Bible Reading Plan (Day 51)

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DAY FIFTY-ONE — Exodus 3, Luke 6

Ex 3

Let me restate the last three verses from yesterday’s OT reading:

23  During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25  God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Moses is working as a shepherd. From prince in Egypt to a despised shepherd. One common day Moses is out with the flock when he sees a bush burning, but… not… burning? He goes in for a closer look.

Note: the Holy Name is not used in Exodus until verse four!

Okay… if I heard a bush talk to me I would freak out. If I knew it were God Himself. … yeah…

God commands that Moses remove his sandals as he calls the place on which he stands holy. He announces himself and says he will bring his people out of slavery and that Moses is to be the instrument by which he does it.

Moses expresses his unworthiness, but God says He will be with him. And a sign of such will be Moses returning to that very mountain to serve God.

Moses objects again, saying the Israelites will doubt he spoke with God unless he had God’s name. YHWH gives His name! He further commands Moses to tell the elders that they will go to the land of the Canaanites to live. Further to tell Pharaoh to let His people go. YHWH then says that only by mighty signs will Pharaoh relent. And when the Israelites go, they shall take with them plunder from Egypt.

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Lk 6

Jesus shows he is the Lord of the Sabbath. Further, he is the fulfillment of it.

The Pharisees and the most legalistic of them would agree that emergency medical care was allowed on the Sabbath, but ordinary care would have to wait. Here they challenge Jesus on this matter who shows that all good is good.

Before Jesus chooses his closest followers he engages in lengthy prayer.

Here we see Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount. To Luke we have a Sermon on the Plain.

The Beatitudes come in a contrasting series of blessings and woes.

Jesus commands a radical love to show the radical love He has for us. Jesus loved the enemies of God (us!) so how much more should we love our human enemies?

Jesus then explains that we must not judge from hypocritical self righteousness, but from a biblical standpoint. Those who truly love Christ will be evident by the fruit (lifestyle) they live.

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Questions to Ponder: No questions! At the True Church Conference!

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