Exodus 33:11 is pretty fantastic as far as I’m concerned.
Moses has set up the tent of the meeting and the Israelites are afraid of God (and afraid of Moses) so every time Moses goes into the tent of the meeting to meet with God, the Israelites stand in their doorways and watch him enter, wait for him to come out, then worship once he’s out.
And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another. When he would return to the camp, his attendant, the young man Joshua, stayed—he didn’t leave the Tent.
Joshua didn’t leave. That’s important considering what I know about Joshua’s story (which will come in about a week.)
Imagine spending that much time with God.
I don’t know that I’ll blog every day of this 90 day challenge, but while I’m on a roll, I’m going to keep going. 🙂
Things weren’t quite so exciting towards the end of today’s reading, but the beginning was.
For I am the Lord who heals you (Ex 15:26)
I needed to hear that. Is there one of us who doesn’t?
This next verse really made me pause and think–I will come to you and bless you in every place where I cause My name to be remembered. (Ex 20:24)
That sounds to me like God is saying that if there’s a time when there are circumstances used to show His glory and I’m involved, when it’s a time that He’s using me as an example, then He will come to me and bless me in those places. That sure does make getting through certain situations easier.
And finally, Exodus 23:20–I am going to send an Angel before you to protect you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.”
Today’s reading was a lot to ingest. The entire life of Moses, the plagues, the Exodus out of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea…
I can’t unpack all that in one tiny blog post. People smarter than I have devoted their entire lives to studying this portion of Scripture.
I can, however, say that these things stood out to me:
Exodus 4:12–Now Go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say. That’s what God told Moses the moment before Moses argued (again!) that he wasn’t capable of leading the Hebrews out of Egypt and the moment before “God’s anger burned against him.” (Note: Pissing off God is NOT the way to go about things.)
Then, there was Exodus 4:24-26
where God wants to kill Moses. Really? I’ve read through the Bible at least a half dozen times and totally missed this.
On the journey back, as they camped for the night, God met Moses and would have killed him but Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ member with it. She said, “Oh! You’re a bridegroom of blood to me!” Then God let him go. She used the phrase “bridegroom of blood” because of the circumcision
So Moses’ wife circumcised their son and “touched Moses’ member” with the foreskin?? I needed a little more explanation for this passage. There’s a lot of speculation out there, but I found one
article that got into the language of the phrase “Bridegroom of blood,”
Basically, it boils down to euphemisms. The Hebrew word for “feet” is also a euphemisms for “genitals.” It seems most translations prefer to not pay attention to such things of language (which is why I chose the highly debatable version of the Bible, The Message, to quote from here.) So she she was actually saying (and symbolizing) was, “This blood will protect you.” And that makes a lot more sense than what the other Bible scholars have been saying.
* * *
Then there’s the fact that the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart again and again. Which makes me wonder, since God is the same as he always has been, has he hardened my heart, or those around me, to carry through with more glorious plans?
* * *
Exodus 12:2–Can you believe that God started time over for the Hebrews before they even left Egypt?!
* * *
And one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. Exodus 14:14:
God will fight the battle for you.
And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
* * *
Finally, pay attention to the significance of the 14th day of the month in your reading.
Jealousy is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Joseph’s story.
His brother’s were envious of him (the dreams he had that they would bow down to him) and so they planned evil. Their first intent was to kill him, but the eldest brother talked the rest out of that. So they sold him into slavery instead. Turns out, Joseph’s God-given gift of interpreting dreams landed him in a pretty high position, Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Joseph’s brothers did end up bowing to him and because of Joseph’s position, their lives were spared and they did not die in the famine that struck the land.
The verses that stuck out in this section:
Genesis 43:30 Joseph hurried out of the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother, and he was about to weep. He went to an inner room to weep. Then he washed his face and came out. Regaining his composure, he said, “Serve the meal.”
I relate to this because I understand not wanting to expose vulnerabilities to those who can (and will and have) hurt you.
Genesis 45:8 Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God.
I have to remember who is in control.
Genesis 50:19 “Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result.”
Wow. I know I’ve heard that before, but this time it really hit home.
Before getting into Joseph and his dreams, there was this little verse that stuck out: Genesis 31:42
God has seen my afflictions and my hard work.
Goes right along with Day 1
and Jehovah Roi–The God Who Sees.
And I guess that goes along with Joseph’s story. How he was hated because of his dreams, punished because of his integrity, but in the end–and the end is in tomorrow’s reading–in the end, God saw and Joseph was, I guess, vindicated.
I relate to the dreaming
. I’ve kept a dream journal for as long as I can remember and interpret my own dreams as well as the dreams others bring to me. I didn’t know it was a gift, I thought anyone could do it. I’ve learned otherwise.
I’m still keeping a dream journal. Probably always will, no matter how much trouble it gets me into!