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Bread from Heaven- Exodus 16

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Bread from Heaven

Exodus 16 The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’ ” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’ ” 17 The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers apiece. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord; bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.’ ” 24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses commanded them; and it did not become foul, and there were no worms in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is a sabbath, there will be none.”

27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none. 28 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions? 29 See! The Lord has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you food for two days; each of you stay where you are; do not leave your place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 The house of Israel called it manna; it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 32 Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, in order that they may see the food with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’ ” 33 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the Lord, to be kept throughout your generations.” 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the covenant, for safekeeping. 35 The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a habitable land; they ate manna, until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. 36 An omer is a tenth of an ephah. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Why do you think the Lord did not immediately provide the mana to the people of Israel?
  2. What are your thoughts about the response of the Israelites to the mana from heaven?
  3. What is the significance of the larger portion of mana on the 6th day?
  4. Is there something in your life that reminds you of the mana from heaven?
  5. What is the significance of something like the mana that is immediately useful, but cannot be hoarded and stored?

 

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for the substance you have provided to me.  O God, there are things you have shared with me so freely, even when I did not ask!  Lord, forgive me when I have not trusted in your providence, your grace, your protection and your mercy.  Lord, give me something like a pillar of fire to lead me through the desert of my despair, the oceans of my opportunities and the highway of hope.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 16:1–36). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Old Testament Prophecies of the Birth of Jesus

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River Jordan Baptism

 

 

Today at noon, I am leading a Bible Discussion that will focus on prophecies from the Old Testament that predicted the birth and life of Jesus.  One of the reasons why Jesus was crucified is that the nature of his life and ministry challenged the people of his time because they looked for Jesus to come in the form of a conquering king who would topple the Roman government, but instead, he assumed the form of a sacrificial lamb and suffering servant.

One of the most powerful prophecies of the birth, nature and role of Jesus as the Messiah, is found in the 9th chapter of the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah The Righteous Reign of the Coming King

(Isa 11:1–9)

Isaiah 9 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2     The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

on them light has shined.

3     You have multiplied the nation,

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with joy at the harvest,

as people exult when dividing plunder.

4     For the yoke of their burden,

and the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor,

you have broken as on the day of Midian.

5     For all the boots of the tramping warriors

and all the garments rolled in blood

shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

6     For a child has been born for us,

a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

and he is named

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7     His authority shall grow continually,

and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom.

He will establish and uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time onward and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. [1]

 

Isaiah preached and prophesied after the breakup of the Israelite nation, after the unified years of the northern and southern kingdom during the time of Solomon.  The people yearned for a strong, military type king who would right all the wrongs, defeat their enemies, and restore the kingdom to its glorious past.  The Word of God to Isaiah in chapter 9 excited the people of Israel with the notion that the Messiah would be born and would give the people not only hope, but prosperity.  What the people could not foresee was Jesus the Christ, who came to earth with the gentle spirit of a lamb, taught salvation and redemption from sin, and would die so that you and I might have life everlasting!

While there are more than 600 prophecies about the birth, nature and role of Jesus, I will focus today on a handful of scriptures and will point to their fulfilment in Jesus.  If you are in the Detroit, Michigan area, I invite you to stop by the Plymouth United Church of Christ, where I serve as pastor and senior minister – 600 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48201.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Madonna Rose – Jordan River Baptism during the 2018, “Following in the Footsteps of Jesus Tour” (Plymouth United Church of Christ, Detroit)

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 9:1–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Song of Moses and the Song of Miriam- Exodus 15

This is Nick Hood, pastor and senior minister of the Plymouth United Church of Christ.  Before I get into the reading of Exodus chapter 15 of the Book of Exodus, I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to this audio reading from the Bible.  Today, I ran into Dr. Cynthia Kispert, who is a member of the church I pastor, who also is a daily listener to this podcast.  Cynthia said three things that stuck out in my mind.  One, she said she likes the podcast and looks forward to hearing it.  Two, she said she gets a big kick out of a phrase I say near the end of the podcast when I mention that, “My church is located at 600 E. Warren Ave. at the Tip Top of the Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.”  Three, she asked if I would add a brief commentary to add to the audio reading of the Bible.  I really appreciate feedback from those of you who take the time to listen to the podcast.  I also appreciate comments from those who read the blog.  I can be reached at nhoo996937@aol.com, and would love to hear from you.  So, here we go with a little commentary and reflection on where we are in the Book of Exodus.

Chapter 15 is set in the wilderness after the children of Israel have passed beyond the Red Sea.  The section of the Red Sea where Moses and the Israelites crossed over is literally, “Troubled water.”  I visited the spot where Moses and the people were said to have walked through the sea bed.  The water is rough, and we were told that it historically has been agitated.  The land on the side of the water where Moses and the people crossed over is a desert.  Our group drove on a highway through the desert, but it is a sandy desert.  As we drove through the desert, in my mind, I could imagine Moses and  his people being led by a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night.  After fearing that Pharaoh and his army would kill them, or that they might drown in the Red Sea, but learning that they in fact had survived the worst, and now Pharaoh and his army had drowned,  Moses leads the people in a song of thanksgiving and praise.  His sister spontaneously leads the women in a complementary song.  It must have been quite an experience with around a million people breaking out in song.

As I read chapter 15 of the Book of Exodus, I invite you to sit back, close your eyes and imagine what it must have been like for the people of Israel to be of one accord as they worshiped God in song.

 

The Song of Moses

(Ex 14:13–14; Ps 78:12–14)

Exodus 15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

2    The Lord is my strength and my might,

and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3    The Lord is a warrior;

the Lord is his name.

4    “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he cast into the sea;

his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea.

5    The floods covered them;

they went down into the depths like a stone.

6    Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power—

your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.

7    In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries;

you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble.

8    At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up,

the floods stood up in a heap;

the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

9    The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.

I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’

10   You blew with your wind, the sea covered them;

they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11   “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in splendor, doing wonders?

12   You stretched out your right hand,

the earth swallowed them.

13   “In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed;

you guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

14   The peoples heard, they trembled;

pangs seized the inhabitants of Philistia.

15   Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;

trembling seized the leaders of Moab;

all the inhabitants of Canaan melted away.

16   Terror and dread fell upon them;

by the might of your arm, they became still as a stone

until your people, O Lord, passed by,

until the people whom you acquired passed by.

17   You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession,

the place, O Lord, that you made your abode,

the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.

18   The Lord will reign forever and ever.”

19 When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his chariot drivers went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them; but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.

The Song of Miriam

(Num 26:59)

20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Bitter Water Made Sweet

22 Then Moses ordered Israel to set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter. That is why it was called Marah. 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 He cried out to the Lord; and the Lord showed him a piece of wood; he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

There the Lord made for them a statute and an ordinance and there he put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they camped there by the water.   [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the song Moses led the people of Israel in singing?
  2. What are your thoughts about the song of Miriam?
  3. What image comes to mind when you read that the people of Israel went three days in the wilderness, only to find that at Marah, but it was bitter?
  4. How do you think Moses knew to throw the piece of wood into the water at Marah? Do you think Moses threw the piece of wood in bitterness and anger, or in faith?
  5. Has there ever been a time in your life when you were thirsty, but could not drink the water that was before you?

 

 

Prayer: Show me the path, Lord.  Show me the way that will quench my thirst.  Show me the way to satisfy my stomach and my soul.  Show me the way to righteousness and wholesomeness.  Lord, you have been so good to me.  When I was hungry, you fed me.  When I was thirsty, you gave me drink.  In my loneliness, you gave me comfort.  Lord, I seek your blessing this day.  Grant me your favor.  Grant me your peace.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 15:1–27). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Exodus chapter 15 – The Song of Moses and the Song of Miriam https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Exodus-chapter-15—The-Song-of-Moses-and-the-Song-of-Miriam-e2npb3

The Command of God to Moses to Consecrate the First Born

Exodus 13 The Lord said to Moses: Consecrate to me all the firstborn; whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelites, of human beings and animals, is mine.

The Festival of Unleavened Bread

(Ex 12:14–20)

Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 10 You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.

The Consecration of the Firstborn

11 “When the Lord has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your ancestors, and has given it to you, 12 you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your livestock that are males shall be the Lord’s. 13 But every firstborn donkey you shall redeem with a sheep; if you do not redeem it, you must break its neck. Every firstborn male among your children you shall redeem. 14 When in the future your child asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall answer, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from human firstborn to the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord every male that first opens the womb, but every firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ 16 It shall serve as a sign on your hand and as an emblem on your forehead that by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

The Pillars of Cloud and Fire

(Ex 40:34–38; Num 9:15–23; 1 Kings 8:10–11)

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. 19 And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” 20 They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. 21 The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.  [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Why do you think God placed so much attention upon the first born of the Israelites, including humans and animals?
  2. What do you make of the directions regarding the first-born donkeys to be redeemed by a sheep?
  3. What are your thoughts regarding the command not to enter the promised land by way of the Philistines?
  4. What is the significance of the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire?
  5. After reading chapter 13, how have your thoughts about offering a sacrifice to God been impacted?
  6. After reading chapter 13, with its emphasis on an acceptable offering of the first born, can you understand better the similarities and differences between the Israelite concept of sacrifice of the first born and some of its neighbors that practiced human sacrifice?

 

Prayer:  Prepare me, Lord, that I might make an acceptable sacrifice unto you.  Humble my heart, so that I might truly appreciate what you have done, are doing and will do for me in the days, months and years ahead.  Lord, I offer back to you, the best of what you have given to me.  Take my heart and use it.  Take my soul and enfold it.  Take my mind and transform it.  Lord, I give you back what you have so freely given to me.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Exodus chapter 14 – The command of God to consecrate the first born https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Exodus-chapter-14—The-command-of-God-to-consecrate-the-first-born-e2n7hm

Shine Like a Bright Star in the Night!

The following video is of a church service Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at the Plymouth United Church of Christ. The scripture lesson is taken from Philippians chapter 2 verses 14 through 15 where Paul tells the church at Philippi that because of their faith they shine like bright lights I hope you enjoy. Thank you Pastor Nick

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The Final Plague and the 1st Passover – Exodus 11 and 12

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Exodus 11 and 12 – the final plague and the first Passover https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Exodus-11-and-12—the-final-plague-and-the-first-Passover-e2mjmi

Warning of the Final Plague

(Ex 3:21–22; 12:35–36)

Exodus 11 The Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here; indeed, when he lets you go, he will drive you away. Tell the people that every man is to ask his neighbor and every woman is to ask her neighbor for objects of silver and gold.” The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s officials and in the sight of the people.

Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: About midnight I will go out through Egypt. Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land of Egypt, such as has never been or will ever be again. But not a dog shall growl at any of the Israelites—not at people, not at animals—so that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. Then all these officials of yours shall come down to me, and bow low to me, saying, ‘Leave us, you and all the people who follow you.’ After that I will leave.” And in hot anger he left Pharaoh.

The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, in order that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” 10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land. [1]

 

The First Passover Instituted

(Num 9:1–14; Deut 16:1–8; Ezek 45:21–25)

Exodus 12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a solemn assembly, and on the seventh day a solemn assembly; no work shall be done on those days; only what everyone must eat, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the land of Egypt: you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance. 18 In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day, you shall eat unleavened bread. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alien or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlements you shall eat unleavened bread.

21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. 24 You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. 25 When you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this observance?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.’ ” And the people bowed down and worshiped.

28 The Israelites went and did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.

The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn

(Ex 11:1–10)

29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30 Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. 31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, “Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!”

The Exodus: From Rameses to Succoth

33 The Egyptians urged the people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35 The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing, 36 and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And so they plundered the Egyptians.

37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. 38 A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds. 39 They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.

40 The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. 41 At the end of four hundred thirty years, on that very day, all the companies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 That was for the Lord a night of vigil, to bring them out of the land of Egypt. That same night is a vigil to be kept for the Lord by all the Israelites throughout their generations.

Directions for the Passover

(Gen 17:9–14; Ex 12:1–13)

43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: This is the ordinance for the passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, 44 but any slave who has been purchased may eat of it after he has been circumcised; 45 no bound or hired servant may eat of it. 46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the animal outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. 47 The whole congregation of Israel shall celebrate it. 48 If an alien who resides with you wants to celebrate the passover to the Lord, all his males shall be circumcised; then he may draw near to celebrate it; he shall be regarded as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it; 49 there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.

50 All the Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 That very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, company by company. [2]

 

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your first impressions from Exodus 11 and 12?
  2. What is the significance of the unleavened bread?
  3. Why do you think the lambs that were to be sacrificed were to be roasted whole with no broken bones?
  4. What similarities do you see between the Passover sacrifice of lamb with no broken bones and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary?
  5. What do you make of the request of Pharaoh for Moses and Aaron to ask God to bless him?
  6. What do you make of the command of God regarding the manner in which the Hebrews were to regard strangers and aliens?

 

Prayer:  Lord, grant me a Passover!  Pass me over and bless me with your grace and mercy.  Pass me over and smile upon my lowly estate.  Look beyond my mistakes and bless me because of my faith.  Lead me Lord in your righteousness.  Make your way plain before my face.  I am not worthy of your blessing.  Grant me your favor and tender grace.  Lord, I am ready to follow you more completely.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 11:1–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 12:1–51). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The 8th and 9th Plague- Exodus Chapter 10

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The Eighth Plague: Locusts

(Joel 1:2–4)

Exodus 10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his officials, in order that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I have made fools of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them—so that you may know that I am the Lord.”

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. For if you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country. They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They shall devour the last remnant left you after the hail, and they shall devour every tree of yours that grows in the field. They shall fill your houses, and the houses of all your officials and of all the Egyptians—something that neither your parents nor your grandparents have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’ ” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long shall this fellow be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God; do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, worship the Lord your God! But which ones are to go?” Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, because we have the Lord’s festival to celebrate.” 10 He said to them, “The Lord indeed will be with you, if ever I let your little ones go with you! Plainly, you have some evil purpose in mind. 11 No, never! Your men may go and worship the Lord, for that is what you are asking.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt, so that the locusts may come upon it and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts. 14 The locusts came upon all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever shall be again. 15 They covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was black; and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left; nothing green was left, no tree, no plant in the field, in all the land of Egypt. 16 Pharaoh hurriedly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 Do forgive my sin just this once, and pray to the Lord your God that at the least he remove this deadly thing from me.” 18 So he went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19 The Lord changed the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

The Ninth Plague: Darkness

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven so that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was dense darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23 People could not see one another, and for three days they could not move from where they were; but all the Israelites had light where they lived. 24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses, and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Only your flocks and your herds shall remain behind. Even your children may go with you.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings to sacrifice to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must choose some of them for the worship of the Lord our God, and we will not know what to use to worship the Lord until we arrive there.” 27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was unwilling to let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Take care that you do not see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.” 29 Moses said, “Just as you say! I will never see your face again.” [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the plague of the locusts?
  2. Why is the significance of the plague of darkness?
  3. Do you think Moses is preparing to trick Pharaoh in letting the Israelites go for three days?
  4. What do you think about the interplay between Pharaoh, his advisors and Moses and Aaron?

 

Prayer:  Lord, grant me a spirit of determination.  Strengthen my faith.  Deepen my resolve.  Let nothing or no person turn me around.  Focus my sight on the prize you have set before me and never ever let me falter because of fear and a lack of faith in you.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 10:1–29). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Glass Half-Full People!





Jeremiah 29: 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.[1]My sermon Sunday is about, “Glass Half-Full People.”  The scripture lesson is taken from Jeremiah 29, where the Prophet Jeremiah tries to reassure the people taken into Babylonian exile from Jerusalem that God has not and will not forget them and one day will return them to the city and their families.I call this message, “Glass Half-Full People” because I had a sad experience last week with a fellow who told me that his doctor had informed him that he only had 2-4 months to live.  He and I have not spoken much over the last few years, but we were once close.  He was in one of the youth ministries where I served as an advisor.  I took him and his friends to camp, chaperoned parties, and led Sunday night “Rap” sessions with him and the other youth.  He called me to ask If I would preach his eulogy and if he could have his final service at the church.  I told him, “Of course, I would be honored.”  For the next several minutes, I basically shared with him some of the things I would say during the eulogy.  I did not tell him that was what I was doing, but I wanted him to know that I remembered a lot of good things about his life and his families history in the church.I asked him how he was handling the bad news.  He told me that initially it was depressing, but another doctor came into the picture and gave him hope.  He described the second doctor as a “Glass Half-Full Doctor.”  We then began to talk about the difference between people who are optimistic and those who are pessimistic.  We both realized the gravity of the situation, but it was refreshing for me to be in the presence of a man facing death, who still had hope.
So, that is what my sermon is about. I am including a video of the sermon below.

Nick
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Thank you,



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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Je 29:11–14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Moses Brings the 5th,6th and 7th Plagues- Exodus Chapter 9

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The Fifth Plague: Livestock Diseased

Exodus 9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them, the hand of the Lord will strike with a deadly pestilence your livestock in the field: the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks. But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing shall die of all that belongs to the Israelites.’ ” The Lord set a time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.” And on the next day the Lord did so; all the livestock of the Egyptians died, but of the livestock of the Israelites not one died. Pharaoh inquired and found that not one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he would not let the people go.

The Sixth Plague: Boils

(Deut 28:27)

Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw it in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust all over the land of Egypt, and shall cause festering boils on humans and animals throughout the whole land of Egypt.” 10 So they took soot from the kiln, and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses threw it in the air, and it caused festering boils on humans and animals. 11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils afflicted the magicians as well as all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had spoken to Moses.

The Seventh Plague: Thunder and Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues upon you yourself, and upon your officials, and upon your people, so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 But this is why I have let you live: to show you my power, and to make my name resound through all the earth. 17 You are still exalting yourself against my people, and will not let them go. 18 Tomorrow at this time I will cause the heaviest hail to fall that has ever fallen in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. 19 Send, therefore, and have your livestock and everything that you have in the open field brought to a secure place; every human or animal that is in the open field and is not brought under shelter will die when the hail comes down upon them.’ ” 20 Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried their slaves and livestock off to a secure place. 21 Those who did not regard the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the open field.

22 The Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven so that hail may fall on the whole land of Egypt, on humans and animals and all the plants of the field in the land of Egypt.” 23 Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire came down on the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; 24 there was hail with fire flashing continually in the midst of it, such heavy hail as had never fallen in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 The hail struck down everything that was in the open field throughout all the land of Egypt, both human and animal; the hail also struck down all the plants of the field, and shattered every tree in the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were, there was no hail.

27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “This time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord! Enough of God’s thunder and hail! I will let you go; you need stay no longer.” 29 Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But as for you and your officials, I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God.” 31 (Now the flax and the barley were ruined, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud. 32 But the wheat and the spelt were not ruined, for they are late in coming up.) 33 So Moses left Pharaoh, went out of the city, and stretched out his hands to the Lord; then the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured down on the earth. 34 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned once more and hardened his heart, he and his officials. 35 So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the Lord had spoken through Moses.   [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are the most important lessons from chapter 9?
  2. Why do you think Pharaoh was not convinced by the boils that came upon the people?
  3. Why do you think Pharaoh was not moved by the destruction of livestock?
  4. Why do you think the hail and thunder did not convince Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go?

 

Prayer:  Give me a sign, Lord!  Speak to me and bless me with something that will show me the way.  Clap your hands and I will jump.  Wink and I will smile.  Send a cloud and I will follow.  Bring the snow and I will shovel.  Lord, your blessings are too wonderful.  Lord, grant me your favor.  Grant me your mercy.  Grant me your love.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 9:1–35). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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