Exodus 16-18, Psalm 22
In today’s reading, God provides manna to sustain the Israelites. He then gives specific directions on how much and how often to collect it, along with the requirement that it all be used. We read in Exodus 16:4-5, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” He was teaching them to depend on Him daily and use what He provides. The same is true for us now. He still wants us to depend on Him daily. We all say that we want to walk with God, by being in His Word daily we can do just that. Not only being in His Word.but using what He provides through His Word in fellowship, service, worship, evangelism, etc. In Israel, the Jordan River supplies two bodies of water, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of life since the Jordan River flows into and out of it. The Dead Sea has no life. If, like the Jordan River we allow the Word of God to flow into us and allow it to pour out of us, we can enjoy the Spirit filled life. If we simply take it in, but do not do anything with it we can become like the Dead Sea.
In chapter 18, it had been around one year when Jethro brings Zipporah along with Moses’ two sons. Unfortunately, many of the prominent servants of God did not spend much time training and discipling their children, such as Samuel and David (1 Samuel 8:1-5, 2 Samuel 13). No matter our job or position, we must all take the job of discipling our children seriously. Even good programs such as Awana, Ignite and Imprint do not remove the primary responsibility of discipling from us parents. Discipling also never ends, even if our children are adults. Unfortunately, when our children get exposed to the world in school and work, the lures are strong to wander away from God. No matter what the age of our children I pray that this One Year Bible Challenge will provide the perfect vehicle to disciple those in our family.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: