In these verses it was God giving instructions and nothing left for Moses to choose.  So much for the ingenuity of man.  I wonder if that is true in what we call Christianity today.  For instance where in the Bible are various denominations and why are the doctrines different?  Where are the various kinds of titles except evangelists, pastors and teachers, these different men with separate gifts? (Ephesians 4:11)
Another thing about the ark was there were four rings in the ark and two poles made from Acacia wood overladen with gold so the ark could be carried by four chosen men (Levites). These poles were always to be in the rings of the ark. An interesting story about this was in first and second Samuel where two new carts were made to carry the ark and the death of David’s precious men suffered because of it.  God’s way is best no matter what I may think.  Keep the gold plated poles in the ark. Never mind about our ingenuity.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 

 
All that the LORD says we will do.  This could be a very sincere statement or a rash one or it could be sincere yet they were not able to carry it out.  I look at the forty years in the wilderness.  How much were they able to do? There is one thing about willingness which I do see here and the ability to carry it out.  This has to speak to me too and anyone who reads this.
Did you notice the blood that was shed? This would symbolically represent that precious blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  Did you notice that after Jesus died the flow of blood seemed to stop in the nation Israel?
We call ourselves under the blood of Christ.  Yet we don’t have actual blood of Christ poured or even sprinkled on us.  So that has to be symbolic too.  Yet I believe it is as real as if the actual blood was put on me.  Now how do I live because of the Truth?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
There is a phrase in verse 19 that says that Moses spoke to God and God answered him by voice.  This to me is beyond my imagination. I have never heard an audible voice from God about anything.  However, we do see it also in the book of Judges and the life and times of Samuel and Daniel and other places in the Old Testament and in the book of Acts in the New Testament.
Now what about me?  I don’t know how comfortable I would be if God spoke face to face by voice to me.  I could never judge the situation because of my inexperience.
There is a place in Hebrews 12 which speaks of the holiness of this mountain where it says Moses would fear and quake.  So then do I have it all together? We must admit we only have what we read.  I also must be careful of my own imagination.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
There are a lot of verses in this section so my plan is to stick to high points.  The whole Psalm seems to be the sordid history of Israel God’s covenant people.  We are first told about what is called the waters of strife.  It is when Moses struck the rock and God was displeased when he was only to speak to the rock.  There it is said that he spoke rashly with his lips.  It was the sin that kept him out of the Promise Land. We must be careful about responding to the anger of the people with our own rash anger.  We find Israel mingling with the idols even to sacrificing their own children to the idols of the people around them.
When God’s anger was kindled and it says He than the Psalmist said God remembered His covenant.  God remembers when it comes to His beloved people.  However it is best if we don’t try Him like Israel did.
The Psalm ends on a good note of praise.  After all the atrocities mentioned in the Psalm even though God can be displeased it is never a time when we can’t turn back to Him.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Psalm 106 is what is called book 4 of the Psalms.  I have no idea how the books were set up and who did it.  I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar.  I only have 12 grades of education.
The Psalm begins with a call to praise the LORD.  Block capitals meaning or English name Jehovah.  Next it says, “He is good and His mercy endures forever.“ I like the next verse, “Who can utter the mighty works of the LORD.” I feel so ignorant but there are things I can know so I won’t claim complete ignorance.
Then there is confession of sin as a nation.  Can I confess sins of my nation?  I don’t have to look back at ancient Israel.  We have plenty of sin right here at home and sometimes right here in our Church.
I want to emphasize the last verse of our reading today.  He gave them their request but sent leanness into their souls.  Is it always good to get what we want?  Leanness in our souls is what we should not want.  If I learn this lesson I have learned well, if not shame on me.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
A true miracle indeed was the Manna. It came down every day for five days and on the sixth day a double amount so that the Israelites would not have to go out and gather on the Sabbath day.  In fact some went out to get some and nothing was there.  Nothing was said in the Bible of neither how it was produced nor how it was a certain amount for 5 days then doubled the amount on the sixth day and nothing on the seventh day.  Now God was very jealous of the attitude of the Israelites about how they felt about the manna because in John 6 Jesus compares Himself symbolically as the Manna that came down from Heaven and I will say that He is.  Now in Numbers 21:5 the Israelites called manna worthless bread and God sent serpents to bite them.  Then God told Moses to make a brass serpent and hang it on a pole and a look of faith at the serpent healed them.  Jesus symbolically said that like the serpent in the wilderness He would hang on the cross and whoever believed would have eternal life.  By the way the manna stopped when they crossed Jordan River and came into Canaan.  Now God’s provision was to be another way.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling
 
This 15th chapter of Exodus is one of the most triumphant songs in the Bible.  However whose song is it and who did all the work.  I think of that when I sing a triumphant song.  Is it something that I have done or is it what my God has done? We love the term right hand of the Lord.  That is definitely spoken of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 53. I neglected to add in my last blog that they packed up the body of Joseph just like he asked them to do for their trek to Canaan which because of Israel’s disobedience lasted 40 years.
Now Miriam here called a Prophetess leads the women in a dance of triumph here.  Later she would be punished by God because of a bad attitude against Moses.  Here she was triumphant. We do have our ups and downs. I like what she says here, “I will sing unto the Lord for He hath triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” We need that kind of attitude.  Then let us sing.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I finished my last writing to say the easy way is not always the best way. The Israelites were cornered and hemmed in on all sides and the sea in front.  Now God says for the Israelites to go forward.  Where? God said lift up your rod and strike the sea.  Here the dead stick becomes the rod of God.  I like to look at myself as a dead stick before salvation and God can use me as the rod of God. I want to be that.
Now can God make a portion of sea into dry land? If He wills He can.  He also can cover the Egyptian army with water after frustrating them by taking their chariot wheels off then covering them with sea water. Many in this world don’t believe these stories.  That is because they don’t except our God and what He has already done and can do.  I have accepted Him and preached about Him for about 65 years. I have more faith than ever.  We must know that He is and diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I find a lot of interesting things in these verses, probably too many to list in one short space. The first is the consecration of the first born male.  That man belongs to God contrasting with Egypt where the first born was to die.  Now all of this was instruction before leaving Egypt.  I do notice too that these were mostly for their spiritual life not just for their physical journey.
I find interesting when a son would ask why all this they were to instruct them why.  I see failure among our present day Christianity possibly even by me with my family.
I find in myself a chuckle when I see the firstborn donkey being redeemed by a lamb. Remember what John the Baptist said when he first saw Jesus.  Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  He died for donkey like men including myself before I was saved.
One more thing in verse 20.  The easy way is not always the best way.  We will see that as we read on.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I find it quite interesting why the lamb that was killed for each family was called the Passover.  Of course the Lord said, “When I see the blood I will pass over the house where the blood was on the door.” Another thing I will say is no matter who may disagree with God who is Sovereign, and what mortal man is able to disagree with Him. 
In verse 26 God said, “When your children ask why you do this service?” they were to explain it very plainly. I find it very necessary that we explain things to the children.  It has to be carried on. I wonder how many who grew up in America even know what the Passover is and what it represents. It is symbolic of the Lord Jesus death on the cross. (I Corinthians 5:7)  Of course here the death of the firstborn of Egypt would have to be told also to their children. 
Now in closing this I want to ask myself what is the meaning and what if my children ask?  Do I know the story well enough to relate to any child that asks? My Bible is such a small book.  I in 65 years have memorized its contents so that I can almost tell them all they want to know.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling