Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

17 June 2018 Verse of the Day

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  (John 10:27 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Exo 22:1  “Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep. 
Exo 22:2  “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; 
Exo 22:3  but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed. “Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft. 
Exo 22:4  If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double. 
Exo 22:5  “If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of their own field or vineyard. 
Exo 22:6  “If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution. 
Exo 22:7  “If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double. 
Exo 22:8  But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges, and they must determine whether the owner of the house has laid hands on the other person’s property. 
Exo 22:9  In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to the other. 
Exo 22:10  “If anyone gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to their neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking, 
Exo 22:11  the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person’s property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required. 
Exo 22:12  But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, restitution must be made to the owner. 
Exo 22:13  If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, the neighbor shall bring in the remains as evidence and shall not be required to pay for the torn animal. 
Exo 22:14  “If anyone borrows an animal from their neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, they must make restitution. 
Exo 22:15  But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss. 
Laws About Social Justice
Exo 22:16  “If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife. 
Exo 22:17  If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins. 
Exo 22:18  “Do not allow a sorceress to live. 
Exo 22:19  “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death. 
Exo 22:20  “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed. 
Exo 22:21  “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. 
Exo 22:22  “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 
Exo 22:23  If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 
Exo 22:24  My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. 
Exo 22:25  “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. 
Exo 22:26  If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset, 
Exo 22:27  because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. 
Exo 22:28  “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people. 
Exo 22:29  “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. “You must give me the firstborn of your sons. 
Exo 22:30  Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day. 
Exo 22:31  “You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs. 

Exo 23:1  “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. 
Exo 23:2  “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 
Exo 23:3  and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit. 
Exo 23:4  “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 
Exo 23:5  If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. 
Exo 23:6  “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 
Exo 23:7  Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. 
Exo 23:8  “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent. 
Exo 23:9  “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. 
Laws About the Sabbath and Festivals
Exo 23:10  “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 
Exo 23:11  but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. 
Exo 23:12  “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed. 
Exo 23:13  “Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips. 
Exo 23:14  “Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me. 
Exo 23:15  “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt. “No one is to appear before me empty-handed. 
Exo 23:16  “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. 
Exo 23:17  “Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD. 
Exo 23:18  “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast. “The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning. 
Exo 23:19  “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. “Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. 
Conquest of Canaan Promised
Exo 23:20  “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 
Exo 23:21  Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 
Exo 23:22  If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 
Exo 23:23  My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 
Exo 23:24  Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 
Exo 23:25  Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 
Exo 23:26  and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. 
Exo 23:27  “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 
Exo 23:28  I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 
Exo 23:29  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 
Exo 23:30  Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. 
Exo 23:31  “I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you. 
Exo 23:32  Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 
Exo 23:33  Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



16 June 2018 Verse of the Day

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Ten Commandments
Exo 20:1
  And God spoke all these words: 
Exo 20:2  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 
Exo 20:3  “You shall have no other gods before me. 
Exo 20:4  “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 
Exo 20:5  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 
Exo 20:6  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 
Exo 20:7  “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 
Exo 20:8  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 
Exo 20:9  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
Exo 20:10  but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 
Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 
Exo 20:12  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 
Exo 20:13  “You shall not murder. 
Exo 20:14  “You shall not commit adultery. 
Exo 20:15  “You shall not steal. 
Exo 20:16  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
Exo 20:17  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 
Exo 20:18  When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 
Exo 20:19  and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” 
Exo 20:20  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” 
Exo 20:21  The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. 
Laws About Altars
Exo 20:22  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: 
Exo 20:23  Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. 
Exo 20:24  “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. 
Exo 20:25  If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 
Exo 20:26  And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.’ 

Laws About Slaves
Exo 21:1
  “These are the laws you are to set before them: 
Exo 21:2  “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. 
Exo 21:3  If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 
Exo 21:4  If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free. 
Exo 21:5  “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 
Exo 21:6  then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life. 
Exo 21:7  “If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. 
Exo 21:8  If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. 
Exo 21:9  If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 
Exo 21:10  If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 
Exo 21:11  If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money. 
Exo 21:12  “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death. 
Exo 21:13  However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen, they are to flee to a place I will designate. 
Exo 21:14  But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death. 
Exo 21:15  “Anyone who attacks their father or mother is to be put to death. 
Exo 21:16  “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession. 
Exo 21:17  “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. 
Exo 21:18  “If people quarrel and one person hits another with a stone or with their fist and the victim does not die but is confined to bed, 
Exo 21:19  the one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed. 
Exo 21:20  “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 
Exo 21:21  but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property. 
Exo 21:22  “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 
Exo 21:23  But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 
Exo 21:24  eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 
Exo 21:25  burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. 
Exo 21:26  “An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye. 
Exo 21:27  And an owner who knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave must let the slave go free to compensate for the tooth. 
Exo 21:28  “If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull is to be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible. 
Exo 21:29  If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death. 
Exo 21:30  However, if payment is demanded, the owner may redeem his life by the payment of whatever is demanded. 
Exo 21:31  This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter. 
Exo 21:32  If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull is to be stoned to death. 
Laws About Restitution
Exo 21:33  “If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 
Exo 21:34  the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange. 
Exo 21:35  “If anyone’s bull injures someone else’s bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally. 
Exo 21:36  However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and take the dead animal in exchange.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



15 June 2018 Verse of the Day

But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jethro’s Advice
Exo 18:1
  Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 
Exo 18:2  After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her 
Exo 18:3  and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”; 
Exo 18:4  and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.” 
Exo 18:5  Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God. 
Exo 18:6  Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.” 
Exo 18:7  So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. 
Exo 18:8  Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them. 
Exo 18:9  Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 
Exo 18:10  He said, “Praise be to the LORD, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. 
Exo 18:11  Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” 
Exo 18:12  Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God. 
Exo 18:13  The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 
Exo 18:14  When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” 
Exo 18:15  Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 
Exo 18:16  Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” 
Exo 18:17  Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 
Exo 18:18  You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 
Exo 18:19  Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 
Exo 18:20  Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 
Exo 18:21  But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 
Exo 18:22  Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 
Exo 18:23  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” 
Exo 18:24  Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 
Exo 18:25  He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 
Exo 18:26  They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves. 
Exo 18:27  Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country. 

Israel at Mount Sinai
Exo 19:1
  On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 
Exo 19:2  After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. 
Exo 19:3  Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 
Exo 19:4  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 
Exo 19:5  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 
Exo 19:6  you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” 
Exo 19:7  So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. 
Exo 19:8  The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD. 
Exo 19:9  The LORD said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said. 
Exo 19:10  And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 
Exo 19:11  and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 
Exo 19:12  Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 
Exo 19:13  They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.” 
Exo 19:14  After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 
Exo 19:15  Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.” 
Exo 19:16  On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 
Exo 19:17  Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 
Exo 19:18  Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 
Exo 19:19  As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. 
Exo 19:20  The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 
Exo 19:21  and the LORD said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. 
Exo 19:22  Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.” 
Exo 19:23  Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.'” 
Exo 19:24  The LORD replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them.” 
Exo 19:25  So Moses went down to the people and told them.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



14 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.  (Proverbs 31:30 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Bread from Heaven
Exo 16:1
  The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 
Exo 16:2  In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 
Exo 16:3  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” 
Exo 16:4  Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 
Exo 16:5  On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” 
Exo 16:6  So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, 
Exo 16:7  and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 
Exo 16:8  Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.” 
Exo 16:9  Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.'” 
Exo 16:10  While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud. 
Exo 16:11  The LORD said to Moses, 
Exo 16:12  “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'” 
Exo 16:13  That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 
Exo 16:14  When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 
Exo 16:15  When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. 
Exo 16:16  This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.'” 
Exo 16:17  The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 
Exo 16:18  And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. 
Exo 16:19  Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” 
Exo 16:20  However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. 
Exo 16:21  Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 
Exo 16:22  On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 
Exo 16:23  He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'” 
Exo 16:24  So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 
Exo 16:25  “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 
Exo 16:26  Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.” 
Exo 16:27  Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 
Exo 16:28  Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 
Exo 16:29  Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 
Exo 16:30  So the people rested on the seventh day. 
Exo 16:31  The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 
Exo 16:32  Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.'” 
Exo 16:33  So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the LORD to be kept for the generations to come.” 
Exo 16:34  As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved. 
Exo 16:35  The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan. 
Exo 16:36  (An omer is one-tenth of an ephah.) 

Water from the Rock
Exo 17:1
  The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 
Exo 17:2  So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?” 
Exo 17:3  But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” 
Exo 17:4  Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 
Exo 17:5  The LORD answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 
Exo 17:6  I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 
Exo 17:7  And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?” 
Israel Defeats Amalek
Exo 17:8  The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 
Exo 17:9  Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” 
Exo 17:10  So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 
Exo 17:11  As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 
Exo 17:12  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 
Exo 17:13  So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 
Exo 17:14  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” 
Exo 17:15  Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. 
Exo 17:16  He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



13 June 2018 Verse of the Day

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.  (1 Chronicles 28:9 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Crossing the Red Sea
Exo 14:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, 
Exo 14:2  “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 
Exo 14:3  Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 
Exo 14:4  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this. 
Exo 14:5  When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 
Exo 14:6  So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 
Exo 14:7  He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 
Exo 14:8  The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 
Exo 14:9  The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. 
Exo 14:10  As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 
Exo 14:11  They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 
Exo 14:12  Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 
Exo 14:13  Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 
Exo 14:14  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 
Exo 14:15  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 
Exo 14:16  Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 
Exo 14:17  I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 
Exo 14:18  The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” 
Exo 14:19  Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 
Exo 14:20  coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. 
Exo 14:21  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 
Exo 14:22  and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 
Exo 14:23  The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 
Exo 14:24  During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 
Exo 14:25  He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.” 
Exo 14:26  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 
Exo 14:27  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 
Exo 14:28  The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. 
Exo 14:29  But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 
Exo 14:30  That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 
Exo 14:31  And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. 

The Song of Moses
Exo 15:1
  Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. 
Exo 15:2  “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 
Exo 15:3  The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. 
Exo 15:4  Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 
Exo 15:5  The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. 
Exo 15:6  Your right hand, LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, LORD, shattered the enemy. 
Exo 15:7  “In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble. 
Exo 15:8  By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. 
Exo 15:9  The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’ 
Exo 15:10  But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 
Exo 15:11  Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? 
Exo 15:12  “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies. 
Exo 15:13  In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. 
Exo 15:14  The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia. 
Exo 15:15  The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away; 
Exo 15:16  terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, LORD, until the people you bought pass by. 
Exo 15:17  You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established. 
Exo 15:18  “The LORD reigns for ever and ever.” 
Exo 15:19  When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 
Exo 15:20  Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 
Exo 15:21  Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.” 
Bitter Water Made Sweet
Exo 15:22  Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 
Exo 15:23  When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 
Exo 15:24  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” 
Exo 15:25  Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 
Exo 15:26  He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” 
Exo 15:27  Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



12 June 2018 Verse of the Day

The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.  (1 Samuel 26:23 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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The Passover
Exo 12:1
  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 
Exo 12:2  “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 
Exo 12:3  Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 
Exo 12:4  If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 
Exo 12:5  The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 
Exo 12:6  Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 
Exo 12:7  Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 
Exo 12:8  That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 
Exo 12:9  Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 
Exo 12:10  Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 
Exo 12:11  This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. 
Exo 12:12  “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. 
Exo 12:13  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. 
Exo 12:14  “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance. 
Exo 12:15  For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 
Exo 12:16  On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do. 
Exo 12:17  “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 
Exo 12:18  In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 
Exo 12:19  For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 
Exo 12:20  Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.” 
Exo 12:21  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. 
Exo 12:22  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. 
Exo 12:23  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. 
Exo 12:24  “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 
Exo 12:25  When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 
Exo 12:26  And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 
Exo 12:27  then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 
Exo 12:28  The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. 
The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
Exo 12:29  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. 
Exo 12:30  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. 
Exo 12:31  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. 
Exo 12:32  Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” 
The Exodus
Exo 12:33  The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 
Exo 12:34  So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 
Exo 12:35  The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 
Exo 12:36  The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians. 
Exo 12:37  The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 
Exo 12:38  Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. 
Exo 12:39  With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves. 
Exo 12:40  Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. 
Exo 12:41  At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt. 
Exo 12:42  Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come. 
Institution of the Passover
Exo 12:43  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover meal: “No foreigner may eat it. 
Exo 12:44  Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcised him, 
Exo 12:45  but a temporary resident or a hired worker may not eat it. 
Exo 12:46  “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones. 
Exo 12:47  The whole community of Israel must celebrate it. 
Exo 12:48  “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the LORD’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it. 
Exo 12:49  The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.” 
Exo 12:50  All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron. 
Exo 12:51  And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions. 

Consecration of the Firstborn
Exo 13:1
  The LORD said to Moses, 
Exo 13:2  “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.” 
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Exo 13:3  Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. 
Exo 13:4  Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. 
Exo 13:5  When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: 
Exo 13:6  For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the LORD. 
Exo 13:7  Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. 
Exo 13:8  On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 
Exo 13:9  This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 
Exo 13:10  You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year. 
Exo 13:11  “After the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, 
Exo 13:12  you are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD. 
Exo 13:13  Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons. 
Exo 13:14  “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 
Exo 13:15  When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’ 
Exo 13:16  And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.” 
Pillars of Cloud and Fire
Exo 13:17  When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 
Exo 13:18  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle. 
Exo 13:19  Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.” 
Exo 13:20  After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 
Exo 13:21  By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 
Exo 13:22  Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



11 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  (Isaiah 6:8 NASB)

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The Eighth Plague: Locusts
Exo 10:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them 
Exo 10:2  that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.” 
Exo 10:3  So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 
Exo 10:4  If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. 
Exo 10:5  They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. 
Exo 10:6  They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.'” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh. 
Exo 10:7  Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?” 
Exo 10:8  Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the LORD your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.” 
Exo 10:9  Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the LORD.” 
Exo 10:10  Pharaoh said, “The LORD be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil. 
Exo 10:11  No! Have only the men go and worship the LORD, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence. 
Exo 10:12  And the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.” 
Exo 10:13  So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 
Exo 10:14  they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. 
Exo 10:15  They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt. 
Exo 10:16  Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. 
Exo 10:17  Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me.” 
Exo 10:18  Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD. 
Exo 10:19  And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 
Exo 10:20  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go. 
The Ninth Plague: Darkness
Exo 10:21  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 
Exo 10:22  So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 
Exo 10:23  No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived. 
Exo 10:24  Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the LORD. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.” 
Exo 10:25  But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the LORD our God. 
Exo 10:26  Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD.” 
Exo 10:27  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 
Exo 10:28  Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.” 
Exo 10:29  “Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.” 

A Final Plague Threatened
Exo 11:1
  Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 
Exo 11:2  Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” 
Exo 11:3  (The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.) 
Exo 11:4  So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 
Exo 11:5  Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 
Exo 11:6  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. 
Exo 11:7  But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. 
Exo 11:8  All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. 
Exo 11:9  The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” 
Exo 11:10  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



10 June 2018 Verse of the Day

and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, (Luke 24:5-6 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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The Second Plague: Frogs
Exo 8:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 
Exo 8:2  If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. 
Exo 8:3  The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. 
Exo 8:4  The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.'” 
Exo 8:5  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.'” 
Exo 8:6  So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. 
Exo 8:7  But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt. 
Exo 8:8  Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.” 
Exo 8:9  Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” 
Exo 8:10  “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God. 
Exo 8:11  The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.” 
Exo 8:12  After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the LORD about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. 
Exo 8:13  And the LORD did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. 
Exo 8:14  They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them. 
Exo 8:15  But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said. 
The Third Plague: Gnats
Exo 8:16  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 
Exo 8:17  They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 
Exo 8:18  But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere, 
Exo 8:19  the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the LORD had said. 
The Fourth Plague: Flies
Exo 8:20  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 
Exo 8:21  If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them. 
Exo 8:22  “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. 
Exo 8:23  I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.'” 
Exo 8:24  And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies. 
Exo 8:25  Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.” 
Exo 8:26  But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 
Exo 8:27  We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, as he commands us.” 
Exo 8:28  Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.” 
Exo 8:29  Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the LORD, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.” 
Exo 8:30  Then Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD, 
Exo 8:31  and the LORD did what Moses asked. The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained. 
Exo 8:32  But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go. 

The Fifth Plague: Egyptian Livestock Die
Exo 9:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” 
Exo 9:2  If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 
Exo 9:3  the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats. 
Exo 9:4  But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.'” 
Exo 9:5  The LORD set a time and said, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land.” 
Exo 9:6  And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 
Exo 9:7  Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go. 
The Sixth Plague: Boils
Exo 9:8  Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. 
Exo 9:9  It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.” 
Exo 9:10  So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals. 
Exo 9:11  The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians. 
Exo 9:12  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses. 
The Seventh Plague: Hail
Exo 9:13  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, 
Exo 9:14  or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 
Exo 9:15  For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. 
Exo 9:16  But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 
Exo 9:17  You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go. 
Exo 9:18  Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. 
Exo 9:19  Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.'” 
Exo 9:20  Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. 
Exo 9:21  But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. 
Exo 9:22  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” 
Exo 9:23  When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt; 
Exo 9:24  hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 
Exo 9:25  Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. 
Exo 9:26  The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were. 
Exo 9:27  Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 
Exo 9:28  Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.” 
Exo 9:29  Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD’s. 
Exo 9:30  But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God.” 
Exo 9:31  (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom. 
Exo 9:32  The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.) 
Exo 9:33  Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the LORD; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land. 
Exo 9:34  When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. 
Exo 9:35  So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



9 June 2018 Verse of the Day

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  (James 3:10 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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 God Promises Deliverance
Exo 6:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” 
Exo 6:2  God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. 
Exo 6:3  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them. 
Exo 6:4  I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. 
Exo 6:5  Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. 
Exo 6:6  “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 
Exo 6:7  I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 
Exo 6:8  And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.'” 
Exo 6:9  Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. 
Exo 6:10  Then the LORD said to Moses, 
Exo 6:11  “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.” 
Exo 6:12  But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?” 
Exo 6:13  Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. 
The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
Exo 6:14  These were the heads of their families: The sons of Reuben the firstborn son of Israel were Hanok and Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. These were the clans of Reuben. 
Exo 6:15  The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These were the clans of Simeon. 
Exo 6:16  These were the names of the sons of Levi according to their records: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Levi lived 137 years. 
Exo 6:17  The sons of Gershon, by clans, were Libni and Shimei. 
Exo 6:18  The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived 133 years. 
Exo 6:19  The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. These were the clans of Levi according to their records. 
Exo 6:20  Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years. 
Exo 6:21  The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg and Zikri. 
Exo 6:22  The sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan and Sithri. 
Exo 6:23  Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 
Exo 6:24  The sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These were the Korahite clans. 
Exo 6:25  Eleazar son of Aaron married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These were the heads of the Levite families, clan by clan. 
Exo 6:26  It was this Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said, “Bring the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions.” 
Exo 6:27  They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt—this same Moses and Aaron. 
Exo 6:28  Now when the LORD spoke to Moses in Egypt, 
Exo 6:29  he said to him, “I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.” 
Exo 6:30  But Moses said to the LORD, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” 

Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh
Exo 7:1
  Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. 
Exo 7:2  You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. 
Exo 7:3  But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 
Exo 7:4  he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. 
Exo 7:5  And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” 
Exo 7:6  Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them. 
Exo 7:7  Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh. 
Exo 7:8  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 
Exo 7:9  “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.” 
Exo 7:10  So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 
Exo 7:11  Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 
Exo 7:12  Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 
Exo 7:13  Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said. 
The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood
Exo 7:14  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 
Exo 7:15  Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 
Exo 7:16  Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 
Exo 7:17  This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 
Exo 7:18  The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.'” 
Exo 7:19  The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels of wood and stone.” 
Exo 7:20  Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. 
Exo 7:21  The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. 
Exo 7:22  But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said. 
Exo 7:23  Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 
Exo 7:24  And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river. 
Exo 7:25  Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile. (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard



8 June 2018 Verse of the Day

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Moses Given Powerful Signs
Exo 4:1
  Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” 
Exo 4:2  Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 
Exo 4:3  The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 
Exo 4:4  Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 
Exo 4:5  “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” 
Exo 4:6  Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. 
Exo 4:7  “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. 
Exo 4:8  Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 
Exo 4:9  But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” 
Exo 4:10  Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 
Exo 4:11  The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 
Exo 4:12  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 
Exo 4:13  But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” 
Exo 4:14  Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 
Exo 4:15  You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 
Exo 4:16  He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 
Exo 4:17  But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.” 
Moses Returns to Egypt
Exo 4:18  Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.” 
Exo 4:19  Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 
Exo 4:20  So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. 
Exo 4:21  The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 
Exo 4:22  Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, 
Exo 4:23  and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.'” 
Exo 4:24  At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. 
Exo 4:25  But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 
Exo 4:26  So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.) 
Exo 4:27  The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. 
Exo 4:28  Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform. 
Exo 4:29  Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 
Exo 4:30  and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 
Exo 4:31  and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. 

Making Bricks Without Straw
Exo 5:1
  Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.'” 
Exo 5:2  Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.” 
Exo 5:3  Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.” 
Exo 5:4  But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 
Exo 5:5  Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.” 
Exo 5:6  That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 
Exo 5:7  “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 
Exo 5:8  But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 
Exo 5:9  Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” 
Exo 5:10  Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 
Exo 5:11  Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.'” 
Exo 5:12  So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 
Exo 5:13  The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 
Exo 5:14  And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?” 
Exo 5:15  Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 
Exo 5:16  Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.” 
Exo 5:17  Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’ 
Exo 5:18  Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.” 
Exo 5:19  The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” 
Exo 5:20  When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 
Exo 5:21  and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” 
Exo 5:22  Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 
Exo 5:23  Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”   (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard




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