January 21

Exodus 13-15, Psalm 21

It’s easy in today’s reading to focus on the excitement of the actual exodus from Egypt in chapter 13 or the Red Sea crossing in chapter 14, while minimizing the significance of chapter 15, focusing on the Song of Moses. Realize this song is the first song and the last song in all of Scripture (Revelation 15:3-4). Notice after the first 2 verses when Moses speaks of his response, the remainder of the song focuses completely on God. We should all ask ourselves, when we worship, pray, read,etc do we focus on our feelings, our change, our response or do we focus on Him, His promises, His abilities, His awesomeness.

Interestingly, in the previous chapter when faced with the advancing Egyptian army, despite being a first hand witness to all of the miraculous plagues, not to mention the presence of the Angel of the Lord ( Jesus) directly above them, the Israelites only look horizontally for a solution. May we respond like Moses when faced with problems. May we gaze vertically at God, rather than horizontally at others for our solutions.

One last point, a direct route from Egypt to the Promised land would have taken less than 2 weeks, even with 2 million people. God knew that it was easier to get the people out of Egypt than Egypt( a picture of worldliness) out of the Israelites. As a result, we will see when we get to Numbers that God takes them on a one year journey instead. I pray that as all of us progress through the One Year Bible Challenge we will all learn to focus more on Him and less on ourselves. Like the Israelites on their one Year journey in the wilderness, may this one year journey for us in the Bible help us to lose everything else which hinders our walk as we seek to allow ourselves to be used mightily by the Holy Spirit.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato