Today is Day 8 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
In just 1 week, we’ve already covered 90 chapters of Scripture – Genesis 1-50 and Exodus 1-40! Great job! Keep it up! Today, we begin the bloody book of Leviticus.
One thing you may have noticed that’s different about Exodus than Genesis is that the tone really changed. We certainly saw a lot of the devastation of sin in Genesis, but we really get up close and personal with it in Exodus. The new Pharaoh that took the throne in the beginning of Exodus didn’t know Joseph and didn’t respect God’s people, so harsh slavery ensued. However, as God is always faithful to do, He raised up a deliver. And who did God choose? An 80-year old cowardly shepherd with a stuttering problem named Moses! God has a sense of humor, doesn’t He?
Moses squared off with Pharaoh, and after a series of 10 devastating plagues that left Egypt almost completely destroyed, God’s people finally left the slavery of Egypt.
Exodus 12:35-36 – Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
Not only did God get what He wanted (the exodus of His people from Egypt), but they also plundered the most powerful nation in the world on their way out!
The adventure didn’t end there, though – it was just beginning. They soon saw more miraculous deliverance as God parted the Red Sea, allowed them to walk across on dry land, then drowned the Egyptian army with it! Amazing!
The second half of Exodus may have been a bit of a challenge to read as they went over many chapters of detailed laws (Exodus 20 lists the 10 Commandments) and instructions for building the Temple. God was so detailed, He even outlined what kind of underwear the priests should wear!
Be encouraged by this, though: God sees you, He knows you, and He’s intimately acquainted with your pain. He will deliver, but deliverance may not be when you planned or look how you would think…and that’s the hard part. In addition to pulling you out of slavery, He also wants to use you to build His temple and serve His people! He doesn’t just want to save you, but He wants to use you to save others as well!
Next up: Leviticus. Buckle up.