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Change of Plans

This blog began as and was intended to be a way for the youth group to read together, learn about, and discuss the Bible.  However, youth group will be switching to another type of daily devotional for our whole group after our Winter Retreat. In preparing for the Winter Retreat and the new group plan, there will be a hiatus with this blog.

In the meantime, here’s the reading schedule which should carry us through the retreat and the new material.  Unfortunately, there won’t be any summary posts in the meantime.

But more information for our group will be available soon!

  • 1/31 Exodus 19-20 – 10 Commandments
  • 2/1 Exodus 21-23 – Book of the Covenant
  • 2/2 Exodus 24 – Confirmation of the Covenant
  • 2/3 Exodus 25-27 – Instructions for the Tabernacle
  • 2/4 Exodus 28-31 – Instructions for Priests
  • 2/5 Exodus 32 – Golden Calf
  • 2/6 Exodus 33-34 – God Renews the Covenant
  • 2/7 Exodus 35:1-37:24 – Building the Tabernacle
  • 2/8 Exodus 37:25-39:43 – Altar and Priestly Garments
  • 2/9 Exodus 40 – Setting up the Tabernacle
  • 2/10 Leviticus 1-3 – Voluntary Offerings
  • 2/11 Leviticus 4:1-6:7 – Required Offerings
  • 2/12 Leviticus 6:8-7:38 – Instruction to Priests
  • 2/13 Leviticus 8-10 – Institution of Priesthood
  • 2/14 Leviticus 11-12 – Regulations Concerning Animals and Childbirth
  • 2/15 Leviticus 13-14 – Regulations Concerning Skin and Coverings
  • 2/16 Leviticus 15 – Regulations Concerning Bodily Discharges
  • 2/17 Leviticus 16 – Atonement
  • 2/18 Leviticus 17-18 – Food, Sacrifice and Sexual Relationships
  • 2/19 Leviticus 19-20 – Moral Rules and Serious Punishments
  • 2/20 Leviticus 21:1-22:16 – Rules for Priests
  • 2/21 Leviticus 22:17-25:55 – Seasons and Festivals
  • 2/22 Leviticus 26-27 – Receiving God’s Blessing
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Click here to read Exodus 15:22-18:27

Today’s passage shows how completely God provides for the people of Israel as they travel through the desert to Mount Sinai.  Having just delivered the people out of slavery and destroying the Egyptians that chased them God doesn’t choose to lead Israel in such a way that they avoid any sort of hardship.  Instead He leads them so that they will learn to trust in His providence in all scenarios no matter how difficult things might be.

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Click here to read Exodus 15:1-21

Having just been a part of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and witnessing the power of God as He single-handedly defeated the Egyptians, Israel responds in the only way that makes sense—they worship God.  Today’s passage contains the songs of Moses and Miriam as all of Israel rejoices in the Lord.  This is a special song as it not only is about God and what He has done, but it is also sung to God and describes what He will do in the future.

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Click here to read Exodus 13:17-14:31

Today’s entire passage is centered on God’s glory. God repeats three times (Exodus 14:4, 17, 18) that the purpose of everything that is happening is so that God can “gain glory for [Himself]” through Pharaoh, his horsemen, and his chariots. And He does just that through the events leading up to the actual crossing of the Red Sea.

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Click here to read Exodus 11:1-13:16

Today’s passage focuses on the events surrounding and setting up future commemoration of God’s redemption of Israel.  In many ways this is the culmination of what Israel has been anticipating for more than 430 years; finally Israel will be free from the oppression of Egypt.

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Click here to read Exodus 7:1-10:29

Today’s passage is one of the most well known stories in the Bible—the first 9 signs and wonders that God performs on Egypt.  More commonly these are referred to as plagues (and they certainly are), but I’ve chosen to use “signs” in the title because it focuses on the reason God performed them rather than simply the afflictions caused.  That and because God introduces them to Moses as “miraculous signs and wonders.”

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Click here to read Exodus 4:18-6:30

In today’s passage we see the developing story of the struggle between Moses and God.  At the opening of the passage Moses’ pessimism is clear when he asks his father-in-law Jethro to “Let me go back to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” But God responds with encouragement, instruction, and He lets Moses know Pharaoh’s response – “no.”  (Also note here that God refers to Israel as His firstborn and promises to kill Pharaoh’s firstborn).

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Click here to read Exodus 3:1-4:17

Today’s passage is very straightforward in its plot, but there is also a lot going on beneath the surface.  In this passage God breaks what had been about 430 years of silence between these events and the last recorded interaction of this type.  It easy to fly right past this since it is only the matter of a few chapters to us.  However, this length of silence explains why Moses was so concerned that the elders of Israel would not believe him, as well as showing why God repeatedly told Moses that He was the “God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”  In breaking the 430-year silence God reveals more of who He is, more of His power, and His plan for Israel.

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Click here to read Exodus 1:1-2:25

Today’s passage sets the stage for the events of Exodus by condensing around 429 years of history into two chapters.  We see that God watched over His people and they prospered in Egypt.  Unfortunately, we also see that generations passed by and the current Pharaoh didn’t know Joseph or remember the blessing that Egypt experienced though its relationship with God through Joseph.  Even though Pharaoh is set on trying to kill and submit the Israelites, we see God is sensitive to their cries and we are introduced to the man God will use to accomplish His will—Moses.

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Exodus Introduction

The book of Genesis introduced us to God, what He’s like, and provided a history of human beings and the formation of His chosen people—the people of Israel.  We were also introduced to a number of promises made by God—to rectify the problem of sin in the world and to provide land, seed, and blessing to the line of Abraham.

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