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PRAYER – DISAPPEARING INTO THE CLOUD

My post yesterday was about the magnificent meal that Moses, Aaron, Aaron’s two sons Nadab and Abihu, the 70 elders, and Joshua had on Mt. Sinai with God… yep, they enjoyed a meal with God! That is an incredible thing to me. Here is the link to the post if you missed it – “PRAYER – MEAL ON THE MOUNTAIN”. Today’s post will be a wrap up of Chapter 24 but it is an important one. There is a lot in this chapter about the ratification of the Covenant, however, that is not what I want to focus on. Mainly because this series is about Prayer… and it is hard for me to stay on that subject when there is so much I would love to share about other things that are mentioned or covered in the commentaries that I read about the scripture. I will include a link to one of the articles I read about the entire Chapter 24 if you are interested. It is a very good bunch of information but its main focus is not on prayer so I will not include it in this particular post. I may do a post on it someday but not now. This is the link to the article – The Magnificent Meal on Mt. Sinai’ by Bob Deffinbaugh.

Another thing I want to make mention of is what they saw when they did see God. The scripture just says this…

Exodus 24:9-11

Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank. (emphasis mine)throne

They only saw His feet. The author of the article mentioned above suggests that the reason the feet are mentioned is because of the angle that they were viewing Him from. Apparently they were looking up at God and could only see His feet. There are a couple other descriptions of “seeing God” in the Bible, one is Revelation 4:1-6 and Ezekiel 1:4, 22-28. There are some similarities of what they saw. Nonetheless, they saw God and did not perish. That is what is so wonderful.

Oh, to just see the feet of the One who died for me. I cannot imagine seeing His face. Finally face –to-face with the One who died for me. One day I will see His face and so will you if you are a believer and a Christ follower. As the old hymn says… “Oh that will be glory! Glory for me!” (If you are unsure if you will be able to see His face, here is a link to the Simple Plan of Salvation and it explains what it means to be a Christ follower – Bible.org.)

There is some suggestion that there is some time that has passed between the time of the meal and the time when God calls Moses up to give him the 10 Commandments, mainly because of what Moses tells the elders. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 24:12-15

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.”

13 So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.

So they were in the camp when God calls Moses back up to the mountain. Joshua arises to go with Moses. They ascend the mountain and disappear into the cloud that covers the mountain.

Exodus 24:16-18

16 Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.sinai7

Moses is now in the presence of God and is about to receive the tablets with the Law (The Ten Commandments) written by the finger of God Himself. This confused me at first because the Ten Commandments were given in Chapters 20-23. However, at that time (chapters 20-23) God spoke the Law so that the people could hear Him give the Law and also so it would give Moses authority in the people’s eyes. Now, this time He is going to write it out on the tablets of stone and give to Moses. God is also going to give Moses the blueprints for the tabernacle and all that is to go inside the tabernacle.

Exodus 25:9

According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.2011-03-06-Exode-Tabernacle tabernacle daytime

The remaining chapters of Exodus are the blueprints, in great detail, for the tabernacle. God gives very specific instructions on how He wants the tabernacle built, what is to go inside it and how it is to be treated and revered by the priests and the people. This is a quote from the article I mentioned earlier The Magnificent Meal on Mt. Sinai’ by Bob Deffinbaugh.

From chapter 25 to the end of the Book of Exodus, it is the tabernacle which is the principle subject. I believe that the tabernacle was designed of God to institutionalize, as it were, the manifestation of His presence among His people on an on-going basis, as the mountain had served on a one-time basis.”

The author of the same article suggests that the time spent on the mountain with God (40 days) was part and parcel a test for Israel – which they failed miserably (Chapter 32). There is another quote I would like to include from the same article mentioned above before I wrap this post up. This is in reference to thewonder of the revelation of God”.

“The wonder of the revelation of God to the elders of Israel was that God did not strike them dead. The wonder of the revelation of God to Moses is that it is described from the perspective of the Israelites, at the base camp, rather than from Moses himself: “And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top” (Exod. 24:17, emphasis mine).”

In closing this post and this chapter and, I presume the book Exodus, I want to include one more quote from the author of the same article mentioned above. The reason I want to include this part of his “Conclusion” is because he says it much better than I could and it is important to understand what he is saying in conclusion to the book of Exodus and the Covenant that has been ratified by the people of Israel.

“Conclusion

The ratification of the Mosaic Covenant had great meaning for the Israelite of that day. It meant that there was now a way for God to identify with Israel as His people. Because of this, the tabernacle could be constructed and the glory of God which once was manifested on Mt. Sinai could now come down to this dwelling place:

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exod. 40:34).

For the Israelites of a later time, it was a great comfort to know that God had established a unique relationship with the nation Israel, and that even when the nation sinned and suffered the discipline of God, their future was assured, for God had committed Himself to His people. Even in a few days, when the Israelites would worship a golden calf, Moses could appeal to God on the basis of His covenant promises.”

This has been quite a journey through the book of Exodus. I have learned so many wonderful things and I hope you have too. The love of God for his chosen people – Israel – is great. They will always be His chosen but we are all adopted into the family of God – if you know Jesus and call Him your Savior. God is such an awesome and loving God. He loves you so much and He always has called you His beloved.

The Song – He Is – Aaron and Jeoffry

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PRAYER–MOSES AND THE TEN PLAGUES-2

The last post I did was just a shortened version of this one. I included the below table of the Ten Plagues in that shortened version of this post. I will not be going over each and every plague in detail. However, I will look at various aspects of some and expound on those. This is an interesting time that Aaron and Moses had with Pharaoh. One that has been documented by science as well as the Bible, in detail. Yes, science has seen the need to go and “prove” that things like this can and did occur naturally back then. It really doesn’t matter to me whether God did it supernaturally or with the natural events of nature. I believe God made it happen and at least a few someones have said in the past… “God works in mysterious ways.” Here is a website that speaks to the “scientific proof” that these events happened naturally by various natural reasons – the article entitled “Scientists prove that the 10 Plagues of Egypt really did happen”.

As you all know by now, this is a Prayer series and God and Moses and Aaron were in constant contact with God during this time. There was a time line however for all of the plagues and I have found information on a couple of websites that explain the length of days/months that all ten of these plagues took place. Also, one of the websites answered another question that I had about another aspect of one of the plagues.exodus_plagues1 (If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read it better).

Here is a table of the ten plagues. The following information is from The Agape Bible Study website.

Scripture Passage

The Plagues

Ex 7:14-35
  1. Water of the Nile turned to blood (even the water in wood and stone vessels)
Ex 7:26-8:10 (8:1- 14)
  1. The plague of frogs
Ex 8:12-15 (8:16-19)
  1. The plague of lice/mosquitoes
Ex 8:16-28 (8:20-32)
  1. The plague of the mixture + *
Ex 9:1-7
  1. The plague of that caused the death of the Egyptians’ livestock +
Ex 9:8-12
  1. The plague of the boils
Ex 9:13-32
  1. The plague of the hail +
Ex 10:12-20
  1. The plague of the locusts
Ex 10:21-23
  1. The plague of darkness +
Ex 11:1-8; 12:29-34
  1. The plague of the death of the firstborn +
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+ the five plagues that did not affect the Israelites (8:16; 9:4, 26; 10:23; 11:7).

* the precise nature of the 4th plague is not clear. The Hebrew word for the fourth plague is arov / arob, a noun based on a Hebrew root meaning to mix, thus yielding a word that means mixture ( Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-English, vol. I, page 160; Briggs-Driver-Brown Hebrew Lexicon, page 487).

Scripture does not identify the nature of the fourth plague; it is only noted that it was a mixture. It is possible, however, to suggest what the fourth plague may have been from observing the pattern of the other plagues that seem to progress in pairs:

  • Plagues 1 and 2 came from water: the water of the Nile turning to blood and the frogs came from the water of the Nile (Ex 7:28; 8:3).
  • Plagues 5 and 6 were caused by disease.
  • Plagues 7 and 8 came from the sky (9:23; 10:13).
  • Plagues 9 and 10 were the absence of light and the absence of the light of life; darkness in Scripture is often a symbol of death.

As I mentioned that one of the websites answered one of my questions… I will quote the question and answer from one of the websites because it is exactly what I was wondering. First here is the scripture I had questions about.

Exodus 9:1-5the-fifth-plague-of-egypt-joseph-mallord-william-turner

 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. 4 And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.”’” 5 Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.”

OK, here is the question that I had and from the website JesusAlive.

 “Q: #327. In Exodus 9, it says that God killed ALL of the livestock of Egypt by pestilence during the 5th plague. Then, before the 7th plague, God told Moses to warn everyone to bring their livestock out of the fields so they wouldn’t die. Where did the livestock come from in such a short time between the 5th and 7th plagues?”

Exodus 9:18-19

18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause very heavy hail to rain down, such as has not been in Egypt since its founding until now. 19 Therefore send now and gather your livestock and all that you have in the field, for the hail shall come down on every man and every animal which is found in the field and is not brought home; and they shall die.”’”

There are three possible explanations on that same website. The first one seems most plausible to me, as it did to the writer of the article. I will include his first answer and you can read the rest of the possible answers if you click this link – Where did the livestock come from?

#1. If you look at (Ex 9:3), we see God saying that the pestilence would strike all the livestock that were “in the field.” So, perhaps there was sheltered livestock that was not “in the field,” which kept them from being struck with the pestilence. I find this the most likely explanation. There were quite likely very many places throughout the land to shelter animals. For example, we can see in (2 Chr 32:28) that King Hezekiah had “stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes (coops) for flocks.” (2 Chr 9:25) says that King Solomon had 4000 stalls for his horses! (See: Num 32:16,24,36, Mal 4:2, Zeph 2:6, Hab 3:17 for more examples)
*** Note: Something like this would also explain why in (Ex 14:7), Pharaoh had 600 horse drawn chariots to chase after Moses.”

So with that question pretty much answered, here is the second question.image

“Q: #219. How long did the 10 plagues of Egypt last?”

“A: The Bible does not tell us the answer to this question, and as a result, there are numerous guesses. These range anywhere from about a month to about a year (the Jewish Mishnah says 1 year). Based on my studies, I am guessing about 4-5 months. Here is why.

     We do know several facts for sure. First, the Bible says in (Ex 7:6) that Moses was 80 years old when the 10 plagues started after he spoke to Pharaoh. After the plagues were done, and Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, they wandered in the desert for 40 years (Num 14:33-34, 32:13). Moses died at the end of the 40 years at the age of 120 (Deut 34:7). Therefore, if Moses was 80 at the start, wandered 40 years, and died at 120, the plagues had to have ended in under a year.” …

“…Therefore, the timeframe for the 7th plague through the 10th plague was almost certainly no more than a month and a half to two months. This works out to about 2 weeks at most for each   (the length of the plague plus the warning proceeding it). If we carry this out to the other 6 plagues, we get 12 weeks. So, the total is 20 weeks or about 4 to 5 months for all 10 plagues.”

This link “How long did the 10 Plagues of Egypt last?” – will take you to the entire article. It is worth the read and it’s not very long. Shouldn’t take you but a few minutes. You ask “Why is this all that important?” It really isn’t that important as far as the story line goes. It is important to note, though, that God drew this out over time. He was making a point and hoping that it would make a point to c7f4c49026313d613e025ad931cf6d4f_300x204Pharaoh, I believe. I bet God was so hoping that Pharaoh was going to change… although God knew he wouldn’t … because God is God and He knew the outcome, before Pharaoh was born! God is a good God and wants all to come to a knowledge of Him. More than just a “knowledge” of Him though. Since we know the “rest of the story” and know that Jesus came and died and rose again, we know, ultimately, God wants everyone – ALL – to come to a “Saving Knowledge” of Him! However, Jesus had not graced the earth at this time in history – at least not as Jesus Christ, Son of man. We know, though, that Pharaoh did not ever concede and he was pretty destroyed because of it. God gave him so many chances. So many!

It is worth stating here that the Israelites did not suffer any loss or damage of any kind in the land of Goshen, which was just next to Egypt – during these plagues. Goshen was where the Israelites lived and God protected them, as He said He would. They were under His protection just as we are when we accept Jesus Christ. When we come to a Saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ and accept Him into our lives, our lives, our sins, our shortcomings are all covered by the blood of the Lamb.

How many chances have you been given? I can’t count the ones God has bestowed upon me. He is such a loving and forgiving God. However, HE WILL NOT BE MOCKED! God will not tarry with us forever.jacobseesjosephagaininegypt

Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Have you heard God calling you? Have you thought that you heard in your heart and spirit “Walk this way” and you chose to walk another? We are human. We make mistakes. We fall, God picks us up. God understands because He created us. We are our own worst enemy though. God can forgive if we come to Him with a truly repentant heart. But if we never acknowledge our error, turn from it, repent and ask forgiveness, how is God ever going to forgive us? We keep holding on to it and beating ourselves over the head with “IT”… whatever “IT” is. God says the time is now. Not next week, not even the next hour… Now!

Hebrews 4:7

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”[a]

James 4:15

14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

If God calls you to come to Him and either walk a different path – away from a damaging situation or relationship, or come to Jesus for your salvation, don’t ignore that call. That still, small voice is the most important one you will ever hear! Heed God’s call to come to Him. After all He calls you His beloved!

The Song – The Wind And The Waves – David Phelps

The Video – The Wind And The Waves (with lyrics) – David Phelps

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PRAYER – MOSES, AARON AND THE ISRAELITES

I just realized that yesterday’s post was entitled Moses Goes To Egypt. Actually I jumped the gun on that title… it ended up being more about Moses’ obedience… or disobedience before they went to Egypt. A little part of the scripture spoke of him loading his wife, Zipporah and children and their belongings on a donkey and headed to Egypt. However, before they got on the road, Moses encountered an Angel of the Lord and scripture says the Lord sought to kill Moses. Here is the link for yesterday’s post if you missed it “PRAYER – MOSES GOES TO EGYPT” After that encounter, Aaron meets Moses and Moses tells Aaron all about what the Lord had told him from the burning bush. They actually had not started out for Egypt yet.

As I have told you before, sometimes God speaks to my heart in powerful ways and dirGOD SPEAKSects what He wants me to write in my blog posts. Tonight is no exception. I had one thing planned and when I sat down to read and write, God directed me to the events of this morning. He reminded me of the conversation He and I had as I started off to work. This morning He wanted me to listen to the last part of that scripture in Exodus 4 (yesterday’s scripture) again and listen very good. So I did and here is what God said to my heart.

The last part of Exodus 4 is about Aaron and Moses going to the Israelites first. They began telling them all about God hearing their cries and the burning bush and all the signs and wonders that God wanted Moses to show them. Then… THEN… the reaction of the Israelites! That was paramount, God said to me! So I thought about it and it instantly brought tears to my eyes. God spoke to my heart about their reaction! I tell you something happens to me when I hear the Word of the Lord spoken on my Bible App on my phone. The spoken Word of God is so powerful! It cuts deep into my soul and reaches places that cannot or have not ever been reached by just reading. Don’t get me wrong… reading is wonderful, but when I got the Bible App and began to listen to the spoken Word of God, it came alive! It is alive!

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12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I tell you if you do not have a Bible App on your phone or computer or iPad, you need to get one! I use You Version and really love it. Here is a link to download it for free – You Version. God’s Word is an awesome and a powerful thing! It has strength, encouragement, instruction, peace, love, and so many other things that need to sink deep into our souls and spirits. It is life giving, life sustaining and will help you through any … ANY situation! So… let’s read the scripture again in Exodus about the Israelites reaction to Aaron and Moses and all the signs and wonders God told them to share with them.

Exodus 4:29-31

29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. 30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.

The part I have underlined and bolded is important and I need to spend a little time on that first before I go any further.

Now, these people, the Israelites, had been in captivity, slaves for Pharaoh for years… years… and years… Moses left when he was 40 and he is now 80. Most of the folks that were there that may have 8813197remembered the “good days” of Joseph, have probably long since died or at least are very old. These folks have been under oppression for a very long time and now they hear the good news that God has heard their cries and pleading to please save them from this all.

Let’s think about that for a moment. “… they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction…”  They realized that the God of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob … and Joseph, still knew who they were. He had not forgotten them. He was still there and He cared for them! The realization of that became such a wonderful thing that they had no other response but to “bow their heads and worship”. I tell you they heard… “HEARD” the Words of the Lord that Aaron spoke. The spoken Word of God! It is alive!

Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Slide-5

God visited them before Moses and Aaron did and now the people are hearing the Words of God spoken to them in a very personal way! The Words came alive and sunk deep into their hearts, souls and spirits. They were moved! They bowed and worshiped!

Sometimes in church when Pastor Brad is teaching and he gets so into the scripture that you can just see Jesus in him. I just want to bow and worship! It is an amazing thing to experience the power of the spoken Word of God and allow it to sink deep into your soul and spirit. That is also why I love the hymns and praise songs that sing the actual scripture. It is a powerful thing to speak and sing scriptures.

So the Israelites bowed and worshiped. They had church right there! What an awesome beginning to a wonderful journey to come. Those times are so very important because we can draw strength from those times to get us through some more lean times. The scriptures are always available to us these days. Everyone can carry one on your phone or with you in the car or at your desk at work or on your kitchen table at home. The Bible is available. It is God’s love story to us! It is something that we, as Christians, need to get into! Read and LISTEN to the Word. Thank the Lord above that we live in a country, here in the USA, that it is not a crime to carry a Bible. Some folks around the world may not be as fortunate as we are.130822-TH-Gods-Word-Our-Foundation

I heard it said before about some churches that if they don’t preach the Word and Jesus Christ, then don’t even begin to warm the seat. God’s Word is absolute! It is what we must follow and learn what God is trying to tell us in the scriptures. That is the way to grow and bear fruit. If we don’t know what is between “In the beginning…” and “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” How are we going to tell others about our awesome and powerful, Almighty God!? God’s Word is powerful and I want that power to make it through the day!

The Israelites recognized God’s Word and bowed and worshiped! They were moved! Have you been moved lately by hearing the Word of God? Have you been moved so much that you bow and worship because of hearing the Word of God? If not, talk to God and ask Him to move you! Ask Him to speak truth and love to your spirit and strengthen you for the day or night or week or month ahead! Or even the minute ahead. He is faithful. He will do as you ask, IF you ask! He loves you so much! He calls you His beloved.

The Song – This is My Word – The Singing Men of North Central Texas

The Video – This Is My Word

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