Moses, with the Power of God, Parted The Sea

Exodus 14 (paraphrased)

The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites camp out by the sea.  Pharoah will think they’re wandering around in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.  God said, “I will harden Pharoah’s heart, and he will pursue them.”  What do you think this means?  He forced Pharoah’s heart to be hardened?  Anyway, when the king of Egypt realized the people had fled, he changed his mind and wanted them back under his thumb.

Pharoah took 600 chariots along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.  All Pharoah’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops overtook the Israelites as they camped by the sea.  When the Israelites saw the Egyptians approaching, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord.

They accused Moses of tricking them and bringing them to the desert to die.  They claimed to be better off where they were, serving the Egyptians than to die in the desert.  Moses told them to not be afraid, stand firm and the Lord would fight for them.  Then God asked Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?  Tell the Israelites to move on.”

He told Moses to raise his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide the water so the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.  How freakin’ cool would it be to have seen that?!  God said he’d harden the hearts of the Egyptians so they’d follow in after them.  Then the angel of God, who’d been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel.  Throughout the night, the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.  So cool!!  I don’t think I knew this.

Moses did as God asked and the sea was divided, the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on the left and right.  The Egyptians pursued.  During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.  He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving.  And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites!  The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”  

Then God instructed Moses to stretch his hand over the sea so that the waters would flow over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.  So he did and at daybreak the sea went back into place.  Not one of those Egyptians survived.  When the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared him and put their trust in him and in Moses, his servant.

Question of the Week

I wanted to add a new weekly theme.  Thought it would be fun.  The question for this week is:

 

If you could do anything at all and you would not fail, what would you do?

 

Please play along.   Blog about it on your blog and link me in my comments and I’ll link you here so the peeps can read what you wrote or else just comment me if you don’t want to blog about it.  Bare your soul!  Live out loud!

If you are interested, I’ll post a new question each week, every Sunday.  C’mon y’all.  Let’s play.  ;)

I can’t wait to read what your answers are!

Cheers!

Carol

 

Consecration of the Firstborn and Headed for the Red Sea

This is Reading the Bible in 365 Days (although it’ll most likely be longer) and today, it’s on Exodus 13.

Consecration of the Firstborn

God told Moses to dedicate to him every firstborn male.  The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to him, whether man or animal.  What about female if she is firstborn, I wonder?  Nope, just the first of the sons born to each.  Same as the deal with Pharoah and each firstborn son.  And then Moses told them all to commemorate the day they came out of Egypt, out of slavery and to eat nothing containing yeast.  God was giving the land to them that he swore to their forefathers and they should observe the ceremony this month.

Crossing the Sea

When Pharaoh let them go, God didn’t lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.  The Israelites went out of Egypt armed for battle.   Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath.  He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”  By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.   Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. How cool is that?  I did not know about that part.  Learning all kinds o’ stuff.

Focus on the Positive

“Finally…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8 NIV

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Here, the Lord is suggesting we focus on the good, the better side to things.  We are not to dwell on the negative, to judge others harshly as if we are perfect because we are not.  None of us are.  We need to see the good in others, the positive aspects to life, the truth, what’s right, notice beauty all around us, those who work hard to get where they are, as long as they get there respectably and not trample others on the way to where they’re going.  So even God is telling us to focus on the positive.

Do you think it means something else?  Something different?  Please add to the conversation in the comments below.  We want to hear from YOU.  ;)

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here

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Picture Thursday:

Mama and I took Hallie to get her knee surgery. Bless her. Good drugs in the ole IV, nerve block — she was flying higher than fireworks on the Fourth of July. She was feeling no pain. She and I had a few nice chats before they took her back and we had some good laughs. I’m sure everyone back there was wondering what was so funny. The kid is freakin’ hilarious without drugs. So you can imagine her drug-induced humor. Crazy Eyes!! Then surgery. Then recovery. Ugh. Bad dreams and tripping, tears. You might can imagine. Time to go. She screams Chick-fil-A, same as last time. Yeah, same surgery on the other knee 7 months ago. Onward to buy a late lunch and make the usual stop at Seattle Drip for her strawberry smoothie and Mama’s and my dark chocolate and hazlenut frappe with an extra shot of espresso and whip. Thank ya, Lord, for heaven on earth. Stop and buy drugs (the legal kind). And home.

Fast forward to Friday:

Pain pill and ice every 4 hrs. Advil every 4 hours in between the pain pill and ice, so up every 2 hours around the clock. Drugs forcing her to sleep, which is a good thing, then awake in a drugged zombie-like state. I’m so out of it, I don’t know whether to feed the dishes or wash the pets. Tried to work but as soon as I start, you know the thing your eyes do when you’re a mixture of tired, sleepy and a bit out of your mind from lack of sleep? Yeah, the glazed over drugged-out look? Sort of zombie-like? That’s me. Crazy eyes!! They start out at half-mast, then I try to stretch them open wide as if that’ll help make me alert. I can’t focus on work. Tried to nap with her. Then, I think of all the stuff I need to do, so I can’t sleep either. So, here I am, walking like a zombie through the house (picture tank, shorts, unbrushed hair, unbrushed teeth, unwashed face with yesterday’s left over makeup and… Crazy Eyes!!), tending to her, and then coming back to pull blank stares at my computer screen. So, why is it so easy to just blah-blah-blah on the computer, talking about life in general, yet I can’t work? It’s easy stuff, too, mostly. I guess my head is simply not in the game.

Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse is here and it’s at my house. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

(Photo courtesy of goodreads.com)

Plague on the Firstborn

We are studying Exodus 11.

The Plague on the Firstborn

The Lord told Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and Egypt.  After that, he’ll let you go from here, and when he does, he’ll drive you out completely.  Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.”  The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.

So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Around midnight I’ll go throughout Egypt.  Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh to the firstborn son of the slave girl and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt — worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’  Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.  All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’  After that I will leave.” 

Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.  The Lord had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you — so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.

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Seriously?!  Even after his son was taken.  This man truly has no soul.

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here and is at My House

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Picture yesterday:

Mama and I took Hallie to get her knee surgery.  Bless her.  Good drugs in the ole IV, nerve block — she was flying higher than fireworks on the Fourth of July.  She was feeling no pain.  She and I had a few nice chats before they took her back and we had some good laughs.  I’m sure everyone back there was wondering what was so funny.  The kid is freakin’ hilarious without drugs.  So you can imagine her drug-induced humor.  Crazy Eyes!!  Then surgery.  Then recovery.  Ugh.  Bad dreams and tripping, tears.  You might can imagine.  Time to go.  She screams Chick-fil-A, same as last time.  Yeah, same surgery on the other knee 7 months ago.  Onward to buy a late lunch and make the usual stop at Seattle Drip for her strawberry smoothie and Mama’s and my dark chocolate and hazlenut frappe with an extra shot of espresso and whip.  Thank ya, Lord, for heaven on earth.  Stop and buy drugs (the legal kind).  And home.

Fast forward to today:

Pain pill and ice every 4 hrs.  Advil every 4 hours in between the pain pill and ice, so up every 2 hours around the clock.  Drugs forcing her to sleep, which is a good thing, then awake in a drugged zombie-like state (her, not me).  I’m so out of it, I don’t know whether to feed the dishes or wash the pets.  Tried to work but as soon as I start, you know the thing your eyes do when you’re a mixture of tired, sleepy and a bit out of your mind from lack of sleep?  Yeah, the glazed over drugged look?  Sort of zombie-like?  That’s me.  Crazy eyes!!  They start out at half-mast, then I try to stretch them open wide as if that’ll help make me alert.  I can’t focus on work.  Tried to nap with her.  Then, I think of all the stuff I need to do, so I can’t sleep either.  So, here I am, walking like a zombie through the house (picture tank, shorts, unbrushed hair, unbrushed teeth, unwashed face with yesterday’s left over makeup and…  Crazy Eyes!!), tending to her, and then coming back to pull blank stares at my computer screen.  So, why is it so easy to just blah-blah-blah on the computer, talking about life in general, yet I can’t work?  It’s easy stuff, too, mostly.  I guess my head is simply not in the game.

Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse is here and it’s at my house.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

(Photo courtesy of goodreads.com)

Plagues of Locusts and Darkness

Exodus 10 (paraphrased)

The Plague of Locusts

The Lord told Moses, “Go to Pharaoh.  I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so I may perform these miraculous signs among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.” 

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “God says, ‘Let my people go or I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.  They will cover the ground and devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that’s growing in your fields.  They’ll fill your houses and those of all the Egyptians.’ ”  Then Moses left Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s officials said, “How long will this man be a snare to us?  Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord.  Do you not realize Egypt is ruined?”  Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh.  “Go, worship your God,” he said.  “Clearly you are bent on evil.  Have only the men go.”  Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence. 

And God told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”  Moses did and the locusts covered the ground till it was black and they devoured all that was left after the hail — everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees.

Once again, Pharoah asked Moses to pray for them, he sinned against God, blah, blah, blah.  Moses prayed, God removed the locusts.  You know the rest.  Pharoah refused God again.

The Plague of Darkness

Then God had Moses spread darkness over Egypt — darkness that could be felt.

Have you ever “felt” darkness?  Ooh, honey, I have and it’s not a warm fuzzy feeling, I can tell ya.  More of a hairy scary monster place sort of feeling.  You can hear and taste your breath, your heart near about beats out of your chest and you can begin to imagine death coming to soon claim you.

 

So, anyway, darkness covered all Egypt for three days.  No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.  Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.  Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go worship.  Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”  But Moses explained they needed to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he said no. 

Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight!  Make sure you do not appear before me again!  The day you see my face you will die.” 

“Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.”

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What do you think it means by “The Lord hardened Pharoah’s heart?”  The Lord “made” his heart rebellious?  Or because of Pharoah’s ego and anger (because of what God did), his heart was hard?

She Came Through Fine

It’s mostly the waking up from anesthesia that worries me.  She came through just fine.  Surgery was a complete success plus she got the screw removed from the other knee.  That sucker was bigger than we realized!  She kept it as a souvenir to go along with her battle scars.  She doesn’t care about the scars, though.  I’m so glad.  I know myself well enough to know the scars would bother me.  Not her!  She’s tough stuff and grounded and well rounded enough to not let things as trivial as a few scars get her down.

No, what bothers her is not being mobile for a week and on crutches for 8 and Physical Therapy 3 times a week for about 12.  What bothers her is the pain once the nerve block and iv drugs wear off.  At least she has pain meds.  I can’t imagine that level of pain.  I can’t imagine that level of stress.  To have to start her first year of high school on crutches and have someone help her with her backpack and help prop her leg up in a chair in each class.  My heart hurts.  But that’s nothing compared to her pain.  The sadness she feels and the anger, resentment and blame she holds against her body since she feels as though her body has failed her in some way.

But she’s home now in my bed so I can better care for her every 3-4 hours around the clock, and so she can watch tv.  Both her legs are propped up on a rolled sleeping bag.  She’s asleep, catching up on much needed rest since she pretty much didn’t sleep a wink last night.  I think I’ll go to the bathroom in a few to have a good cry and she won’t have to be subjected.  Oh, you know us mamas.  We have to stay tough until it’s all over with.  Then we can go hide and cry and relieve a little bit of the tension.  We wish we could bear the pain and struggle for our children.  Wish it was just that easy.

At least, if she’s still interested, she can start soccer again next year.  Not too late to get a scholarship.  Both her knees will be fixed and the doc says there’ll be nothing she can’t do 6 months from now.  Thank You, God/Jesus!  You guys are awesome and You know how very special You are to us!  Huge thanks to my sweet, sweet Mama, who goes through everything with us.  We are three peas in a pod.  She helps us so much with her love, sweetness and emotional support.  I love you, Mama!  And Hallie loves you soooo much, too!  Thanks to the surgeon who is sooo brilliant (and everyone who assisted)!  Thanks to you all, our dear friends, for your prayers.  It means more than you know.

Love y’all,

Carol

*squishes and smooches*

Plagues on Livestock, of Boils and Hail

Exodus 9 (paraphrased)

 

The Plague on Livestock

Again, God asked Moses to go to Pharoah and tell him again to let his people go and if he refuses, he will bring a plague on all his livestock in the field.  No animal belonging to the Israelites will die.  God set the time for the following day.  So, Pharoah, of course, did his usual.  And God kept his word.  This didn’t change Pharoah’s heart.  Oh, so he actually had a heart?  Doesn’t seem that way to me.

The Plague of Boils

God asked Moses and Aaron to take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it in the air in the presence of Pharoah.  It’ll become fine dust over all of Egypt and festering boils will break out on all the men and animals.  So they did and it happened.

The magicians couldn’t stand before Moses for all the boils that covered them.  Still, Pharoah was unyielding.

The Plague of Hail

Then God told Moses to get up early, confront Pharaoh, tell him, “Let my people go so they can worship me or else I will send the full force of my plagues against you and all your people, so you will know there’s no one like me in all the earth.  I could have wiped you and your people off the planet by now.  But I’ve raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.  This time tomorrow, I will send the worst hailstorm that Egypt’s ever seen.”

“Tell all your people to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal in the field and they will die.”  Certain officials of Pharoah who feared the word of God did as he said.  Those who ignored God left their slaves and livestock in the field.

The Lord told Moses to stretch his hand toward the sky so hail will fall all over Egypt and he did.  The hail beat down everything growing in the fields, every man, every animal and stripped every tree.  It did not hail in Goshen where the Israelites were.  Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “This time I have sinned.  The Lord is right and I and my people are wrong.  Pray to the Lord.  We’ve had enough hail.  I’ll let you go.”

Moses said he’d pray and the hail would stop but he also knew that Pharoah and his officials still didn’t fear God.

The flax and barley were destroyed but the wheat and spelt were not since they ripen later.  Moses left Pharoah, prayed and the hail and rain stopped.

And, you guessed it, Pharoah pulled his same ole stunt.

Wow.  Talk about hard-headed, he takes the prize for that one.