we represent Him? Sometimes I wish for the days when I was growing up when we stayed in the foyer until we were ready to go in the sanctuary and be serious, quiet, and reverent. But I know God loves us and wants us to enjoy life too, but I think often we just don’t see Him as God.

September 28 - Exodus 20:3-6

September 28 - Exodus 20:3-6 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 20:3-6 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. Now that God has reminded Moses of who He is and what He has done not only for Moses, but for the Israelites, God is ready to give Him the ten simple commandments for them to follow. The first commandments God gives them is about their relationship with Him. Then He goes into how the
  September 27 - Exodus 20:1-2 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 20:1-2 20 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. I know it might seem like there are just a few words in our verses today, but how profound those words are. The fact that God spoke to Moses at all is a miracle in itself. He reminded Moses who He was and what He had done for the Israelites. My first thought it that Moses could look around and see they weren’t in Egypt, but it was more than that. It was a reminder that what Moses might at times think he himself did, was completely God’s doing. Moses was the mouth moving but the words and the influence was God and God alone. He also reminds Moses here of the circumstances the Israelites had been under in Egypt. They had been in the house of slavery.

September 26 – Exodus 19:16-25

  September 26 – Exodus 19:16-25 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 19:16-25 16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly. 19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they br

September 25 – Exodus 19:7-15

September 25 – Exodus 19:7-15 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 19:7-15 7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care n

September 24 – Exodus 19:1-6

September 24 – Exodus 19:1-6 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 19:1-6 19  On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.  2  They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,  3  while Moses went up to God. The  Lord  called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:  4  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.  5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;  6  and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation

September 23 – Exodus 18:14-27

September 23 – Exodus 18:14-27 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 18:14-27 13  The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening.  14  When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?”  15  And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God;  16  when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.”  17  Moses' father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.  18  You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.  19  Now

September 22 – Exodus 18:1-12

  September 22 – Exodus 18:1-12 Click on the link to listen to the content of this post: Exodus 18:1-12 18 Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her home, 3 along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land”), 4 and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh”). 5 Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6 And when he sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,”