Reading #1 – Exodus 2
Reading #2 – Psalms 34
Reading #3 – Proverbs 20
Reading #4 – Daniel 4
Reading #5 – Romans 7
Exodus 2 – The Birth of Moses. About 300 years passed between the time of Joseph and the time of Moses; The Pharaoh at that time was Seti I. Moses’ parents were Amram and Jochebed both of the tribe of Levi. Moses’ older sister was Miriam. During that time, any male child by order of Pharaoh was put to death. So, Jochebed put Moses in a wicker basket and sent him down the Nile river. By G_d’s providence, the daughter of Pharaoh Seti I was bathing in the Nile when she caught sight of the basket and had her servant go find out what was in it. Moses’ sister was watching the events unfold by request of her mother. When Pharaoh’s daughter pulled the child out of the basket, she called him “Moses” because she drew him out of the river. Miriam went to Pharaoh’s daughter to ask if she wanted her to go find a “wet nurse” or one who “breastfeeds another women’s child” (1-4). The woman Miriam finds, of course, is Moses’ mother Jochebed who would feed the child until it was weaned and then present him to the Pharaoh’s daughter. So, it is conceivable that Moses’ mother taught him about Joseph and the G_d of Jacob, the G_d of justice (5-10). When Moses is about the age of 25, he tours among his people and sees an Egyptian beating a Jew and he intervenes. Equally, Moses intervenes when he sees two Jews fighting each other and that is when he is confronted by one of the men for “killing an Egyptian” so, Moses flees Egypt (11-14). While in the desert, he comes upon the tribe of Midian and his future wife Tzipporah. After Seti I dies, the people cry out to G_d (15-25).
Psalms 34 – Jehovah Jirah and the One Who Rescues Me. While David was in the land of the Philistines, he pretended to be insane so that he would not be harmed (1 Samuel 21:12-15). Even while pretending to be insane, David kept his wits about him and never took his eyes off of the LORD which parallels the teacher’s comments (Ecclesiastes 1:17). David understood his predicament as well as what the LORD desires of him (7-9). Before anybody can teach the “will of the LORD”, he/she must have already submitted themselves before the LORD to be taught by the Holy Spirit of G_d (11-13). The pathways we go down, no matter how bad they get, can still be a source of encouragement even in death (16-18, Psalms 23:4). We are not given an easy path through life any more than a plumber will never have to face a broken sink in his/her home. In this sinful world, we will face death, destruction, pain, and sorrow as well as good, joy, peace, and love (19-22). To believe anything else is to believe a lie that will trip the child of G_d up when he/she least expects it.
Proverbs 20 – On Life and Conduct. When we walk with the LORD, we must understand that everything we do just as everything that is written in scripture speaks to the child of G_d. The world has its ways and they ebb and flow but righteousness breeds life into the world (1 John 2:16-17). Knowing this, it is incumbent on us to walk in the ways of our Father (2 Peter 3:10-13). The writer of Proverbs, most likely Solomon, admonishes his readers and students to honor the LORD in every situation not just when judgment is about to fall (3). Everything has an ending even “righteousness” if it is not cared for and planted in the hearts of those who follow (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Living a righteous and holy life is a personal choice with either “fulfillment or destruction” in mind (9-11). G_d still watches over the affairs of mankind, those who honor Him and welcome Him into their lives, He will do great things through him/her (12). Having the Spirit of G_d upon our life is not inherited from parent to child, it is a learned behavior that the parents must teach the child while they are young (24).
Daniel 4 – King Nebuchadnezzer’s Testimony. The King had a dream that baffled him and, again, his magi were unable to decipher the dream. When Daniel, called Belteshazzar, came into the king’s presence, he was asked what it meant (7-8). When Daniel considered the dream it troubled him because, under the direction of Nebuchadnezzar, the nation thrived but another king, and there was no telling what the next king would be like (19); Regardless, Daniel interpreted the dream. Nebuchadnezzar was an arrogant king who was about to be brought down a peg or two until he understood “who was really in charge” (11-17). Needless to say, the king didn’t listen to the warning that would have curtailed the frightful events that would follow (28-33). The king’s physical and mental state was changed because he refused to listen to the warning. Nebuchadnezzar eventually relented and confessed his pride and arrogance and asked for forgiveness and then he was restored (34-37, Luke 15:11-32). This was a recap of the events that occurred and for the reader, it was a warning (1-3).
Romans 7 – Believers United to Christ. “The Law” or “Mosaic Law” is not able to save the soul of mankind. We have a system of laws in the nation and, as long as we are in this body, we are held accountable for those laws. Living under the covenant with the LORD by his death on the cross does not diminish our duties to obey the law. When we walk in obedience to the LORD, we will abide by G_d’s laws which are summed up in the “two greatest commandments” (1, Matthew 22:36-40). When we are under the law of “sin and death”, we are presented with “do this, don’t do this, say this, don’t say this” (Isaiah 28:9-13). The example of “marriage” points how upon death the marriage agreement has become nullified or “outdated by events”. When the woman or man is widowed, he/she is free to seek out another relationship and not be guilty of bigamy or adultery unlike what would happen if he/she tries to marry another spouse while still married. In the same way, we cannot live like the Devil and maintain the “marriage relationship with the LORD”. When we confess our sins and repent of them, the blood Christ covers the sin and our “agreement with the grave” has been revoked (2-4, Isaiah 28:14-18). The problem is that even under the blood of Christ, we still struggle with the flesh and will face many battles some of which will win and others we will lose. The good thing and “praiseworthy thing” is that our LORD is still alive and ever seeks to intercede for us (25).