Scripture Reading Challenge

Our current challenge is to read the entire book of Exodus! 
The challenge is to read the ENTIRE book of Exodus over the next five weeks!
 

Keep checking back for information and reading schedules as the challenge progresses. Also, be sure to leave comments about your readings or insights in the section below! Contact us via email, phone, or by posting to let us know on the last day of the challenge if you’ve completed all of the readings. Remember–this is a challenge!

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16 Responses to “Scripture Reading Challenge”

  1. Dale Curry says:

    In chapter 7, we begin to see the “miracles, signs and wonders.” In some versions of the Bible, this is a phrase you will see fairly often. That phrase, “miracles, signs and wonders” seems to be a catch phrase of the Pentecostal churches. Let’s face it–we’re impressed when we recognize “miracles, signs and wonders.” Sometimes we trivialize the word miracle but how many miracles do we miss because we are not looking for them?

  2. Dale Curry says:

    Behind on my posting comments and questions and will try to get caught up soon. Did anyone else catch that in chapter 6, we find out Moses’ mother is also his great-aunt? Don’t have any explanation or even a question–just making a comment

  3. Dale Curry says:

    Last week someone asked me about God preparing to kill Moses in chapter 4. I’ve copied information from John “Wesley’s Explanatory Notes” about those verses. Could make for interesting discussion and dialogue. This is a reminder of how seriously God takes our sin, even when we tend to ignore it. Thoughts or comments?

    4:24 It seems the sin of Moses, was neglecting to circumcise his son, which perhaps was the effect of his being unequally yoked with a Midianite, who was too indulgent of her child, and Moses so of her. The Lord met him, and, probably, by a sword in an angel’s hand, sought to kill him – This was a great change. Very lately God was conversing with him as a friend, and now coming forth against him as an enemy. In this case of necessity Zipporah herself circumcised the child without delay; whether with passionate words, expressing the dislike of the ordinance itself, or at least the administration of it to so young a child.
    4:26 So he let him go – The destroying angel withdrew. But still Zipporah cannot forget, but will unreasonably call Moses a bloody husband, because he obliged her to circumcise the child; and upon this occasion, (it is probable) he sent them back to his father – in – law, that they might not create him any farther uneasiness. When we have any special service to do for God, we should remove that as far from us as we can, which is likely to be our hindrance: let the dead bury their dead, but follow thou me.

  4. Dale Curry says:

    In chapter three, we encounter some amazing things–a burning bush that never burns up and the voice of God. And what does Moses do next? He starts making excuses! Why is that often our first response? As a pastor, I sometimes ask people to do thing that don’t mesh with their personality and gifts and that’s my mistake. But God, when He is asking, does not make mistakes and would never tell us to do something we are incapable of doing.

  5. Mona says:

    This morning during the reading of part of this scripture gave me a visual of naked, newborn baby boys being thrown into the Nile in a virtual fountain. How many babies were killed that way; and how could the king’s daughter bear to bathe in the same river…and with crocodiles, too!

    Another thought after the sermon…my life is in NO WAY a stroll through the lollipops; and I can SO relate to the anger at God and feelings of despair at times that (even though I know lots of things are MY FAULT) God doesn’t just FIX IT. That anger causes me to distance myself, which causes things to get worse instead of better…DUH. Thank you, God, for loving me when I am so.very.unlovable.

    Thank you, Bro. Dale, for keepin’ it REAL; and preachin’ God’s word…always.

  6. Tammy Davis says:

    I have read this scripture many times but for some reason two ” happenings” stood out to me today. 1. The midwives lied. 2. Moses killed. And they still found favor with God.

  7. Shellena Smith says:

    Just finished reading Exodus 1 & 2 and while this isn’t really a “deep” insight, after I finished reading, I noticed two distinct things: Chapter 1 V. 6 “Some time later, Joseph and his brothers died, along with all the people who had lived at that same time;” Chapter 2 V. “God heard their cries, and he remembered the agreement he had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” The first nearly opened the book while the second is part of the conclusion of the second chapter, and it struck me at how these two verses, set-up as they were, reitterated the idea that we, people, will die but God does not. Every person on earth will eventually pass away, and there will come a time when nobody living will remember your name (even in Greensburg!), but God is unchanged and just as alive as ever.

  8. Dale Curry says:

    At the beginning of chapter two, the scripture that Moses’ mother knew there was something special about him. I suppose every parent think their child is special. I wonder what it was that let his mother know that there really was something special about him.

  9. Dale Curry says:

    In verses 8-10, we see the Egyptians making decisions based on fear. Someone asked me a few days ago if my decisions were based on fear or faith. We often make foolish decisions when we are afraid

    • Jim Perkins says:

      Very good & timely comments Bro. Dale. The Egyptians feared losing their country, but we face different fears today. Everyone, it would seem, is worried about something; health, finances, family issues, reputation are just a few. How to overcome those fears is where we all need help. Sounds like a good Sermon series.

  10. Dale Curry says:

    I’ll be posting some other stuff during the week but I’ve read chapters 1 and 2 of Exodus. Read them from The Message. I loved the last sentence in chapter two from that version. The verse simply says, “God understood.” That’s powerful!

  11. Lou Allison says:

    I read all my chapters too! It was a good time for me & knowing that others were reading also. However, this Easter Sunday’s reading blew my mind one more time! I am so blessed for having read again. I always need a little nudge.

  12. Jan Ennis says:

    I read all the chapters in the Scripture Challenge.

  13. Shellena Smith says:

    In response to Genesis 3 today, one of the things that struck me, even though I’ve read this story before, was the fact that each was punished for their sin. I know there is disagreement and debate regarding who is at “fault,” but the amazing thing is, God didn’t care. Each was held responsible for their own sin. It didn’t matter if Adam was to blame or if it was Eve or if it all fell to the serpent for tempting them in the first place, each made mistakes and each had to answer for their own choices and decisions. In a world where finger pointing is the common trend, we have to remember that we can blame other people, our situation or circumstances, or even blame the temptation or the Devil, but the only person responsible for our choices and actions is us. We are the ones who have to answer for what we did and didn’t do at judgement. Key word for the chapter for me? Responsibility!

  14. Dale Curry says:

    Baptism was not new to folks of that day. But John’s baptism was different–this was the first account of baptism for forgiveness of sins. In my old age, either I forgot or never knew, that baptism was already practiced before Jesus was baptized. Could you talk to someone during Lent about their need to be baptized?

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