February 12th Bible Reading

easywayExodus 34:1-35:9, Matthew 27:15-31, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

Pilate found nothing deserving of death in Jesus. He wanted to let him go. Pilate’s wife wanted Pilate to let him go. Pilate was the Roman governor ruling occupied Jerusalem, and he did not want trouble in his territory. The most powerful of those he ruled brought Jesus to him wanting the death sentence. He was in a sticky situation, so he decided to use Jesus’ popularity with the people against the Pharisees. He had a custom of releasing one prisoner at the people’s request during the Feast. It had only been around a week before that shouts had filled the city as Jesus came in riding on a donkey. A spontaneous parade took place as people laid down their clothes and palm branches so that even the donkey’s feet would not have to touch the dirty street. The people had loved him. The Pharisee’s were using made up charges against Jesus and obviously were motivated out of jealousy. Pilate’s plan was brilliant. He could let Jesus go and it would not be his decision and therefore stir up trouble for himself with those who hated his rule already. All he had to do was use the custom he had done so many times and let the people of the city free Jesus. If they gave him that parade, they would certainly choose to set him free.

People can be so fickle. The Pharisees “persuaded” the crowd to ask for Barabbas. This crowd had to have at least some of the people who welcomed him as their king just a few days before. The answer was not what was expected. They asked for the wrong man. This stunned Pilate and he asked one question too many. “What shall I do with Jesus?” At that point he lost control. Some of those same people who had welcomed Jesus were now crying out for Jesus to be killed in the most painful way they could think of.

The easy way out rarely is.

Brandon Clark
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February 11th Bible Reading

Worship_PraiseExodus 32:1-33:23, Matthew 26:69-27:14, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 8:33-36

There is a little glimpse in Exodus 33:10 of how the people of God actually did it right. Exodus 32 was a bit of a low point. The Israelites quickly turned to false gods while waiting for Moses to meet with God on the mountain. They whined and complained to Aaron. Aaron, being a weak leader, gave into the desires of the people and made them a golden calf. It was not a pretty scene. Especially in light of all of the miracles that God had so recently performed. (That is why it is just not true when people say that if God would just do…this or that then they would serve him forever. External things don’t motivate us. Relationships are internal.) Back to Exodus 33:10. Here Moses is meeting with God and the people worshipped “each at the entrance to his tent.” They worshipped at home. Their honor of God had found its way into the homes of the people of Israel. There is a time for getting everyone together and worshipping, but worship should also find its way into our homes. Let’s find time to worship today, even at home.

Brandon Clark

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February 10th Bible Reading

pattternExodus 30:11-31:18, Matthew 26:47-68, Psalms 32:1-11, Proverbs 8:27-32

Every time I read anything connected to the Tabernacle in the wilderness I still cannot get over how everything that God instructed Moses to “make all things according to the pattern showed to you on the mountain (Ex 5:-40) ” speaks of Jesus and the redemption plan. It you look at Hebrews 8:1-5 you will see that the church today is still centered on the “True Tabernacle” that the Lord (not man) erected in heavenly places. Space will not allow explaining every detail about how the Tabernacle speaks of Jesus and the redemption plan of God but I will bring out some points.

As you read ahead you will learn how the Tabernacle itself was constructed, and in Ex.36:20 there were 48 boards of “acacia wood” in the Tabernacle overlaid with gold. These boards were to support the Tabernacle and they are a symbol of men covered with God’s Glory. We are now the Temple of our God and we have this treasure in earthen vessels so that the excellence is of Him and not of us.

When you look at Ex. 31:2 we see a man named Bezalel who was the “Master Craftsman” of the Tabernacle. The Scripture says he was given the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding; He was a type of the Holy Spirit in that the Holy Spirit has been given the assignment to build all of the attributes of our Lord into our lives. The Holy Spirit is our Master Craftsman. We are credited in our spiritual bank account these attributes, but we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit in obedience. We must not let the world conform us but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans12:2) to see ourselves the way God sees us IN CHRIST.

Larry Lane (2010)

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February 9th Bible Reading

wisdom1Exodus 29:1-30:10, Matthew 26:14-46, Psalm 31:19-24, Proverbs 8:14-2

We look at all creation and should be in awe. It is amazing to see how everything works so beautifully together. But even before all of this was created, God first created wisdom. This passage in Proverbs is a continuation of “Wisdom’s” autobiography that began yesterday. Solomon becomes the ghostwriter for Wisdom itself. Today we got to read the bulk of Wisdom’s story. It reads a little like a personal ad might read. If Wisdom was on eHarmony, this passage is what would be there. It lists Wisdom’s personal attributes, likes, accomplishments and brief personal history. The point is Wisdom wants to be found (“those who seek me find me”). Wisdom wants you to know its attributes and recognize it when you see it. Wisdom wants to be a part of your life. In the truest sense of the word, Wisdom is our soulmate. (Soul being defined as our mind, will and emotions.) When we make wisdom part of our lives, our soul gets the guidance that we need and it leads us to the life that God has created for us and that we so long to live. Pursue wisdom. You won’t regret it.

Brandon Clark

Ex 29:1-30:10, Mat 26:14-46, Psalm 31:19-24, Prov 8:14-26

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February 8th Bible Reading

coin flipExodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

There is so much depth of meaning in looking at the high priest’s garment. The Urim and Thummim were objects that were used in making decisions by the High Priest. The traditional view of the translation of Urim and Thummim is “Light and Truth.” They were used like casting lots or flipping a quarter in making a decision. The big difference is that the Urim and Thummim were guided by God. The text says that “Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.” God has always wanted to lead us from within. Not through an external set of rules that would force us in a direction, but through an internal desire to love and follow him. God has placed his Spirit within us to be our guide. God has given us the truth to be hidden in our hearts. In our reading, we have not made it to the book of Acts yet but when we get there we will see a similar decision making style taking place in the first chapter. The disciples remember that the scriptures foretold that someone would take Judas’s place. They proposed two different men for the job and then they cast lots. The lot fell to a man named Matthias (who we never hear of again, although I am sure that he had a great ministry impact). Shortly after that, the Holy Spirit is poured out and they never cast lots again. They are always led by the Spirit. Even in Exodus, God was showing that it was more about the heart than it was about the Urim and Thummim.

Brandon Clark
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February 7th Bible Reading

God’s Protection

As a child I only looked to my parents and siblings for protection. I knew Jesus back then as we were in church nearly every Sunday, and I was taught that Jesus loved me, but in my young mind my protection came from people I could see, my family. Looking back on my life I realize Jesus really protected me quite often from a lot of things, starting with my first recollection at the ripe old age of 4. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized my need for God and his protection. When I was 18 I got a very serious case of chickenpox. It started with a few bumps behind my ear and then the dreadful fever came. I remember laying on my sister’s couch after I had been sent home from work just burning up. I literally felt like I was slipping away and that I was going to die. I remember the first thing I did was start praying for Jesus to help and protect me and keep me from death. By the time I woke up in the morning I was covered from head to toe with so many chickenpox I couldn’t even count, and even though I felt better it was awful. But Jesus heard my cry for mercy and he answered my call for help.  Psalm 31:22.  I didn’t die.

I have lived most of my adult life as a single woman. I had two children who depended on me for everything. In their little eyes I was now the protector. Little did they know that history was repeating itself. My parents looked to God for protection and I looked to my parents for protection. Now that I was a mother myself and on my own, I now looked to God for protection while my children looked to me for protection. I taught them while they were young that we did not have to be afraid of anything. Jesus would protect us because he said he would. 2 Thessalonians 3:3.

We only need to honor him and trust that he will do what he said he would do. His goodness is great!

He will hide us and keep us safe in the shelter of his presence. Put your hope in the Lord. You can trust him.

Sabrina Scott

Ex 26:1-27:21,  Mat 25:1-30,  Psalm 31:1-8, Prov 8:1-11protection

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February 6th Bible Reading

forwardMay 19 Exodus 23:14-25:40, Matthew 24:29-51, Psalm 30:1-12, Proverbs 7:24-27

We covered a lot of interesting stuff today, but I want to comment on Exodus 23:29-30. God is giving Moses and the Israelites the game plan. He is telling them how it is going to go down when they get to the land that He is going to give them. There are enemies in the land. People that they are going to have to deal with at some point, but God makes an interesting statement that lets us see how God leads us. God lets them know that he is not going to drive all of the inhabitants out at once. Not even in a single year. It is going to be a process. God is only going to move out the enemy and make way for them to expand as they are able to properly maintain the land. “Little by little” is the completion plan. Often we want God to give us everything now. Deal with all of our issues now. But God only leads us forward into new areas as we are ready to handle it and maintain it. That is why it is so important to let God lead and be satisfied with what He is doing in our lives. It is pointless to learn something new if we are not going to put it into practice. The Holy Spirit will lead into taking ground in your life that you can truly occupy and enjoy.
Let’s move forward.
Brandon Clark
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February 5th Bible Reading

justice_lg_01Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matthew 24:1-28, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23

The bulk of today’s Exodus reading is simply outlining laws that can be summed up in the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” The golden rule can then be reduced to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Moses has written law after law that says that if you or your property damage or destroy someone else or their property then you have to make it right. Much of our U.S. law was inspired and guided by the laws that God had Moses write.

These laws laid the foundation for a society of people who will take responsibility for their actions. We as believers today should embrace the spirit of these laws and make sure that we treat those around us with honor and dignity. Verse 23, gives us the Bible’s view on the life of the unborn. It requires “life for life” and “wound for wound.” The unborn are treated just like the born.

Brandon Clark
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