Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 24

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to Day 24 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 9, 10, 11; Luke 24 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Genesis 9, 10 & 11 Plagues: Livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, firstborn…

Exodus 9:1, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”

Exodus 9:7, “Yet his [Pharaoh’s] heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.”

O bservation

“Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” “Yet his [Pharaoh’s] heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.”

I clearly saw God’s mercy through the plagues… For instance, the hail did not take out the wheat and the spelt. (Only the flax and the barley.) The locusts took care of the rest, since Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened after the hail. NOTHING green was left on a tree or plant afterward.

Even when the river was turned to blood and all the vessels filled with water… apparently they could dig along the river for fresh water.

Even when Pharaoh would say yes, he would change his mind, or give conditions, “only the men” or “only the men and women, but not the livestock.”

I wonder what the the first nine plagues cost Egypt? And the tenth is the worst… (firstborn).

Time to hit that pause button again until tomorrow when we pick up on how the Lord draws the distinction between the Israelites and the Egyptians… They didn’t have to do anything to avoid the hail or darkness, but this final plague will be different! (Cue the Passover.)

Luke 24, the resurrection. These events can’t be captured in a few bullet points: The stone is rolled away. Angels appear to the women. Jesus walks with a couple of guys along the road to Emmaus, then he appears to the rest of the disciples.

He is alive… and no one could believe it. “Their words seemed like nonsense!” v 11. But Jesus is alive and begins appearing to people to reassure them that this all had to happen, just as he said it would.

Sidenote: Jesus broke the bread with the people he had walked with, then ate fish with his disciples to whom he had appeared… He clearly wasn’t a ghost! He had a glorified body.

A pplication

One of my favorite verses is in Luke 24:32, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Hopefully as I read the Word, I experience what they did… THAT is the goal. Transformation not information! I need to know what the Bible says, but not for information, as important as it is to know what it says… I need for it to change me.

P rayer

Lord, may your word sink deep into my soul to change me from the inside out… That my mind would be renewed. That I would know your ways… your heart… your word.

I don’t want to have an unyielding, stubborn or hard heart…

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4 thoughts on “Day 24

  1. God wanted all that belonged to him to go and worship him.
    No one that belonged to him would be left behind. Giving signs and wonders that they may know that he is God. Using flawed people to bring the word that they would not be worshiped but leaving know dought who was in control.

  2. I am curious how the magicians could also make the fish and the frogs come out of the Nile after the lord had already turned it red and also killed all the fish and frogs. I don’t understand this. What am I missing here on the plaques?

  3. Bonnie Sliver on said:

    Exodus 10: 7b: Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?” Pharaoh’s officials said this to him. Pharaoh was blinded to what God was doing , because he had his own plans. ( I know that God had a plan to harden Pharaoh’s heart so that all could see that “there is no one like me in all the earth” and to proclaim his power and His name.) I wonder sometimes though, if we also harden our heart and do not see what God is doing for our own plans.

    Luke 24:25. “How foolish you are and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” Am I also foolish not to believe all that Jesus has spoken and promised?

  4. Egypt could possibly be used as a euphemism of the world and the unbelieving in it, and that “coming out” of the world (Egypt) could be a parallel to believers finally being caught up to be with Yeshua, no longer “bound” or in bondage to the world.

    I wonder if in the future, after we are with the Lord on the new Earth, if this “catching up” or rapture won’t be celebrated with a new feast in addition to continuing the tradition of the current ones? 🙂

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