Saturday, February 3, 2007

Exodus 16-24

Summary: God provides the manna and Sabbath. God provides water from the rock. Joshua fought Amalek. Moses returns to Jethro, his father-in-law, who consoles him. Moses comes to Mount Sinai and the Lord presents the Ten Commandments. Then God presents all of the ordinances and for the people and the land. God then tells of the angel that will prepare the way. God confirms the covenant with Moses.

Response: I love how people in the Old Testament rejoiced when God worked in other peoples lives. We see this in Jethro when he worships God for what He did in Moses' life. I think in today's world we forget to do this because we are so caught up with ourselves. I also think it is awesome how God provided a father figure in Moses life after his father died. Even though Moses was called by God, he still needed a fatherly figure to disciple and encourage him. Jethro did this for Moses. I also found the reference to the third day in chapter 19 very interesting. The Lord came on the third day, just as Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. Also, what an experience it must have been to be at Mount Sinai in chapter 19. To witness how great and mighty God is would have blown me away. After this experience, there are so many rules! I caught myself ask God "Why so many rules?" It is hard to view this from a before Christ mindset. Chapter 20, verses 20-end is the coolest part of this section of reading. Here, we already see Christ, the angel God sends in front of the Israelites, leading and redeeming the people. I love how Christ is so present in the Old Testament. The image of God we get in Chapter 24 is really cool also. It says that he was standing on "pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky".

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