Trek through Exodus
Scripture reading for April 13th: Acts 6
Key Scriptures: Acts 6:1-7 “Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complain by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. And what they said pleased the whole gathering and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.”
As the church grew, the needs of widows and their care became a point of conflict. The apostles called together the group of disciples and discussed how to deal with the problem. They knew that their responsibility was to pray and preach the Word so they asked that seven men, full of the Spirit and wisdom be identified and their reputations checked out. They then laid hands on them and appointed them to helping with the food distributions to the widows. This was God’s plan and He used it to multiply ministry and ministers! When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you can do God’s work.
Acts 6:7 “And the Word of God continued to increase and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for clear direction in how to multiply workers and servers in Your church. Thank You for the Holy Spirit and the gifts He provides to multiply disciples and serving! Thank You for those who lead in prayer and ministry of the Word.
Exodus 18:21 “Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.”
Scripture reading for February 17th: Exodus 38-40, Hebrews 1
Key Scriptures: Exodus 40:33-35 “. . so Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
The Israelites had willingly brought offerings of gold and other prescribed materials and willing and skilled workers had completed the task set out for them by the Lord through Moses. The tabernacle and all its furnishing was completed and set up exactly according to the pattern. Then, miraculously, the cloud of God’s glory covered and filled the tent of meeting. Moses was not able to enter this awesome display of God’s presence in their midst!
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for this description of Your presence with the Israelites. I am humbled that in the New Testament, Your glory fills a new “tent of meeting”–the bodies of believers in Jesus. Please allow the glory of Your Son to be seen through my life!
Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .”
Scripture reading for February 14th: Exodus 35-37, Psalm 26, Philippians 4
Key Scriptures: Exodus 35:20-22 “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”
God had commanded Moses to build the tabernacle and tent of meeting and had given an exact pattern to him on the mountain. Moses shared the need for materials and skilled labor with the people of God. All who were willing came to give freely and to offer their skills, given by God, to do the work. And they freely gave their offering of gold in faith. There was more than enough!
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, I believe that my response to Your call is to give my body and heart and mind willingly to You, as well as tithes and offerings. Help me to accomplish Your assigned tasks as You build Your house!
Philippians 4;18-20 “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 26:8 “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”
Scripture reading for February 13th: Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3
Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:13-16 “”Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight. Consider too that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to Him, “If Your Presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known? Is it not in Your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and Your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?””
As Moses met with God, he pleaded with God to show him His ways in order to have God’s favor and presence. God promised to go with him and give him rest. Moses knew that God’s presence was the best and only thing that would set him and God’s people apart from all others on earth. In His presence was fullness of joy and divine rest!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for making me distinct by filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Empower me today in my upward journey by showing me Your ways and giving me favor with You and those You want to reach.
Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Scriptures for February 12th: Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2
Key Scriptures: Exodus 31:1-6 “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.”
God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings. Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly. This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.
Faith Confession and Prayer: I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life. Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.
Philippians 2:12-15 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “
Scripture reading for February 11th: Exodus 25-27, Psalm 90, Philippians 1
Key Scriptures: Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9 “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me. . . .And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and all its furniture, so you shall make it.”
God had blessed His people with a mighty deliverance and laden them down with the treasures of Egypt. As He desired to dwell with them, He asked them to make willing contributions to building His sanctuary that would be in their midst. He gave them exact plans and they must build exactly as He instructed. Through faith, the people would contribute willingly and build skillfully to enjoy God’s presence in their midst! This was the greatest treasure!
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I willingly offer You my body as Your rightful habitation! Help me to obey You each day and allow You to do Your work Your way with willing heart. I look forward to dwelling with You eternally at the completion of all things.
Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 90:1-2 “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all our generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting Your are God.”
Scripture reading for February 10th: Exodus 22-24, Psalm 109, Ephesians 6
Key Scriptures: Exodus 23:25-27 “You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. I will send My terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs towards you.”
Our merciful God promised His people healing and divine health under the old covenant at Mt. Sinai. He would bless them with fruitfulness and long life as well as defeating all their enemies. Their responsibility was simply to serve the Lord and worship Him alone. Under the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, we stand in Christ Jesus against all the tricks of the enemy, knowing he is a defeated foe! Amen!
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord Jesus, I trust You for my health, healing, and fruitfulness and defeat of my foes. Help me to stand in the armor You have provided.
Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Psalm 109:31 “For He stands at the right hand of the needy one; to save him from those who would condemn his soul to death.”
Scripture reading for February 7th: Exodus 19-20, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5
Key Scriptures: Exodus 20:13-18 “Now when all the people saw the thunder and flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”
After assembling and consecrating the people of Israel, Moses and Aaron prepared to meet with God. The mountain where they were meeting was filled with fire and smoke and shook with rumblings. But the people did not want God to speak to them directly, for they were afraid they would die. Moses assured them that God’s purpose was to instill in them the fear of God–a holy respect, that would keep them from the sin of disobedience and unbelief.
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I thank You for speaking to me and instilling holy fear for Who You are and what You have done for me. Help me to fully obey You each day and live by faith in every Word You have spoken.
Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him!”
Ephesians 5:20 “. . .giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Scripture reading for February 5th: Exodus 13-15, Psalm 114, Ephesians 3
Key Scriptures: Exodus 15:11-13 “”Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You have lead in Your steadfast love the people who you have redeemed; You have guided them by Your strength to Your holy abode.”
The Israelites had left Egypt, loaded with silver and gold. on an appointment to worship their Lord. This was a result of God’s awesome wonders of judgment. As they journeyed through the wilderness, the Egyptians had a change of heart and followed them to bring them back into captivity. As He promised, God opened a way for His people through the Red Sea. The Egyptians were all drowned as the parted waters came back on them! The Israelites celebrated God’s amazing love!
Psalm 114:7 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, . .”
Faith Confession and prayer: I stand in awe of Your great love and amazing power used to deliver Your people. “Who is like You, O Lord among gods?” is on my lips! I ask You to continually reveal the height and depth of Your love as I worship You alone!
Ephesians 3:16-19 “. . .that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”