Reflections on My Daily Bible Reading May 3, 2010
Today’s Reading: Exodus Chapters 21 – 24
Things to remember in today’s reading:
The Jews were given rules by which to live. The ESV Study Bible says, “This section contains basic guidelines for living together as a just society while also calling the people to live as those who are set apart to the Lord.” The rules pertained to the movement of slaves in and out of households (21:2-11); situations in which someone has been injured by another (21:12-32); the loss of animals and property (21:33-22:15); a man paying a “bride-price” to his future father-in-law in order to marry his virgin daughter (22:16-17); offenses that carry the death penalty (22:18-20); instruction for Israel not to wrong or oppress a sojourner (22:21-23:9); worship instructions (23:10-19); commands for the conquest (23:20-33) and aspects of the covenant being confirmed (24:1-18).
Things God is teaching me in today’s reading:
God gives me rules by which to live as well. The law of Christ is more spiritual in nature than ceremonial. It deals more with the “heart and the intent” than the “letter” (Romans 2:28-29). God expects me to love Him with ALL of my heart, soul, and mind and to give Him my best.
Things to act on in today’s reading:
I will work to eliminate the time wasters in my life. I will take action to make it a part of my daily “to do list” to spend some quiet time with God. I will make an appointment with Him every day! I will learn from both the positive and the negative illustrations of those who have lived before me!
Things to pray about from today’s reading:
Lord, as I read the history of your dealings with your people of old, may my faith be strengthened each day of my life. As I read of your fulfillment of your covenant promises to Abraham, may I be reassured in the promises that you have made to me. The great hope of spending an eternity in heaven with you makes everything that I must endure in this life worth it all. May I never forget that the “rules” that you have given me, and that you expect me to pass on to my sons, are not “grievous” but are from your love to protect your children.
Thanks for reading with me dear friend,. Have a blessed day!