February - Reading 4

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  1. Clint Kritzer

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    Good evening all -

    Moving along in our reading of Exodus, we tonight begin Moses once again approaching Pharaoh. One may ask, why did God harden Pharaoh's heart over and over? It was so that God's promise to Israel in Genesis 46:3 - 4 could be fulfilled. If Pharaoh had ever once given in to the demands of Moses, the exodus would not have occurred. It is to the point now in the story that even Pharaoh's officials are asking him, "How long...?"(verse 10:7) echoing Moses' same question in verse 3. Everybody and their mother is wanting Pharaoh to just relent and let the Israelites go and worship except Pharaoh himself. Pharaoh agrees in verses 10:8 - 11 to let the men go but demands that the women, children and livestock stay. He is still back in chapter one, looking to get rid of the Jewish males. So God sends the locusts to devour the food that the hail had spared.
    During the plague of darkness, we see a slight digression in the story. Moses is speaking to Pharaoh during this time of darkness through the end of chapter 10. Chapter 11 begins with a "before Moses had gotten there, this happened..." account. The dialogue from 10:29 picks right up on verse 11: 4.
    Then...the most awful plague that any people could suffer: the death of all the firstborn. Moses warns Pharaoh as he had on most of the other occasions but the man just refused to admit that his sovereignty paled next to God's. The first 28 verses of chapter 12 are the specific instructions given to the Jews by Moses so that they may survive this scourging of Egypt. In two short verses, God delivers his final blow on the ego of Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt. Not one house in Egypt did not suffer loss that night. Finally, Pharaoh tells Moses to leave with his people, and the Jewish people quickly depart before Pharaoh changes his mind.

    In Matthew tonight, we see Christ once again setting the Jewish law back into perspective and original intent. The Jewish law was so legalistic in nature and in this passage, Christ tells the Pharisees that the Sabbath belongs to God, so do what is right according to God on such a day! If the priest can do "work" on sacrifices on the Sabbath, then why would they restrict others from doing work likewise?

    In Acts we see Paul and Silas' mission work amongst some of the Greeks. Greece had been the pinnacle of philosophy, art, and education for centuries at the time of these visits. Paul's oratory skills proved valuable for the effectiveness of his witnessing but potentially fatal as well. Some of the Jews there were jealous of the effect these two men had on the crowd. I find it interesting that in both verses 4 & 12 prominent women are mentioned. I was curious about this and searched a number of commentaries without luck. Can anyone expound on why these women are noted separately from the men in these accounts?

    May God bless you all

    - Clint
     
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    Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

    This is perhaps one of the most significant statements Jesus made about the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New. As Rabbi Jacob Neusner said in his book, A Rabbi Talks With Jesus, what was at stake when the disciples plucked grain and ate it on the Sabbath was more than some rule of what one could or could not do on the Sabbath, but what and where was the Temple.

    When Christ said the priests profane the Sabbath and are blameless, He was saying the holy place had changed. What was under the Torah forbidden to be done on the Sabbath in a secular place was commanded to be done in the holy place. Christ's statements mean that the holy place has shifted. It is no longer that piece of real estate within the walls of Jerusalem, but is now made up of the Master and His circle of disciples.

    Matthew, being a Jew, and the Jews to which he wrote could not help but feel the impact of Christ's statments here.

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    Thanks, Clint. My husband will be home in about 36 hours now (what you want minutes and seconds, too?) and I hardly slept last night and am exhausted now! So I'll just Psalm 27 since you briefed on everything else.

    Psalm 27 is lines to more of the modern praise choruses in it than any other single psalm, I think...

    The Bill Gaither Trio took the first lines and did a great song with them:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation
    -- whom shall I fear?


    And I don't know who the original person was who put this to music, but one of the really lovely choruses starts

    One thing have I desired of the Lord;
    That will I seek after --
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    All the days of my life...


    The verse just after this caught my eye tonight for the first time that I remember. Look at it:

    For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he whill hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

    This may be one more indication of a pre-Tribulation Rapture....??

    And the closing of the Psalm, a beautiful note of hope and faith:

    I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
     
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    Clint: I'm not a very good expounder, but I can tell you what I think.

    Acts 13:50 "The Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts."

    In Acts 17:12 It tells us that many of these Greek women ended up believing in the Gospel of Christ.

    Philippians 4:3 "And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life."

    I believe they were mentioned because they were among those that chased Paul and Barnabas away; and later got saved and went on to go with them and help spread the gospel.

    I believe it was rather a rare thing for women to go and labor with the men in spreading the gospel; especially important women, but I could surely be mistaken.

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