God shows up in mighty and miraculous ways throughout history. Exodus shows God in all his wonder.
Israel had been in Egypt for 400 years. They were slaves in a foreign land. They were waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham—waiting for the Promised Land. There was one bring problem. Pharaoh. The god-complex ruler of Egypt made it his mission to stand between Israel and their God. That wouldn’t last long. He was no match for the Creator-God.
God would use Pharaoh’s decree to murder every Israelite son. One Hebrew couple defied this decree. When they could no longer hide their baby boy, the mother placed their son in a basket and into the Nile, trusting God’s will for his life. In God’s plan, Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket, caught in the reeds beside the river. She adopted the baby into her family and named him Moses.
Moses grew up in the palace walls, but he was never really an Egyptian. When he saw the oppression of his people he took action. This led Moses on a wild journey that would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Along the way, both Moses and Israel would witness the wonders of God. Moses was first introduced to God through a burning bush. Then God would lead his people out of Egypt following 10 plagues, by a pillar of cloud and fire, through splitting the Red Sea, and by providing manna from heaven and water from a rock. No generation in human history saw God work like this before or since.
The story of Exodus is also our story. Like Israel, we are God’s people. He draws us out of our sin (our Egypt), and draws us into His presence (into relationship with Him). Come let us behold God and be in awe of him together.
filled with awe and wonder,
King’s sit on thrones in palaces.
King’s wear royal clothes and crowns.
Kings enjoy the best things the world has to offer.
King’s make laws and command kingdoms.
King’s don’t live and work among their people.
The Gospel of Matthew is about a King—a different sort of king. His family tree is traced back to the great king David, but he is born to an unknown young couple. Rather than a palace, he has nowhere to call home. He wears a crown, but it is made of thorns. He commands obedience, a loving obedience that comes from the heart.
Matthew’s King doesn’t sit on a throne surrounded by a royal court; he spends time with sinners and outcasts. Matthew wants his readers to know one thing above all: Jesus is King. He is the king who guides his people like a shepherd into his kingdom. He forgives them, offers rest to their souls, and promises never to leave them. Though he calls his people to follow him in suffering and the cross, he promises that this is the way to eternal life.
Matthew also shows that Jesus is King through his actions. Storms are silenced by his voice. Evil spirits are cast out with a word. The sick are healed by his touch.
The day is coming when he’ll return revealed in all his power and glory—the reigning and ruling, eternal King. Matthew wants his readers to know, follow, and be like the King.
I want to know this King, how about you? Let’s discover him together through Matthew.
FOLLOW THE KING is a study guide of 111 devotionals through the Gospel of Matthew.
Do you realize what you have in Jesus, right now?
One of the greatest truths you’ll receive in your lifetime is this: There’s nothing in your life that’s greater than Jesus. Nothing.
It is possible to grow familiar with who Jesus is and forget what he has done, is doing, and will do. You can grow discouraged and apathetic and distant from Jesus, your first love. You forgot who Jesus is. And something else becomes greater than Jesus.
This is the message of Hebrews. Jesus is greater. He’s greater than your sin. He’s greater than your enemy. He’s greater than your failure. Jesus is greater and there is no other substitute.
Hebrews is not for the shallow of faith. The author will push you into he deep end of the promises and purposes of God. As you swim in the deep waters of this Hebrew you will appreciate more wholly your Rescuer and Redeemer—Jesus the Great.
Galatians is about the Gospel. It is about protecting the good news because it is constantly under attack. Paul was ahead of his time when he wrote this letter to Galatia because the same issues they faced centuries ago we face today. Learn from Paul and the early church how to defend the gospel from attacks from within or without. This isn’t a study for the faint of heart.
What does God want me to do with my money? How should I respond to someone who has wronged me? What is the purpose of suffering and hardships? Can’t I boast a little bit? These are some of the questions you will discover as you read through 2 Corinthians.
Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church has a different flavor than the first. It is more personal and pastoral. You see Paul roll up his sleeves and wear his emotions on them. Paul loves the church and so should we. How can we love the church despite all its people problems? Paul gives us practical insights. There is something for everyone. Just take a look at this 2 Corinthians Study: Boast in Weakness…
Do you struggle getting along with others in church? You are not alone.
Paul’s first letter to Corinth is about dealing with relational differences, setting disputes, reinforcing God’s view of marriage and divorce, the essentials of public worship, the importance of Jesus’ resurrection, money issues, and so much more.
Are you looking for something to study from the Bible? With your family? With your small group? Click below to download a family worship guide 1 Corinthians: making much of Christ in a messy church.
The book of Acts is about the church in formation, the mission of Jesus unfolding, and a gospel of the Holy Spirit. It is an action-packed book, so much so that a friend recently said to me, “Someone could easily make a movie out of it.” It is full of suspense, imprisonment, shipwreck, and of course Jesus’ followers living their faith out loud. It’s a refreshing and invigorating book.
When’s the last time you read it? With your family? Click below to download a family worship guide on the Acts of the Apostle: Church, Missions and the Holy Spirit.
For a few months, I have been studying the Gospel of Luke with some friends. It has been a joy to study the life of Jesus. Below is a Family Worship Guide that I created from our discussions. Just click on the image below. You will find questions with and without helps. I hope this is a blessing to you and your family.
Let me know if you would like to make changes or additions. This is certainly a work in progress.