The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
Chaos abounds at my home right now. The movers come in just a few days to load all of our possessions on a truck to move us hundreds of miles away from our home of over thirty years. To say that I have had moments of being overwhelmed may be a bit of an understatement. So much junk…so little time….where am I going to put it all?! The home we are moving to is a fixer-upper….. big time. We will be living amongst boxes for quite sometime while major construction goes on around us. Presently the new abode is without heat, AC, hot water, a working shower or bath. On the other hand the home has an abundance of bats, leaking roof and gutters, windows painted shut, clogged pipes, haphazard wiring, and dirt…lots and lots of dirt.
In the midst of what seems to me to be an enormous task I am reminded of the move the Israelites made from Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses organized a move of six hundred thousand men! If each man had one wife and 2.3 (okay, round it to 3) children plus the livestock to sustain them, that is more people and animals then I am willing to do the math to figure out! Making such a major move and change at this stage of our lives gives me some perspective to appreciate the logistics with which Moses had to work in order to move such a mass of humanity. Can you begin to fathom just the noise level? The questions? The dust?
Moses trusted God with the move of an entire nation. I will choose to trust the Lord with our move. You can trust the Lord with your move/change/journey too. Read it for yourself; it is all right there in Exodus…amazing.
At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
Three days ago I lost my reading glasses for the 1,542nd time. I spend a good portion of time asking my family to help me find the glasses that I know I put somewhere but have no clue as to where “somewhere” is located. On this most recent search I retraced the steps I had taken that day, looked in every nook and cranny that I could think to look and still came up empty handed. Once my husband was home from work, I asked him to hunt for those slippery glasses too. He also was unsuccessful. So that night I drove over to Walgreens and purchased yet another pair of reading glasses (once you reach the age of 40+ you will appreciate my tale more.) Two days pass. I go about my day and there in plain sight hang my reading glasses right where I had put them three days ago (can you find them in the picture above?) For two days I was blind to see those glasses. On the third day my eyes were “healed” and I could see those glasses that were in plain view all along.
Lost glasses and Pharaoh’s inability to see and know the One True God may be a stretch, but maybe not. My glasses were hanging on the side of that basket all along I just could not see them. God was there with Pharaoh and the Israelites all along; Pharaoh just could not see Him. We read Exodus and the miraculous that God demonstrated in order for Israel to be set free and we think, “Gheez, what is this guy’s problem? Isn’t it plain as the nose on his face that he is messing with God Almighty? Just let God’s people go already!” And yet I could not find my own glasses that I had set down in my own house. There are times in life when we see but we don’t see.
We read at the tail end of verse 31 that Pharaoh’s vision was beginning to clear. How do I know that? “And also bless me.”
God uses the journey of this world to bring into view what He knows to be important. Don’t fight your journey; trust Him with your journey. Soon you will see what has been right before your eyes all along the way.
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
The picture above was taken the day we took our son to college. No photographic blooper occurred; the day had humidity so thick that it obscured things that normally would have been clearly visible. You are seeing us through an extremely thick fog of humidity…….for sure that was a “fun” day to move him into his apartment!
When we ask the Lord Jesus Christ into our lives He covers us with His precious blood and we are no longer clearly seen by the enemy of our souls. God instructed the Israelites to cover the doorway of their homes with the blood of the sacrificial lamb just as our souls are covered by the blood of Jesus, our sacrificial Lamb. God did not say that the blood will make life perfect but He did promise that the blood would prevent the destroyer from entering our homes (our souls).
I hear many Christians whine about what is fair and unfair, just and unjust, what they want God to do for them, that life is not what they expected and I too have been just such a whiner at various times during this earthly walk. God did not promise to be our genie and grant our every wish, He did not promise that every day would be perfect in our eyes, BUT He most definitely did promise to protect us from the destroyer of our souls if we but ask Jesus to cover us with His blood, His gift of salvation.
I have felt and experienced the “cloak” of God’s protection. It is amazing and wondrous. It brings an assurance and confidence that this world could never provide. If you have not ask for your “cloak of invisibility” that protects you from the destroyer of your soul, what are you waiting for?! Ask, receive, be free! There is no price to pay……Jesus already paid in full.
Walk in the freedom of His covering today and every day.
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.”
So I am picking back up with my Bible reading where I left off in July. I am reading about the last plague to befall Egypt before Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go and I come upon something I have not noticed before in reading this passage. God states, “I will bring judgement on all the gods of Egypt.” Hmm, interesting; not people, but gods.
This is a fabulous example of God’s extreme love for His people, all people. Ever hear the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin?” Here it is right in Exodus 12! God’s eyes clearly see this world and the spiritual world; He knows who is trying to take His throne.
It is prayer, not legislation, that will bring God’s Kingdom here on earth. Yes people are wrong in worshipping the gods of lust, greed, hate, violence, mutilation, power, vulgarity, etc., but the fight is not against men but the principalities (gods) we humans have welcomed. Controlling people’s behavior is not the answer but praying for the judgement of the gods we worship is where true change and freedom may be manifest.
The Lord brought judgement upon the gods of Egypt and the Israelites were freed after 430 years of bondage and slavery. Pray for those who are hurting, broken. Do not judge your fellow man, but pray for their freedom, for the chains of bondage to be broken and freedom in Christ to reign in their lives.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
6 when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Hello Dear Friends,
These past several weeks have been a whirlwind of events, both good and not so good, ranging from grief to joy and all degrees of emotion in between. At this point I am not ready to share all of the “Wow’s” experienced since July 5th. I do want to tell you today how much I missed the Lord in this time of transition and how His Word sustained me. There is great wisdom in time spent with the Lord daily, in feeding our souls with spiritual nourishment and storing His wisdom and love there.
From July 5 through August 9 my life was not my own and multiple events dictated where I was to be and what I was to do. Emotional, physical, and intellectual energy was required at maximum capacity and rest came only at night when I passed out from exhaustion only to wake the next morning at full throttle once again. One night, about two weeks into this fast and furious routine, I opened my eyes after falling into bed and realized just how much I missed the Lord and I told Him so right out loud in that bedroom in the dark. I also told Him that I was so sorry that I had not been able to sit with Him in such a long time but was extremely grateful for all of the time we have been together in the past and thanked Him for helping me store up for “such a time as this.”
The Lord and I have a relationship. He is not a historical figure to me or a god that is distant and cold. “He walks with me and He talks with me,” as it says in that wonderful old hymn. And because we have a relationship that we work on and build upon daily, it is possible to feel Him near in those desert times. My soul did thirst for the Lord, but I had a storehouse to draw upon and be refreshed. Many rough days were experienced from July 5 through Aug 9 and some days I was brought to tears but I always felt the Lord’s comfort and reassurance; I never felt as though I was alone. I knew He was right beside me each step of the way making decisions with me and giving me wisdom when I had nothing left.
Sit with the Lord now. Store up now. No one knows what tomorrow may bring.