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Exodus 12:31-14:31 / Psalm 38

Read Exodus 12:31-14:31 / Psalm 38 Verse for meditation: Exodus 14:21 ESV Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. Reflect God was real serious in his plan to get the Israelites out of Egypt, the land of bondage, and bring them to the land of their inheritance. For that reason, he chose deliberately a longer but more secure route, one that would be unlikely for them to run off like clappers back to Egypt at the first sign of trouble. He even made it a point to remind the Israelites of who he is by putting in place the observance of consecration. But for all the awareness of an impasse blocking their path, in the form of an uncrossable expanse of water, and at a critical junction at that, why did God still choose to lead them by that route? As for the Israelites, despite all the effort by God to remind them of who he is, why did they still respond the way they d

Exodus 12:1-30; Psalm 37

  TITLE : Saved by Grace Though Faith READ : Exodus 12:1-30; Psalm 37 Text to read:   For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.  13  The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:12-13   REFLECTION It must have been a harrowing night for the Hebrews living in Egypt. All through the night they heard screams and distraught cries as every household in Egypt discovered that their first-born had died. Even though God had said so, it was hard to imagine at least one person in every Egyptian home being struck down. Perhaps it was even harder to feel safe and not wonder if their home would be the next to experience a death. God had only given one instruction for the Hebr

Exodus 10-11 / Psalm 36

Read: Exodus 10-11 / Psalm 36 No devotional for today as s ermon is based on Exodus 10:1-2

Exodus 6.28-9.35 / Psalm 35

READ : Exodus 6.28-9.35 / Psalm 35 Verses chosen for meditation: Exodus 7:3-4 “But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.” REFLECT At first glance, it seemed like God was unfair. God said to Moses that He will be hardening Pharaoh’s heart to do His will. If that was so, can Pharaoh be held responsible for not letting the Israelites go? If that was so, why did God said that Pharaoh had not “obeyed”? How can he obey if his heart was divinely hardened against the plight of the Israelites? Some might argue that even if God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, it is His right to do so. This is because God is sovereign and He can do whatever He wants.  Yes, I do agree that God is sovereign and He is the Lord of all. Yet, this does not mean God will do something inconsisten

EXODUS 5:1 TO 6:27 / PSALM 34

READ: Exodus 5:1-6:27 / Psalm 34 Verse chosen for meditation Exodus 6:2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, "I am the Lord." REFLECT Someone once said,  "It has to get worse before it gets better." How do we react before God when we pray? Do we ever feel that not only are we not receiving an answer but also that situations seem to be getting worse? Pharaoh's response to Moses was that the Israelites were getting distracted from their work (Exodus 5:4-5). When the Israelites received Pharaoh's harsh response to Moses' request that they be allowed to hold a festival of worship, it was certainly a test for Moses. For all of the details that God told him, Moses did not know headwinds coming his way. God allowed Moses to be the subject of anger and bewilderment of the Israelites (Exodus 5:21). But it was all with a purpose in mind. God wanted His people to understand clearly that He is the Lord. He repeatedly said so throughout Exodus 6. So we read references

Exodus 3-4 / Psalm 33

READ : Exodus 3-4 / Psalm 33 Verse chosen for meditation: Exodus 3:9-11 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” REFLECT This chapter presents one of Scripture’s most famous encounters: Moses and the burning bush. Here, God reveals his compassion and love for the oppressed, identifying with their suffering and setting out a plan to liberate them. This plan involves Moses, chosen to be God’s instrument to lead Israel into the promised land. What was Moses’ response to the call? Honour? Celebration? None of those. Instead, it was one of escape and worry, as he came out with the first of his many excuses. Despite several assurances from God (including some of the co

Exodus 1-2, Psalm 32

  Read Exodus 1-2, Psalm 32  Verses chosen for meditation: Exodus 1:12-14 ESV 12  But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.  13  So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves  14  and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves. Reflect   Reading these verses made us feel nothing but sorry for the lives of the Israelites, God’s beloved and blessed people. Why did they have to multiply through God’s blessings just to bear the brunt of torture and slavery by the Egyptians? Wouldn’t it be better for the Israelites not to multiply so fast and stay low profile to save their own skin. But as we read on the chapters we were told that God continued to save the male children from being murdered and the numbers grew greatly, and this further threatened the Egy