This is a book of victory - examples to the believer of how to possess God's inheritance and conquer the enemy. Theme: Christian's faith & God's faithfulness (23:14; 24:15) Our faith rests on the faithfulness of God's promises (1:5-9 - Faith in God's presence & promise removes fear.)
This is the "2nd Law" (actually just a repeat of the first.) The new generation needed it reviewed to them b/c they were about to face some new enemies and new struggles. The Lord knows we are forgetful - this book is full of reminders... don't forget God, His promises, your salvation, etc.
This book isn't about numbers at all! It's about the consequence of sin. Named from 2 census' (roughly 600,000 men/soldiers). Ends where it starts - at the door of the promised land... will they go in? The trip that should have taken 11 days had taken 40 years of wandering the in wilderness of regret … Continue reading Numbers
The book of deliverance [Exodus means: to exit, depart, leave] Main character: Moses (humble intercessor) his name has double-meaning... 1-Egyptian: one who is drawn out (passive) - the delivered 2-Hebrew: one who draws out (active) - the deliverer Brief Outline: 1-Bondage of 400 yrs (ch 1-2) 2-Deliverance (3-12) 3-Law & Order (13-40) Themes: Holiness of … Continue reading Exodus
In Exodus 15, we catch up with the people of Israel on the proverbial 'mountain-top.' They had just witnessed the greatest victory in the history of their nation. They were up, way up. Yet if you read through to the end of the chapter, they have traveled three days without water in a parched desert and they are thirsty. Excitement spread as they saw water in the distance. Is it a mirage? No - it's the real thing! They ran to drink. Oh no, it's stagnate. It's bitter, not to mention dangerous. Just three days after their emotional high, they find themselves tired and thirsty, in the lowest of emotional valleys.
God often leads His people into situations that do not make sense to us. His ways are not always logical. Our perspective usually includes the shortest distance between two points, while God plans for the best route from an eternal perspective. After God had delivered Israel from Egypt, He led them right into a trap. They were penned in by the mountains, the desert, and the sea; this was not a reasonable strategy of escape. But God knew exactly what would happen, and this is exactly where Israel needed to be for reasons they would only understand later. God did not need their assistance, only their obedience. He was in total control and only needed their surrender for His plan to work perfectly (Ex. 14).