Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visuals from God

God uses pictures and the five senses to help the Israelites and the Egyptians see what God was doing. The plagues, the Red Sea and the Twelve Wells of Water were all "visuals" God used to make His plan understandable for all the people. Take a few minutes each day to read the Exodus chapter and see the "visuals" God used for the Hebrews, then watch what He puts in your life to help you understand His plan.

     Reading: Exodus 11:10

Pharaoh would not listen to the warnings and plagues. He refused to let the Israelites go. The leadership of the land was bringing woe upon the Egyptian people. The children of Israel were discouraged by all they saw happening around them. They thought Moses and Aaron were bringing more problems on them. Moses and Aaron were standing for the Word of God.

Are we standing with Christian leaders who are trying to speak out? Do we know the truth of God's Word? Are we so busied by work and pleasure we can't really appreciate those who are trying to influence our leaders to stop unrighteous laws? Are we standing for the unborn, for marriage, for families? Where are we people of God?
Father, help us examine ourselves and see how we can make a stand for You and Your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.

      Reading: Exodus 12:14; John 13:1-30.

Moses instructs the children of Israel in preparing for the Passover. He tells them this will be an ordinance for ever.

The Jews still celebrate the Passover but they do not understand the symbolism. They are in part blinded. But do we not also celebrate the Passover as an ordinance? When we celebrate the Lord's Supper we are still celebrating the Passover. Christ gave us this example as He celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. We have the complete understanding that Jesus is our Passover Lamb. His blood was upon the cross and it is His blood that covers our sin. It was His body that was broken for us.      

Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Sacrifice for our sin. Amen.

       Reading: Exodus 13:8,9

Moses instructed the people to teach their children why they would celebrate the Passover every year. They would have the food in their hands and the knowledge in their minds through the seeing of the things they were doing. The food gave the taste and the smell. The recitation gave the hearing. All five senses were incorporated into the meal to solidify the meaning of the celebration. The generation that actually experienced the first Passover would soon pass. It was important to pass down the meaning to the next generation.

As we celebrate the Lord's Supper we have the bread and the cup in our hands. It is before our eyes to implant in our minds. It is in our mouths and the reciting is in our ears. The cup gives its sweet odor. We use all five senses to solidify the meaning of Christ sacrifice from generation to generation.

Farther, as we try to impart the meaning of the sacrifice of Your Son to our children, help us see the importance of making the telling part of all of our senses, that our children might have the fullest of understanding. In Jesus name. Amen.

     Reading: Exodus 14:27; Romans 6:23

When Moses stretched his staff over the Red Sea it parted for the people to cross. When he stretched it out again it closed upon the Egyptians. The water that saved the Israelites destroyed the Egyptians.

We have the option of allowing Jesus, the Water of Life to give us salvation or rejecting Him and allowing His wrath to destroy us in the darkness of hell. If you are still weighing your options don't wait too long.

Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your free gift of salvation to all who will receive You. Amen.

     Reading: Exodus 15:27; Romans 1:20; I Cor. 3:6,7

The children of Israel journeyed to Elim where they camped by twelve wells of water that fed seventy palm trees. The Old Testament is filled with symbolism. Here were the twelve tribes camped out. They needed the water for their own thirst but God was also showing them that they had the spiritual water that the seventy nations of the world needed. Those seventy palm trees were feeding off the twelve wells. All the world needs the Water of Life that came through the Israelites.

Does God still use symbolism to teach us of Himself and the work He has for us to do? Romans tells us that all of creation tells His story so that everyone is without excuse. But we, who are Christians actually carry the water to give the rest of the world.  Look around and see how many things tell us of the Trinity. Egg shell, white, yolk. Sun ball, light, heat. Roots, stem, leaves. The list could go on and on.
 Search the night sky for the Big Dipper. That constellation used to be named the Ploughman. A farmer sowing and plowing. Remember how one plants another waters and God gives the increase?

Father, help us see You in all the world around us and remind us to plant and water and watch for You to give the increase of souls. In Jesus name. Amen.

Remember to read each complete chapter of Exodus every day. You may see something different than what God has shown me. Please leave a comment. We'd love to know how God is working in your life.

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