Exodus:1:20, 21 “Therefore God prospered the midwives…Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families.” (CJB)
Ex. 7:6 “Moshe and Aharon did exactly what Adonai ordered them to do.” (CJB)
Ex. 12:28 “Then the people of Israel went and did as Adonai had ordered Moshe and Aharon–that is what they did.” (CJB)
Ex. 12:32 “…get out of here! But bless me, too.” (CJB)
Most people want God’s blessings. Most of us don’t want to do what is required to receive God’s blessings. In Ex. 1:20, the midwives ignored the Pharaoh’s edict to kill the Hebrew baby boys because they feared God. He blessed them.
Exodus 7:6 and 12:28 tells us Moses and Aaron did exactly what God said to do. He used them as instruments to fulfill His promises. God’s people, on the night of Passover did exactly what God told them to do and He passed over them on the night all the firstborn in Egypt were killed.
Then we come to Pharaoh. He stubbornly refused to obey God’s commands. Finally, in desperation, tells the Israelites to “Get out!” (But later reneged on that.) Then, he has the audacity to ask for God’s blessing!
Do we continually ask for God’s blessings, while refusing to keep His commandments?
I have for the last 10 years or so read through the Bible every year. About two years ago, I started reading through the Bible in Hebrew. THAT went a little slower, since I am still learning the language. I am in Jeremiah (in Hebrew) and I also read the Torah portion in Hebrew every week. This year, I decided to also go back to reading through the Bible in English. I invite you to join me! If you have never done it, I guarantee you will be surprised how much you will learn and how it will bless your life. ( You only have to read 3.26 chapters a day, although sometimes I read more.)
I will be posting some comments based on my reading for the day as often as I can. I welcome you to join in and add your comments.
I did start reading on January 1st, but just getting around to posting comments.
The following are based on Genesis 1-20
Genesis 2:3 “God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy..” (CJB)
Comment: I hear so many people say it doesn’t matter what day, or we’re free from keeping Sabbath, but it was set apart as holy clear back in Genesis. So when did God change that?’ He thought it important enough to set in stone, but I don’t see where he changed it.
Genesis 6:14 “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood..”
Comment: Do you ever feel like you are in the minority, following God? Think how Noah felt, building an ark when it had never rained and having only your family follow you?
Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curse you…”
Comment: God is speaking to Abraham. This is repeated several times throughout scripture in reference to the descendants of Abraham. It seems to me there is an increasing number of people under a curse by God for their treatment of His people.
Realizing that so many of us “raised in the church” may have (through our ignorance) really believed in and kept only 9 of the commandments, I thought it important to help my grandchildren learn all 10 and what they meant. They could both easily recite all 10 by age three and shortly thereafter give a brief explanation of each one. (We did have to instruct my granddaughter that the 9th commandment did not have to do with “bearing false sweatness”:) Imagine my surprise, when someone recently informed me that the 1st Commandment wasn’t “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”! According to Hebrew interpretation, it is Exodus 20:2: “I am the Lord (YHWH) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (The next two are combined into the 2nd commandment). The idea being that our Father is establishing His authority and reminding us who He is, distinguished from all the false gods of the surrounding nations. If you read through the Torah, He constantly repeats this first commandment to recognize Him as the one true God. Just a reminder (to me) that we are all still learning, unless we have come to the place where we think we know it all. As one of my Bible college professors so aptly put it, “We’re all wrong somewhere.” Father, continue to show me where.