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Author: David Murray

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A short daily podcast for learning, loving, and living the Bible. Grow your faith in five minutes a day.
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Most of us have a favorite chair. When we sit in it, it just seems to fit us perfectly, as it’s taken our shape over the years. It’s where we relax and do our favorite activities like reading, watching sport, listening to music, and so on. God instructed Israel to make him a favorite chair. It fitted him perfectly and it was where he loved to sit and do his favorite activity. As we read about it in Exodus 25:10-22, I think you’ll find that it becomes your favorite chair as well. NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
God made us because he wanted to live with us. He wanted us to do life with him. That’s what we see in the Garden of Eden. God and our first parents do life together. But sin entered and ruined that relationship. Adam and Eve ran away from God and hid from him. And that’s where the human race find itself today, isn’t it? We don’t want to live with God. We don’t know how to live with God. We don’t know if he wants to live with us. That’s why, immediately after giving Israel the law, he got them to build a living room for him. Why? “Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst” (8). Let's visit God's living room and learn about living with GodNotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
How would you describe your relationship with God? Non-existent? Distant? On and off? Mechanical? Functional? Love-hate? One-sided? None of these are very enjoyable, are they? Wouldn’t you love to have a better, deeper, more enjoyable relationship with God? Of course you would. We’d all love that. Well, I’ve got good news for you. We can actually be friends with God. That’s right, friendship with God is possible and enjoyable. In fact, friendship with God is the most wonderful experience in the world. Here are three surprising truths from Exodus 24 that I hope will encourage you to enter, or enter deeper, into friendship with God. NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Yesterday was Missions Emphasis Sunday in our church. We heard God’s stirring call to go forward with the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We heard what we should do, how we should do it, and why we should do it. We heard from two inspiring missionaries who have obeyed God’s call and who have gone forward with the Gospel into a closed country in Central Asia. In all this, God was calling us once again to  go forward with the Gospel. It was instructive, inspiring and energizing. But now Monday morning is here and we fear and hesitate. Forward looks much more difficult and much less appealing today. Fear is easier than forward. But, in Exodus 23:20-33, God has a message that will give us confidence to move forward. God moves us forward by going forward before us.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
We’ve all been through times when we’re extra-busy and rest is rare. The demands of work are take over our life with little or no time off. But even in normal times, work can dominate our thinking so much that we forget to look after ourselves and others. God is squeezed out in the stress.  God saw that tendency in Israel too and, in Exodus 23:10-13, provided a special remedy for over-work or over-thinking about work. It was this. Take the year off! NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded on September 5, 1980, in California by Candace Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. Its mission is to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy. MADD claims that drunk driving has been reduced by half since its founding. It’s an encouraging example of how God uses painful stories in our past to write better stories for others. There’s another reassuring example of that in Exodus 23:1-9.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
What would God say and do if he was Mayor of Portland? The actual Mayor of Portland refuses to punish rioters who are destroying his city. The rioters are not arrested or if they are, they are released within hours to re-join the riots again. Evil is not being punished which means the weak are abused, lawlessness and anarchy abound, and wickedness grows rampant and triumphant.  What would God say and do if he was mayor of Portland? Exodus 22:16-31 gives us the answer. God protects the innocent by punishing the wicked. Let's see how God does this by learning who God is.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
All of us know what it is to be in debt. Debt causes bondage, fear, and even misery. Having the shadow of debt hanging over us is a dark and dismal way to live, isn’t it? We sometimes daydream about someone coming along and paying it all off for us. That would be the loudest debt-free scream ever, wouldn’t it! God’s instructions about debt in Exodus 22:1-15 set the stage for the greatest debt-free scream ever. If you want to scream that scream, stay with me for a few minutes.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Human justice tends to over-punish or under-punish. That’s true not only in our courts, but also in our families, our workplaces, and even in our personal relationships. Sometimes we over-punish; other times we under-punish. Sometimes we're too harsh; sometimes we're too soft. With over-punishing, the offender is punished too much. With under-punishing, the victim suffers all over again and evil is not deterred. Human justice is so faulty. Like yourself, I've been the victim of painful injustice. I've been over-punished. I've been punished for things I did not do. I've seen evil go unpunished and the innocent punished when they should have been protected. But I've not been a perfect punisher either. I'm sure there are times when I've over- and under-punished. It is possible to administer justice in a way that avoids both extremes. Let's turn to Exodus 21:12-36 where God gives us two principles of justice to help us avoid under- or over-punishingNotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Human beings oppress the weak. Whenever someone has power over another person, they are always likely to abuse that power. You’ve probably seen that in school, in the workplace, and even in your own family. To some degree, we’ve all been victims of bullying, oppression, and abuse. It’s a horrible experience isn’t it? We feel defenseless and helpless.One of God’s most beautiful character traits is his defense of the defenseless, his help of the helpless. Let's see how God reveals his beautiful character in his care for the weak and abused in Exodus 21:1-11.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
How do you view the law of God? Maybe, like many, you view it as a threat. “It’s a threat to my salvation and to my happiness. Give me God’s love over God’s law any day.”But, what if I told you that there's another way of looking at God’s Law? That we can see the love of God in the law of God? You don’t want to miss out on God’s love, do you? Well, come with me to Exodus 20 and we’ll discover four ways to experience God’s love in God’s law.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Many worship services today are a casual free-for-all. There are no boundaries and little reverence. We may be pleasing ourselves but are we pleasing God? Some respond, “Well, all that reverence and care was an Old Testament thing. We’re New Testament worshippers and therefore we don’t need to be so prepared for worship or careful in worship. That’s half true. Let’s see which half of that is true. NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
What’s the greatest problem in the world? Covid-19? Racism? Riots? Recession? These are all great problems but none of them are the greatest problem. The greatest problem is self-salvation, otherwise known as rule- redemption. The core idea is that we can be saved by our works, our obedience, our commandment-keeping. I can offer God enough obedience to persuade him to save me. Why is that the greatest problem? Because no matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves and we cannot please God. Any attempt to do so ultimately downgrades God’s Law. And we kind of know that in our consciences don’t we. We’re not happy, God’s not happy, and the Law’s not happy. But there is a better way and a happier way. Let's see how God sets this up when he officially constituted Israel as his nation in Exodus 19:1-6. Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Even at the best of times, this world is chaotic and disordered. We crave harmony and peace don’t we? But it’s so rare and brief. That’s why a functioning legal system is such a blessing from God. It’s one of the ways in which he defeats chaos and disorder in our world and lives and creates harmony and peace in our world and lives. I want to help you become a co-worker with God in this great work of restoring law and order in your life and those around you. Let’s look at Exodus 18:13-27 to see how God does this with the Israelites.Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.http://headhearthand.org/uploads/2020/10/Exodus-18v13-27.pdf
Faith and family can sometimes conflict. Some people sacrifice faith for family. Some people sacrifice family for faith. How then do we connect and relate faith and family? Moses can help us here. Let's look at the connection between faith and family in Moses' life in Exodus 18:1-12.Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
If you're flagging, place your hand on God’s throne by looking to the cross of Christ and victory will be yours. Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Like Israel, we still test God today don’t we? It looks different. We’re surrounded by cars instead of camels, but we still question God’s provision and presence. As we look back on our wilderness walk, we see many places named Massah and Meribah, many places we tested God and argued with God. Did God ever fail the test? No, he took the same test again and again and always got 100%. Maybe it’s time we stopped testing him and arguing with him and instead just trusted him and agreed with him.Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
God tests our trust, our rest, and our memory. How do we pass?Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
When we complain about our circumstances to others, we’re effectively (though usually unintentionally) accusing God and slandering his character. We’re saying, God doesn't care, God doesn't know what he's doing, and God can't do anything about this. These are serious and dangerous slanders against God. But Exodus 16:1-12 helps us move from complaining to praising by showing us how complaints are a heart problem not a God problem.Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
As I record this podcast, my 81-year-old Dad is dying. He has suffered a number of strokes and is declining rapidly. I’m only in my fifties, but I’ve already had a number of illnesses. Sickness and disease cast a long shadow over our lives. We worry about getting sick. We struggle to see any purpose in it. And even with the marvels of modern medicine, we can’t get over it. It’s a dark shadow. So let's take the light of God's word and lighten it by looking at what God teaches about his sovereignty over sickness in Exodus 15:22-27. Notes.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
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