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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 37 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do very baptist clarksbridgecom. If I were to ask you, what jewel would you be? Would you be a sapphire? To be a ruby? Would you be a diamond? What jewel would you be? Have you seen those tests on social media, maybe on facebook or somewhere like that? If you are an animal, what animal would you be? I ...

...started to develop one of those tests for jewels so that you can figure out what jewel you would be. But you know what I found out? I found will usually answer those tests of the way to get to the jewel we want to be or the animal we want to be. So I refrain from doing but what would you ask you? What jewel would you be, if you could be one? What would you be thinking of? Such is certainly amusing, but ultimately none of us would want to be a jewel as beautiful as jewels are. They have no personalities. Jewels have no relationships, they can't experience other personalities. In essence, jewels are not living, they're not alive. Well, men have long pursued priceless gems. Their time would have...

...been better spent pursuing priceless relationships. Such was the wisdom of Moses. We're reading through the book of Exodus. We're reading today exodus chapter thirty two through thirty four, and I'm wanting to read in a moment from exodus chapter thirty three, versus one through three and then twelve through seventeen. But Exodus, of course, starts with Moses and God's column, Moses leading the people out of Israel, and we saw the ten plagues occurred. Now we see them in the wilderness on their way to the promised land. This is the same wilderness where they ended up committing sin and God made them stay in this wilderness for forty years of wanderings. But here we have them and Moses has gone...

...up to the mountain to hear from God and he's been gone for a while and sit the children of Israel commit a horrible see it and we'll see the consequences of it in today's reading. That's a the thirty three, verse one. Then the Lord spoke to Moses. Depart. Go Up from here, you and the people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Say to your descendants, I will give it, I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amright, the hid tied, the parasite, the HIVITE, the Jefe side. Go Up to a land flowing with milk and honey, for I will not go up in your mids, because you are an obstinate people and I might destroy you on the way.

Now notice verse twelve. Then Moses said to the Lord, see you, say to me bring this people up, but you yourself have not let me know whom you will see in with me. Moreover, you have said I have known you by name and you've also found favor in my side. Now, therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in your side, let me know your ways, that I may know you, so that I may find favor in your side. Consider too, that this nation is your people. And he said, my presence shall go with you and I will give you rest. Then he said to him, if your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up into the promised land...

...from here. For how, then, can it be known that I found favor in your side, I and your people? Is it not by you going with us, so that we, I and your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are on the face of the earth? The Lord said to Moses, I will do this thing of which you have spoken, for you have found favor in my side and I have on you by name. Children of Israel had seemed greatly in the sight of God. Moses absence from them up on the mountain for days was unsettled. They were afraid. Perhaps Moses died. Mean God said not to come near that mount don't touch the mountain, will die. We've seen this power and all of God, a flame, a smoke. We've seen this pillar that's cloud this...

...awesomeness. What if Moses is dead? It was unsettling. He had been gone, and their lack of faith don't miss it. It was their lack of faith in God that moved them to desire a gold image similar to the ones that they had seen in Egypt, in spite of the fact that God had forbidden such they had seen Egypt, they had seen the gods of Egypt, they had seen the success of the Egyptians, and so they equated the gods of Egypt with the success of the Egyptians, even though they had also seen their God destroy the addict Egyptian Army just like that. Nevertheless, they...

...think back, and so they want to create an image like the one they had seen in Egypt. The depth of their Sein, of which their they suck, is almost unimaginable. In fact, they created a golden calf and they worshiped this God with a sacred feast which was intended to be reserved only for the true God. And then they even committed sexual sins, as implied by the Hebrew in verse six. They rose to play, since desertion of the one true God was punishable by death. Separation God was to be said he couldn't be in it, seeing God has the absence his presence from sin, so he's not going with them. Moses had interceded and stayed the hand...

...of God from destroying them all. Nevertheless, God said, Y'all go on without me. This is what you're going to do with your lack of faith. Go on without now, SI an angel, I'll drive out the evil, but y'all go on. He could not count on his children to be loyal to him. Thus he told Moses to go on without it. But Moses response was God, if you're not going to go with us, I don't want to go to a land flowing with milk and honey. Mean they've been in the wilderness. God says, Hey, let's going into farmersland. You go and I'll drive out everyone. There's going to be huge Grapes of escal honey flowing everywhere, milk. I mean it's a very fertile land.

It's prepared for you. It's ready for you. The last four Hundred Years I've worked in such a way that that land is waiting for you. It's rich. Yeah, I got if you're not going to go with us, we might as well stay here in this desert, we might as well stay in these wonderings rather than going into the promised land. The response of God makes it even more clear that Moses was saying, I don't want to go, if you don't go with us, because God's were spots to Moses was okay, I'll go. Moses was in Assen saying what makes the Promised Land the Promised Land? Isn't the Grapes of a school, it isn't milk, it's not honey, it's not the fertile land. What makes the Promised Land...

The promised land is your presence, and if you're not going to be there with us, we might as well just stay here. What incredible insight by Moses. The presence of God is what makes it the Promised Land, and if God doesn't go with them, they might as well not go. You know, the same is true of Heaven. What makes Heaven Heaven? Isn't the jewels, it's not the golden streets, it's not the gates of Pearl. What makes Heaven Heaven? It's a presence of God. It's about a relationship, not about jewels, not about gold, not even about honey or...

...grapes. It's about a relationship, a relationship with life. All the gold in the world is vain without some one to enjoy it with relationships or what's important, don't ever forget that. Don't ever pursue things rather than people pursue. People pursue relationships their souls are worth far more than all this world has to offer. Jesus said that what would profit if a person gains the whole world but lose his own soul? Jesus say, listen, your souls worth and everything worth more than everything in the world. Don't ever forget that relationships with people's far worth more than anything this world has to offer. But the...

...greatest relationship that's worth far more than anything, including others, is the relationship with life, the relationship with God, the one who makes Heaven Heaven, the one who makes life life. That's worth more than anything, and that's a lesson that Moses learn. Truly, God is more precious than silver, more costly than gold and nothing, nothing we desire, compares with him. What a great lesson from this book of Exodus. We're getting towards the end of it are reading for tomorrow will be exodus chapter thirty five through thirty seven, but I want to pray for you before we go today. Father, we come to you again today and we thank you will just teaching us about you, for reminding us the wisdom of Moses that you really are more precious...

...and silver, more costly than go, and nothing we desire compares with you. Father, may we pursue relationships with others more than silver or gold, and may we pursue the relationship with you with life more than new things. Thanking for being that line. Thank you for letting US enjoy, enjoy you. Jesus name, we amen. Thank you again for being with us today.

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