Monday, January 30, 2023

HEADING TOWARDS THE PROMISED LAND

PROCLAMATION

“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go … God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea … And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him … And The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light …”  Exodus 13:17-21 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  During the night, after The Lord God had killed all of the firstborn of Egypt and passed over the children of Israel, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and “Go, leave my people, you and the Israelites.”  Go worship your God as you have requested. (Exodus 12:31-32)  The Lord made the Egyptian people look kindly on the Israelites and they gave them silver, and gold, and clothing. (Exodus 12:33-36)  There were about six hundred thousand men plus women and children, and their livestock. (Exodus 12:37-38)  God led them as a pillar of a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  The day after they ate The Passover meal, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt heading towards the Red Sea. (Exodus 13:15-21)  The Passover meal was to be eaten with unleavened bread. (Exodus 13:3 and 13:6-10)  Moses was told to make sure that the firstborn males were circumcised and consecrated to The Lord. (Exodus 13:1) 

 

APPLICATION

When The Lord God led the children of Israel out of Egypt, He did not lead them on the shortest route which would have been through the land of the Philistines.  He led them towards the Red Sea through the wilderness. (Exodus 13:17)  As we are led to the promised land, the road may be the long way, difficult and beset with tribulations.  However, He will be with us, (Hebrews 13:5) and there is nothing that we will encounter on our journey that He cannot manage.  So, wherever He leads us, we should gladly follow Him because He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. (John 14:6)  We cannot make it to the promised land without Him.

 

Sunday, January 29, 2023

THE LORD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE

PROCLAMATION

“And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, ‘What mean ye by this service?’  That ye shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of The Lord’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.’  And the people bowed the head and worshipped.”  Exodus 12:26-27 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  The Lord God told Moses what to say to Pharaoh in order for him to let the people of Israel go free to worship Him. (Exodus 7:1-2)  He also told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart and he would not let the people go. (Exodus 7:3-5)  The Lord God brought ten separate plagues on the land of Egypt and after the first nine plagues Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.  Only after the tenth and final plague, the death of the firstborn sons of Egypt man and animal, did Pharaoh let the people of Israel go. (Exodus 12:30-32)  The Lord God protected His own people and the Israelites were not affected by any of the plagues. (Exodus 8:22, 9:4, 9:26, 10:23 and 12:12-13)  On the night when the tenth plague killed all of the firstborn sons of Egypt, The Lord God passed over the homes of the Israelites who had the blood of a lamb smeared on the sides and tops of the doorframes. (Exodus 12:7 and 12:12-13)  Even unto this day they still celebrate “The Passover” and explain it to their children. (Exodus 12:25-27)

 

APPLICATION

The Lord God protects His people and that includes all believers.  He said that He would never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)  There may be danger all around us, but The Lord God protects believers from dangers seen, and unseen.  That upsetting delay that occurred to us may have kept us from being involved in an accident.  Sometimes we have automobile accidents but we walk away unharmed.  We are blessed in more ways than we can count, and by things that we take for granted.  We may not be in an ideal situation but things could be a lot worse.  We need to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives (Proverbs 3:6) and thank Him for blessing us and keeping us.  Death has passed us by a number of times and we should be grateful for the protective covering of the blood of Christ over our lives. (Exodus 12:23)

 

Friday, January 27, 2023

THE PLAGUE OF THE DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN

PROCLAMATION

“And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.”  Exodus 11:5 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  After the nine plagues which The Lord God allowed Moses to bring upon Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let the people of God leave Egypt.  Moses told Pharaoh that the tenth and final plague would be the death of the firstborn son of all of Egypt, including Pharaoh, his officers, his servants, his soldiers, and even his cattle. (Exodus 11:5)  This shall only be upon the Egyptians; it will not affect the children of Israel. (Exodus 11:7)  However, even after having witnessed the nine other plagues which Moses foretold Pharaoh still would not listen to the warning which Moses gave him. (Exodus 11:9-10)

 

APPLICATION

There are times when we are warned that our present course of action will result in a negative outcome, but we ignore the warning and proceed on ahead as we had planned.  The result of which is usually disaster on our part that could have been avoided.  The Word of God tells us the consequences of our sin and disbelief but some of us insist on continuing on in our sinful course.  We act like we do not believe God’s Holy Word.  Those whose name is not written in The Lamb’s Book of Life will spend eternity suffering in hell. (Revelation 20:15)  Heed the warning while you still have time.  Repent, those of you who do not believe, the end is near and the kingdom of God is at hand. (Mark 1:15)

 

DECEITFULLY AND REPEATEDLY LIED

PROCLAMATION

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, ‘I have sinned against The Lord your God, and against you.  Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat The Lord your God, that He may take away from me this death’ … And The Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts … But The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.”  Exodus 10:16-20 (KJV)  

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  After each plague, Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron, pray to The Lord your God to end this plague and I will let your people go.  However, Pharaoh was deceitful and he repeatedly lied to Moses.  Each time when the plague ended and he saw some relief from it, he refused to let the people leave. (Exodus 8:8-15, 8:25-32, 10:8-11, 10:16-20, and 10:24-28) 

 

APPLICATION

The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23) and it also says that “… all men are liars.” (Psalm 116:11)  However, some people in this world are so deceitful, that they will lie to you, face to face and eye to eye, and tell you that they will do something, knowing full well that they have no intention of ever doing it.  They couldn’t care less that lying is a sin. (Exodus 20:16 and Matthew 19:18)  The Bible says that there is a special place in hell for all liars. (Revelation 21:8)  It is wrong to intentionally deceive someone.  In fact, legally, the premeditation of a crime makes it a greater offence.  The devil is referred to as “the deceiver of the whole world.” (Revelation 12:9)  He is the father of lies. (John 8:44)  In His Sermon on the Mount, Christ advised to keep our conversations brief because the more we say, the more likely we are to tell a lie. (Matthew 5:37)  The Lord hates a lying tongue; it is an abomination to Him. (Proverbs 6:16-17)  But “oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” (Walter Scott)  Do not become a psychopathically habitual liar by repeatedly and intentionally deceiving and lying to people.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

HARD HEARTED PEOPLE

PROCLAMATION

“And The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as The Lord had spoken unto Moses.”  Exodus 9:12 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  The Lord God told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart and he would not let the Israelites leave Egypt. (Exodus 4:21 and 7:3)  Even after all nine plagues which were wonders He would give Moses the power to perform.  First, the Nile river was turned into blood. (Exodus 7:17-24)  Second, frogs overran Egypt including Pharaoh’s palace. (Exodus 8:1-15)  Third, there was a plague of gnats. (Exodus 8:16-19)  Fourth, there was a plague of flies. (Exodus 8:20-32)  Fifth, there was a plague on the livestock which killed all the Egyptian horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats. (Exodus 9:1-7)  Sixth, was the plague of boils on the skin of all of the Egyptians. (Exodus 9:8-12)  Seventh, was the plague of hail which killed people and animals caught outside and destroyed the trees and plants. (Exodus 9:13-35)  Eighth, there was a plague of locusts which devoured everything growing in the fields and everything green that was left after the hail. (Exodus 10:1-20)  Ninth, was the plague of darkness over Egypt for three days. (Exodus 10:21-29)  Just as The Lord God had said it would happen, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened after each of the nine plagues that Moses performed. (Exodus 7:22, 8:15, 8:19, 8:32, 9:7, 9:12, 9:34, 10:20, and 10:27)

 

APPLICATION

Some people are hard-headed and just plain stubborn.  While some people are hard-hearted and not capable of pity or feelings for others.  They are uncaring, unsympathetic, and unloving individuals.  When people who know of God but have no feelings or concern about The Lord God, and are corrupt in their way of thinking, God can turn them over to their corrupt and reprobate mind and then they are unable to change. (Romans 1:28)  As believers it is our job to tell people about Christ.  If the people will not believe us, or hear us, or even receive us, then we are to leave them alone, shake the dust off of our feet, and keep on stepping. (Mark 6:11)  We are not to argue with hard-hearted individuals.  If they do not want to listen to us, there is nothing we can do for them except to pray for them.  

 

LET MY PEOPLE GO

PROCLAMATION

“And The Lord spake unto Moses, ‘Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith The Lord, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.’ ”  Exodus 8:1 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  Moses and Aaron again went to Pharaoh and asked him to let the people of God go so that they could worship Him, but The Lord God had harden Pharaoh’s heart and he refused.  Through the power of God, Moses released nine plagues on Egypt but Pharaoh would not let the people go.  First, the Nile river was turned into blood. (Exodus 7:17-24)  Second, frogs overran Egypt including Pharaoh’s palace. (Exodus 8:1-15)  Third, there was a plague of gnats. (Exodus 8:16-19)  Fourth, there was a plague of flies. (Exodus 8:20-32)  Fifth, there was a plague on the livestock which killed all the Egyptian horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats. (Exodus 9:1-7)  Sixth, was the plague of boils on the skin of all of the Egyptians. (Exodus 9:8-12)  Seventh, was the plague of hail which killed people and animals caught outside and destroyed the trees and plants. (Exodus 9:13-35)  Eighth, there was a plague of locusts which devoured everything growing in the fields and everything green that was left after the hail. (Exodus 10:1-20)  Ninth, was the plague of darkness over Egypt for three days. (Exodus 10:21-29)

 

APPLICATION

The Lord God wanted the people to be free from slavery so that they could worship Him. (Exodus 7:16, 8:1, 8:20, 9:1, 9:13, and 10:3)  The Lord God freed us from the control of sin for the same reason, so that we could worship Him.  Unfortunately, as believers we still sin even though we are not under the control of sin.  We still have our sinful human nature within us, we are no longer under the control of sin.  We now have a choice as to whether we sin or not. (Romans 7:15-20)  However, our sins should not interfere with our worship.  We should ask to be forgiven then continue to praise and worship The Lord.  No person or thing should keep us from serving The Lord.

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

USE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU

PROCLAMATION

“And The Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, ‘When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for you;’ then thou shall say unto Aaron, ‘Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.’ ”  Exodus 7:8-9 (KJV)

 

EXPLANATION

These are the words of God which were revealed to and written by Moses under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  After Moses spoke to The Lord God and said that he had made things worse for the people (Exodus 5:22-23) and God gave him a message for the people (Exodus 6:1-8) but the people would not listen to Moses. (Exodus 6:9)  Then He told Moses and Aaron to go back to Pharaoh, and Moses questioned Him by asking, if the people will not listen to me why should Pharaoh listen to me? (Exodus 6:28-30)  Then The Lord God said, ‘I have made thee a god to Pharaoh; and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. (Exodus 7:1)  He said that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart and even after multiple signs he will not let the people go.  But eventually the Egyptians will know that He is The Lord God and will let the people go. (Exodus 7:2-5)  Moses and Aaron did as God had told them to do, and yet Pharaoh would not listen to them. (Exodus 7:6-25) 

 

APPLICATION

The staff of Moses became a snake and consumed the staffs of Pharaoh’s officials which had also become snakes. (Exodus 7:10-12)  Later Moses used his staff to turn the Nile River into blood. (Exodus 7:20-21)  Moses believed and he used his staff to perform miracles.  Sometimes we feel that because we don’t have much that we can’t do very much.  However, The Lord God has given each of us a gift. (1 Corinthians 7:7; 2 Timothy 1:6; and 1 Peter 4:10)  The Holy Spirit of God has given every man a gift (1 Corinthians 12:7-12) so that we can work within the body of Christ.  We just need to use what we have been given to do what The Lord God has for us to do.  If, by chance, you are unaware of your gift, pray and ask God to reveal it to you, and to give you the courage to use it to His glory.  All that we do should be done to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)