Daily Bible Reading Day 57: Exodus 9/Luke 12
The Egyptians livestock all died. Painful boils affected The bodies of all the Egyptians. And hail destroyed the land. Three different plagues hit Egypt, except the area of Goshen, where The Israelites inhabited. God protected the livestock, land and health of The Israelites during these plagues.
Pharaoh would promise to let Moses and his people go, but then change his mind. Pharaoh had many opportunities to obey God, but refused. The people and land of Egypt were so close to being wiped out.
There will be many opportunities for us to be obedient and hear God’s voice. Unfortunately, if we continue to be disobedient and defiant, we will not hear God’s voice and direction in our lives. Our lives and loved ones will be severely affected. Let us submit our lives to God.
Jesus warns us against hypocrisy. We may say we are for God but our lives do not reflect it. This was the case for The Pharisees and other religious teachers in that day. They acted pious but their hearts were dead.
In our lives there will be people who speak against God. If we remain silent or be in agreement to avoid confrontation, we are denying Christ. It is hard to be bold, especially with how much the world rejects God. Even if we do stand up for Jesus, we could get rejected by others. And that is okay. As long as we believe that The Holy Spirit dwells within us, the right words will be given to us in that moment.
Jesus wants us to always be prepared for His coming. We can do that by living out of our beliefs and show the love of Jesus to whomever we meet.
Worry….Jesus does not want us to worry. The world has always been anxious. Different worries in different times. But Jesus says how God will take care of us. God will not give us tons of money or material things. God will give us comfort and take care of our needs. Everyday we have breath, is a day to be thankful. Let our heart be pure so our lives show it.
Daily Bible Reading Day 56: Exodus 8/Luke 11
Moses told Pharaoh that his country would be infested with frogs because he would not let The Israelites leave. No place was safe from frogs. Pharaoh said he would let Moses and his people go if he got rid of the frogs. Moses got rid of the frogs through prayer. But Pharaoh became stubborn and reneged on his promise.
Another plague, gnats, came upon the land of Egypt. Even Pharaoh’s magicians said that this came from God. But Pharaoh remained stubborn.
After the gnats left, God sent flies all over Egypt. But there were no flies in the area where The Israelites lived. Pharaoh asked for Moses to relieve them of the flies. He said they could go sacrifice their animals in some land that Pharaoh designated. Moses knew that this would be a compromise and told Pharaoh that they could not sacrifice the animals there. Pharaoh wanted Moses to compromise and get what he wanted. Moses did pray for the flies to leave and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened again.
When God asks us to be obedient, it is according to what He asks, not what we can twist and manipulate.
Jesus teaches his disciples (and us) about prayer. Jesus praised God first and then made his requests. May our prayers be a conversation with God. We are in a relationship with God, not demanding our wishes be fulfilled. Jesus says we are to be persistent and bold with our prayers.
Jesus was casting out a demon from a mute person. Some of the people watching could not believe that this power came from Father God, but from the devil. Jesus always knew what to say. Jesus turned their accusations against them. He also pointed out how once we are emptied of sin or evil, we must be filled with The Holy Spirit, one of the greatest gifts The Heavenly Father gave us. If we don’t, the evil will still come back.
Jesus wants our hearts to be pure, so we can be a light for unbelievers.
After Jesus was finished speaking a Pharisee invited Jesus for a meal. Jesus didn’t follow their tradition of wash before a meal. That Pharisee began to criticize Jesus. Jesus gave examples of their hypocrisy and religious rhetoric. Jesus knew they were not pure in heart and how their demands were not helping the community grow in their relationship with God.
The Pharisees and teachers of law were very upset and wanted to prove Him wrong.