We Need Sabbath Rest

Among other things in today’s Bible reading, God expounds on the Fourth Commandment: Sabbath Rest Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or…

God Gives the Ten Commandments for Our Protection

Just before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments in today’s Bible reading, He warned the people not to come onto the mountain, Mount Sinai, where God’s presence was veiled with smoke. God told Moses to put a boundary around the mountain to keep the people and animals from accidentally setting foot on the mountain. Put…

The Lord Will Fight. You Are to Keep Your Mouth Shut

We see a lot of wisdom in today’s Bible reading. God promises Moses that he will fight for His people. And God tells Moses to keep his mouth shut. (Exodus 14:14) You may recall that Moses asked God to not send him, but to send someone else because he was “slow of speech”. (Exodus 4:10)…

When is an Army Not an Army?

I saw something in today’s Bible reading that I’ve never seen before in all of the times I’ve read these chapters. God tells Moses to bring out the Hebrews “according to their military divisions”[1] in Exodus 6:26, 7:4, 12:17, 41, 51. I’ve never seen that terminology before. Why? Well, it comes down to Bible translations….

Who Hardened Pharoah’s Heart?

Today’s Bible reading tells us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. (Exodus 7:3 and Exodus 4:21 from yesterday’s reading as well as future readings of Exodus 10:1-2, 20, 27, 11:10, 14:4) But in Exodus 8:15, 32, we’re told that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Several times, we’re told that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, though we don’t…