Thursday, January 8, 2015

OT DAY 123 - Don't ignore God's Word (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Let us praise the Lord:

The Lord of hosts is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress.                                

                                             Psalm 46:7
Today's Reading: Exodus 9:1-21

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Bible Study

      Have you thought about why all those ten plagues? Why each plague more and more serious? Why God is so cruel? 

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says ( :
       One of God's aims in bringing this series of disasters on Pharaoh is so that he "may acknowledge that there is no one like God in all the earth."  The theme runs through the story
       In Exodus 9, particular means designed to pull Pharaoh toward acknowledging God is the way God protects the Israelites from the disasters that come on Egypt
      In Exodus 9, first God exempts the Israelites from the catastrophe to the livestock.  God "sets apart" the Israelite livestock and the Egyptian livestock. Likewise the terrible darkness that afflicts the country in chapter 10 exempts the region where the Israelites live, in the way one area of a city can retain lighting when another area experiences a power outage
      There is a neat link between the word for "setting apart" (palah)and the word for "redeeming" (padah).  There is only one letter's difference between them. In Exodus 8: 22-23 God declared the intention to set apart the region of Goshen and thereby establish a redemption between Israel and Egypt.    

John Goldingay. Exodus & Leviticus for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.42-43.

      Do you think those plagues would happen to our lives unless we repent and come back to God? Have you seen enough that God prepares to do anything so that His people can go back to Him? 

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Don't ignore God's Word

    What I receive from Jesus today is an eye opening experience, especially on verse 20 to 21:

     Then whoever feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses, 21 but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the Lord left his slaves and his livestock in the field.

      Which group do you belong to? Are you able to receive the Word of the Lord? If not, you better learn how to. If you are able to receive the Word of the Lord, have you ignored the Word of the Lord just like those Egyptians?

      How can you help those who ignore the Word of the Lord to see and not stay in blindness, hardened-hearts and  stubbornness so that they are being redeemed and then set apart to be God's people and to do God's work?  

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to cherish your Word and not to ignore your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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