Daily Word Buddies – January 23 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 23 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 7-8

Aaron to Speak for Moses – Exodus 7:1-9 | v.1-5 throughout this story we see how much God spoke to & guided Moses, over and over we read “God said to Moses…” God gave Moses His plan and instruction. v.6-7 80 year old Moses and 83 year old Aaron did just as God commanded.

Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake – Exodus 7:8-13 | v.8-13 again “God said to Moses…” staff became snake, Pharaoh’s magicians had a trick like that. They did the same but Aaron’s snake ate up their snakes. Pharaoh didn’t listen – hard heart.

The Plague of Blood – Exodus 7:14-24 | v.14-19 again “God said to Moses…” all water to become blood – the Nile, rivers, streams, canals, ponds, reservoirs, and vessels of wood and stone. v.20 Moses did all God told him to. v.21 couldn’t drink water, all the fish died, smelled bad. v.22-23 but Pharaoh’s magicians had a trick like that and Pharaoh’s heart was further hardened. He didn’t take any of what Moses and Aaron did to heart.

The Plague of Frogs – Exodus 7:25-8:1-15 | v. 25 7 days later. 8:1 again “God said to Moses…” overrun by frogs. v.6 did as God commanded. v.7 Pharaoh’s magicians had a trick like this one also. v.8 But this time Pharaoh asked Moses and Aaron to pray to God to take away the frogs and then he will let the people go sacrifice to God. v.10 Moses had confidence that God would come through for him. v.12 Moses cried out to God. v.13 God did what Moses asked – all the frogs died. v.15 Pharaoh saw this and wouldn’t listen again, went against his word – hard heart.

The Plague of Gnats – Exodus 8:16-19 | v. 16-17 again “God said to Moses…”  all dust will become gnats v.18 Pharaoh’s magicians couldn’t duplicate this with their tricks. v.19 they recognized the “finger of God” but Pharaoh wouldn’t listen – hard heart. I find the phrase ‘hard heart’ funny, today we’d call this hard headed but then again, Jesus did say things flow out through our hearts – thus, hard heart. 

The Plague of Flies – Exodus 8:20-32 | v.20 again “God said to Moses…” v.21 swarms of flies – everywhere. v.22 But God made a distinction between the Egyptians and the Isrealites – He protected His people from this plague – no flies in Goshen. v.24-32 Pharaoh told Moses to pray to God to stop flies then they could go sacrifice.  Moses warned Pharaoh not to go back on his word liek he did last time but once God relented but Pharaoh again went against his word – hard heart.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 15:1-20

That Which Defiles – Matthew 15:1-20 | v.1 important to note that the Pharisees and teachers of the Law came from Jerusalem to see Jesus. v.2 they tried to catch Jesus up – asking why His disciples didn’t follow the traditions of the elders – hand washing before eating. v.3-9 Jesus bodly calls them hyprocrites and turns the questioning back on them. “Why do you break the commands of God for the sake of your tradition?” – wow! This fulfills Isaiah 29:13. v.10 listen and understand – 2 actions v.11 what goes in doesn’t defile, what comes out defiles. v.12-14 Pharisees offended (Romans 8:7) leave them, blind lead blind, fall in pit. v.15-16 Peter asked Jesus to explain this to them. Jesus says, “Are you still so dull?” Ha! Yes, Jesus we are! v.17 what enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then into the body. v.18 the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart and these defile them (Luke 6:45). v.19 out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. v.20 Those defile a person, but unwashed hands doesn’t defile them.

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready? 
     

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!

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Thank You Jesus! I made my 6PM CST submission goal way early today! Thank You, thank You, thank You JESUS! {I also feel better today, praise God!}

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I hope you enjoyed day 23 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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