Bible Reading Plan (Day 60)

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DAY SIXTY — Exodus 13, Luke 16

Ex 13

The firstborn of Egypt are all dead and at that, Pharaoh finally allows the Israelites to leave. But the Israelites owe a debt, their firstborn.  From that day forth, the firstborn is to be set apart to the Lord.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread (the rest of what’s commonly called Passover) is established. It is to be kept yearly and the story is to be told to each generation. Of course, as mommy and daddy throw out all the yummy puffy bread little Billy is going to wonder what’s going on. Mommy and Daddy are to then explain what the Lord did for them in bringing them out of slavery in Egypt.

There are now further instructions on the setting apart of the firstborn. It is the firstborn MALES that are to be set apart.  Again, there is no doubt that little Billy will ask what is going on.  Daddy is to say that the haunting stigma of the firstborn’s death still hangs over the Hebrew race.  The firstborn of the animals must die.  However, the firstborn son is redeemed.  The firstborn son is saved from death by the blood of an animal.

 God knows the fickle hearts of his people.  He knows that they will not want to enter a land engulfed in war.  It is for that reason, God shows his Glory by leading his people out of Egypt with the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

Moses fulfills the promise that Israel had made to Joseph and takes his bones out of Egypt.

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Lk 16

The first parable we see tells us that we are to be wise in dealing with the people of the world.  Just as worldly people can act shrewdly we are to act ” shrewdly” in our dealings with the world.  We are not to rip them off or be dishonest in any way rather we are to be crafty as serpents but gentle as doves.

Many of the religious leaders took pride in their works.  They use their works to go to God and say, “Look I’m justified!” However, we know from Isaiah 64:6 that ” all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garments. ”

Verse 18 is one many people which did not exist.

This last parable is harsh.  It states clearly that there is a heaven and there is a hell.  Those in hell will cry out that those remaining on earth may be saved from an eternity of torment in hell.  Those in heaven will be comforted.  Those people whose hearts are hard will not listen to ghosts if they will not listen to the infallible, inerrant, inspired, sufficient, Et cetera Word Of God!

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Questions to Ponder:

*Discuss the Christology in Exodus 13.

 *What does the parable hint at in relation to the kinds of divination practiced by mediums who profess to speak to the dead? Is it accurate? Show other portions of Scripture that support your view.

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