Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Reading Through the Bible as a Family: Week 6

This week has been a very exciting week of reading.  We picked up where the plagues ended!  The kids were begging us to keep reading at the beginning of the week.

They also enjoyed reading about the exodus of the Children of Israel as well.

Something they picked up on their own was the number of times they would grumble or complain.  So, that is something we have started to count as we read.  It's also a good reminder for us.  How often does the Lord do something for us, only to have us turn around and complain about the way He did it??

So here's the top 10 points our family took away from this week's reading:

1.     The plagues were bad!  God must have REALLY hardened Pharaoh’s heart to endure them as long as he did.  Obviously, God had the power to change this situation any way at any time, but He chose to do it this way.  And it worked… as we read further into the Bible we see that generations later, people from other lands still speak of the God who dealt so powerfully with the Egyptians.  Others feared Him and took Him seriously without even knowing Him. 

2.     It was important for the Children of Israel to be packed and ready to go at a moment's notice.  They had to be obedient or they would have missed their opportunity to get to freedom.  How many times do we miss our opportunity to be blessed because we are not ready and obedient?

3.     Pharaoh quickly changed his mind. 

4.     God parted the sea.  Big miracle #2 in the exodus of the Children of Israel. 

5.     The Children of Israel then grumbled because they were hungry???  After seeing the sea parted, which they just walked across - on dry land - to their victorious escape??

6.     Manna from Heaven happened. - Another amazing miracle from the Lord.

7.     God appeared on the mountain and brought thunder and lightning and fire with Him.

8.     People and animals would die if went on the mountain while God was there... except Moses.
9.     God gave them the Ten Commandments, a list of rules to live by you could say. 

10. God was very detailed in his instructions for how the temple and for the Ark of the Covenant should be constructed.  In the past, I have been known to say that I which God would give me detailed instructions on what He wanted me to do.  Reading this passage reminded me that I need to be careful what I ask for.  These details seem a little overwhelming to me!  

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