Exodus 8

“But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said” (Exodus 8:15). Frogs, gnats, and flies -- we may read this chapter and just gloss over how nasty each of these all-encompassing plagues would be. Take...

Exodus 7

“Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said” (Exodus 7:13). God hardening Pharaoh’s heart is difficult for many of us to understand. If God did that, did Pharaoh even have a choice about letting the Israelites go? As we read Exodus,...

Exodus 6

Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will...

Exodus 5

Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at...

Exodus 4

But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10). Very similar to what we saw in yesterday’s passage, Moses sees God do amazing...

Exodus 3

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you…” (Exodus 3:11-12). Through the miracle of the burning bush, Moses is being called into service for God. Even though...

Exodus 2

“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew” (Exodus 2:24-25). There are three sections in the chapter for today. Verses 1-10 are about the amazing way God keeps Moses alive when he is...

Exodus 1

“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). As Genesis concludes and Exodus begins, there is a 180 degree change for the people of Israel. When Genesis ends they were being blessed because God had used Joseph to bless the Israelites and Egyptians....

Genesis 50

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”  Genesis 50:20 The story of Joseph is a great example of Paul’s words in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in...

Genesis 49

“Then Jacob called for his sons and said: ‘Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.’”  Genesis 49:1 Jacob’s last words were prophetic blessings to his sons.  He did not want to die without saying them. It is human nature to tend...