Journey readings:
April 22 – April 27, 2013

by Jim Tufford on April 19, 2013

“The Journey” is Living Springs’ commitment to read at least a chapter of the Bible every day. We all follow the same reading schedule so that we can encourage each other along the way. And our pastors post occasional blogs about the readings to instruct and inspire us.

Want to join the Journey? This week’s daily readings are listed below, along with some questions to guide your reading. Sign up for the Journey blog, and you’ll receive the weekly reading schedule in your email inbox!

 Exodus 7

How old was Moses when he began to lead Israel from Egypt?  What was the first plague sent to Egypt?  Were the magicians able to imitate this?

 Exodus 8

What was the second plague sent by God through Moses?  What was the third plague sent by God through Moses?  What was the fourth plague sent to Egypt?

 Exodus 9

What was the fifth plague sent on Egypt?  What was the sixth plague sent on Egypt?  What was the seventh plague sent on Egypt?

 Exodus 10

Why did God purposely harden Pharaoh’s heart?  What was the eighth plague sent on the land of Egypt?  What was the ninth plague sent on Egypt?

 Exodus 11

What did God tell Moses to ask for in the hearing of the people of Egypt?  What was Moses’ prophecy on the land of Egypt?  What did Moses say the people of Egypt would do after this last plague?

 Exodus 12

What were the children of Israel to do on the fourteenth of the month?  What were they to do to their houses that night?  How were the people of Israel to be dressed that night as they ate?

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Linda McCants Pendleton April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Here are some parallels I found in Exodus 12 between the first Passover and the Last Supper…

Although it probably has occurred to others, what struck me in Exodus 12, was that the Passover was sort of a precursor to the Last Supper. This is when God gave Moses instructions that would save firstborn children from certain death due to sin and/or Pharaoh’s disobedience in letting God’s people go. Here, God said to …choose a lamb or young goat for sacrifice (3) …Some 1500 years later, that lamb would be Jesus. …Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb…(6). …Again, that would ultimately be Jesus.

In Egypt under Pharaoh, they were to take some of the sacrificial blood and smear it on the sides and top of the houses…(7) …”the blood, is a sign for God to pass over you” (13)… At the Last supper, Jesus offered His blood to pass over us (save us from our sins) on the night before Passover. His blood would cover us, and be a new covenant.
One other thing: (43) God said…”do not break any of its bones…” Not one of Jesus’ bone were ever broken.
Not sure why I never noticed that the two events were hugely related before, but thanks to the Journey readings, I’m gaining new insights. Thanks, Living Springs, for keeping me challenged in the Word!

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Melanie Jongsma April 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

Good stuff, Linda! I think you’re right. Several years ago I heard a guy from Jews for Jesus do a presentation on the Seder meal, which is the meal during Passover. He walked us through the different traditions—the food, the prayers, the things they say at different points in the meal. And it was fascinating how they all pointed to Jesus and the crucifixion and the resurrection.

Your comment makes it clear why we need to read the Bible as a whole, rather than just studying passages from it here and there. When you see the whole thing, you can see that God has a plan all along, and He keeps working it out!

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David Izenbart April 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Great insights Linda and Melanie! Way to go scholars. I love to see when people dig into the Scriptures and the lights turn on and the connections and insights are made. keep up the good work and enjoying God’s word! Blessings, Dave

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David Izenbart April 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Great insights Linda and Melanie! Way to go scholars. I love to see when people dig into the Scriptures and the lights turn on and the connections and insights are made. keep up the good work and enjoying God’s word! Blessings, Pastor Dave

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