Life of Moses Lesson 8 Day 3

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My answers to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Exodus 20:1-11

7.  a.  God identified Himself to the Israelites by speaking to them directly. He said, “I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:2

“By the things God had done for the Israelites in bringing them out of slavery in Egypt, He is now asserting His right to issue these commands. He had bought the people with His actions.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

b.  1 Peter 1:18-19 I grew up thinking Christianity was a lot of rules. I knew believing in Jesus and accepting His forgiveness was the beginning. But I got the impression God was a mean Father who was always watching to make sure I was behaving correctly. I like Andrew Wommack’s intro to Exodus 20—

…There is nothing wrong with His commandments, but there is something wrong with mankind so that these commandments are unattainable by sinful, fallen man (Romans 7:12-13). These commands are intended to reveal to us our sinfulness, not a way out of our sinfulness…We are under a New Covenant with a new commandment…

God set us free from sin and death. I get it now. Sort of.

Man is religious by nature. Our accuser constantly points out our faults and failings. Others willingly volunteer to support his efforts.

All too often that accusing voice says (pretending to be my own voice), “Why would God possibly love me? Or the world?”

“If He loved us why would all this bad stuff be happening to me and to the rest of the world?”

I must recognize the source of that nonsense and throw some scripture weapons his way!

8.  The first four commandments and any associated warnings or promises:

  • Exodus 20:3 — “You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.”
  • Exodus 20:4-6 — “You are not to make any idol or image of other gods.”
    • No image of anything in the sky or heavens (sun, moon, stars, birds, flying insects, etc.)
    • No image of anything on the earth (no COWS, animals, crawling insects, trees, flowers, etc.)
    • No image of anything in the water (no frogs, fish, sea mammals, etc.
    • God warns them He will be jealous if they bow down and worship other gods. He will punish them to the third and fourth generation.
    • God promises that He will show love and mercy to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
  • Exodus 20:7 — “You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain”
    • The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  • Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 — Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
    • Don’t make your children or your servants work either. Give them the day off so they can rest.
    • Remember you were servants in Egypt and God brought you out. He wants them to have a day of rest.
    • God rested on the seventh day, so He called it the Sabbath and set it apart as special.

How I will ask God to help me keep these commands this week—Um, this followup question seems to fly in the face of the answer to question seven.  Didn’t we established the impossibility and hopelessness of keeping His commands?

And that God sent Jesus to fix that.

Not that we should ignore them.

My spirit is born in the likeness of God. My flesh is a work in progress.

When asked, Jesus boiled the ten down to two commandments:

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
  • Love your neighbors as you love yourself.

All that said, here is my plan—

  • Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Learning what that means is also a process.)
  • Renew my mind through seeking Him, asking for wisdom and knowledge, and Bible study.
  • And all these things will be given to you, too. Matthew 6:33

 What’s your plan?

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Life of Moses Lesson 8 Day 2

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My answers to BSF study questions for Exodus 19.

3.  Exodus 19:4 “…You saw how I snatched you from the bonds of slavery and carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.

Although it looked like they walked out of Egypt under their own power, that’s not what happened at all. And although it looked like they were in the desert, they were actually in the arms of God.

I had to take a moment to repent. All those circumstances where I failed to discern Him.

There I was in His arms all along—snatched from the enemy’s grasp but still kicking and screaming about how miserable I felt. Not appreciating the comfort and safety of His embrace.

The Lord had proven His faithfulness to the Israelites. He hadn’t just brought them out of slavery, but He had brought them unto Himself. It was all about relationship.  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Deuteronomy 32:11 Just as an eagle stirs up its nest, encouraging its young to flyand then hovers over them in case they need help, And spreads its wings and catches them if they fall, and carries them up high on its wings;”

This verse is a picture of a mother eagle who teaches the young to fly even though they are reluctant. She doesn’t push them out of the nest and leave them to figure it out themselves. Lovingly, she flies along with them, ready to support or catch them if needed. She knows what is best for them, and acts out of love and wisdom.

4.  a.  To receive the blessings of the covenant, God asked Moses to tell His people the following:

  • Listen to me (hear my voice)
  • Obey what I say
  • Keep my covenant

b.  God promised the following three-part blessing:

  • You will be My treasured people.
  • You will be My kingdom of priests,
  • A nation holy and set apart.

The Israelites responded by saying, “We will do everything the Eternal has told us to do!” Exodus 19:8

c.  1 Peter 2:9-10 As a born-again believer, I am one of God’s chosen race, a member of His royal priesthood, a citizen of His holy nation, purchased by God. I am privileged to proclaim His wonderful acts and display His virtues and perfections.

“In the Old Testament, there were kings with physical authority and there were priests with spiritual authority. But the N.T. saints have both. We are a royal priesthood (Revelation 1:6 and 5:10).” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Isn’t that awesome? I never noticed that before.

I know I have authority as a believer, but I never connected the royal priesthood dots.

The blessings of the New Covenant that God has given me arouse a sense of awe, wonder, and some confusion.

  • Why didn’t I catch on to this as a young believer? It is such a different mindset to realize who I am in Christ. It’s like waking up one day to discover I was and am a daughter and friend of the King after believing I was an obscure, insignificant servant.
  • Now that I know, I need revelation, understanding, and encouragement to walk in this identity.

5.  The Lord reinforced Moses’ position as leader by setting a distinction between Moses and the people.

  • God asked Moses to set up boundaries around the mountain that the Israelites could not cross.
  • God displayed supernatural signs and wonders—Exodus 19:16-20 Voice
    • Blasts of a ram’s horn grew louder and louder.
    • Thunder and lightening lit up the sky.
    • A thick cloud obscured the mountain.
    • God descended on the mountain in fire.
    • The smoke of that fire rose up to the sky as if it were billowing out of a furnace.
    • The entire mountain shuddered and quaked intensely.
    • His voice in answer to Moses “rumbled like thunder.”
  • God invited only Moses and later Aaron to come up to Him.

The people were terrified. (I would be, too.) Moses was brave enough to go up the mountain. Perhaps he was also afraid not to. Still, he went.

Again, I sure do wish they had video cameras! Even the audio would be amazing. Wow!

6.  a.  Through the limits placed on them, the Israelites would learn—See Exodus 3:4-6 and 1 Peter 1:15-16

  • God is holy.
  • We are in awe and fear in His presence.
  • The place surrounding God is holy.
  • If we are born again, His Spirit is in us. Therefore, we are called holy. We are His temple; His sanctuary.

b.  Romans 5:1-2, 6-8 — God made provision for us so that we can come into and enjoy His presence by—

  • Because of His great love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf. “But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.” Romans 5:8 Voice
  • We are acquitted and given right standing with God through faith. Romans 5:1 AMP
  • “Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.” Romans 5:2

Is it just me, or did this lesson get you really revved up, too? Glory!

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Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 5

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My answers to BSF study questions Exodus 18

10.  a.  Challenge—We know Moses left Midian and returned to Egypt with his wife and children. Scripture does not mention why or when he sent them back.

Things we do know:

  • Moses and Zipporah had controversy about the circumcision of their son, so perhaps she asked to return to Midian before they reached Egypt. The angel trying to kill Moses during the night may have been too much for her. It certainly was a traumatic experience for all of them.
  • Moses went to God with every question and concern that arose. God gave him many specific instructions. Perhaps God told Moses to send her back. This could have occurred following Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh.
  • When Pharaoh increased the oppression on the Israelites and the leaders turned on him, Moses was distraught. He realized this would be a difficult and lengthy process. By sending his family to Midian, they would be spared the hardship. It also allowed Moses and Aaron to focus their attention on the God-given task.

“The Scripture doesn’t record why Moses sent Zipporah and his two sons back to his father-in-law. There was much contention between Zipporah and Moses over the circumcision of Gershom (Exodus 4:20 and 24-26), but those verses don’t say Moses sent them back to his father-in-law. It’s possible that Moses knew the danger he was in when he confronted Pharaoh and he simply sent them back home as a precaution. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  Times it might be right to send your family away. (It could just as easily be a mother sending her family to safety, not just a husband and father as the question suggests. Heidi Baker comes to mind.)

  • War breaks out.
  • Parent or child becomes ill.
  • Parent’s extended family member in another place need help.
  • Natural disaster occurs.
  • Ebola or other epidemic occurs.
  • God instructs you to do so before one of the above. That would be ideal. We should be so in tune.
  • Your spouse does not want to be there.

11.  a.  When Jethro heard all the Lord had done, —

  • He praised God for rescuing the Israelites from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.
  • He said, “Now I know with all my heart that the Eternal is greater than all gods because of the way He delivered His people when Egyptians in their arrogance abused them.” Exodus 18:11
  • He “took a burnt offering and sacrifices and presented them to God.” Exodus 18:12

“Jethro was totally convinced that it was the Lord who delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, yet the Israelites weren’t convinced of that (Exodus 16:6)
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  I remind my son of the miracle that saved his life when he was two years old. From my perspective, he appears unmoved. He has lost his first love, seduced by this humanistic, politically correct world.

Thankfully, God hears my prayers. The Good Shepherd does not neglect to pursue the lost sheep.

If I am still around, I will indeed rejoice and celebrate!

12.  a.  Jethro was concerned about Moses’ workload because—

  • he observed all the people waiting for Moses to hear their case from sunrise to sunset. Day after day.
  • this schedule could not be maintained indefinitely.
  • he would burn out.
  • the people would burn out, too.
  • he needed help.

b.  Jethro advised Moses to—

  • “Represent the people before God, and carry their concerns to Him. Exodus 18:19b
  • “Teach them God’s requirements and pass on His laws. Show them the right way to live and the kind of work they should be doing.” Exodus 18:20
  • Choose leaders to whom you can delegate responsibility. Exodus 18:21

c.  Jethro told Moses to choose men with the following characteristics:

  • competent
  • fear the Lord
  • love truth
  • despise dishonesty
  • won’t take a bribe
  • men of integrity
  • righteous leaders
  • ready to judge the people when necessary

d.  Moses asked the people themselves to “Choose some wise, perceptive, knowledgeable men from your tribes, and I’ll put them in authority over you.” Deuteronomy 1:13

e.  Based on Jethro’s advice…

Others tell me I need to rest more and not work so hard. My 83-year-old dad often says so, but only when I’m doing things for someone other than him.

Then he recommends I get a paying job. Ah, dementia.

I’m the delegatee not the deletor. For many women, isn’t that normal?

I love that Jethro didn’t stop with, You need to stop doing that. He actually offered a great plan.

Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.

I pray that God will—

  • Give me wisdom.
  • Help me say no when I should.
  • Help me focus so that I will be me more efficient in less time.
  • Give me the strength, energy, and inspired ideas necessary to complete the tasks He has called me to do.

 

How did you answer the last question? I found it difficult to apply Jethro’s advice to my life.

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Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 4

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My answers to BSF study questions Exodus 17:8-16 Voice & AMP

8.  a.  The staff that Moses held up in battle symbolized — (The passage doesn’t specifically say Moses was holding up the staff. The question makes an assumption.)

  • Moses looks to God for help, knowing they cannot succeed without Him.
  • The staff itself represented God’s supernatural power.
  • Moses hands and staff raised to God in intercession for the Israelites

Moses lifting up his hands is symbolic of using God’s power in intercession for the victory of the troops. I suspect Moses had God’s rod in his hand (see my note at Exodus 4:20). Even though this was God’s rod and carried supernatural powers, it was in the hands of a natural man who got tired. He had to have people help him to continue his intercession. We have the treasure of God in us, but it’s in earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7).  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  Moses holding up his hands (with the staff) on behalf of the Israelites represented looking to their source of protection. Joshua’s military expertise in battle would not ensure their success. Looking to God would.

What a great picture. Moses was the man of God with the rod of God in his hands. But he was limited in how much he could do by the frailties of his flesh. Likewise, we have God’s power on the inside of us as New Testament believers. All the potential is in there, but we still have frailties too. We need the help of other people. Aaron and Hur were just as important as Moses in this instance. He couldn’t have done it without them.  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

c.  Looking to my own strength or even the strength of others says to God, “I’ve got this.” I should never trust in my own strength to begin with. Nor should I wait to call out to God as a backup plan.

If I do something without His help and it appears to succeed, I’m likely to be puffed up with pride—giving myself the glory. Likewise, if my plans and efforts do NOT succeed, I’m likely to feel embarrassed.

Either way, I am reserving the glory or failure for myself.

9.  a.  God instructed Moses to write down, “I will erase all traces of the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” (Voice) Exodus 17:14 Voice/Amp

b.  God wanted Moses to record this and tell Joshua because—

  • It is a reminder to Moses and Joshua that God is the defender and protector of His chosen ones.
  • God would continue to fight on their side as Joshua and others led in future battles.
  • I first thought perhaps Joshua later wiped them out. “But the Amalekites were still around in the days of Saul (1 Samuel 15) and David (1 Samuel 30). It’s possible that the destruction of Amalek was long overdue from God’s perspective.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary. When David found the Amalekites, they were celebrating a recent raiding party which included the capture of David’s wives. God knew they would not change their ways.
  • The record of God’s promise to destroy the Amalekites encouraged all who read and here about it including us. I gives us hope in God to know He keeps His promises, defends the weak, sees the wicked, and will take revenge on our behalf.

c.  My mother’s great-grandfather wrote a family history containing very little detail aside from the date each person accepted Christ. My mother’s sister compiled a complete family history of her father’s family. Most of its members were devout believers.

That heritage has undoubtedly forged an impact on my life. There is no doubt, my predecessor offered prayers on my behalf long before I was conceived.

I’m thankful for the heritage and for those who recorded and compiled the information.

I should do the same. A ministry resume may not mean anything in heaven. Only God knows our motives and what brings Him glory.


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Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 3

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My answers to BSF study questions for Lesson 7 Day 3 Exodus 17:1-7

 6.  a.  The Israelites complained—”Give us water to drink. We’re thirsty.” Exodus 17:2 Voice

Then they accused Moses of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them, their children and their livestock. Exodus 17:2-3

b.  Moses said the Israelites were putting God to the test by looking to man not Him. They still did not have faith in God.

c.  God again showed His loving-kindness and patience by demonstrating His power through Moses. In front of the elders, Moses struck the rock with his staff as God instructed. As God promised, water came out.

He also said, “I will be there when you arrive standing at the rock of Horeb.” (The Voice) (Some versions say “I will stand before you” or “I will stand in front of you” and “I will be there with you.”

Most say, I will be “standing on the rock” and some say “standing on a rock.” Exodus 17:6 All versions

The question may not refer to this, but the fact that God promised meet them there is significant, in my opinion.

d.  John 4:1-14 Voice   — Jesus wants us to ask for something far greater than water from a well or a tap. He wants us to ask for living water—a well-spring within us—which gives eternal life.

John 7:37-38 Voice —  “If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 — “and they all drank the same spiritual water, flowing from a spiritual rock that was always with them, for the rock was the Anointed One, our Liberating King.”

Jesus Christ is the rock of our salvation.

Rock—Hebrew: tsur)

Employed as a symbol of God in the Old Testament (1 Sam. 2:2; 2 Sam. 22:3; Isa. 17:10; Ps. 28:1; 31:2,3; 89:26; 95:1); also in the New Testament (Matt. 16:18; Rom. 9:33; 1 Cor. 10:4)

In Dan. 2:45 the Chaldaic form of the Hebrew word is translated “mountain.” It ought to be translated “rock,” as in Hab. 1:12 in the Revised Version. The “rock” from which the stone is cut there signifies the divine origin of Christ. 

When traveling through a desert, it is typical to carry water along. In the analogy, Jesus Himself is our dependable Rock who wants to travel (abide) with us in our journey. If the Israelites trusted and relied on Him, they didn’t need to worry about water.

Apparently, the Jews had a saying that bread is spiritual and drink is spiritual. (Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:4 Adam Clark Commentary) This common belief could be the reason for the reference.

7.  a.  Times the Israelites complained—

Exodus 15:24 Voice — They were thirsty.

Exodus 16:2 Voice — Their complaint began due to the lack of water and expanded to a complaint about bread and meat.

They whined, “It would have been better if we had died by the hand of the Eternal in Egypt. At least we had plenty to eat and drink, for our pots were stuffed with meat and we had as much bread as we wanted. But now you have brought the entire community out to the desert to starve us to death.”

Exodus 17:2 Voice — Lack of water again. They also complained about Moses’ leadership.

Exodus 17:7 Voice — The people also “complained and tested the Eternal, saying, “Is He standing with us or not?”

I didn’t find a single time they repented. Did I miss it?

b.  I have a bad habit of complaining and focusing on the negative. I’ve tried several times to go all day without complaining. I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve never succeeded.

I have so much give thanks for.

I do confess and repent for my complaining nature. I’m doing my best to renew my mind and rid myself of stinking thinking.

Regardless of my circumstances, God is faithful. He sees my circumstances. He knows. He cares. He has a plan.

My complaints and whining are not a part of His plan.

In the midst of every circumstance, I must give thanks.

When tempted, I”m finding it easier to remember to raise my hands, take a few deep breaths, and worship. Soon I’m in a more peaceful and thankful place.

 


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