Friday, February 5, 2010

February Fifth

Good morning!
It is chilly this morning. We are having fun weather. Day before yesterday I was doing yard work in shorts and a tank top. Yesterday the clouds were so beautiful changing shapes and colors (well grays),threatening something but not delivering. Can't wait for what He has planned for me today.

Dedication of the firstborn
OKAY... Help in Exodus 13:15,16 ...That is why I now sacrifice all the firstborn males to the Lord-except that the firstborn sons are always bought back.' This ceremony will be like a mark branded on you hand or your forehead. It is a reminder that the power of the Lord's mighty hand brought us out of Egypt." How is the firstborn given to God then bought back? It mentions earlier in the scripture of animals but I did not understand the sons? Also the mark branded on your hand or forehead. What does this mean? "like a mark branded..". It got my attention because of the mark of the beast on the hand or forehead. Please explain.

Israel's wilderness detour
I could imagine what the Israelites were thinking when God said He was going to have Pharaoh come after them. 'God, come on...'

The Egyptians pursue Israel
The poor Iraelites and more so Moses. After all the plagues and Pharaohs heart remaining hard then finally they are freed then they are camped out by the beach and what do they see coming. I laughed out loud at Exodus 14:12b ...It's better to be a slav in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!". They must have been sooo frustrated . Then good ole' Moses Exodus 14:14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. It does not say what there reaction was but I am sure it wasn't Oh Okay!!

Escape through the Red Sea

A Song of deliverance
Could you imagine what the celebration must have been like. I see miracles everyday. Small ones that people might not see but being a parent it is amazing to see. But wow to see miracles like this.

Bitter water at Marah
Love the miracles. Were all of the Israelites believers and good people? Or were there evil in them?


Mills Memories said...

Firstborn (from David Guzik's commentary)
This was for three reasons. First, because Israel was God's firstborn (Exodus 4:22), and this honored that fact. Second, because the firstborn was thought to be the best, and the best was always given to God. Finally, as a reminder to all generations of when God redeemed Israel, His firstborn.

Were all of the Israelites believers and good people? Or were there evil in them?
There is evil in all of us. Though the Israelites had seen God's miracles first hand, as soon as Moses goes up on the mountain for 40 days to get the 10 commandments, the Israelites make an idol to worship. Duh!!! But we are just the same. God brings us through a trial, we see his deliverance, and so quickly we forget. We are all sinners, saved by His grace alone!