Tag: Exodus

Because of What the Lord Did for Me – Part 2

Exodus 13:1-16

Keep in mind theme of Exodus – Free to Worship – “Let my people go that they may serve/worship me”. As people of God, worship is to be part of fabric of life – corporate worship, family worship, individual worship. Worship and what we receive in worship is to have direct effect on all aspects of life. In fact, you should be able to honestly say: “I am here worshiping today “because of what the Lord did for me”.

A. worship is a response

remember the day of deliverance (3)

God intended his people never to forget were once hopelessly bound in slavery with no apparent way of escape – it was “the strong hand of the LORD” that delivered

tell your son (8a, 14a)

must tell next generation things essential to their heritage – most important are things God has done to set stage for them

this is why (8b, 14b-15)

was to be an explanation… facts with connections: this what it means, why is important’ also personal connection – “because of what the LORD did for me

most important: the God connection – “what the LORD did” – children need to be taught how to recognize God at work, how to respond to his work in their life

B. worship directs our actions

sign on your hands (9a, 16a)

God delivered his people out of house of bondage so they could serve him – live each day as redeemed people of God

worship should change us for more than an hour

God expects what we hear from him when he speaks to change us, to direct our actions throughout rest of the week

explaining the work of our hands

if you were asked at any point during day: why are you doing that / why did you make that choice / why doing it that way?

could you answer: “because of what the LORD did for me, I show thanksgiving and love by serving him this way”

C. worship guides our vision (9b, 16b)

memorial / reminder between your eyes

from outside the prison house have different view of self and surroundings – vision no longer blinded by our captor

should be continually in field of view who we are, why we are who we are – people of God redeemed to serve his purpose

as we hear God speak through his word by his Spirit, God’s truth should act as filter we look through – see things as God does

internal supply of God’s truth needs constant replenishing and reinforcing – not his truth wears out, our retention of it does

enhances clarity and understanding of God

remove aspects of world-think, sin-corrupted ways of thinking that distort view of God and his works in history and present

Who or what is your source of authority? — Is there a God and what is God like? — — What is real and how do I know? — What is the origin of life? — What is the basic nature of man? — What is right? — How should society be structured? — What is the basis for law? — What is the purpose of government? — What produces a sound economy? — How should we interpret human events?

increase knowledge of God, understanding of his ways, broader grasp of how his principles / priorities apply to daily life

of self

God meeting with us in worship brings into presence of holy sovereign Lord of all things – light of his presence shows who we really are

nothing hidden from his knowledge or from searchlight of Word and Spirit – nothing overlooked, nothing misdiagnosed

truth of his word illuminated by Spirit show things about us that need to change – the other 167 hours of the week

God’s expectation – first (after God) consider self from perspective of his truth… all of it, not just selected parts that make us feel good, then apply to others

of others

easy to see world around us and people in it through filter of Newspeak – using terms like dysfunction, disorder, whole lot of other words / concepts never found in Bible

just as easy, at times tempting, to see people around in shadow of a standard… comparing their ways to own practices (real or perceived)

our vision as changed by God and his word enables us to see others as saints struggling in sin and discouragement… or those who are lost and still in prison house of sin

equips us to be encouragement and help to one another, share Gospel truth with the lost, see God’s fingerprints on his world

in efforts to be involved in making life better for others, is imperative our help guided and accompanied by large helpings of God’s truth – one dying of thirst needs water, also needs water of life (Jesus and woman)

D. worship seasons our speech (9c)

the Lord’s law in your mouth

non-negotiable elements of corporate worship – reading and exposition of God’s word the Bible:

Neh. 8:8 “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.”

God’s word not only to stay in our ears – must penetrate our mind and come out naturally in our speech patterns

family gathering, some guests in place not accustomed to, say whatever is on their mind… then realize where are, who listening

more important than what shouldn’t say, even what is ok to say – what should we say: God’s word limits, it also directs speech

choose topics of conversation wisely

talking w/lady years ago, professed to be trying to quit smoking – asked “can you smoke & read Bible?” – horrified

Phil. 4:8 think about: true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy; same holds true for speech

don’t have unlimited time to talk about whatever strikes fancy – use time to talk about what will advance Christ’s kingdom

when you don’t get to pick starting topic can guide conversation – change direction, bring God into it even w/o saying his name

respond with Biblical truth

see something in nature, hear or read something – does it bring to mind particular verse or principle from God’s word

faced with problem can’t seem to figure out – go to word of God for solution; asked a question – give answer from Bible

if don’t know answer to other person’s question, say so… then go get the answer, report back to them – shows integrity, they have value and their question is important

doesn’t have to be word-for-word quotation, should be faithful rendering of principle or concept from God’s word

if need exact quote or reference – concordance, search function on smartphone, google, text a friend

E. worship separates from the world (11-16)

specific reference to firstborn, easily applied to all children/family members

not a civil ceremony, was act of worship involving sacrifice – remember Mary/Joseph/Jesus, temple in Jerusalem, 8 days old

not expected to pay off God with firstborn so could raise rest of children to live for devil; practice w/firstborn set example for rest of family

individual or family that belongs to God to be consecrated, set apart for God’s exclusive use, without effective competition from self or others

world sacrifices children to their god

1st Circuit Court of Appeals, re: noise ordinance, protesters outside abortion clinic in Portland – Leanne Robbin, one of the Maine assistant attorneys general: once a person is inside the clinic, it should be seen as “a sanctuary,” Robbin said. “There should not be anybody else in the room” other than patients and health care providers.

one of countless ways world (and, sadly, many professing Christians) sacrifices children to technology, selfish desire, heathen philosophy, government indoctrination

allow children to be influenced by what is contrary to God and his truth, encourage them to think they are #1, train them to seek satisfaction in all wrong places

believer consecrates his children to true God

beginning with determination to set child apart for God’s exclusive use, the least we can do since God sacrificed his only Son for us, must then go on to

Eph. 6:4 “…not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition / instruction of the Lord.”

while we’re at it, need to model and teach: seek God’s approval first, the rest will take care of itself

Has the LORD by his strong hand delivered you from prison house of sin? Let that fuel your worship, direct your life. Keep Christ and his great work of redemption always in your view, that which motivates thoughts/words/deeds. In all things, give God the glory, live so those who see you will do same.

Measuring up to God’s standard something you have hard time doing? Remember – would you be free… not only from burden of sin… from passion and pride? There Is Power in the Blood. How about from stain and corrupting influence of sin? There Is Power in the Blood. And what about daily living and serving the King? There Is Power in the Blood.

 

Because of What the Lord Did for Me

Exodus 13:1-16

Last week – paradigm shift – “a radical change in personal beliefs, systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing”. Children of Israel would need to adjust to being a separate nation with new laws, new leaders, new way of worship. Would be mixed outcome – some would be able to make the shift, others would struggle mightily, preferring return to old ways.

Here’s how that paradigm shift plays out in everyday life: introducted in our text two distinct but closely related aspects, elaborated in much more detail later as God led and instructed his people.

Consecrate to me – set apart for God’s use – acknowledging God’s ownership. Remember this day – celebrate your redemption.

Keep in mind theme of Exodus – Free to Worship – “Let my people go that they may serve/worship me”. As people of God, worship is to be part of fabric of life – corporate worship, family worship, individual worship. Worship and what we receive in worship is to have direct effect on all aspects of life. In fact, you should be able to honestly say: “I am here worshiping today “because of what the Lord did for me”.

A. worship is a response

remember the day of deliverance (3)

God intended his people never to forget were once hopelessly bound in slavery with no apparent way of escape

just as important: it was “the strong hand of the LORD” that delivered his people – not change of mind, exercise of strength

how about you: do you remember the day the Lord brought you “out of the house of bondage”? – maybe can nail down exact date like children of Israel, perhaps not

if you are born again child of God, was a day when God delivered you – when you remember / think on / consider that, the right response… worship – thank him, praise him, give him glory “because of what he did for you”

tell your son (8a, 14a)

whether he asks or not, tell him; interested or not, tell him; if you have daughters, tell them – is a command, not suggestion

must tell next generation things essential to their heritage – most important are things God has done to set stage for them

if we expect children to see parents as credible, things we tell them must be backed up by way of life pleasing to God

this is why (8b, 14b-15)

when Jewish family observing Passover, God intended it to be more than simply what they did because was that date on calendar – to serve God’s purpose, had to be more than tradition

father to tell son, parent to tell children more than bare facts – was to be an explanation… facts with connections: this what it means, why is important

also to be personal connection – we are doing all this “because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt”

most important: the God connection – “what the LORD did” – children need to be taught how to recognize God at work, how to respond to his work in their life

explanation to be given at times other than Passover – v.15 – every time firstborn animal taken to be sacrificed an opportunity for instruction

B. worship directs our actions

sign on your hands (9a, 16a)

orthodox Jews understand this to mean literally wearing portions of God’s word on hand / arm and forehead in phylacteries

not what God had in mind at all – what the LORD did for his people and their response to him in worship was to shape their lives… were to live each day as redeemed people of God

God delivered his people out of house of bondage in Egypt so they could serve him with their hands – loving and worshiping with all their strength

worship should change us for more than an hour

people of God expected to remember mighty deliverance, not just one day/week a year, every time a firstborn appeared

we bring sacrifices of praise, offer them to God, he responds… through his word, by his Spirit, through his servant

God expects what we hear from him when he speaks to change us, to direct our actions throughout rest of the week

family, neighbors, co-workers should see / hear same person during week we see/hear on Sunday morning, vice versa

explaining the work of our hands

if you were asked at any point during day: why are you doing that / why did you make that choice / why doing it that way?

could you answer: “because of what the LORD did for me, I show thanksgiving and love by serving him this way”

when you choose what your hands are doing, iow your actions, are choices / actions what God would expect, given what he told you during worship / Bible study or meditation on his word?

since God delivered you from house of bondage to serve Him, God’s expectations rate highest, should do best to meet them

when children question your choices or expectations for them, should explain in terms of what God expects, his standard

C. worship guides our vision (9b, 16b)

memorial / reminder between your eyes

from outside the prison house have different view of self and surroundings – vision no longer blinded by our captor

should be continually in field of view who we are, why we are who we are – people of God redeemed to serve his purpose

as we hear God speak through his word by his Spirit, God’s truth should act as filter we look through – see things as God does

enhances clarity and understanding of God

remove aspects of world-think, sin-corrupted ways of thinking that distort view of God and his works in history and present

increase knowledge of God, understanding of his ways, broader grasp of how his principles / priorities apply to daily life

of self

God meeting with us in worship brings into presence of holy sovereign Lord of all things – light of his presence shows who we really are

truth of his word illuminated by Spirit show things about us that need to change – the other 167 hours of the week

of others

easy to see world around us and people in it through filter of Newspeak – using terms like dysfunction, disorder, whole lot of other words / concepts never found in Bible

our vision as changed by God and his word enables us to see others as saints struggling in sin and discouragement, those who are lost and still in prison house of sin

equips us to be encouragement and help to one another, share Gospel truth with the lost, see God’s fingerprints on his world

D. worship seasons our speech (9c)

the Lord’s law in your mouth

non-negotiable elements of corporate worship – reading and exposition of God’s word the Bible:

Neh. 8:8 “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.”

God’s word not only to stay in our ears – must penetrate our mind and come out naturally in our speech patterns

choose topics of conversation wisely

talking w/lady years ago, professed to be trying to quit smoking – asked “can you smoke & read Bible?” – horrified

Phil. 4:8 think about: true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy; same holds true for speech

respond with Biblical truth

see something in nature, hear or read something – does it bring to mind particular verse from God’s word

faced with problem can’t seem to figure out – go to word of God for solution; asked a question – give answer from Bible

doesn’t have to be word-for-word quotation, should be faithful rendering of principle or concept from God’s word

E. worship separates from the world (11-16)

specific reference to firstborn, easily applied to all children/family members

not a civil ceremony, was act of worship involving sacrifice – remember Mary/Joseph/Jesus, temple in Jerusalem, 8 days old

not expected to pay off God with firstborn so could raise rest of children to live for devil; practice w/firstborn set example for rest of family

individual or family that belongs to God to be consecrated, set apart for God’s exclusive use, without effective competition from self or others

world sacrifices children to their god

1st Circuit Court of Appeals, re: noise ordinance, protesters outside abortion clinic in Portland – Leanne Robbin, one of the Maine assistant attorneys general: once a person is inside the clinic, it should be seen as “a sanctuary,” Robbin said. “There should not be anybody else in the room” other than patients and health care providers.

one of countless ways world sacrifices children to technology, selfish desire, heathen philosophy, government indoctrination

believer consecrates his children to true God

beginning with determination to set child apart for God’s exclusive use, the least we can do since God sacrificed his only Son for us, must then go on to

Eph. 6:4 “…not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition / instruction of the Lord.”

Has the LORD by his strong hand delivered you from prison house of sin? Let that fuel your worship, direct your life. Keep Christ and his great work of redemption always in your view, give God the glory.

 

Paradigm Shift

Exodus 12:33-51

Paradigm shift – “a major change in a certain thought-pattern—a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing” Wikipedia

What the Jewish people were about to experience on first Passover night. For generation alive at the time, might have begun even earlier. Almost certain none of them had ever sacrificed a yearling from the flock, would not remember it having been done by previous generation. Remember after fourth plague (flies) Pharaoh’s “suggestion” to Moses, Ex. 8:25-26

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God in the land.”And Moses said, “It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us?”

Animal sacrifice never before practiced would become common way of worship for children of Israel God delivered from Egypt. Only one detail among many that would radically change in relatively short space of time. Had lived all their lives as subject people – strict limitations on what could decide for themselves, under control of harsh overseers, told what to do and when and how. Were beginning process of becoming separate nation with new laws, new leaders, new way of worship.

That way of worship is overriding concern all the way through, starting with final instruction to Moses as he left for Egypt – Ex. 4:22-23

“Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Israel is My son, My firstborn.“So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.”

 

Let my son go that he may serve me, that he may worship me – God’s intent for his people… that they be free to worship Him. And not much has changed – God still expects his people to serve him, brings them out of slavery to sin so they are free to please God. Paradigm shift just as significant for believers today as for children of Israel in our text – God brings about change of heart, change of address, and change of identity.

A. change of heart v.33-36, 38

from hostile (8:26) to favorable

people who had cooperated with Pharaoh – to kill their babies, get every possible ounce of free labor possible

at least in Moses’ view, would have killed Hebrew children for offensive religious practice, by no means tolerant

total about-face, change of heart toward Hebrews – looked on them with favor, not something Egyptians did on their own

a clear act of God – “the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians” – change of mind and heart only God could accomplish

good reminder for us… in relation to our own circumstances, those of brothers and sisters – may appear to be hopeless situation, oppressors will never let up

God can change hearts and minds today as easily as 3500 years ago, will do so in response to persistent importunate prayers of his people

oppressors begged them to leave

from Pharaoh on down, same people who refused to give up control for any reason now wanting to be rid of Hebrew children

combined work of God directly changing hearts and motivating through fear – Egyptians could see no reason for plague of death to stop with firstborn

from grasping to generous

just as readily gave away all that was asked of them as they had tried to increase fortunes by labors of enslaved people

appears to be no thought of holding back, trying to negotiate different terms – primarily interested in seeing people gone whatever the material cost might be

children of Israel, too

not just Egyptians whose hearts God changed, did major work on Hebrew children also – were just as unready to leave as captors to let them go

told them what God had promised to do, to deliver, to be their God, their response?

Ex. 6:9 So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.

now all did as instructed regarding Passover, being prepared to leave at moment’s notice, ready and willing to follow God’s servant

deeper for some – mixed multitude

not only Hebrew children that left Egypt – included people from other nations and native Egyptians content to throw lot in with Hebrews, at least for a while

certainly number of motives behind others tagging along – probable that at least some were genuine converts to true God… plagues that should have convinced all who true God is convinced some

great work of God

God thru Moses told Pharaoh “Let My people go, that they may serve Me,for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.” (Ex. 9:13-14)

no one can objectively consider account of what took place during early chapters of Exodus and reach any other conclusion – this can only be work of God, no other possible explanation

B. change of address v.37, 39-41, 51

Rameses to Succoth

not a great long journey on first day but long enough – distance not only important consideration at beginning of what would develop into 40-year pilgrimage

first time in memory when all Hebrew children together in one place – able to see who and how many made up total group

this only first of number of stops on way to final destination – Canaan; people not accustomed to travel, would need to tweak details of organization, get accustomed to entirely new lifestyle: tenting vs. house with walls

out of Egypt

reached first stop, baked bread (unleavened) had brought with them “out of Egypt” – might not seem like much progress

represented change of country – “in Egypt” to “out of Egypt” – tangible, on the ground indication things were going to be different

clear evidence for everyone in group that God was continuing to work his plan – achieving what seemed to be impossible

end of sojourn

interesting word translators used: sojourn… temporary stay; time in Egypt intended by God from beginning to be limited length

God had promised Abram “strangers in a land… four hundred years” (Gen. 15:13) – brought them out exactly on schedule… “on that very same day”

great work of God

almost expecting Pharaoh to put foot down… again, tell them they can’t leave – that he did not further evidence God doing the work

considering powerful acts of God in plagues and effect they had on Pharaoh… to further harden his heart, required even greater work by God to change Pharaoh’s position long enough for Hebrews to leave

C. change of identity v.42-50

solemn observance – night of watching

“It was a night of watching by the LORD, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the LORD by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.” ESV

God was working the night shift, on watch over his people to protect them, the Egyptians to bring judgment upon them

night of watching for Hebrew children, too – waiting for God to do as he promised and bring about their deliverance

regulations included participants

were to make clear distinction between those welcomed at Passover meal, those who were forbidden to participate

since their experience to serve as lesson/example for us, should be no surprise similar conditions apply to observance at Lord’s Table

all the congregation of Israel

everyone who was included in God’s covenant community – descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and bearing covenant sign

not simply permission being granted, declaration v.47 shows expectation that everyone eligible would observe it – “shall keep it”

not foreigners, hired servants, aliens, uncircumcised

at same time no mistaking who was barred from participating: no foreigners (immigrants, resident aliens), hired servants usually aliens, too

but here’s root condition: “no uncircumcised person shall eat it.” (48c) – participation really based on identity: how does person identify, as one of God’s people… or not?

“as a native”

harsh, maybe even racist? not really… look at first part verse 48 – stranger wants to keep Passover rightly, be circumcised, then keep it

doesn’t stop there: “and he shall be as a native of the land” – one who identifies as genuine follower of God welcomed into family

God had more in mind than physical external ritual – see Deut. 30:6 “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

When all that separates our hearts from God is removed, we experience just as significant a paradigm shift as Hebrew children. Have change of heart toward God and others, have change of address from residency in Satan’s kingdom to Christ’s kingdom, have change of identity from rebellious sinner subject to Satan to adopted son or daughter of God. Comes about when our trust in Christ alone for our salvation, because he alone has paid price in full for our redemption from slavery to sin and Satan.

 

Needed: Godly Men

Exodus 12:21-32

Frequently emphasis on different syllable when teaching this text. Focus looking to significance of Passover, the blood on doorposts and lintel. The menu, dining attire, time of day, what God himself did that very night described verse 29. All important segments of story, God did put in his word! But… was already committed to writing, in similar detail, earlier in same chapter! If Christians do actually study OT (was for Jews, you know, NT is for us) quickly pass over in repeated section key detail of story that still has great relevance today.

After all, know the ritual – started with the lamb, continued with sacrifice, what to do with blood, then the meal… eaten in haste, dressed for travel. Unleavened bread, bitter herbs, all significant symbols relating to God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt.

But notice who God told Moses to instruct: “all the elders of Israel”…. Connection is this: people today from all walks of life believe they can re-define what God has already defined – two important institutions in particular: church and family. Someone needs to break it to them – God didn’t delegate that task to others, still maintains his right to define what is a church, what is purpose of church, who should lead his church, who is included in his church. We do not have liberty to change that definition.

Same is true of family. God defined, we don’t get to redefine. God determined there are 2 and only 2 genders, no more and no less. God defined marriage as between one man and one woman, appointed husband as head of home. Husband and wife are to be parents to children, training up in nurture and admonition of the Lord. God did not give mankind liberty to experiment and innovate without consequences. Call something whatever you like, God not obligated to show up and bless what is being done in his name or apart from his name. And btw, to say we have advanced beyond primitive understandings and practices of OT is an affront to an unchanging God. Implies we have grown enough in knowledge and wisdom we no longer need God to tell us how to please him.

Why is what passes for the church in America by and large weak and powerless? Because she has said she can improve on God’s design, God’s definition, God’s principles for Christ’s church., Why is family in America such a massive train wreck? (True both in and out of the church…) Because have enshrined science and human wisdom as our collective authority, locked God out of the building, driven him out of our homes. You say, “How have we driven God from our homes?” By welcoming in your home what is an insult to God – whether it walks through the door, comes in on the cable, or enters as part of who you are and choices you make, allow others to make who live there.

God has specific principles he established and expects to be present in our homes, churches, governments. Starts with godly men committed to serving God according to principles found in his word the Bible. Thank God he has given models of that in his word, also here in his church. Please don’t hyperventilate, have panic attack or conniption because this doesn’t describe your circumstances. Is God’s standard, after all. And don’t try to dumb down the standard – God didn’t give permission. God’s grace is sufficient for our need, his forgiveness is adequate for our shortcomings.

A. qualifications

age – had word for nursing baby, child, man or woman, old man or elder – like all other words in Bible, this one used on purpose

if God intended to mean simply “men” w/o regard for any other condition / qualification, had way to express it, didn’t use it

bear in mind: God not just dealing smartly with his people under Moses – was further establishing pattern for us to follow (1 Cor. 10)

had right view then of those who reached old age – was regarded a blessing, gift from God, not granted to everyone

understanding and wisdom – assumption was (right most of the time) that along with age / experience would come understanding

did not expect every day to be new day – instead today should build on yesterday in preparation for tomorrow

if God were adding to their days, they must be using them wisely, applying understanding gained from experience for self and others

respect – not something automatically given because of title or office, earned by long life and demonstrated wisdom – sat in the gate

if elders were those consulted in challenging situations, would not keep place of honor if hard evidence lacking

B. lead v.21-23

elders are to be leaders

tasks – not just ones acquired by default, were assigned particular duties like those referenced in today’s text, carrying out specific tasks relating to Passover observance

not a free-for-all, was elders choosing Passover lamb, sacrificing it, taking blood and applying to doorposts and lintel

responsibilities – could not act blindly, had to choose lamb wisely… meeting requirements for sacrifice and family size

duty to make sure animal sacrificed properly, blood collected then applied according to God’s command – matter of life and death for all in their care

no one given automatic pass… because worked all of life and deserve break; served in ministry forever; someone else better equipped

leaders are to be elders

if God had intended different category of people, had words available to say so – designation not based solely on practical considerations… they do factor in, not only factors

leaders in OT worship set pattern for NT worship, according to God’s design – God’s continued expectations made explicit (1 Timothy & Titus e.g.)

elders / leaders responsible for spiritual health

very first assigned task – select and sacrifice lamb: lay hand on head of animal, showing transfer of sin from all they represented onto lamb-substitute

not only their own spiritual condition in view here, everyone in family included – setting example for family, for succeeding generations, at same time taking care of present sin

elders / leaders responsible for spiritual protection

charged with task of applying blood of sacrifice to doorposts / lintel – purpose to keep outside the home what would otherwise bring death to those inside

same holds true for leaders in church and home – elders and fathers needed to guard flock and family against church members, wife and children

C. observe v.24-25

spiritual leadership a habit

something to be done each year according to calendar God established for his people – principles present in observance applicable to everyday life

remember Job, still sacrificing and interceding for children regularly even though grown – carrying on habit established earlier

spiritual protection a habit

just as important: sources of spiritual harm have no allegiance to calendar or clock – will seek to enter whenever unguarded

default should be alert obedience at all times – neither habit will be present in an elder who ignores them while “growing up”

not subject to circumstances

were to continue observance after was a done deal – what signified in big picture still an issue, people still needing deliverance

slavery in Egypt and all associated with it not their only enemies, not even most dangerous ones – sin and Satan top the list

D. teach v.26-27

be available

not somewhere else when family is gathered – present both physically and mentally, attentive to individual needs

showing by body language that questions / interaction is welcomed – man @ restaurant, follow-up history lesson with children

be willing

can be available, present, at same time unwilling/reluctant to teach – no pass if not good communicator, covered it before

reluctance/unwillingness will shut down questions pretty quickly, same as lack of availability – kids pick up on the signs

be prepared

expect children to ask questions, and if they don’t, elder needs to start with own question: “what do you think this all means?”

should have done homework prior, be ready with answers appropriate for age / needs / understanding of others present

certainly applies to situations other than Passover, other times than just at meals, also to people other than chronological children

Read Psa. 78:5-8

E. be delivered v.28-32

be confident

elders should act obediently and confidently – God knows what he’s doing, can be counted on to keep his word

in this case, if elders followed God’s commands, all those in their charge would be spared death, would be delivered

be obedient

“just as the Lord commanded” – didn’t have option to experiment, innovate, were expected to follow instructions precisely

question for elders/leaders today – has God spoken on topic? if so, what did he say, how do we obey, then do it in dependence on God and his grace

be ready

“called …by night …and said, “Rise, go” – don’t know when God will call to action, must be ready to move whenever he calls

be blessed

“bless me also” – Pharaoh true to nature: wants God’s blessing, but nothing to do with God… like so many we know / can name

also – implies blessing on Israelites, perhaps additional to one already received: gift of life on them and children

Families, churches, nation need men of God who will rise up, devote themselves fully to Christ and his kingdom.

Memorial Day

Exodus 12:14-20

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, intended for purposeful decoration “by strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” (May 30, 1868) Not to be day of celebrration but one of remembrance, paying tribute to those who gave their lives in military service for the cause of freedom. Without question, God has blessed us by causing us to be born and live in a country like ours with the liberties we enjoy.

Those liberties enjoyed by all citizens in some measure, are enjoyed most by those to whom God has granted freedom from shackles of sin. To the 6 out of 10 people who seldom or never enter doors of church, freedom of religion doesn’t mean much. To those who have many opinions but few convictions, freedom of speech has little substantive meaning. Otoh, they are significant blessings for devoted Christ-follower who can worship freely according to conscience and Word of God. As important as all that is, is a memorial day of far greater consequence to believer particularly, but really to all mankind.

Prior to time of Christ, memorial day had one kind of significance; now, on this side of Calvary memorial day has related but somewhat different meaning. God himself established memorial day at time of Moses. God ordained when and how it should be observed, the purpose it was to have, what it should include, and what should not be part of the celebration.

A. a memorial v.14a, 17b

annual day of remembering

for God’s ancient people – he intended regular stated time each year when all other activity ceased, nation turned its attention to one specific event in their history – first Passover and subsequent deliverance from slavery

just as important as what were delivered from, what were delivered to – were delivered from slavery, delivered to service

object of remembrance: God who delivered

from judgment / death – God who was executing judgment on land of Egypt, iow its people, by striking / killing firstborn (v.12)

was perhaps for different offenses against God, yet Hebrew children no less deserving of judgment than Egyptians

in first place, God delivered Hebrews from God, preserving and delivering them from his own righteous judgment

from Egypt – by this time no question in anyone’s mind who would visit Egypt, God himself, whose purpose all along to deliver his people from oppression of slavery and idolatry in Egypt

would be deliverance from culture devoted to false worship… of idols that had just been thoroughly humiliated… to serve true God in ways He defined and regulated

emphasis not to be limited to events and circumstances – primary focus of memorial: God who had done marvelous acts

more than simply mental exercise – Jesus didn’t say “remember me”, told his followers “this do in remembrance”

each subsequent Passover feast to be a re-enactment of first Passover, and like first one meal not the most important part

begins with sacrifice followed by feast – not snack/token nod of head, a feast / festival celebrating God and what he has done

B. a feast v.14b

celebration

before God done giving law to Israel… 3 pilgrimage feasts – normal daily activities ceased, people come together to celebrate

Passover together with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks or Harvest of Firstfruits, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles, Pentecost) or Feast of Ingathering” TWOT

each a time of celebration, ceremonies of joy and respect, demonstrating thankfulness for God and providential care

not a time to just let loose and party, pleasure in the moment – God and his benevolent relationship with his people to remain focus throughout celebration

sustenance

feast is opposite of fast, time to rejoice in God and his care, acknowledge dependence on God, and enjoy abundant provision

enjoying a good meal didn’t start with Baptists – in fact, Passover the beginning of week-long feasting and celebration

obvious benefit – nourishment and strengthening of physical bodies…. feast of unleavened bread, not the only thing eaten

less obvious benefits – an occasion (like other feasts) to nourish relationships: person-to-person fellowship, group fellowship, most importantly relationship with God

sacrifice

three weeks vacation each year, all had similar required elements – each began with sacrifice, offering back to God portion of what he had blessed his people with

yes, celebration involved much rejoicing, yet began with solemn ritual of animal sacrifice – a serious time, constantly aware that God is one being honored

C. an everlasting ordinance v.14c, 17

instituted / ordained by God

Passover / Feast of Unleavened Bread not what evolved out of generations of religious observance / advancing culture

not even something this particular people group borrowed or assimilated from surrounding culture – some like to find things in Canaanite or other culture that people of Bible repurposed

want to tell them “knock it off, you’re assumptions are backwards”; wasn’t God’s people who borrowed pagan customs

God’s people at least to start were following God’s commands – was YHWH who told Hebrew children do this on this day in this way for this many days

Jewish people added pages of further regulation to God’s initial ordinance, much of it unnecessary and displeasing to God

intended to be perpetual annual observance

occasional references to Passover observance in OT, e.g., after crossing Jordan, day the manna stopped and ate off the land

God had established yearly calendar for Hebrews, intended first month each and every year to include Passover celebration

didn’t do so well – during time of Hezekiah, Passover was only one of many of God’s requirements people routinely neglected

2 Chr. 30:5 “So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner.”

everlasting… yet limited

God, not people, would decide when it ended, and it would come to an end – Heb. 9:8-10

“The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings–external regulations applying until the time of the new order.”

Passover “an illustration for the present time” until what it pictured became reality – married couple, meet someone, make introductions… “meet my wife/husband”, haul out picture?? when person standing right there?

Passover, like much of OT system of worship, intended to be followed / practiced only until the Cross – Jesus declared he “did not come to destroy but to fulfill” Law

was God the Son who on night he was betrayed instructed his disciples how they should in future remember Him, no longer deliverance from Egypt

D. a holy convocation v.16

day of worship

to begin the week / celebration, to end it – a holy assembly, focus not on daily stuff of life but on One who gives life

a time set aside for worship – dedicated to particular purpose, reserved for giving full attention to God

notice choice of words: set aside, dedicated, reserved… not to be used for something else, like Lord’s Day he set aside

for all the people

people at Wal-Mart, local convenience store, restaurants, etc., etc. had time off – everyone expected to be part of celebration

side note; want more people in church yet how often do God’s people encourage otherwise – shopping, recreating, activities on Lord’s Day that require people to work

not day of work

only work done on first and seventh day… what was required to prepare meals and eat – whatever could be prepared beforehand should be – God intended he should be center of attention, not whether roast is (over) done

E. without leaven

something in view of greater significance than emigrating from Egypt

bitter herbs, day on the calendar, dressed for walking, eating in haste adequate reminders of deliverance from slavery

already gotten a hint – first and seventh day

to be a holy assembly – why God demanded Pharaoh let his people to: “to serve Me”, to worship God as he expected/required

memorial, feast, worship to be result of changed life

daily life changed radically for Hebrews when walked across Red Sea – God intended not just daily routine to change, intended his people to be changed

deliverance from hardships of Egypt certainly cause for celebration, thankfulness – deliverance from bondage in sin adds immeasurably to reasons for celebration

corruption to be removed from people just like homes and diets

read through Mishnah, Jewish oral law, paragraph upon paragraph of rules/requirements for dealing with leaven – dough size of olive left in cracks of kneading board….

nothing at all about removing leaven from hearts and lives of people celebrating Passover – completely missed greater point

Deut. 7:6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” (also 1 Pet. 2:9)

God didn’t say holy for a day, even a week, but “a holy people”. Jewish people’s memorial day celebration to remind them God delivered his people to worship him, to serve him… every day of year. Same true for us: God delivered each of us from mastery of sin, not so could more easily serve own desires but to serve him.

Must be intentional about it – if we are to “…by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” must do our part to become holy and acceptable to God. Utilizing means of grace – worship, ordinances, preaching, prayer, meditation on God’s word – in full dependence on God for all we need to please him.

 

The Lord’s Passover

Exodus 12:1-13

Here’s one of those calendar “adjustments” mentioned last week. Revisited Moses’ audience with Pharaoh, now back up a few days and get much fuller report of God’s instructions to Moses and Aaron. God gave highly detailed play-by-play description of what was to be annual time of worship for Jewish people from that time forward. Little room for Hebrew children to get creative – expected them to follow his instruction exactly. Especially on this first Passover, woe be to family who took liberties.

The moment God’s people desired rapidly approaching – the very day God had appointed had arrived (Ex. 12:41) and this gracious God-who-is provided everything necessary for his people to be prepared. Not only prepared for final plague, properly ready for imminent deliverance from slavery in Egypt. True, much to celebrate as 430 years of distance from land promised to them come to end. Also night of mourning, not just for Egyptians. Blood sacrifice one of those two-sided pictures: shows promise of life, at same time bringing death.

Here again see how seriously God takes whole issue of redemption. Not cheap, not easily achieved, must be purchased at very high cost. Not even talking about redemption from sin, just deliverance from human slavery. Celebrate freedom from tyranny, guarantees of nation’s Bill of Rights, and so we should. Must treasure and celebrate freedom from tyranny of sin and Satan. Hebrew children’s experience in Egypt is a picture of redemption from sin… but only a picture… not the real thing. That would come centuries later… at profoundly higher cost, which Son of God purchased on our behalf. Is much in Passover worship that speaks of our true Passover Sacrifice. God gives introduction, followed by instruction and illumination.

A. introduction v.1-2

God speaks – he makes first move

God doesn’t wait for his people – would never make the move if up to us! – another way God asserts rightful authority

don’t have to wonder who is in charge, who sets the standard, who leads / follows – is God who does so in all areas of life

in Egypt – where his people are

was not something Moses/Aaron knew all along – they had to exercise faith in God along with all the people – knew some of big story, had to trust God for details

showing (later in greater measure) how God comes down to man – primary difference between Christianity, other religions

the rest have man in some way working his way out of circumstances and up to God in some way – man makes it up to be with God, or man makes it to be God

popular to say “all roads lead to heaven / God” – no, they don’t! only one, the one God hmself came down to us

continues demonstrating his authority over times of his people – this month

perhaps prior to this Hebrew children used whatever calendar neighbors used – now would all change, which day began the year, how some of days during year would be used

not a new thing, God had made similar declaration to close out week of Creation – “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (Gen. 2:3) almost certainly used words so Adam / Eve knew what to do

comes up again in Exodus chapter 20 – God established length of week, first day and last day, made clear expectations of how days were to be used

now month and year – this month beginning of months – established order of months and beginning of year, regardless of where it came on Egyptian calendar

would begin their year with time of worship remembering / celebrating deliverance from slavery – we are blessed to begin each week that way!

B. instruction v.3-11

on this first Passover, people preparing for more than open gates to leave Egypt – were to prepare for presence of God among his people

since Pharaoh refused to let people worship God, he was coming to visit people… in Egypt… and basically stay for a while

take a lamb

v. 5 continues description, here just specifies “one of a flock”, to be taken on tenth day of the month by head of household

would need to leave Egypt before could engage in corporate worship – yet God gives instruction to “congregation of Israel” for family worship while still in foreign pagan culture

Passover to be family / community act of worship – if family too small for lamb portion, invite your neighbor

no conditions given for smallness – no children, single parent, single individual – whatever the reason, God made provision for everyone to have a family to worship with

this kind of lamb

perfect one of the flock, a male, one year old, a sheep or goat – no outward visible blemish, an accurate representative of sheep or goat

God expects the best for sacrifice, those who love God should want to bring the best… because is what perfect holy God deserves when his people come in worship

important note: when we prepare for worship, should purposefully intentionally prepare and bring our best to give to God – best devotion, attention, sacrifice of praise

keep the lamb

watch the lamb, care for the lamb from tenth until evening of fourteenth day – care for it, tend it, feed it, treat it as member of family

is to be some kind of identity, relationship between family and sacrifice – to be their animal, not their purchase, nothing at arm’s length here but close personal identity between sinner and sacrifice

important that lamb was not taken from flock and sacrificed – was taken from home, by the family to be sacrificed as act of corporate worship – the whole assembly/congregation

kill the lamb

God gave them detailed instruction how this lamb was to be complete sacrifice, maintaining connection with family throughout

was to be done carefully, no haphazard affair done any which way – was particular order to events: God’s demands satisfied first, then family needs met

just opposite of contemporary mind-set: family comes first, God gets left-overs… if there are any… after work and play

prepare and eat the lamb

blood from lamb put on doorposts, lintel, not of place of worship but place where family lived – whole nother lesson in that

to be roasted and eaten by family, including neighbors – whoever there in that home to be nourished by animal who had given its life for them

eat it this way

eat the flesh, roasted, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs – will have a little time (roasted) but not a lot (unleavened)

time to prepare the meal but not time for bread to rise – unleavened bread keeps and travels better, important for tomorrow

looking forward – not relaxed… dressed to travel, eat in haste, at same time remembering why this was such a good thing

once redeemed, delivered, bitterness of slavery in past but not ever to be forgotten – forget where you were, take for granted where you are

the LORD’S passover

instituted by God, regulated by God, reminder of YHWH’s might act done solely by him on behalf of his people – had no helper to deliver Hebrew children

no ordinary meal, taken all together shows Lord of hosts defending and delivering, passing over and preserving Isa. 31.5

no surprise God would be so particular about Passover given 1 Cor. 5.7 – “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” – lamb eaten every Passover in anticipation of “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”

C. illumination v.12-13

important distinction of words here in v.12 & 13 – this terrifying God of judgment would pass through land of Egypt, same delivering God would pass over those he intended to preserve

I will pass through

I will strike – unpalatable as it is to many, was God himself who came to Egypt “personally” to strike blow for justice

I will execute Judgment – doesn’t work through agent, circumstances, judicial system – is God himself bringing judgment on his enemies who are also enemies of his people

we’re caught on horns of dilemma – we want God to defend his people from harm, we don’t want God to do that in his way

we prefer God to love people over to his side – many times he does, is how we ended up there; but, not always way God chooses to work: God is love, God is also holy and just

I will pass over

the plague will not be on you – wonder if Hebrew children were really convinced of that, standing there eating supper, questioning if would really leave town that night… alive or dead

just as certainly as God had brought each plague, as surely as God had ended each plague, could be counted on for this one

God doesn’t say: check to make sure they followed instructions, then go deal with Egypt – does say would “pass over”

Hebrew children just as guilty of sin before God as Egyptians, deserved God’s wrath – only one thing could avert it… blood

must be blood applied, not merely shed

not blood of animal sacrificed God saw, was blood of sacrifice applied to doorposts and lintel of their home, where they lived

same is true for what that blood represented… blood of Christ – must be applied to each sinner individually

all this is true

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

Rom. 5:6, 8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

but is it true for you? Jesus’ sacrifice has no value for you until it is applied to you by grace through faith in Christ

God makes this plain in His Word: “God sovereignly and freely choose (Eph 1:4-5) to save you; God gives you faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus (Eph 2:8-10); on the basis of your faith in Jesus’ righteousness and not your own, God declare you righteous (Rom 3:26); God give you His Spirit (Rom 5:51 John 3:23; 4:13) Who will make His presence known in you (Rom 8:16) and through you (Gal 5:22-23); God does this for His own glory (Isa 43:7; Eph 3:20-21).”

 

The Final Plague Announced

Exodus 11:1-10

Unlike most of Exodus, sequence of events gets little topsy-turvy here. Reason is this: two distinct sequences of action going on simultaneously, can only read about one at a time. Much preparation for final plague for Hebrews had already happened before Moses’ last audience with Pharaoh. Hebrews were getting ready for Passover during plague of darkness and day of light between 9th and 10th plagues. Would mean that Moses knew in advance God’s timeline for bringing Pharaoh to point of temporary submission. If people were paying attention, they could have counted down days to departure also.

God’s purpose is fixed, our text and portion of following chapter describe lead-in to most profound demonstration of God’s character yet in relation to mankind. Different ways to identify next big event on God’s redemptive timeline: judgment of last plague on Egyptians; institution of Passover worship; deliverance of Hebrew people from slavery. YHWH not only demonstrates his power, superiority – also demonstrates grace and mercy alongside holiness and judgment.

After repeated insincerity and rejection from Pharaoh, God graciously prepares his servants for one more – this plague will be the last one. God makes clear what will occur in great detail, how Hebrews should make themselves ready for it, what to expect as result. Are reminded once again – God not simply showing off by making Pharaoh look bad. God, as always, has his own glory in view.

A. context v.1-3

preparation for Moses (1)

God knew what Pharaoh would do following end of plague of darkness; also knew how Moses, Aaron and Hebrews likely to respond

before Moses went to palace for last time, God gave him and people message of great encouragement – will look like “here we go… again”, yet… will be different

only one more decisive act of God in judgment and then Pharaoh will relent – in fact, will not simply permit Hebrews to leave, will drive them out, compel them to leave

is clear reason for Moses to remain confident before Pharaoh – God’s expectations no different, Moses must hold the line

payment for the people (2)

Egyptians probably still not quite sure which end is up – getting reoriented from 3-day blackout, not fully adjusted to devastation from hail and locusts, all that means

would seem, given clear connection between presence of Hebrews and misfortunes Egyptians experiencing, Egyptians probably not thinking happy thoughts about their neighbors

would not expect to be good time for Hebrew children to go asking for cup of sugar from Egyptians, yet is what God instructed

only not just cup of sugar – were in effect asking for wages due for all the bricks made, wages that had never been paid to them

Hebrews not asking for favors here, were expecting just compensation for years of labor taken for granted because of who they were… slaves, from despised people group

prestige for both (3)

what did YHWH do? once again, the unexpected – changed minds of Egyptians so would think and act favorably toward Hebrews

instead of more abuse, even retaliation, treated them with honor and dignity – not only showed favor, acted toward them favorably

probably case of “here, take this and this and this; anything else you see you want or could use? take it, take it all”

Pharaoh’s servants had opportunity to mobilize security forces / military against Hebrews, rounded up and slaughtered, yet God restrained that desire and replaced with respect and honor for Moses

no rational explanation for such unexpected favor being shown by Egyptians apart from hand of God powerfully at work

good reminder for us: when we faithfully do best to live pleasing to God, he gives us favor with enemies, causes them to be at peace with us… because is gracious God, loves his children

B. announcement v.4-8

who (4a)

to be no doubt in anyone’s mind who is perpetrator of this unspeakable disaster – will be YHWH himself who brings judgment

Moses here acting only as mouthpiece – repeating word of God to all who would listen, esp. Pharaoh and his attendants

is interesting: even skeptical scholars see hand of God in this plague; may try to give naturalistic explanation for other plagues, write God out of script, but not this one

this the same YHWH who encountered Moses at bush, who declared children of Israel to be his people, who intended his name be known in all the world

when (4b)

that very night – would be no reprieve, no opportunity to regroup after previous plagues, no making new plan of how to respond

in fact, would come at midnight when Egyptian people would be most vulnerable – Ra at his weakest point, opposite strength displayed at noon

YHWH making plain time of day has no significance in regard to his power, ability – the “God who Is” totally unconstrained by time… unlike his creation

where (4c)

since Pharaoh refuses to let God’s people leave Egypt, God himself will come… to Egypt – definitely not good news to enemies

even for people of God, his promise to show up “in person” a mixed blessing – on one hand, joy and excitement deliverer is coming; otoh, people know who they are, who God is, will he be friendly or frightening

God’s focus, direct attention on Egypt and Egyptians – is absolutely precise and intentional in what he will be doing

what (5-6)

all firstborn in Egypt will die… starting with Pharaoh – for brief time, Pharaoh standing by himself, abandoned by all others

Pharaoh has no backup, no stand-in, nothing to defend or protect from avenging angel of death who accompanies YHWH (12:23)

not limited to Pharaoh, extends to lowest social class represented in Egypt, and includes firstborn of livestock also

what can possibly explain God’s precise action here, requiring life of firstborn – two things, God’s relationship, God’s rule

see Ex. 4:22-23 – relationship initiated by God to give by his sovereign choice first place in his heart to his people

God decides who rules the hearts of his people, same God decides who sits on throne of Egypt… and won’t be Pharaoh’s son

is also somewhat of eye-for-eye justice – Pharaoh and Egyptians would have taken lives of God’s firstborn had he not prevented, now he requires life of their firstborn in return

difference (7)

between Egyptians and Hebrews

God warns Hebrews and Egyptians of impending disaster but with difference – information supplied in warning not the same

Hebrew children told how to prepare so firstborn in their home does not die, Egyptians told to prepare for certain death of their firstborn… w/o exception

no one, no creature would make sound against children of Israel – absolutely no harm of any kind against Hebrews that heed warning to prepare properly

between God and gods

a) Pharaoh himself – next to Ra in prestige and authority, and utterly powerless against true God

b) Min: god of reproduction – God by unerring selection of firstborn without any exceptions showed his authority

c) Ra: god who was believed to create all things – unable to prevent destruction of what he was believed to have created

d) Isis, goddess who protected children – obviously unable to protect most important children in Egypt, those responsible for carrying on heritage in next generation

e) Anubis: god of the dead and embalming; Ex 11:7 refers to no dogs barking, possibly referring to jackal(or dog)-headed Anubis having no power over Israelites during this plague.

result (8)

contrary to Pharaoh’s rebellious refusal to let people go, his advisors would show Moses honor, bring official demand they leave the country ASAP

Pharaoh had told them to leave… with conditions – Moses declares to Pharaoh they will leave according to God’s terms

Pharaoh’s hardness of heart cost him and his people dearly, by their own free choice – had they repented, would have been spared

C. summary v.9-10

for God’s glory (9)

as God performed his wonders, we call some of them plagues, to bring about deliverance of his people, he gets all the glory

as God’s reputation and word permeate the world, is still doing so today, God receives glory every time story is told, when another person is delivered from slavery in sin

every time God and his character displayed in Israel’s deliverance give hope and comfort to his people, he is glorified

for Pharaoh’s humiliation (10)

God will humble and defeat his enemies and enemies of his people – Pharaoh is God’s hand-picked poster boy to remind us

for our encouragement

through plagues / wonders God performed are brought face-to-face with real God, true God – same God has same interest in his people today, same power to provide, protect and deliver

who is your God? for real? the one who has your loyalty and your love and obedience? if is God of Bible, he will take care of you in all circumstances