Episode 51: The Trial of the Ages - Exodus 8:20-9:35

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If there is one thing that we can count on to be revealed in the plagues on Egypt it is that these acts of God are in judgment. But is it simply judgment of the people, or is there a greater judgment going on? And if this is judgment, then when was the trial? Perhaps, if we look at the plagues in a certain light, we can catch a glimpse of the trial occurring in the course of the plagues. So join us as we consider the trial of the ages. The people of Israel vs. the People of Egypt.

Episode 52: God of Distinction - Exodus 10:1-11:10

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We often hear that God loves everyone. That all mankind are His children and that He cares for us all as a loving father. But just how accurate is this idea Biblically? The idea that God loves ALL people? If there is one thing that the plagues of Egypt teach us, it is that there are those who will fall under God's judgment and those whom He will protect from Judgment. We already looked at the fact that God creates some for the purpose of demonstrating His justice. Let's take that idea one step further.

Episode 53: The Cost of Redmption - Exodus 12:1-28

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We often hear about what it cost God to redeem mankind. The cost in blood and mortal existence. But there is another cost to redemption that we don't often acknowledge. The cost of personal sacrifice. But what all does that entail, this personal sacrifice?

Episode 54: With Freedom for All - Exodus 12:29-51

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At the Passover, all of Israel was saved out of Egypt and led into the wilderness. But if we examine the text we discover that "All Israel" includes some who were not blood sons of Abraham. A "Mixed Multitude" left Egypt alongside those that the world considered Israel. But the division of who is part of Israel and who is not does not stop here. The text defines for us where that line lays for future generations.

Episode 55: Setting a Baseline - Exodus 13:1-20

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In the midst of this epic story about the escape of Israel from the clutches of their Egyptian Overlords, comes a curious example of two instructions that break up the flow of the story. Why are these instructions, one or the festival of unleavened bread and the other for the sanctification of the firstborn, inserted here? What can we learn from these commands that means anything at all for us today?

Episode 56: The Sea of Creation - Exodus 13:21-15:18

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There is not another story in all of literature that is recounted more than the crossing of the Red Sea. It has been recounted for millennia, it has been the subject of countless movies and books. We are all familiar with the story. And that might be a problem. Are we so familiar with the story that we have lost sight of the text? Because there is something amazing that is occurring in the text of this story when we pay close attention to the text.

Episode 57: The Wilderness of Trust - Exodus 15:19-16:24

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There are times in our lives when God asks difficult things of us. When He asks us to trust Him implicitly. When the path forward doesn't make sense to our mortal minds. These occasions are especially hard when we find ourselves in one of life's wildernesses. The question comes at these times. Can you trust the Plan? Can you trust the path that God has you on? Can you trust God?

Episode 58: Trials and Testimonies - Exodus 16:25 – 17:16

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Throughout Scripture the events at Massah and Meribah are used as a byword to describe a faithless people. But as we examine this story in the context of those around it, we find that this story does not stand on its own. Faithless Israel is a repeated theme throughout the pages of the Bible. But these stories are told for a purpose. They are told to increase our own faith. These stories become pointers to something greater. Something that we can each discover in our own lives if we look hard enough. And as we will discover, it is these stories that provide our greatest weapon in times of uncertainty.

Episode 59: Discerning Counsel - Exodus 18

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At the base of Mt. Sinai Moses receives a gift. His bride and children return to him from their place in Midian. Along with them comes his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. But Moses is not able to enjoy time with his newly returned family because he is occupied with responsibility. And so counsel is given on how to address this situation. But, who is Jethro? What do we know about him? Where does his advice originate from? And the most important question, what is the point of this story? Is it just a story about how to organize a community, or is there something more happening just beneath the surface?

Episode 60: Covenant of Marriage - Exodus 19

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The word covenant is thrown around a lot in relation to the Bible. But in the Torah there are two primary types of covenant used to describe the relationship between YHVH and His people. One is a covenant that existed between kings. That is not this covenant. The other is a covenant of shared intimacy. A covenant of marriage that bound two parties together, and put then in a mutually supportive roles towards each other. Beginning in Exodus 19, the language of Exodus takes becomes saturated with this type of language. A covenant of marriage. Between God and man. What can this possibly mean for us?

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