Saturday, November 9, 2013

Series: Bible in a Year with your Kids Week #6-FREE Pack

     It has been another crazy week here!  We were back in the Children’s Hospital for 3 days because he stopped breathing again.   They think it could be seizure related, but we will see.  Tuesday morning was a weak time for me.  While Ezra was sleeping, I pulled up the online ESV Bible and allowed God to show me His word.  Here is where I was brought to:
 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-7
     I am truly blessed with the peace God gave me when I read  this!  It was like waves of peace just took over and my strength was there!  I love God and his awesome irresistible grace.

     This week we will continue on with Exodus.  I did forget one thing last week, if you have chosen to memorize the books of the Bible in order like we are; you need to add Exodus to your board!























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Day 36 Exodus 5-9
In these chapters, we will learn about the first 7 plagues that God sent to the Egyptians.
In Moses first encounter with Pharaoh, he asked if the Israelites could go on a three day journey to sacrifice in the desert.  Of course Pharaoh said no and then asked that there be no hay brought to the Israelites for their brick making.   They were forced to travel the countryside to find it.  The Israelites were weak; they did not fully trust God.
On Moses and Aaron’s second encounter, God told them that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart.  To prove to Pharaoh that God was the true God, he put his staff down and it became a serpent.  Of course the magicians were able to duplicate this, but Aaron’s staff swallowed up all of the other staffs.
The plagues that God put upon the Egyptians cut at the core of their religion.  In the first plague, God turned the water turned to blood.   This plague lasted 7 days.  The Egyptians had to dig new wells to get water to drink.   The magicians were able to replicate this act.
In the second plague,  God sent the frogs by the millions.  The magicians could replicate this plague also.  In the third plague, Pharaoh had no warning.  God sent lice to cover all man and beast.  The magicians could not change dust into lice.  They then knew that this was the hand of God causing these things.
In the fourth plague, God sent flies.  Beginning with this plague, God separated the Egyptians from the Israelites.  This was so the Egyptians would know that the God of Israel was sending these plagues.
In the fifth plague, God sent a plague over all the livestock of the Egyptians.  The Egyptian livestock died, but the Israelites’ livestock lived.
In the sixth plague,  ashes were thrown up into the air and became boils on the Egyptian people and animals.  This caused the magicians to leave since they looked so terrible.
In the seventh plague, God sent hail.  God had given warning for this one.  He had said to take the livestock in.  Those who feared the Lord did as he commanded.  This plague also destroyed he trees, plants, barley, and flax.



Day 37 Exodus 10-13
In the eighth plague, God covered the whole land with locusts.  Every green thing was destroyed at that time and Egypt became a desert.
In the ninth plague, God sent a special darkness.  This is like a picture of death.  This darkness could be felt and lasted three days.  The Israelites had a special light in their homes.
In chapters 11-12, we learn about the Passover.  Moses instructed the people of Israel what to do.  On the tenth day, they were to chose a perfect lamb (a picture of Christ), one year old, and separate it from the rest.  On the 14th day, they were to kill the lamb and catch the blood.  With hyssop, they were to use the blood and put on both sides and the top of their doorways.  They roasted the lamb over a fire with a bitter sauce and unleavened bread.  They were to eat this meal standing up, packed, and ready to go.
At midnight, God killed every firstborn child and animal in Egypt.  Those homes where the blood was on the doorposts, God passed by (where Passover came from).  The Egyptians gave their jewels, money, and clothes to the Israelites.   About 2 million people left Egypt that night.
 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. Hosea 11:1
God led the Israelites to the Red Sea.  He went before them with a pillar of cloud during the day, and a pillar of fire at night.

Day 38 Exodus 14-18
The Israelites set up camp by the Red Sea.  The heart of Pharaoh was once again hardened and he came with his whole army.  The Israelites complained, showing once again their lack of trust in the Lord.  The Lord put a pillar of cloud and put it between the Israelites and the Egyptians.  Moses stretched out his staff over the sea.  The Lord sent an east wind that blew all night that separated the waters and made the land dry for them to walk upon.  This is a picture of baptism.
and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 1 Corithians 10:2
Egypt is portrayed as sin and Canaan (where they were headed) as heaven.  The Red Sea coming down upon the Egyptians is symbolized as separation of sin. 
After traveling for 3 days, the Israelites had used up all their water.   The water at Marah was bitter, but once again the people complained.  Moses cried out to the Lord, and he showed him a log that he threw in and it made the water good.
As they traveled into the wilderness, they ran out of food.  The Israelites complained once again.  They questioned why they didn’t die is Egypt, but were brought here to starve.  We need to remember that not all of the Israelites were God’s children.  They rebelled against God instead of trusting him.  Without the Lord, the Israelites would have died here had it not been for the manna that God sent for them.
After traveling 3 more days to Rephidim, and again the Israelites blamed Moses for what was happening to them.  They were still filled with sin.  They demanded water, instead of praying for it.  God once again showed them mercy and Moses his the rock with his staff and water came out of the rock.  This is a picture of Christ.
and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4
At the end of chapter 17, we see how the nation of Amalek (from the line of Esau) attacked them from behind.
Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God.  Deuteronomy 25:17-18
Moses called Joshua to lead the army.  Whenever Moses held up the staff, the Israelites prevailed, but whenever he put his hands down they lost.
In chapter 18, we see Moses reunited with his father-in-law Jethro.
Draw a picture of Moses crossing the Red Sea.

Day 39 Exodus 19-21
We see the Israelites arrive at Mt Horeb (Mt Sinai).  They had been traveling for 3 months.  Moses went up the mountain and listened to God to know what to say to his people.  Moses commanded them to clean themselves and on the third day the Lord would come to them.  God spoke the 10 commandments.  Moses became a mediator between the people and God, since the Israelites were afraid they would die.
Draw a picture of Moses and the 10 commandments.

Day 40 Exodus 22-24
Moses continues to read from the laws from the book of the covenant that he had written.  They told the people how to live and how to treat each other; wives, children, servants, animals, and land.
In chapter 24, we see Moses built an alter at the foot of the mountain and offer burnt offerings to the Lord.  He took some of the blood and threw it on the people as a symbol of the cleansing of their sins.  Then Moses, Aaron and his 2 sons, and 70 other men went on the mountain to eat and drink in the presence of the Lord.

Day 41 Exodus 25-28
In these chapters we see God gave Moses exact directions for building the tabernacle.


Day 42 No Reading


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