Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 26 "Eternal Redemption" Exodus 25-27

"And the Lord spoke to Moses ... "

Moses went into the midst of the cloud for a very long time.  
Moses experiences utterances too deep for words.
Moses descends and speaks only the things which God told him to specifically say to the children of Israel. 

Never before.
No house had ever existed for God.
This tabernacle, erected by Moses, will be a token of the Presence of God.
Right there smack dab next to their tents in the middle of a wilderness.
No more will they need to ask if God is with them?  He will be right there.
And the tabernacle will move with the tents.
This sacred place made with human hands are simply a "figure of the true." Heb 9:24

And one-day, today, there will be a gospel-church pitched by the Lord not by man.
And Christ will enter the Most Holy Place by His Own Blood,
obtaining Eternal Redemption for you and for me.  Heb. 9:12.
No more will we need to ask if God is with us.  He is right here.
Scripture interprets Scripture.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS today and forever all my days.  Because You are here.  And we move and have our very being in You.  Acts 17:28.  Oh, God! Surely You can change this heart of mine today to make me holy where I am not; to make me hungry where I am not; to make me happy where I am not.  Thank You for being right here this day.  The LORD is among us!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 25 "A Promise of His Presence in our Wilderness" Exodus 22-24

An angel shall keep them in their way.
Wondering if an angel keeps us this day.
The Israelites must face a wilderness and wanton country.
And This Presence of God is a Promise to each.
He will be with you whatever you embrace.
This blessed angel will be before your face.

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE US IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS:  You have promised us again and again that Your Presence goes with us.  May we see You this very day.  And in the still of the night, as we lay awake, may You do Psalm 16:7, counsel Us before our face.

PHOTO:  It's A Promise.  His Presence.  Our Wilderness.  

January 24 "Carried. In Love." Exodus 19-21

The intent of the passage is to take a look back at what God has delivered you from.  Then, interpret what He is saying to you this day.  Affectionate.  Strong.  Swift.  Supported.  Providential.  The pectoral muscles of the largest birds, the eagle, give great strength to the friends they carry.  Carried from all that danger of so many plagues.  Swooped to become holy.

"You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt,
and how I carried you on eagles' wings and
brought you to Myself."    Exodus 19:4

DEAR GOD, CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, Oh! That I may be able to look back and see how You have carried me to This Place where I am This Day.  A strong supported journey out of danger into Your Presence.

PHOTO:  Grasped.  Carried.  In Love.  Taken at a Moment where I know God is changing me.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 23 "What is This in My Life?" Exodus 16-18

Today, we may be doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing.  Then, in the twinkling of a blink, trouble knocks on our story.  A phone call comes.  An unexpected word from work.  And it happened to the Israelites when they pitched tent in a new town.  No water there.  And the grumbling commenced.  So, they default to stoning Moses with words and threats.  They would rather be back in Egypt with food and water than trusting God in the middle of a desert. Back in Egypt where God could take their life there but not here.  But This Providence has designed, allowed, charted cisterns that men fall into; wilderness that have dried up full; and friends who forget you in the dungeons of life.  Discontent makes us look larger on that past of ours and lesser in the present moment.  What is this that God will do here for us today---what is it?  

"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." Exodus 16:4

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE US IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, We don't see You in our suffering, do we?  We mark it off as wrong.  Well, maybe you are marking our lives for eternal purposes, for the trial of our faith.  Change us, O God.

PHOTO:  Fig Tree. Rock Lake Ranch. Just doing life. Watching things grow. And then. The shoe falls. 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 22 "Be Still" Exodus 13-15


Deliverance comes with a price.  Pharaoh let the people go, finally.
And God did NOT lead them on the road that was the shortest route lest they change their minds and return to Egypt. He led them toward the Red Sea. And the people cried terrified:
“Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?
Now they cry it would be better to serve in Egypt than die in the wilderness.
Stand firm, o soul of mine.
See your very own deliverance.
See the challenges dissolve in your presence.

 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS, Make me walk on dry ground through these turbulent waters.  Help me Move On (14:15). May I find You even in the "last watch of the night" (14:24).  Jam the wheels of this thing I am up against.  Because You care.  Teach us all to be still, even in the last watch. 

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  Be Still my soul! Have wondered and pondered many heavy thoughts standing on this bridge. Oh! To live a quiet still life before God. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 21 "Keep Vigil" Exodus 10-12

None of the ordinances of the Jewish church were more eminent than the Passover.
None of the providences of God toward the Jewish church were more illustrious than the Deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egypt.  John Calvin.  

"Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come." Exo 12:42

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE US IN ONE OF OUR 10,000 MOMENTS,  This historic moment of Passover vigil descends on all of us today.  This night and day may we keep vigil to honor You.  May we rise up for what is right.  May we bow down in humble worship of our own deliverance.

PHOTO:  Photo credit:  Dell 

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 20 "The Finger of God" Exodus 7-9

Pharaoh didn't feel the plagues in his person. Now, he must feel them in his heart. Exo 9:15. All he can reply to so gracious a God is "tomorrow." I'll put this off so I'm not obligated to you today. But ...

This is the Finger of God. 
Exodus 9:19

DEAR GOD, CHANGENUS IN THIS 10,000 Just wanted you to know I was just thinking about you. MOMENT, Not tomorrow but today. Write our story with your holy finger. May we respond from our hearts today. 

PHOTO: Taken from my car driving 65 mph.  Sometimes the Finger of God signs across the skies.