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Daily Devotion for October 12, 2015


Exodus, <i>The Israelites Leaving Egypt</i> by David Roberts, ca. 1830.
The Israelites Leaving Egypt by David Roberts, ca. 1830. A disorganized rabble of slaves pick their way through dead Egyptians, in stark contrast to the magnificent structures of ancient Memphis. Full Size

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

Robin Marks sings this lovely old Welsh hymn.



Prayer for the Morning

Oh God, who has created all things, seen and unseen, this day is your creation and I give thanks to live in it. I pray that I will not shut you out of the day you have made, blinded by the petty concerns of life, but that I may be always open to your presence.

I open my body to you, for it is your breath that fills and warms the lifeless clay.

I open my eyes and ears to you, thankful for the light of your Word, which has brought me out of the shadow of ignorance.

I open my heart to you, aglow with thanks for your love, filling me with compassion, understanding, and peace.

I open my soul to you, grateful for your Spirit, who fills me with wisdom when I take a moment to listen.

All that I am, I open to you and I return to you, giving thanks every moment of my life for the blessings that fill this day. Through Christ I pray.

Amen.

To Help Everyone I Meet

Holy God, I pray that today the love I show to my fellow man will not be a sham, but fashioned in a sincere heart. May your Holy Spirit be powerful in me, blinding me to annoyances and putting aside selfish greed, so that I may lift up the people I meet, showing them warm affection and leaving them filled with good spirits and confidence. If they are sorrowful, lead me to console them. If they are lost, let me show them the path. Help me always to seek after good rather than evil, and to display, for the whole world to see, the miracle you have worked in my soul.

In the name of Christ, who was always ready to teach and heal and save, I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

[How can I repay a little of the debt I owe to Christ?]


Dedication (from St. Teresa of Avila)

May it please you, my good Lord, that there may come a day when I can repay a little of my great debt to you. O Jesus, strengthen my soul, you who are good above all good; and since you have inclined my soul in this way, show me how I may act for you, whatever it may cost, O Lord. Here is my life, my honor and my will; I have given them all to you and they are yours: use me to do whatever you want.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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Abasement

At the supreme moment of his dying Jesus so identified himself with men and the depths of their predicament and agony that no man can now sink so low that God has not gone lower.

~ Os Guinness


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Exodus 13:17-18 (ESV)

The Hebrews Depart Egypt

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea.



Notes on the Scripture

Exodus contains two great stories: The release of the Hebrews from slavery, and the Hebrew journey to Canaan. The second story begins here. Oddly, when Archbishop Steven Langton divided the Bible into the chapters we use today (around 1220 A.D.), the major breaking point of today's short reading was not marked by a new chapter.

There has been, since before written history, a trade road along the Mediterranean coast connecting Canaan and Egypt. The world's greatest road builders, the Romans, built a marvelous road the called simply the Via Maris, the "Sea Road" (or perhaps "Ocean Highway", as it would more likely be called today). It was the logical and easy route for the Hebrews to follow from Egypt to Canaan, the equivalent of taking I-95 from New York to Miami.

Philistine warrior
Philistine warrior

But we must imagine what sort of people the Hebrews were when they exited Egypt. They had been Egyptian slaves for hundreds of years. The men were herders, farm laborers and construction laborers; the women, housewives, hand servants, and seasonal field hands. They were ignorant and unlettered. They had no military training and no weapons. None of them were trained to lead, and most knew only a sedentary or pastoral lifestyle. And perhaps most difficult, their personalities were strongly molded to conform to their role in Egyptian society.

Ahead of them on the Via Maris were the Philistines, a nation powerful enough to attack mighty Egypt in 1183 B.C. Of course, God could simply have swept away the Philistines, but He would have simply created a nation of sheep, which was not His intention. From what we can tell in the Bible, God's intention is that man should be self-sufficient and free, with free will; and that having been given this free will, turn to Him out of love and reverence. If God wanted puppets, he would have made puppets; but He did not.

And so, the Hebrew rabble is totally unprepared even to exist outside Egypt, much less meet a powerful army. They are like pitiful refugees in WW2 caught between the Germans and Russians. This is why God does not send them directly to Canaan, where they would immediately be attacked by the powerful Philistines. Instead, He will send them to the wilderness for forty years of training and hardening, in every sense: Mental, physical, moral, and perhaps most important, religious.

(In our study of Exodus, the following two maps will be linked when appropriate:)

Exodus Map - Hammond   Exodus Map 2



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Jude 1:7 (ESV): Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, served as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.


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Douglas Vanminnen (Chatham, Canada) says...
As usual I enjoyed this devotional(s) of the day, I love the insight you bring forward when talking about the passage, it just shows what we take for granted when we read this story and not even thinking that the Israelite's would be totally clueless outside of Egypt, so while God did not want them to be discouraged, he also wanted them to grow. Also regarding "The Sabbath" Unfortunately I have to work most Sundays As I work in retail, if I could avoid it I would, and many of my ... Read More
12th October 2015 9:46am
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Caryl (Georgia, US) says...
This happened once while you were on vacation, and again today. The normal link for Daily Inspitation was not present. So today I clicked on the link under the Devotions tab and I got a Daily Inspiration with today's date. Then I clicked on a link inside of the Daily Devotion, then clicked to go back. And I got a completely different devotion, but still with today's date. I tried it several more times and got a different devotion each time with today's date! Is it weird, or am I ... Read More
11th October 2015 6:13am
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Mason Barge says...
Caryl, I am unfortunately in Florida, out of town again for two days, to take care of my mother.

I just noticed this and several other problems. The site takes constant maintenance.

All I can say is "sorry" and I'll get this attended to in the next several days.

BTW, what browser are you using to access the Daily Devotion?
12th October 2015 10:02am
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Caryl (Georgia, US) says...
Mason,
I also take care of my Mother, 94 tomorrow, who is in a local nursing home with advanced Alzheimer's. You are doing the most important thing. Take care of your Mother and don't even worry one iota about this. It isn't a problem really. It just seemed weird. I almost always use my iPad with Safari for a browser for DP. No worries! Enjoy your Mom!
In Christ,
Caryl
13th October 2015 6:44am
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Alice S Dunn (CentralValley, US) says...
I want to say thank you for the site in Jesus Name. I would also like to ask when is the passover? Can I start now by honoring the Passover ?
11th October 2015 1:30am
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Mason Barge says...
Thank you for the kind words, Alice.

The Passover is actually an 8-day (or in Reform Judaism, 7-day) holiday that begins at sunset on Good Friday. Some Christians celebrate a sort of seder on Maundy Thursday and some on Good Friday.

Passover no longer has any direct religious significance to Christians, as it was superseded by the sacrifice of Christ.
12th October 2015 10:31am
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