|Week 4 |
A QUICK LOOK BACK
Last week God made it perfectly clear that God’s little family of Jacob and sons did NOT belong to pharaoh. Like a mother bear defending her cubs, God warned pharaoh to back off and let God’s children alone. Foolishly, pharaoh did not listen and God attacked. The chains of slavery were broken, and God led God’s family to freedom.
THE ROAD AHEAD
God was serious about the promises made to Abraham and his descendants. God had made a mighty nation of them, increasing their size greatly while slaves in Egypt. Promise kept. God also promised them a partnership with God that would eventually bless every nation on earth. This week, the partnership gets serious. No more “casual dating” for God and God’s people. It was time to get married. God and Israel join together in a holy covenant with vows and expectations. In the days to come, you may grow a bit weary of all the rules, laws, and instructions recorded in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, but they are crucial. The Israelites do not have to guess or assume what God desires. God is about to spell it out to the letter. The Ten Commandments are the first of many marriage vows. Once Israel says “I Do” there is no turning back. There will be no other mistresses, foreign gods, or idols. There will be no wandering off when we change our minds later. As Christian marriage expert Dr. Bob Moeller puts it, with God and with marriage, it is “for better, for worse, for keeps.”
Keep reading, and I’ll see you in the Bible!
WEEK 4 Reading Schedule:
Jan. 22 Exodus 13-15 Pillar of Cloud and Fire, Through The Red Sea
Jan. 23 Exodus 16-18 Manna and Grumbling
Jan. 24 Exodus 19-21 Covenant, Commandments
Jan. 25 Exodus 22-24 Laws for the Covenant Community
Jan. 26 Exodus 25-27 Tabernacle
Jan. 27 Exodus 28-29 Various Laws
Jan. 28 Exodus 30-32 Building the Tabernacle, Making a Golden Calf