Exodus

Day: 1

Plan: Exodus

Our God Is a Promise Keeper

Wendy Blight

Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. - Exodus 1

Four hundred years had passed since Joseph moved his family to Egypt (Genesis 50). Exodus 1:7 describes the amazing population explosion that occurred during those years: the sons of Israel were “exceedingly fruitful,” “multiplied greatly,” and “increased in numbers.”

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Day: 2

Plan: Exodus

The Blessings of Obedience

Whitney Capps

And she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. - Exodus 2

Obedience always brings blessings. I’ve heard that message preached, but Exodus 2 teaches us we must be very careful what we expect for our obedience and what we define as a blessing.

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Day: 3

Plan: Exodus

All That I AM

Whitney Capps

God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I am has sent me to you. - Exodus 3

Here in Exodus 3 we will see a man wrestle with God about two of life’s great questions. “Who am I?”

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Day: 4

Plan: Exodus

We Don’t Have to Doubt Him

Lysa TerKeurst

Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. - Exodus 4

Insecurities. We all have them. These qualities about ourselves that make us lack confidence or assurance can be a positive call to action to make healthy changes in our lives.

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Day: 5

Plan: Exodus

The Heat Is On

Leah DiPascal

Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all. - Exodus 5

If I just follow God’s plan, everything should go smoothly, right? I wonder if that is what Moses was thinking as he made the long trek from Horeb to Egypt with his brother, Aaron.

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Day: 6

Plan: Exodus

But I Can't Do This, God

Lysa TerKeurst

But Moses said to the Lord, ‘If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips. - Exodus 6

I relate so much to Moses. I too am hesitant to step up to an assignment where I doubt my effectiveness.

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Day: 7

Plan: Exodus

Moses’ Obedience and Pharaoh’s Stubbornness

Krista Williams

Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. - Exodus 7

Pharaoh was a stubborn man and God, in His Sovereignty, had full knowledge of it. He knew all along Pharaoh was not going to listen to His command.

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Day: 8

Plan: Exodus

Don't Choose Tomorrow

Lysa TerKeurst

"'Tomorrow,’ Pharaoh said. Moses replied, ‘It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. - Exodus 8

So far in Exodus we have seen Pharaoh refusing to let the Israelites go and with a hard heart, dismissing the words of Aaron and Moses. Remember, in Exodus 7, the previous plague of the Nile turning to blood was devastating to the Egyptian people.

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Day: 9

Plan: Exodus

The Plague of a Hard Heart

Whitney Capps

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses. - Exodus 9

Blood. Frogs. Gnats. Flies. Pharaoh has witnessed four miraculous, devastating plagues on his people and land.

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Day: 10

Plan: Exodus

Our God Is Greater

Wendy Blight

So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived. - Exodus 10

Pharaoh’s continued stubbornness caused the Egyptians to suffer another unannounced, devastating plague. Moses stretched out his hand and total darkness shrouded the land.

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Day: 11

Plan: Exodus

Strike Ten You’re Out

Leah DiPascal

Now the LORD had said to Moses, ‘I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.’ - Exodus 11

Egypt had endured nine devastating plagues. The land lay in ruins.

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Day: 12

Plan: Exodus

A Defining Moment

Krista Williams

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. - Exodus 12

A defining moment is one when things are forever changed. Like starting school, graduating, getting married, the birth of a child, or a death.

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Day: 13

Plan: Exodus

Don’t Forget to Remember

Whitney Capps

This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year - Exodus 13

Today’s chapter features an important word that appears in the book of Exodus more often than in any other book of the Bible. It’s the Hebrew word “oth,” which means “sign,” like in our key verse.

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Day: 14

Plan: Exodus

Do Not Fear. I Am With You.

Wendy Blight

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. - Exodus 14

In Exodus 12, Pharaoh finally relented and let God’s people leave Egypt. But true to his character, Pharaoh changed his mind and ordered 600 of his best chariots to pursue the Israelites.

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Day: 15

Plan: Exodus

After the Miracle

Wendy Pope

Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. - Exodus 15

The miracle of the Red Sea was a distant memory as the Israelites hiked from the sea’s eastern shore to the Desert of Shur. The three-day journey left them hot, tired and thirsty.

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Day: 16

Plan: Exodus

The Best Place to Look

Lysa TerKeurst

Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.’ - Exodus 16

For years God’s people had been looking in many directions to get their daily needs met. They looked down at crops growing from the land.

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Day: 17

Plan: Exodus

Victory Is Yours

Leah DiPascal

Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’ - Exodus 17

Thirsty and under attack. These were the two major challenges Israel was facing as they set up camp in Rephidim.

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Day: 18

Plan: Exodus

Unrush Me

Lysa TerKeurst

Moses' father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.’ - Exodus 18

Moses had reached a point in his ministry where he just couldn’t do it all. So Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had to step in and help Moses unrush a season of his life.

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Day: 19

Plan: Exodus

Ready for Worship

Whitney Capps

And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.’ - Exodus 19

Israel is now a nation of free people. They have seen God do miraculous things to release and protect them from Egyptian oppression.

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Day: 20

Plan: Exodus

The Ten Commandments

Krista Williams

And God spoke all these words … - Exodus 20

Every necessary preparation was made. All the laundry was done.

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Day: 21

Plan: Exodus

God Expands on the Ten Commandments

Wendy Blight

These are the laws you are to set before them. - Exodus 21

In Exodus 20, God laid down the Law … the Ten Commandments … at Mount Sinai. We pick up today with God pulling Moses back into the thick darkness still surrounding Mount Sinai, to reveal a new body of law that expanded on the Ten Commandments.

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Day: 22

Plan: Exodus

A Holy People

Wendy Pope

You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs. - Exodus 22

The purpose of the law can be summed up in the first seven words of our key verse: You are to be my holy people. Every law and restriction was designed to bring about a life of holiness.

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Day: 23

Plan: Exodus

Let's Celebrate

Leah DiPascal

Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me. - Exodus 23

I love getting together with family and friends to celebrate special occasions. It’s always a memorable time of reminiscing the past, enjoying the present and looking forward to the future.

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Day: 24

Plan: Exodus

The Covenant Confirmed

Whitney Capps

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.' - Exodus 24

Moses has received and read the law of the Lord to the people. Now the people will agree to and confirm their covenant with God.

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Day: 25

Plan: Exodus

Heart Gifts

Krista Williams

Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. - Exodus 25

In Exodus 25–31 God gives His instructions for building the tabernacle and its furnishings. The word tabernacle means a “dwelling place.”

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Day: 26

Plan: Exodus

The Curtain Torn in Two

Wendy Blight

Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. - Exodus 26

In Exodus 26, God instructs Moses to construct the place in the tabernacle where God Himself would reside and make Himself at home among them. Build two rooms: the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place.

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Day: 27

Plan: Exodus

Peace for Pressing Times

Lysa TerKeurst

Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. - Exodus 27

Isn’t it interesting that the olive branch is often seen as a symbol of peace? And yet in order to get what’s most valuable from the fruit of this tree, there is a lot of pounding, crushing and pressing that is required.

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Day: 28

Plan: Exodus

Priests and Pastors

Wendy Pope

Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. - Exodus 28

God provided very specific instructions for every physical aspect of His meeting place. The cubits and wood type.

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Day: 29

Plan: Exodus

The Ultimate Cleanse

Leah DiPascal

So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. - Exodus 29

God chose Aaron and his four sons to be the first priests of Israel. Their responsibilities were to maintain the tabernacle and represent the people before God.

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Day: 30

Plan: Exodus

The Fragrance of Prayer

Whitney Capps

Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people. - Exodus 30

Today’s passage outlines more of the articles of worship—the altar of incense and the basin for washing. We are also given the recipe for the incense and anointing oil.

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Day: 31

Plan: Exodus

God's Workers

Krista Williams

See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills. - Exodus 31

Have you ever been involved in a construction project like building or remodeling a home? If so, you know you need a plan, materials, and workers.

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Day: 32

Plan: Exodus

Is This a Delay or a Dead End?

Lysa TerKeurst

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him. - Exodus 32

We must never confuse delays with dead ends. But I think we do this all the time.

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Day: 33

Plan: Exodus

Show Me Your Glory

Wendy Blight

The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. - Exodus 33

Exodus 33 opens with God delivering distressing news. Due to the Israelites’ continued disobedience of and disregard for God’s law, God informed Moses He would not go with them to the Promised Land.

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Day: 34

Plan: Exodus

Rewrite

Wendy Pope

The LORD said to Moses, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. - Exodus 34

Moses responded to the golden calf debacle (Exodus 32) with a fit of righteous anger and broke the first set of commandments. The Lord, compassionate and slow to anger, met Moses a second time on Mount Sinai to rewrite the commands on another set of tablets.

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Day: 35

Plan: Exodus

Did Somebody Say Building Campaign?

Leah DiPascal

From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering. - Exodus 35

When Moses returned from Mount Sinai with the second set of stone tablets in hand and his face shining with a holy glow (Exodus 34:29), he announced to the Israelites that they were about to begin a building campaign for the Lord. It would include construction of the tabernacle, along with sacred contents that were designed by the Lord Himself.

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Day: 36

Plan: Exodus

Skilled and Willing

Whitney Capps

Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. - Exodus 36

We’ve spent days studying the construction of the tabernacle. It was the wilderness church⎯the place where God met with His people.

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Day: 37

Plan: Exodus

The Divine Design of the Tabernacle Furnishings

Krista Williams

ezalel made the ark of acacia wood.” - Exodus 37

After you build a house, you furnish it. In today’s chapter, we find the list of furnishings that were specifically made for the two rooms inside the tabernacle.

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Day: 38

Plan: Exodus

From the Altar to the Cross

Wendy Blight

They built the altar of burnt offering. - Exodus 38

God specifically chose a man named Bezalel to handcraft many of the furnishings in the tabernacle, including the altar of burnt offering (bronze altar) Moses speaks of today. Scripture says God filled Bezalel with His Spirit of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and with all kinds of skills.

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Day: 39

Plan: Exodus

Who I Represent

Wendy Pope

They mounted the onyx stones in gold filigree settings and engraved them like a seal with the names of the sons of Israel. - Exodus 39

God was as specific with the design of the priestly garments as He was in the design of the tabernacle. The priestly garments were constructed with the finest of linens and yarns.

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Day: 40

Plan: Exodus

God's Dwelling Place

Leah DiPascal

And so Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. - Exodus 40

As dawn broke on the first day of a new year, God instructed Moses that it was time to set up the entire tabernacle, with its furnishings and the outer court. Moses obeyed and anointed everything with oil—including Aaron and his sons as priests—in order to consecrate and make them holy.

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