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Exodus Poem

This is the entire book of Exodus, put into a poem format. The divisions correspond to the sermons I preached on the Book of Exodus and each poem was given at the end of those particular verses. The small dash in the middle of each poem is where the Bible text ends and my own ending poetry begins. I hope you will enjoy this poetic journey through Exodus.

Be advised, this is NOT to be considered for doctrine and is not an attempt to change the word of God from its intent and meaning. Rather, it is a poem based on Exodus, nothing more.


Exodus 1:1-14

 

Bitterness and Bondage in the Land of Egypt

 

Now these are the names of the children of Israel

Who came to Egypt; each man and his household

Came with Jacob, as the Bible does tell

 

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah too

Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin

Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher are who

The sons who are descended from him

 

All those who were descendants of Jacob we see

Were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt already)

 

And Joseph died, all his brothers

And all that generation

All the fathers and mothers

 

But the children of Israel were fruitful

And increased abundantly, like ground properly tilled

And multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty

And the land with them was filled

 

Now there over Egypt a new king arose

Who did not know Joseph, and to his people he said

“Look how the people of the children of Israel quickly grows 

They are more and mightier than we, look how they have bred

 

Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, alright?

Lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war

That they also join our enemies and against us fight

And so go up out of the land, and we have them no more

 

Therefore they set taskmasters over them

With their burdens to them afflict

And they built for Pharaoh supply cities

Pithom and Raamses, they were demanding and strict

 

But the more they afflicted them, it is true

As the word to us does tell

The more they multiplied and grew

And they were in dread of the children of Israel

 

So the Egyptians made the children of Israel

Serve with rigor, such painful toil

And they made their lives bitter

With hard bondage, there on Egypt's soil

 

In mortar, in brick they worked we observe

And in all manner of service in the field

All their service in which they made them serve

Was with rigor, in order to make Israel yield

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Israel suffered through long years of pain and toil

But eventually God sent them a deliverer

Because God is ever faithful and loyal

To His promises, they are certain and sure

 

And God has sent a Deliverer to us as well

He has brought us out of our life of sin-earned chains

By sending His Son to deliver us from the grasp of hell

And to be granted a heavenly seat where Jesus reigns

 

Such is the marvelous workings of God!

So let us praise Him all our days as in this life we trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 1:15-22

 

Obeying God Rather Than Men

 

Then the king of Egypt spoke

To the Hebrew midwives, words of shame

Of whom the name of one was Shiphrah

And of the other, Puah was her name

 

And he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife

For the Hebrew women, as I instruct you

And see them on the birthstools

There is something I want you to do

 

If it is a son, then you shall kill him, no mercy give

But if it is a daughter, then she shall be allowed to live

 

But the midwives feared God and took a stand

And did not do what he said to them

As the king of Egypt did command

But saved alive the male children

 

So the king of Egypt called

For the midwives and said to them

“Why have you done this thing

And saved alive the male children?

 

And the midwives to Pharaoh said

“Because the Hebrew women as we say

Are not like the Egyptian women, but instead

They are lively and give birth right away

 

Before the midwives come to them

And so they have already had their children

 

Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, it is true

And the people multiplied and very mightily grew

 

And so it was, because the midwives feared God

That He provided households for them

A reward for the faithful walk in which they trod

 

So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying

“Every son who is born you shall into the river cast

And every daughter you shall save alive

And we will be free of these Hebrews at last

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Such is the nature of man's enmity with God

How we fight against his plans and purposes for us!

On a wicked path we would gladly trod

And turn our backs to His Gift of love, His own Son Jesus

 

But until our last breath, He continues to call

Because of His great and undying love for us

And in one act He can in us reverse the fall

Just by receiving that great Gift of love, His own Son Jesus

 

Thank You for patiently waiting, even for me, O Lord

Thank You for patiently waiting for each one of us

Until the day when someone showed us in Your word

About the most marvelous Gift of love, Your own Son Jesus

 

Praises to You for this our matchless King!

For all eternity our souls to You will sing

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 2:1-10

 

Moses

 

And a man of the house of Levi went by and by

And took as wife a daughter of Levi

 

So the woman conceived and a son she bore

And when she saw that he was a beautiful child

She hid him three months behind her door

Because Pharaoh's edict was cruel and wild

 

But when him she could no longer hide

She took an ark of bulrushes for him to fit

Daubed it with asphalt and pitch on the outside

And put the child inside of it

 

And laid it by the river’s bank in the reeds

And his sister stood afar off

To know what would be done to him through these deeds

 

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came in stride

Down to bathe at the river, which is the Nile

And her maidens walked along the riverside

Where they had come to spend a while

 

And when she saw the ark among the reeds along the shore

She sent her maid to get it to see what was the score

 

And when she opened it, she saw the child

And behold, the baby wept just then

So she had compassion on him, her manner mild

And said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children

 

Then his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter said

“Shall I go and call a nurse for you

From the Hebrew women that she may nurse instead

The child for you; shall this thing I do?

 

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.”

So the maiden went and called the child’s mother as we know

 

Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her

“Take this child away and nurse him for me

And I will give you your wages for sure

So the woman took the child and nursed him tenderly

 

And the child grew, and she brought him

And he became the son of Pharaoh's daughter

So she called his name Moses, saying

“Because I drew him out of the water.”

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Sometimes the irony of the Bible story

Is so rich and wonderful to behold

God turns even the worst things out for His glory

And shows us treasures worth more than gold

 

When we see His mighty hand so displayed

We have a sure foundation on which to stand

Never should the faithful be fearful or dismayed

Because our God is glorious and His deeds are grand

 

Just when all seems lost and it's all out of control

That is the time when God's glory is most clearly seen

Away from us the troubles and trials He does roll

And He leads us into soft pastures, lush and green

 

O great God who does such marvelous things for us!

Precious Creator revealed in the pages of the word

You who came in flesh, our precious Lord Jesus

To You all praise is due, our wondrous, glorious Lord

 

To you we will praise and to you we will sing

Throughout all eternity, let our voices ring

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 2:11-15

 

Shunned by His Own

 

Now it came to pass in those days

When Moses was grown

That he went out to his brethren

And looked at their burdens, to his eyes they were shown

 

And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew

One of his brethren as he knew

 

So he looked this way and that way

And when he saw no one

The Egyptian he did slay

And hid him in the sand, covering what he had done

 

And when he went out the second day

Behold, two Hebrew men were fighting

And to the one who did the wrong he did say

“Why are you your companion striking?

 

Then he asked inquisitively

“Who made you over us a prince and a judge?

Do you intend to kill me

As you killed the Egyptian? Do you bear me a grudge?

 

So Moses feared and said

“Surely this thing is known!

This thing about the dead

 

When Pharaoh of this matter heard

He sought to kill Moses in that place

But as we are told in the word

Moses fled from Pharaoh's face

 

And dwelt in Midian's land

And he sat down by a well as we understand

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Like many great men before Him recorded in the word

Moses is now used as the Bible's central figure

In order to give us portraits of Jesus the Lord

And the great works He wrought are seen in each picture

 

And as we see in this story once again

There are those who fight against what God has planned

They reject His authority and against Him complain

And yet He still reaches out His loving hand

 

Let us not reject His kind offer of grace

But instead let us accept what is recorded in His word

He offers us a new home in a heavenly place

If we will just call out to Jesus as Lord

 

And so let us receive Jesus Christ and be reconciled to God

So that for all eternity in His glorious presence we will trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 2:16-25

 

Watering the Father's Flock

 

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters

And they came and drew from the well's waters

 

And they filled the troughs for their livestock

Yes, they filled them to water their father’s flock

 

Then the shepherds came

And drove them away

But Moses stood up and helped them all the same

And watered their flock that day

 

When they came to Reuel their father, he said

“How is it that you have come so soon today?”

And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us instead

From the hand of the shepherds who treated us in a bad way

 

And he also enough water for us drew

And watered the flock until they were through

 

So he said to his daughters, yes to them he pled

And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man?

Call him, that he may come and with us eat bread

 

Then Moses was content with the man to live

And to Moses, his daughter Zipporah he did give

 

And she bore him a son we understand

He called his name Gershom, for he said

“I have been a stranger in a foreign land

And not been among the people from whom I am bred

 

Now it happened in the process of time

That the king of Egypt died

Then the children of Israel groaned

Because of the bondage, and out they cried

 

And their cry came up to God because of the bondage

So God their groaning He heard

And God remembered His covenant

With Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, yes His spoken word

 

And God looked upon the children of Israel

And God acknowledged them as the Bible does tell

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Surely it is better at all times to remember God

Never departing from His love and grace

Than to forget Him while in this life we trod

Until we come to a difficult or an unhappy place

 

If we can keep our eyes always focused on Jesus

Then whether things are good or difficult it will be the same

We will know that He is always attentive to us

Because we have held fast to Him and His wondrous name

 

In this there will be great rewards when we are ushered into glory

And we stand in front of our great and awesome Lord

So let us always hold close to the Bible and the gospel story

Keeping hidden in our heart God's precious saving word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 3:1-6

 

Standing on Holy Ground

 

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro

His father-in-law, the priest of Midian, you know

 

And he led the flock

To the back of the desert he did trod

And came to Horeb

To the mountain of God

 

And the Angel of the Lord

Appeared to him in a flame

Of fire from the midst of a bush

To his eyes this wondrous sight came

 

So he looked, and behold

The bush was burning with fire

But the bush was not consumed

It certainly made his mind inquire

 

Then Moses said, “I will now

Turn aside and see this great sight

Why the bush does not burn somehow

And yet it gives off the fire's light

 

So when the Lord saw

That he turned aside to see

God called to him from the midst of the bush

And said, “Moses, Moses!” And “Here I am” said he

 

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place

Take your sandals off your feet

For the place where you stand is holy ground

Where you and I now meet

 

Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob too

And Moses hid his face for he was afraid

To look upon God and so He kept Him from his view

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How do we treat God, as a friend? Yes it is so

And yet He is also our Lord to whom honor is due

We can be friendly with God because of Jesus, you know

But we should do so with His holiness in view

 

Let us honor Him and thus grant to Him glory

And to Him let respect and praise come from each of us

As we hail the Lamb who is the center of the gospel story

With resounding shouts of praise to our magnificent Lord, Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 3:7-12

 

You Shall Serve God on This Mountain

 

And the Lord said:

“I have surely seen the oppression

Of My people who are in Egypt

And have heard their cry of affliction

 

Because of their taskmasters they have woes

For I know and am aware of their sorrows

 

So I have come down, them to deliver

Out of the Egyptian's hand

And to bring them from there in this matter

To a good and large land

 

To a land flowing with milk and honey

To the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites too

And the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites

And also the Jebusites, a land which your fathers knew

 

Now therefore, behold, the cry in affliction

Of the children of Israel has come to Me

And I have also seen the oppression

With which the Egyptians oppress them constantly

 

Come now, therefore, and I will send you

To Pharaoh that you may bring

My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt

I am calling you to do this thing

 

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go

To Pharaoh, and that I should bring

The children of Israel out of Egypt as You have instructed so?

How can I possibly do this thing?

 

So He said, “I will certainly be with you

And this shall be a sign to you that you I have sent

When you have brought the people out of Egypt too

You shall serve God on this mountain, so be confident

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Moses was given a sign, a token of guarantee

That the word would surely come about

Thus he could conduct his affairs confidently

For him there would be no reason for doubt

 

And the same holds true for each of us

We can be wholly sure and confident as we go

When we call out to the Lord Jesus

Our future hope is guaranteed, in this we can know

 

Is there a great and mighty mountain that stands in our way?

It is less than nothing when on our side is God

He can make the trials melt away

And gives us a smooth path on which to trod

 

So, let's put all our confidence in the Lord

Because we have eternal assurances from Him in His word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 3:13-15

 

I AM

 

Then Moses said to God

“Indeed, when I come to the children

Of Israel after to Egypt I trod

And say to them then

 

‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you

And they say to me in this way

‘What is His name? How do we know its true?

What shall I to them say?

 

And God said to Moses, in this way

"I AM WHO I AM, this I tell

And He said, “Thus you shall say

To the children of Israel

 

I AM has sent me to you

Be certain that these words then are true

 

Moreover God to Moses did tell

Thus you shall say to the children of Israel

 

The Lord God of your fathers is who

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac

And the God of Jacob, has sent me to you

 

This is My name forever for acclamations

And this is My memorial to all generations

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The name of the Lord is the surest guarantee

That what is proclaimed will certainly come about

As we read the Bible, we can the future see

All things He proclaims, and in them have no doubt

 

And so through trials or troubles let us not be downhearted

Rather, let us lift our eyes to God's holy hill

The raging ocean will surely be parted

And the path through it will be peaceful and still

 

We have this hope because of the Lord Jesus

Who has done all things marvelously for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 3:16-22

 

Expected Resistance; Assured Deliverance

 

Go and gather the elders of Israel

Together, and say to them

The Lord God of your fathers, known as well

As the God of Abraham

 

Of Isaac, and of Jacob too

Appeared to me, and his words so dripped

“I have surely visited you

And seen what is done to you in Egypt

 

And I have said I will bring you up

Out of the affliction of Egypt, thus it is true

To the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites

And the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites too

 

To a land flowing with milk and honey

To a place where the shekel will be your money

 

Then they will heed your voice

And you shall come, you and the elders of Israel

To the king of Egypt as one voice

And to him this you shall tell

 

The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us

And now, please, let us go on a path to trod

Three days’ journey into the wilderness

That we may sacrifice to the Lord our God

 

But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go

No, not even by a mighty hand, thus it is so

 

So I will stretch out My hand

And strike Egypt with all My wonders

Which I will do in the midst of its land

And he will let you go, after my mighty thunders

 

And I will give this people favor

In the Egyptians' sight

And it shall be, when you go for sure

That you shall not go empty-handed, alright

 

But every woman shall ask of her neighbor

Namely, of her who dwells near her house

Articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing

Be they a lovely shawl or a nice bright blouse

 

And you shall put them on your sons

And on your daughters also

So you shall plunder the Egyptians

When out of Egypt you go

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There may be many years of lack in your life

Times of turmoil or anguish or strife

But in the end the child of the Lord

Will be brought out to abundance galore

We have this promise in His holy word

That there is eternal blessing; joy forevermore

 

Let us trust through the years of trial

And stand firmly grounded each of us

For inside heaven's gate is an ever-lasting smile

As we behold the beauty of our Lord Jesus

 

Thanking You, O God, receive our praise!

As we look forward to Your presence for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 4:1-9

 

The Voice of the Signs

 

Then Moses answered and said

“But suppose they will not believe me

Or listen to my voice instead

 

Suppose they say

‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”

And to this word no attention they pay

What then shall I do?

 

So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

He said, “A rod I use when walking on the land"

And He said, “Cast it on the ground”

So on the ground it he cast

And it became a serpent, so not hanging around

Moses fled from it really fast

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, He did submit

“Reach out your hand and take it by the tail”

And he reached out his hand and caught it

And it became a rod in his hand, no longer did it flail

 

That they may believe that the Lord

God of their fathers is who

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac

And the God of Jacob has appeared to you

 

Furthermore to him said the Lord

“Now in your bosom put your hand

And he put his hand in his bosom at that word

In order to understand

 

And when he took it out, behold, what a show

His hand was leprous; white like snow

 

And He said, “Put again in your bosom your hand

So he put his hand in his bosom again

And drew it out of his bosom, and behold! we understand

It was restored like his other flesh, like that of normal men

 

Then it will be, by this design

If they do not believe you

Nor heed the message of the first sign

That they may believe the message of the latter sign that you do

 

And it shall be, if they do not believe the sign from its Giver

Even these two signs, or listen to your voice

That you shall take water from the river

And pour it on the dry land; another sign, another choice

 

The water which you take from the river

Will become blood on the dry land

So they know that of life I am the Giver

And that I am He who judges, this too they will understand

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Three signs given for Israel to see and believe

And the signs testify to the work of the Lord Jesus

Let us refrain from lies intended to deceive

And hold fast to the word which God has given to us

 

Thank You, yes thank You, O great and awesome God

For the marvelous treasure, the superior word

It is a radiant light for the path on which we trod

And it leads us to the loving arms of Jesus our Lord

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 4:10-17

 

Filling Life's Gaps

 

Then Moses said to the Lord

“O my Lord, I am not eloquent

Neither before nor since the word

You have spoken to Your servant

 

But I am slow of speech and slow of tongue

No one ever enjoyed a song that I have sung

 

So the Lord said to him a piece of His mind

“Who has made man’s mouth? Tell Me in a word!

Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind?

Have not I? Who else but I the Lord?

 

Now therefore, go, OK?

And I, with your mouth shall be 

And will teach you what to say

It will be fine Moses, as you shall see

 

But he said, “O my Lord, please my word attend

Send by the hand of whomever else You may send

 

So the anger of the Lord was kindled

Against Moses, and He said:

“Is not Aaron the Levite your brother?

I know that he can speak well for you instead

 

And look, he is also coming out you to meet

When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart

The reunion will be sweet

 

Now you shall speak to him, so shall you do

And put the words in his mouth, as I instruct you

And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth too

And I will teach you what you shall do

 

So he shall be your spokesman to the people

And he himself shall be as a mouth for you

And you shall be to him as God

Everything will work out as it is supposed to

 

And you shall take this rod in your hand

With which you shall do the signs

By them all will come to understand

Of my purposes and my designs

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Moses lacked faith in the plan given to him by the Lord

But the Lord knew this would be the case

And so the account is written in the word

To give us courage in the trials that we will face

 

We can know that we don't have to carry the load alone

Instead God has given us others to pick up the slack

We can send them an email, or call them on the phone

And know that with their help we will be on track

 

We are not left as orphans, and the Lord is there with us

And we have faithful family and friends to help out as well

Together we can redirect each other to the Lord Jesus

And of His sure promises, one another we can tell

 

Thank You for this great assurance in which we stroll

Thank You Lord, we know You have it all under control

                                      
Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 4:18-23

 

Israel is My Son, My Firstborn

 

So Moses went and returned to Jethro

His father-in-law, and to him said

“Please let me return, let me go

To my brethren who are in Egypt, among whom I was bred

 

And see whether they are alive still

And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace, as you will."

 

Now the Lord to Moses in Midian said

“Go, return to Egypt

For all the men who sought your life are dead

 

Then Moses took his wife and his sons

And set them on a donkey, as we understand

And he returned to Egypt the land

And Moses took the rod of God in his hand

 

And the Lord said to Moses

“When you go back to Egypt the land

See that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh

Which I have put in your hand

 

But I will harden his heart as you know

So that he will not let the people go

 

Then you shall say to Pharaoh

"Thus says the Lord

Israel is My son, My firstborn

This is my spoken word

 

So I say to you, let My son go

That he may serve Me, I do warn

But if you refuse to let him go even so

Indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn

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The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart it is true

But it was done by Him in a passive way

When Pharaoh refused the Lord's word to do

His heart grew hard, and harder each day

 

Such is how sin affects our lives

It ruins the person that we should be

It affects our families, our children, our wives

And it also affects us each personally

 

And so don't let your heart grow hard towards the Lord

But rather draw near to Him and He will draw near to you

Walk closely with Him and keep in His word

This is the thing that He wills for us to do

 

Such is the nature of our gracious God

That He will run to us when sin we do eschew

And we will be content and joyful on the road we trod

Because He is ever Faithful and True

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 4:24-31

 

A Bridegroom of Blood and a Divine Visitation

 

And it came to pass on the way

At the encampment where they did stay

That the Lord met him that day

And sought him to slay

 

Then Zipporah took a sharp stone

And cut off the foreskin of her son with alacrity

And cast it at Moses’ feet as if to atone

And said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!”

 

So He let him go, having made the decision

Then she said, “You are a husband of blood!”

Because of the circumcision

 

And the Lord said to Aaron in a divine nod

“Go into the wilderness, Moses to meet

So he went and met him on the mountain of God

And kissed him in a reunion so sweet

 

So Moses told Aaron all the words

Everything, so that he would understand

Of the Lord who had sent him

And all the signs which He did command

 

Then Moses and Aaron went to tell

And gathered together all

The elders of the children of Israel

Together the assembly they did call

 

And Aaron told all the words

Which the Lord to Moses had spoken

Then he did the signs

In the sight of the people; they were given this token

 

So the people believed

And surely their hearts were relieved

And when they heard that the Lord

Had visited the children of Israel

And that He had looked on their affliction

Then they bowed their heads and worshiped for a spell

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God never forgets His covenant nor His people

Though they may suffer, they are always on His mind

Whether in a dark prison or under a church steeple

Let us praise Him for His tender mercies so kind

 

For His promises are greater than any trial

His love is endless and His attentive care never ends

After the troubles and woes come the times we smile

As He gathers together His children, His friends

 

What an honor to be known as God's friend

And it came because of the Gift of love, our Lord Jesus

We shall hail the Lamb for years without end

For He has done such marvelous things for us

Yes praise You O God for the promises of Your precious word

We exalt You and praise You through Jesus our Lord

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 5:1-9

 

Thus Says the Lord God of Israel

 

Afterward Moses and Aaron went in

And there they told Pharaoh

“Thus says the Lord God of Israel

"Let My people go

 

That they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness

This is the Lord's request which to you we address

 

And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord

That I should obey His voice

To let Israel go? I do not know the Lord

Nor will I let Israel go; this is my spoken choice

 

So they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us

Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert

For this we are desirous

 

And sacrifice to the Lord our God, according to His word

Lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword

 

Then the king of Egypt said to them

“Moses and Aaron, why do you take

The people from their work?

Get back to your labor; no more trouble shall you make

 

And Pharaoh said, “Look

The people of the land are many now

And you make them rest from their labor

I will fix this disobedience somehow

 

So the same day Pharaoh commanded

The taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying

“You shall no longer give the people straw

To make brick as before; this command I am relaying

 

Let them go and gather straw for themselves

And you shall on them lay

The quota of bricks which they made before

You shall not reduce it in any way

 

For they are idle; therefore they cry out

Saying, ‘Let us go

And sacrifice to our God

But my answer to them is "No"

 

Let more work be laid on the men

That they may labor in it

And let them not regard false words

This is my decree, I do submit

 

The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, this we see

But it was done in a passive way

Pharaoh instead hardened his own heart actively

He rejected the word of God on that day

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Who is responsible then, in the matter of Pharaoh's heart?

Can someone say that he was in any way free of guilt?

Not at all, for in this he did his own part

He made his own design, like the weavings of a quilt

 

And we too make the choice about our destiny

Jesus gave His life if we so choose the heavenly pardon

Or we can walk another path, one which ends in misery

By rejecting the cross, God's heavenly beacon

 

Don't be found in such a sad, sad state

Instead, call out to Jesus, eternal life to receive

And then together with the redeemed patiently wait

On His coming again, for all who do believe

 

Sure and sound is our heavenly hope

Faithful and true are the promises of the Lord

And so in this life of trials we can cope

Because of the wonders ahead, guaranteed in His word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 5:10-23

 

Gathering Stubble to Make Brick

 

And the taskmasters of the people and their officers

Went out and spoke to the people they saw

Saying, “Thus says Pharaoh:

‘I will not give you straw

 

Go, get yourselves straw where you can find it

Yet none of your work will be reduced, not a little bit

 

So the people were scattered abroad

Throughout all of Egypt the land

To gather stubble instead of straw

With whatever they could fill their hand

 

And the taskmasters forced them to hurry

Saying, “Fulfill your work, your daily quota

As when there was straw the full tally 

And make sure it's not less, even one iota

 

Also the officers of the children of Israel

Whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had over them set

Were beaten and were asked to tell

Why at the end of the day things weren't accomplished yet

 

“Why have you not fulfilled your task

In making brick both yesterday and today, as before?”

This is the question that we ask

Why can't you even up the daily score

 

Then the officers of the children

Of Israel came and cried out in a fuss

To Pharaoh, saying to him then

“Why are you dealing with your servants thus?

 

There is no straw given to your servants

And to us, ‘Make brick!’ they say

And indeed your servants are beaten

But the fault is in your own people, this we convey

 

But he said, “You are idle! Idle! This his word

Therefore to me you say

‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord

So that from your work you can get away

 

Therefore go now and work

For no straw shall be given you

Yet you shall deliver the quota of bricks

This is what I order and what you shall do

 

And the officers of the children of Israel

Saw that they were in trouble, more than an iota

After it was said to them what Pharaoh did tell

“You shall not reduce any bricks from your daily quota

 

Then, as they came out from Pharaoh

They met Moses and Aaron in the way

Who stood there to meet them

To see what occurred with them that day

 

And they said to them without just warrant

“Let the Lord look on you and judge

Because you have made us abhorrent

In the sight of Pharaoh, to us he bears a grudge

 

And in the sight of his servants, it's a bitter pill

To put a sword in their hand in order us to kill

 

So Moses returned to the Lord

And said in a manner speaking frankly

“Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people?

Why is it You have sent me?

 

For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name

He has evil to this people done

Neither have You delivered Your people at all

They are still dwelling here under Egypt's sun

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God is patiently waiting to deliver Israel

He has a plan and it will come about as it should

This is a truth which the Bible does tell

In the end, all that the Lord does is good

 

God allows us to make brick if we choose

And even brick with crummy stubble

And he lets us direct the path of our own shoes

Even if it gets us in a bit of trouble

But the good news is Christ, whom He has sent

In Him there is freedom from all trials

And with Him our eternity will be spent

When we call out to Him our future is guaranteed smiles

 

Praise You O God for our precious Lord Jesus

Who has certainly done all things wondrously for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 6:1-13

 

I Will Rescue and I Will Redeem

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh

With a strong hand he will drive them out of his land

With a strong hand he will let them go

 

And God spoke to Moses this word

And said to him: “I am the Lord

 

I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty
To their eyes, this is how I was shown

But by My name Lord

To them I was not known

 

I have also established My covenant with them

To give them of Canaan the land

The land of their pilgrimage

In which they were strangers beforehand

 

And I have also heard the groaning

Of the children of Israel

Whom the Egyptians keep in bondage

And I have remembered My covenant as well

 

Therefore say to the children of Israel:

I am the Lord; I will bring you out

From under the burdens of the Egyptians

I will rescue you from their bondage, no doubt

 

And I will redeem you, I will not hesitate

With an outstretched arm and with judgments great

 

I will take you as My people and I will be your God

Then you shall know that I am the Lord

Your God who brings you out from under

The burdens of the Egyptians, this is my sure word

 

And I will bring you into the land

Which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob too

And I will give it to you as a heritage:

I am the Lord, this I will certainly do

 

So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel

But they did not heed Moses because

Of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage

This is what being disheartened does

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

“Go in, tell Pharaoh, Egypt's king

To let the children of Israel, as I am relaying

Go out of his land, tell him to do this thing

 

And Moses spoke before the Lord, saying

“The children of Israel have not heeded me

How then shall Pharaoh heed me, I am praying

For I am of uncircumcised lips as you already see

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron

And gave them a command

For the children of Israel, and for Pharaoh king of Egypt

To bring the children of Israel out of Egypt the land

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Once again, the words have been carefully selected

To show us of the great work of the Lord

In each word and in each verse can be detected

Greater pictures found in His superior word

 

O God, with such attention and such care

How could we quickly pass through without careful note?

When you have been so meticulous everywhere

And in every word You did Your wisdom upon us dote

 

Grant us hearts that desire to see every detail

Grant us eyes that can see Your precious Son

Even if we have to go slow as a snail

Let us not miss a thing, no - not even one!

 

Thank You for this wonderful book

And all the joy it reveals to us

Remind us daily to open it and upon its pages look

And to seek out there our precious Lord Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 6:14-30

 

The Family of Moses and Aaron

 

These are the heads of their fathers’ houses:

The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel

Were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi, not mentioned are their spouses

These are the families of Reuben as the Bible does tell

 

And the sons of Simeon

Were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar

And Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman

These are the families of Simeon of which you are now famili-ar

 

These are the names of the sons of Levi

According to their generations, living under heaven

Gershon, Kohath, and Merar-i

And the years of the life of Levi were one hundred and thirty-seven

 

The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimi

According to each family

 

And the sons of Kohath were

Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzzi-el

And the years of the life of Kohath were

One hundred and thirty-three as the story does tell

 

The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi, making alliterations

These are the families of Levi according to their generations

 

Now Amram took for himself Jochebed

His father’s sister, as wife

And Aaron and Moses to him she bred

And one hundred and thirty-seven were the years of Amram's life

 

The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri

And the sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri

 

Aaron took to himself Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab

Sister of Nahshon, as wife

And she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar

A very productive lady in her life

 

And the sons of Korah were

Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph

These are the families of the Korahites, for sure

They were guided by Korah's staff

 

Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took for himself

One of the daughters of Putiel as wife

And she bore him Phinehas

Who was a notable figure during his life

 

These are the heads of the fathers’ houses

Of the Levites according to their families

Along with a few of their spouses

 

These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said

“Bring out the children of Israel

From the land of Egypt according to their armies

This is what the Lord to Moses did tell

 

These are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh

King of Egypt, to bring out

The children of Israel from Egypt

These are the same Moses and Aaron, without a doubt

 

And it came to pass, on the day

The Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt the land

That the Lord spoke to Moses and did say

“I am the Lord as you understand

 

Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you

But Moses said before the Lord

“Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, it's true

And how shall Pharaoh heed me and Your word?

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Thus ends chapter 6 of Exodus

And we can see in it perfect order and harmony

If we research it well, it will speak to us

Of the hidden mysteries which reveal God's glory

 

So it is with every detail of God's word

It will teach us of the wonders of His plan

In sending to us Jesus the Lord

Who came to redeem fallen man

The Bible does this so that we will seek after God

And search for Him carefully in each detail

So let's do it for as long as on this earth we trod

Until we at last hit that heavenly trail

 

Yes! Thank You, Lord, for this precious book

Help us to study it well and to each day take a look

 

There in its pages are wonders for us

Such beautiful wonders concerning our precious Lord Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 7:1-7

 

Notable Obedience

 

So the Lord said to Moses plainly

“See, I have made you to Pharaoh as God

And Aaron your brother shall your prophet be

So shall it be while in Egypt you trod

 

You shall speak all that to you I command

And Aaron your brother shall tell

Pharaoh to send out of his land

The children of Israel 

 

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart

And multiply My signs and My wonders too

In the land of Egypt 

But Pharaoh will not heed you

 

So that I may lay on Egypt My hand

And bring My armies and My people whom I designate

The children of Israel out of the land

Of Egypt by judgments great

 

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord

When I stretch out upon Egypt My hand

And bring out the children of Israel according to my word

From among them, from out of this land

 

Then Moses and Aaron did so

As the Bible does to us relate

Just as the Lord commanded them so they did

Yes, as the written word to us does state

 

And Moses was eighty years of age

And Aaron eighty-three years old

When they spoke to Pharaoh

This is their years as we have been told

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Obedience to the Lord should be our life's desire

Living our life in a manner fitting and right

Let us not get bogged down in sin's swampy mire

But may the Lord's word be our heart's delight

 

By applying it to all we do in our life

We will stay on the path which is correct

The one which is free from trial and strife

From God our Father, there will be no disconnect

 

Keep close to the word; keep in prayer always

Remember to go to church and have some fellowship there

And your life will be blessed as you live your days

In Christ there is joy and hope, not sadness and despair

 

Heavenly Father, we thank You for your precious word

And of the wonders and treasures in it, given to us

All of which tell of our glorious Lord

Our Savior, our Redeemer, our Friend... our Lord Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 7:8-13

 

The Hardening of the Heart

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying

“When Pharaoh speaks to you, in this way

Saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves, I am praying

Then to Aaron you shall say 

 

"Take your rod and before Pharaoh cast it

And let it become a serpent

As I instruct you, so you shall your actions commit

 

So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh

And just as the Lord commanded, they did so

 

And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh

And before his servants too

And it became a serpent as we now know

Just as the Lord told them, so it did do

 

But Pharaoh also called his men too

The wise men and the sorcerers in their assignments

So the magicians of Egypt they also it did do

In like manner with their enchantments

 

For every man down his rod threw

And they also became serpents too

 

But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods

And Pharaoh’s heart, hard it grew

And he did not heed them, there were no favorable nods

As the Lord had said, just as the Lord already knew

 

Though Aaron performed a miracle with his rod

Pharaoh hardened his heart even more

He rejected the sign, though it was from God

Becoming stony to the core

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We too have a miracle presented to us

One that is well documented and attested to

It is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus

It is a sign which offers life to me and you

 

If we soften our hearts and receive Jesus as Savior

We will be sealed with the Holy Spirit, a heavenly guarantee

And with His guidance, we can adjust our life's behavior

Becoming more like the Lord, as we follow obediently

So let us follow this, the right and holy path

And be saved by His blood shed on the cross of Calvary

In this we become God's children, saved from His wrath

And we are set on a heavenly course for all eternity

 

Thank You, O God, for this wonderful assurance

Thank You for what You have done for sinners like us

Give us O God continued endurance

Until the day we are called home, to be with Jesus

 

Yes, thank You O God, for our precious Lord Jesus

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 7:14-25

 

The Plague of Blood

 

So the Lord said to Moses about Pharaoh

“Pharaoh’s heart is hard

He refuses to let the people go

 

Go to Pharaoh in the morning

When he goes out to the water and you shall stand

By the river’s bank to meet him

And the rod which was turned to a serpent...

You shall take in your hand

 

And you shall say to him, even so

"The Lord God of the Hebrews has sent me for this address

Saying, “Let My people go

That they may serve Me in the wilderness

 

But indeed, until now you would not hear!

Thus says the Lord: “By this you shall know

That I am the Lord whom you shall fear

Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river...

Even I will do so

 

With the rod that is in my hand

And they shall be turned to blood throughout the land

 

And the fish that are in the river shall die

The river shall stink,

And of the water of the river

The Egyptians will loathe to drink

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron

‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand

Over the waters of Egypt - their streams, rivers, ponds

And over all their pools of water throughout the land

 

That they may become blood, and there shall be blood

Throughout all the land of Egypt,

Both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone, an overwhelming flood

 

And Moses and Aaron did, just as the Lord commanded so

So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters

That were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh

 

And in the sight of his servants it was done

And all the waters that were in the river

Were turned to blood, of fresh water, there was none

 

The fish that were in the river died; the river stank

And the Egyptians could not, we understand

Drink the water of the river, of it no one drank

So there was blood throughout all of Egypt the land

 

Then the magicians of Egypt did so

With their enchantments, a lie they spread

And grew hard the heart of Pharaoh

And he did not heed them, as the Lord had said

 

And Pharaoh turned and into his house went

Neither was his heart moved by this event

 

So all the Egyptians dug all around

The river for water to drink

Thus they searched for water in the ground

Which would not be foul and stink

 

Because they could not drink the water of the river

In it was a plague, of whom the Lord was the Giver

 

And seven days passed according to the word

After the river was struck by the Lord

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This is the first terrible plague upon Egypt the land

But nine more will come because of Pharaoh's hard heart

It is a lesson for us to hear and understand

And in our own lives, to make a new start

Let us soften our hearts to the word of the Lord

So that to Him we will be acceptable, each of us

And to the cross let our eyes look toward

Remembering always the work of Jesus

 

Yes, O God, keep us on the path that is true

May we keep our hearts soft, and be pleasing to you

 

And some day we know You will come again for us

We anxiously await Your return Lord Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 8:1-7

 

The Plague of Frogs

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses this word

“Go to Pharaoh and say to him with My authority

“Thus says the Lord:

“Let My people go, that they may serve Me

 

But if you refuse to let them go, behold

I will smite all your territory with frogs

Unless you do as I have to you told

 

So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly

Which shall go up and come into your house, as you will see

 

Into your bedroom, on your bed

Yes, they will be there when you try to lay your head

 

Into the houses of your servants, as I have said

Even on your people, they won't stop

Into your ovens, where you bake your bread

And into your kneading bowls, they will hop

 

And the frogs shall come up on you

On your people, and on all your servants too

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses this word

“Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand

With your rod over the streams, as you have heard

Over the rivers, and over the ponds throughout the land

 

And cause frogs to come up on Egypt the land

Do this now just as I command

 

So Aaron stretched out his hand

Over the waters of Egypt,

And the frogs came up and covered Egypt the land

 

And the magicians did so with their enchantments

And brought up frogs on the land of Egypt

And it was through these accomplishments

And by these lying wonders that his heart was tripped

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Surely God looks upon each heart

Knowing whether it will be soft or not

He knows which will desire a new start

And for that one a he has reserved a heavenly spot

 

The choice is up to each one of us

And God will lead the heart as it is so disposed

He will lead it toward life in Jesus

Or away from it, if that heart is hard and closed

 

So let your heart be open and tender to His call

Allow Him in and let Him work salvation in you

And upon you His grace and mercy shall fall

What a God! What a friend! Ever faithful and true

 

We praise You, O Lord our God

Our hearts sing joyous hallelujahs to You!

And they shall forever more as we trod

In Your glorious light when, behold, You make all things new

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 8:8-15

 

When Frogs Die, They Stink

 

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said

“Entreat the Lord that He may take away

 The frogs from me and from my people, and instead

 I will let the people go, so to you I say

 

That they may sacrifice to the Lord

This is my spoken word

 

And Moses said to Pharaoh

“Accept the honor of saying

When I shall intercede for you, for your servants too

And for your people, for whom I shall then be praying

 

To destroy the frogs from you and your houses too

That they may remain in the river only, it's what the Lord will do

 

So he said, “Tomorrow

And he said, “Let it be according to your word

That you may know

That there is no one like our God the Lord

 

And the frogs shall depart from you

From your houses, from your servants, so you will see

And from your people too

They shall remain in the river only

 

Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh

And Moses cried out to the Lord

Concerning the frogs which He had brought

Against Pharaoh by His spoken word

 

So the Lord did according to the word of Moses

And the frogs died out of the houses

 

Out of the courtyards and out of the fields too

They gathered them together in heaps

And the land stank, through and through

 

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief

He hardened his heart

And did not heed them, for unbelief

As the Lord had said right from the start

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Surely we know that the judgment of God

Is according to the truth

Against those who practice such things in life as they trod

Whether men of advanced age, or those still in their youth

 

And so let us not despise the riches of His goodness

Forbearance, and longsuffering also

Which is meant to lead us to repentance

And direct us on the path that we should go

 

Let us pursue Christ with every breath we take

And be obedient to the heavenly call

For Christ, and for Christ alone - all else forsake

For each of us, let Him be our all in all

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 8:16-19

 

Not so Nice, It's a Plague of Lice

 

So the Lord said to Moses, as he had before spoken twice

“Say to Aaron ‘Stretch out your rod

And strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice

Throughout all the land of Egypt, wherever people trod

 

And they did so, for Aaron stretched out his hand

With his rod and struck the dust of the earth

And it became lice on man and beast throughout the land

Surely anguished cries replaced any sounds of mirth

 

All the dust of the land became lice

Throughout all the land of Egypt

Things had turned not so nice

 

Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments

To bring forth lice, but they could not

So there were lice on man and beast

In all of Egypt, yes, in every spot

 

Then the magicians said to Pharaoh

“This is the finger of God, not just a trick instead

But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard as we know

And he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said

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The plagues of Egypt were severe upon the land

But worse things are coming upon the earth

From the Bible, someday, we understand

That the world will be plunged into horrible dearth

 

There will be great plagues and famines too

War and death will be found everywhere

But to escape this terrifying time, I'll tell you what to do

Call on Jesus to save you, and He will, right then and there

 

His coming judgment is because of a world gone astray

We ignore Him, like a radio - tuning Him out

And things cannot forever go on this way

Instead of faith and trust, there is only uncaring and doubt

 

People, let us turn our hearts back to the Lord

Let us give Him the rightful glory that He is due

He has shown us what is proper in His word

And He even sent Jesus to save me and you

 

Let us hold fast to Him, cherishing Him all of our days

And let us never fail to give Him all of our praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 8:20-32

 

The Swarming Plague

 

And the Lord said to Moses

“Rise early in the morning

And stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water

There you shall give him my warning

 

Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord plainly

“Let My people go, that they may serve Me

 

Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold

I will send swarms of flies on you

And your servants, on your people as you are told

And into your houses the swam will go too

 

The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies

And also the ground on which they stand; Pay heed! Be wise!

 

And in that day I will set apart

The land of Goshen, in which My people dwell

That no swarms of flies shall be there

Pay attention to the words which I do now tell

 

In order that you may know and understand

That I am the Lord in the midst of the land

 

I will make a difference between

My people and your people

Tomorrow this sign shall be seen

 

And the Lord did so

Thick swarms of flies came into the house of Pharaoh

Into his servants’ houses, they did go

And into all the land of Egypt, what an amazing show!

 

The land was corrupted because of the swarms of flies

The immensity of what was coming Pharaoh didn't realize

 

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, we understand

And said, “Go, sacrifice to your God in the land.”

 

And Moses said, “It is not right to do so

For we would be sacrificing the abomination

Of the Egyptians to the Lord our God, as you know

We cannot sacrifice inside Egypt the nation

 

If we sacrifice the abomination

Of the Egyptians before their eyes

Then will they not stone us?

Even until every Hebrew dies

 

We will go three days’ journey, thus

Into the wilderness and sacrifice

To the Lord our God as He will command us

The removal of the plague demands this price

 

So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go

That you may sacrifice to the Lord your God

In the wilderness, even so

Only you shall not go very far away as you trod

 

Intercede for me

This plague is horrifying as you can see

 

Then Moses said, “Indeed I am going out from you, here I go!

And I will entreat the Lord

That the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh

From his servants, and from his people, according to the word

 

But let Pharaoh not deal deceitfully anymore, making it twice

In not letting the people go, and to the Lord make sacrifice

 

So Moses went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord

And the Lord did according to Moses' spoken word

 

He removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh

From his servants, and from his people, not one remained

But Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also

Neither would he let the people go, but instead them he detained

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A hard heart inside a man is a fearful thing

It will lead him down a path towards great loss

In the end only immense sorrow it will bring

Especially when that heart is hard towards Jesus' cross

 

God gives us every warning in advance to beware

He provides guidance for the path, as a lamp so bright

If we heed His word, reading it daily, we will find there

Life and healing and the most radiant light

 

It is given as a guide and a rule for our life

To lead us across the Jordan to the heavenly shore

Read it now, accept its words and end all your strife

Come to Jesus and be reconciled to God forevermore

 

He is reaching out nail-scarred hands, offering peace

Receive the gift, bow the knee, and let the enmity cease

 

Together with the saints of God we shall our mighty Lord praise

There in His majestic presence for innumerable, eternal days

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 9:1-12

 

Plagues Upon Beast and Man

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh

And tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord

God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go

That they may serve Me; listen to my word

 

For if you refuse to let them go

And still hold them, and will not yield

Behold, the hand of the Lord even so

Will be on your cattle in the field

 

On the horses and on the donkeys that you keep

And there's more, as I continue the sentence

On the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—

A very severe pestilence

 

And the Lord will make a difference

Between the livestock of Israel

And the livestock of Egypt

You will see it's true as I do now tell

 

So nothing shall die of all, as I am relaying

That belongs to the children of Israel, please understand

Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying

"Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land

 

So the Lord did this thing on the next day

And all the livestock of Egypt died

But of the livestock of the children of Israel... hooray!

Not one died, and so the Lord was glorified

 

Then Pharaoh sent, and indeed

Not even one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead

But the heart of Pharaoh became hard

And he did not let the people go, just as the Lord had said

 

So the Lord said to Moses and Aaron

“Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace

 And let Moses scatter it toward the heavens

 In the sight of Pharaoh, so he knows the source of the menace

 

And it will become fine dust no doubt

In all of Egypt the land

And it will cause boils that break out

In sores on man and beast, from head to toe and hand to hand

 

Throughout all of Egypt the land

Let it be so as I command

 

Then they took ashes from the furnace

And stood before Pharaoh

And Moses scattered them toward heaven

And everywhere it did go

 

And they caused boils that break out

In sores on man and beast

A painful, disgusting plague now doubt

 

And the magicians could not stand before Moses

Because of the boils, a plague so grand

For the boils were on the magicians

And on all the Egyptians throughout the land

 

But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh

And them he did not heed

Just as the Lord had spoken to Moses

An obstinate fellow indeed

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In due time, the Lord will hand us over

To our own wills; a hardening of the heart

Unless we yield ourselves to Him

And make a fresh start

 

His offer is made and heaven we may choose

We can accept this marvelous gift of grace

Or we can turn away and so refuse

But that will lead to a different place

 

In the end our destiny remains our choice

If we have heard of the Gift of His Son Jesus

And so let us open our mouth and use our voice

Receiving what He has offered to us

 

Let our hearts not be hard, but soft and open today

And in receiving Jesus, let us eternally say...

 

Great, glorious, and awesome God, hear our eternal praise

You are worthy of it; glorious and perfect in all Your ways

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 9:13-21

 

Raining Down from Above

 

Then the Lord said to Moses as we know

“Rise early in the morning

And stand before Pharaoh

And say to him this as a warning

 

“Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews, plainly

“Let My people go, that they may serve Me

 

For at this time I will send all My plagues, even so

To your very heart, and on your servants too

And on your people, that you may know

That there is none like Me in all the earth, so I warn you

 

Now if I had stretched out My hand

And struck you and your people with pestilence

Then you would have been cut off from the land

A just and right display of my magnificence

 

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up

In withholding from you destruction or dearth

That I may show My power in you, as I pour My cup

And that My name may be declared in all the earth

 

As yet you exalt yourself, yes even so

Against My people in that you will not let them go

 

Behold, tomorrow about this time

I will cause very heavy hail to rain down, and how!

Such as has not been in Egypt with its clime

Since its founding until now

 

Therefore send now and gather your livestock

And all that you have in the field

For the hail shall come down on every man

Any who to My word will not yield

 

And every animal which in the field is found

And is not brought home, shall die on that piece of ground

 

He who feared the word of the Lord, we will see

There, among Pharaoh's servants

Made his servants and his livestock flee

To the houses, showing wise observance

 

But he who did not regard the word of the Lord

Left his servants and his livestock in the field

Shunning that kind and merciful word

Their hearts to Him they did not yield

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How many times, I would like to know

Does the Lord have to prove His word is true?

What more could you ask, some great heavenly show?

Is it this that which is required by you?

 

His word is splendid, holy and pure

It is filled with proofs if you will but open your eyes

It is faithful, reliable, and sure

And it is sufficient to make you wise

 

Rain down, you heavens from above

And let the skies pour down righteousness

O God, Thou who art abundant in love

It is You alone our souls shall bless

 

Help us to receive and apply to our lives Your superior word

As we wait on the return of Jesus, our precious Lord

 

And then in that day, O great, glorious, and awesome God

In Your magnificent presence we shall trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 9:22-35

 

The Lord is Righteous

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

So we understand

“Stretch out toward heaven your hand

That there may be hail in all of Egypt the land

 

On man, on beast, and on every herb of the field

Throughout the land of Egypt in order to make Pharaoh yield

And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven

And the Lord sent thunder and hail and fire darted to the ground

And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt

It must have been a terrifying sight and a horrifying sound

 

So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail

So very heavy that there was none like it

In all the land of Egypt since it became a nation

This time you would think surely Pharaoh would submit

 

And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt

All that was in the field, both man and beast

And the hail struck every herb of the field

And broke every tree of the field, from the greatest to the least

 

Only in the land of Goshen, there was no travail

Where the children of Israel were, there was no hail

 

And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron

And said to them, “I have sinned this time

The Lord is righteous, and my people and I are wicked

I now understand the scope of my crime

 

Entreat the Lord, that there may be

No more mighty thundering and hail in the land

For it is enough; I will let you go willingly

And you shall stay no longer, please understand

 

So Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city

I will spread out my hands to the Lord

The thunder will cease, and there will no more hail be

Be assured of the truth of this word

 

That you may know that to the Lord belongs the earth

Everywhere where man may trod

But as for you and your servants

I know that you will not yet fear the Lord God

 

Now the flax and the barley were struck

For the barley was in the head and in bud was the flax

But the wheat and the spelt were not struck

For they are late crops, they were immune to the attacks

                    

So Moses went out of the city

From Pharaoh and spread out his hands to the Lord

Then the thunder and the hail ceased

And the rain was not poured on the earth, according to his word

 

And when Pharaoh saw that the rain

The hail, and the thunder had ceased

He sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart again

He and his servants; his sin only increased

 

So the heart of Pharaoh was hard

Neither would he let the children of Israel go

As the Lord had spoken by Moses

This is what transpired as we now know

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The Lord has dealt fairly with Pharaoh

Whose heart was hard and obstinate

He would not let Israel go

And so the Lord brought plagues to make Pharaoh submit

 

And the Lord will deal in like manner with us

When we put up false gods there in our heart

Instead of acknowledging His Son, the Lord Jesus

Instead of putting away sin and making a new start

 

So let us call out to the Lord, each one of us

Softening our hearts to Him and bowing the knee

Let us acknowledge Christ, the Lord - who is Jesus!

Let our faith be so strong that the whole world can see

 

And yes, we praise You, O glorious Jesus

We praise You and to You alone we will give honor and glory

For it is You who have done such wondrous things for us

Thank You for the cross and the resurrection, Your gospel story

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 10:1-11

 

Release or Locusts, Take Your Pick

 

Now the Lord said to Moses

“Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart

And the hearts of his servants

That I may before him these signs of Mine impart

 

And that you may tell in the hearing of your son

And your son’s son the mighty things I have in Egypt done

 

And My signs which I have done among them by My word

That you may know that I am the Lord.”

 

So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh

And said to him, “Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews

‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?

Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the manner I choose

 

Or else, if you refuse to let My people go

Behold, I will bring locusts into your territory tomorrow

 

And they shall cover the earth's face

So that no one will be able to see the earth

And they shall eat the residue of what is left in this place

Which remains to you from the hail, anything of worth

 

And they shall eat every tree which grows

Up for you out of the field, anything that shows

 

They shall fill your houses

The houses of all your servants, all looking for what's green

And the houses of all the Egyptians

Which neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen,

 

Since the day that they were on the earth to this day

And he turned and out from Pharaoh he went away

 

Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him

“How long shall this man be a snare to us?

Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God

Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed from all this fuss?

 

So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh

And he said to them, in a manner unknowing

“Go, serve the Lord your God, even so

Who are the ones that are going?”

 

And Moses said, “We will go

With our young and our old

With our sons and our daughters

With our flocks and our herds we will go, now you have been told

 

For we must hold a feast to the Lord

This is the command of His spoken word

 

Then he said to them as we now know

“The Lord had better be with you

When I let you and your little ones go!

Beware, for evil is ahead of you, it's true

 

Not so! Go now, you who are men

And serve the Lord, for that is what you desired

And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence, there and then

These are the things which have transpired

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Pharaoh is a tough nut to crack as we see

He is stubborn to the point of foolishness and ruin

But how often is the same true with you and me

When we let our emotions become our own undoin'

 

Let's choose a better path and be obedient to the Lord

Let's willingly follow Jesus in this life we live

Together let us follow the precepts laid out in His word

And all of our praise and worship, to Him let us give

 

May peace reign in our hearts, each of us

May our lives be suitable offerings to God

Every moment let us pursue the Lord Jesus

And find contentment on the hallowed path we trod

 

All our praise we offer to You. O Lord Jesus

You are our Rock, our Light, and the Guide for each of us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 10:12-20

 

The Plague of Locusts

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand

Over the land of Egypt for the locusts, in this be deft

That they may come upon Egypt the land

And eat every herb of the land—all that the hail has left

 

So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt

And the Lord brought an east wind, on the land it was focused

All that day and all that night the wind whipped

When it was morning, the east wind brought the Locust

 

And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt that day

And rested on all the territory of Egypt; they were very severe

Previously there had been no such locusts as they

Nor shall there be such after them, in days distant or near

 

For they covered the face of the whole earth

So that the land was darkened; of light it was bereft

And they ate every herb of the land, bringing terrible dearth

And all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left

 

So there remained nothing green

On the trees or on the plants of the field

Throughout all the land of Egypt

The locusts continued, refusing to yield

 

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron hastily it's true

And said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you

 

Now therefore, please forgive my sin, I'm such a clod

Only this once is my plea

And entreat the Lord your God

That He may take away this death only, from me

 

So he went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord

And the Lord responded to Moses' entreated word

 

And the Lord turned a very strong west wind that day

Which took all of the locusts away

 

And blew them into the Red Sea

There remained not one locust in all of Egypt's territory

 

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart

And he did not let the children of Israel go

Just as the Lord knew from the very start

A process which you and I very well know

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It is our hearts which condemn us when we fail to heed

When we hear but ignore God's precious word

But if we at some point acknowledge our great need

That is when we will finally bow to the Lord

 

And He is merciful and will freely forgive

When we call on Jesus, He will save our wayward soul

At that moment is when we truly do begin to live

And we are inscribed on heaven's glorious scroll

 

Thanking You Jesus for your gracious saving hand

And opening to us wide the gates of Your heavenly land

Hallelujah and Amen....

 

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Exodus 10:21-29

 

The Plague of Darkness

 

Then the Lord to Moses said

“Stretch out your hand toward heaven, I say

That there may be darkness over the land of Egypt instead

Darkness which may even be felt this day

 

So Moses stretched out toward heaven his hand

And there was thick darkness three days in all of Egypt the land

 

They did not see one another

Nor did anyone from his place for three days rise

One could not tell who was his brother

But all the children of Israel had in their dwellings light for their eyes

 

Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said

 “Go, serve the Lord

Only let your flocks and your herds be kept back instead

Let your little ones also go with you, so is my word

 

But Moses said, “You must also

Give us sacrifices and burnt offerings too

That we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, you know

It is the thing we are required to do

 

Our livestock also shall go with us

Not a hoof shall be left behind as we trod

For we must take some of them

To serve the Lord our God

 

And even we do not know with what we must serve the Lord

Until we arrive there and only then receive His word

 

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart as we know

And he would not let them go

 

Then Pharaoh said to him in a manner sore

"Get away from me!" He did cry

Take heed to yourself and see my face no more!

For in the day you see my face you shall die!

 

So Moses said, “You have spoken well

I will never see your face again

This is the account that the Bible does tell

Of the consequences of the hardened heart of men

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We get tripped up in pride; a sad, sad state

And it causes us grief and pain to come our way

This is a lesson the Bible does relate

And the message it does to us portray

 

But there is a cure to this disease called pride

It is to humble ourselves before the Lord

And with Him to walk in each and every stride

And to meditate upon His word

 

The change will come to each of us

When we willingly call out to Him for terms of peace

When we humble our hearts and received Jesus

The grief will end and the warring will cease

 

Thank You O God for Your wondrous saving grace

Thank You for the promise of eternity with you in Your heavenly place

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 11:1-10

 

The Plague on the Firstborn

 

Now the Lord had said to Moses

“I will bring one more plague on Egypt and on Pharaoh

After that, he will let you go from here

And when he does, he will drive you out completely as you go

 

Tell the people that men and women alike

Are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold

The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed

Toward the people, just as the Lord had told

 

And Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt the land

By Pharaoh’s officials and by the people, he was considered grand

 

So Moses said, “This is what says the Lord:

‘About midnight throughout Egypt I will go 

Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, according to my word

And then that I am the Lord, Egypt will surely know

 

From the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne

To the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill

All the firstborn will die as I have shown

And all the firstborn of the cattle as well

 

There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt

Worse than there has ever been or ever again will be

But among the Israelites not a dog will bark

At any person or animal, with your own eyes this you will see

 

Then you will know that the Lord as to you I tell

Makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel

 

All these officials of yours will come to me, it is true

Bowing down before me and saying

“Go, you and all the people who follow you!

After that I will leave, and for this you will be praying

 

Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh

Out of his presence he did go

 

The Lord had said to Moses

“Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you

So that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt

His heart will be hardened through and through

 

Moses and Aaron performed as the Bible does impart

All these wonders before Pharaoh

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart

And he would not let out of his country the Israelites go

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From this, important lessons we should learn

An entire nation was judged because of one hardened heart

For truth and justice should our souls yearn

And the Lord's great name to others we should impart

 

Someday what happened to Egypt will happen again

But this time it will come upon the entire world

Great tribulation and plague will come upon all men

As God's righteous judgments are unfurled

 

And so now is the time to call out for redemption

To receive Jesus and be saved from this great tragedy

Through His shed blood we will receive exemption

At the rapture He will come, our saving remedy

 

The time may not be far off now

The world is quickly falling apart as wickedness does increase

So let us get the word out to everyone somehow

Before God's mercy upon the world does cease

 

We thank You Lord that there is saving grace

We thank You Lord for the Gift of Jesus

Someday soon we will see You face to face

Such wondrous things You have done for us!

 

Praises to You our great and awesome God

Thank You for those heavenly streets we will someday trod!

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 12:1-11

 

It is the Lord's Passover

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron

In the land of Egypt, concerning what to do

Saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months

It shall be the first month of the year to you

 

Speak to all the congregation of Israel

Saying: ‘On the tenth of this month (it will be no bother)

Every man shall take for himself a lamb

According to the house of his father

 

A lamb for a household

So they shall do as I have told

 

And if the household is too small for the lamb

Let him and his neighbor next to his house take it

According to the number of the persons

According to each man’s need your count for the lamb you shall make it

 

Your lamb shall be without blemish

A male of the first year

You may take it from the sheep or from the goats

And further directions from Me you will hear

 

Now you shall keep it until

The same month on the fourteenth day

Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel

Shall kill it at twilight; towards the end of the day

 

And they shall take some of the blood

On the two doorposts it they shall put

And on the lintel of the houses where they eat it

But not on the threshold where is placed the foot

 

Then they shall eat the flesh on that night

Roasted in fire, with unleavened bread

And with bitter herbs they shall eat it

They shall do all of this as I have said

 

Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water

But roasted in fire as you have heard

Its head with its legs and its entrails

Do this according to My word

 

You shall let none of it remain until morning does return

And what remains of it until morning it you shall with fire burn

 

And thus you shall eat it:

With on your waist a belt

Your sandals on your feet

And your staff in your hand, so that it can be felt

 

So you shall eat it in haste

It is the Lord’s Passover

With which My people have been graced

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Lord, thank You for the Lamb of God

The Lord Jesus who takes away our sin

We can have confidence now as we trod

That for us the victory He did win

 

Help us never to forget the great deeds you have wrought

Help us to fix our eyes always on the Lord Jesus

Who by His precious blood we were bought

He who has done such marvelous things for us!

 

Praise You O heavenly Father, yes we praise You

And Hallelujah to the Lamb who is ever faithful and true

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 12:12-20

 

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night

And will strike in the land of Egypt all the firstborn

Both man and beast will face this plight

And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment as I have sworn

 

I am the Lord

This is my spoken word

 

Now the blood shall be for you a sign

On the houses where you stay

And when I see the blood, by my design

I will pass over you and not come by your way

 

And the plague shall not be on you to destroy you

When I strike the land of Egypt as I am set to do

 

So this day shall be to you a memorial

And you shall keep it as a feast

To the Lord throughout your generations

You shall keep it from the greatest to the least

 

You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance

Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread

On the first day you shall remove leaven

From your houses, just as I have said

 

For whoever eats leavened bread

From the first day until the seventh day

That person shall be cut off from Israel

Thus I have commanded you in this way

 

On the first day there shall be a holy convocation

And on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you too

No manner of work shall be done on them

But that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you

 

So you shall observe the Feast

Of Unleavened Bread as I instructed you

For on this same day I will have brought your armies

Out of the land of Egypt as promised to you

 

Therefore you shall observe this day in your governance

Throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance

 

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month

At evening, you shall eat unleavened bread

Until the twenty-first day of the month at evening

Remember to do as I have said

 

For seven days no leaven shall be found in the houses of your nation

Since whoever eats what is leavened

That same person shall be cut off from Israel's congregation

 

Whether he is a stranger or a native of the land

This is what to you I now command

 

You shall eat nothing leavened, but instead

In all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread

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These are the instructions as given by the Lord

For Israel's feast as He commanded them to do

And so by His spoken word

They were so charged with His words to carry through

 

But this feast is only a picture, a mere shadow

Of the greater work of the Lord Jesus

In what He has done, we have come to know

The fullness of what God has done for us

 

And so let us keep the feast in sincerity

Let us devote our lives to holy living in His sight

We as the Lord's redeemed have been called to purity

And to conduct ourselves in a manner just and right

 

And so let it be according to His word

That we live this way for all of our days

Pursuing Christ and Christ alone - our precious Lord

And giving to God, through Him, all of our praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 12:21-28

 

What Do You Mean by this Service?

 

Then Moses called for all the elders

Of Israel and said to them

“Pick out and take lambs for yourselves

According to your families, and kill the Passover lamb

 

And you shall take a bunch of hyssop

The blood that is in the basin, you shall dip it in

And strike the lintel and the two doorposts

With the blood that is in the basin

 

And none of you shall out of the door go

Of his house until morning as I have instructed so

 

For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians

And when the blood there He sees 

On the lintel and on the two doorposts

The blood which His holy wrath does appease

 

The Lord will pass over the door as He said He would do

And not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you

 

And you shall observe this thing, forgetting never

As an ordinance for you and your sons forever

 

It will come to pass when you come to the land

Which the Lord will give you

Just as He promised, please understand

That you shall keep this service, just as He has instructed to do

 

And it shall be, when your children say to you

"What do you mean by this service, tell me this?

That you shall say, "It is the Passover

To the Lord it is a sacrifice we are never to miss

 

He passed over the houses of the children of Israel

In Egypt when He struck the Egyptians, leaving many dead

And delivered our households as we today continue to tell

So the people worshipped as each bowed his head

 

Then the children of Israel did so after they went away

Just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron

So they did on that day

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The story of the Passover is a truth found in God's word

But it only is a picture for us to see so much more

It was meant to look forward to Jesus our great Lord

When His sacrifice once again opened heaven's door

 

Israel was brought out of bondage in Egypt the land

But we too have been brought out from sin's strong hold

By the work of Jesus, a deed mighty and grand

It is a story which will forevermore be told

 

How can we but praise You, our majestic King!

How can we but share the wondrous gospel story!

Forevermore the redeemed of the Lord will sing

Of our sweet Savior, clothed in light and splendid glory

 

Yes, we praise You now, O God, and even for all eternity

Our hearts long to see You Lord, in all of Your majesty

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 12:29-36

 

The Plague of the Firstborn

 

And it came to pass at midnight

That the Lord struck all the firstborn

In the land of Egypt, showing His might

And how the land did mourn!

 

From the firstborn of Pharaoh

Who sat upon his throne

To the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon

And all the firstborn of livestock, man and beast did moan

 

So Pharaoh rose in the night from his spot

He, all his servants, and all the people of Egypt

And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not

A house where the life of one wasn't stripped

 

Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night

And said, “Rise, and out from among my people go

Both you and the children of Israel

And go, serve the Lord as you have said, yes even so

 

Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said

And be gone; and bless me also, now that my son is dead

 

And the Egyptians urged the people

That they might send them out of the land in haste

For they said, “We shall all be dead.”

Hurry! There is no time to waste

 

So the people took their dough

Before to it they could leaven impose

Having their kneading bowls as we know

Bound up on their shoulders, in their clothes

 

Now the children of Israel had done as tasked

According to the word of Moses, he did tell

And they from the Egyptians had asked

Articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing as well

 

And the Lord had given the people favor

In the sight of the people of Egypt

So that they granted them what they requested

Thus they plundered the Egyptians; their wealth was stripped

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With this final plague, Israel is ready to leave

After many years of hard bondage the time is spent

And while the people of Egypt moan and grieve

Israel will take part in the great exodus event

 

And each of us who has called upon the Lord

Has likewise been brought out from hard bondage too

When we heard the message of Jesus, the spoken word

He revived our spirit; in Him we have been created anew

 

Wonderful stories of times gone by

And yet they are relevant to the lives of each one of us

And so with our voices to Him let us shout aloud and cry

All hail the glorious name, the exalted name of Jesus!

 

Thank You for the new life You have granted to us

Thank You O God, for our Lord, our Savior, our precious Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 12:37-51

 

The Exodus

 

The children of Israel then

Journeyed from Rameses to Succoth

About six hundred thousand men on foot besides children

Certainly a host of considerable note

 

A mixed multitude went up with them also

And flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock with them did go

 

And they baked unleavened cakes

Of the dough which they had brought

Out of Egypt; for it was not leavened

For in a hurried exodus they were caught

 

Because they were driven out of Egypt

And could not wait

Nor had they prepared provisions for themselves

Such they did not accumulate

 

Now the sojourn of the children of Israel

Who lived in Egypt

Four hundred and thirty years was the spell

Before Pharaoh finally flipped

 

And it came to pass at the end, finally at last

Of the four hundred and thirty years—

On that very same day—it came to pass

That all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt Surely with great cheers

 

It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord

For bringing them out of the land of Egypt according to His word

 

This is that night of the Lord

A solemn observance in participations

For all the children of Israel as they have heard

Throughout their generations

 

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron

“This is the Passover's ordinance

No foreigner shall eat it thereon

You must adhere to this observance

 

But every man’s servant who is for money bought

When you have circumcised him

Then he may eat it as you have been taught

 

A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat it

In one house it shall be eaten, there you will partake

You shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house

Nor any of its bones shall you break 

 

All the congregation of Israel shall keep it, according to my word

And when a stranger dwells with you

And wants to keep the Passover to the Lord

Let he and all his males be circumcised too

 

And then let him come near and keep it

And he shall be as a native of the land

For no uncircumcised person shall eat it

From this law you shall learn and understand

 

One law shall be for the native-born and also too

For the stranger who dwells among you

 

Thus did all the children of Israel 

As the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron

So they did as the word does tell

 

And it came to pass, on that very same day

That the Lord brought the children of Israel

Out of the land of Egypt according to their armies

As the Lord in His word did foretell

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Great things the Lord has done for His people

Those who are brought into His own fold

They come from every nation to worship under the steeple

We are the redeemed of the Lord as His word foretold

 

It is because of Jesus! Hallelujah to His name!

God loved us enough to send His Son to rescue us

And now let our lips His holy name proclaim!

Yes, for all the ages of ages, we will proclaim Jesus

 

Thank You, O God for precious Jesus our Lord

And thank You for revealing Him to us in Your holy word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 13:1-10

 

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

“Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, to you I do tell

Whatever opens the womb, I am relaying

Among the children of Israel

 

Both of man and beast; it is Mine

This command you shall not decline

 

And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day

In which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage

For by strength of hand the Lord made the way

He brought you out of this place, all the assemblage

 

No leavened bread shall be eaten

On this day you are going out

In the month Abib

Is when your deliverance came about

 

And it shall be, when the Lord brings you

Into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites too

And the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites

Which He swore to your fathers to give you

 

A land flowing with milk and honey as I have said

That you shall keep this service in this month, as to my word

Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread

And on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord

 

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days

And no leavened bread shall be seen among you

Nor shall leaven be seen in any ways

Among you in all your quarters too

 

And you shall tell your son in that day

Saying, ‘This is done because of what came about

Of what the Lord did for me which I now relay

When I came up from Egypt; when He brought me out

 

It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and also

As a memorial between your eyes no doubt

That the Lord’s law may be in your mouth wherever you go

For with a strong hand out of Egypt the Lord has brought you out

 

You shall therefore keep this ordinance

In its season from year to year

When you from Egypt received your deliverance

And so in the Lord alone you shall fear

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Great are the stories of the Lord

Of His mighty acts undertaken for His flock

Precious is the holy writ, His superior word

Let us read its contents and its mysteries unlock

 

Let us cherish it more than our necessary food

And share it with our children and their children as well

So that they too will be imbued

With the wisdom of the bubbling well

 

And Lord, direct our steps, keep us close to You always

And help us to fix our eyes on You alone all of our days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 13:11-22

 

Their Sign

 

And it shall be, when the Lord brings you

Into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore

To you and your fathers to do

And gives it to you, these directions do not ignore

 

That you shall set apart to the Lord

All that open the womb, that is, every firstborn

That comes from an animal which you have, heed my word

The males shall be the Lord’s, I now warn

 

But every firstborn of a donkey

You shall redeem with a lamb

And if you will not redeem it with that fee

Then you shall break its neck according to this program

 

And all the firstborn of man's bloodstream

Among your sons you shall redeem

 

So it shall be, when your son asks you

In time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’

That you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand it is true

My following words do not miss...

 

The Lord out of Egypt us He brought

Out of the house of bondage

This great deed He wrought

 

And it came to pass

When Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go

That the Lord killed all the firstborn

In the land of Egypt, even so

 

Both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast

From the greatest of them, even to the least

 

Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord

All males that open the womb, it would seem

According to His divine word

But all the firstborn of my sons I redeem

 

It shall be as a sign on your hand

And as frontlets between your eyes

For by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt the land

While Egypt was filled with mournful cries

 

Then it came to pass on that day

When Pharaoh had let the people go

That God did not lead them by the way

Of the land of the Philistines that was near although

 

For God said, “Lest perhaps the people their minds do change

When they see war, and return to Egypt

And for freedom, instead bondage they exchange

 

So God led the people around by way

Of the wilderness of the Red Sea

And the children of Israel went up that day

On orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt, hooray and yippee!

 

And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him

For he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying

“God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones

From here with you as I am now relaying

 

So they took their journey from Succoth

And camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness

And the Lord went before them by day as we note

In a pillar of cloud to lead the way, the means of egress

 

And by night in a pillar of fire to give them light

So as to go by day and by night, following the glorious sight

 

He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day

Or the pillar of fire before the people by night

The Lord is there to always lead the way

In the path which is just and right

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Such a wonderful story God has given to us

To tell of His wondrous redemption plan

And it is all focused on Jesus

And what He has done for each of us, fallen man

 

Thank You, O God for Jesus Christ our Lord

Our precious Savior, Your eternal word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 14:1-9

 

The Lord is Watching

 

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

“Speak to the children of Israel

That they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth as I am relaying

These instructions to you I do tell

 

There between Migdol and the sea

Opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp there

Before it by the sea, I tell you plainly

Worry not; in your heart have not a care

 

For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel

‘They are bewildered by the land

The wilderness has closed them in, very well

I intend to go down there and make a stand

 

Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart

So that he will pursue them as I said

And I will gain honor over Pharaoh, as stated from the start

And over all the army of that knucklehead

 

That the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord

And they did so, according to His word

 

Now it was told the king of Egypt

That the people had fled

And the heart of Pharaoh and his servants

Was turned against the people; and they said

 

“Why have we done thus?

That we have let Israel go from serving us?

 

So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him

Also, he took six hundred choice chariots too

And all the chariots of Egypt

With captains over every one of them, a very large crew

 

And the Lord hardened the heart

Of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and as we would guess

He pursued the children of Israel

And the children of Israel went out with boldness

 

So the Egyptians pursued them

All the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, a great company

His horsemen and his army so many men

And overtook them camping by the sea

 

Beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon

He probably thought such luck would go on and on

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What a tragic thing to have a hardened heart!

Terrifying it is, to the bone's very marrow

One should look for a different path and thus depart

From the horrendous mistakes that we see in Pharaoh

 

God has shown us in His precious word
That being obstinate toward Him can only harm us

Instead, we need to bow to our glorious Lord

Giving honor and respect to Christ Jesus

 

Help us in this Lord, this we implore

Our hearts are so easily turned away

Give us of Your Spirit to overflowing and even more

So that we will bring honor to you always, yes every day

 

And to You we give all of our highest praise

And to You we shall look for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 14:10-20

 

The Salvation of Lord

 

And when Pharaoh drew near

The children of Israel lifted their eyes

And behold, a sight that brought fear

The Egyptians marched after them, it seemed their demise

 

So they were very afraid of the coming sword

And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord

 

Then they said to Moses, in their duress

“Because there were in Egypt no graves 

Have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?

Is this how a leader behaves?

 

Why have you so dealt with us? Our hope is stripped

Since your intent was to bring us up out of Egypt?

 

Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt... what nerve!

Saying "Let us alone that we may the Egyptians serve

 

For it would have been better for us to serve without duress

The Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness

 

And "Do not be afraid" Moses to the people did say

Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord

Which He will accomplish for you today

I pronounce to you now a prophetic word

 

For the Egyptians whom you see today

You shall see again no more forever, their trouble will cease

The Lord will fight for you, in a glorious way

And you, you shall hold your peace

 

And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me?

Tell the children of Israel to go forward, get out by the sea

 

But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand

Over the sea and divide it

And the children of Israel shall go on dry land

Through the midst of the sea without getting wet 

 

And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians

And they shall follow them in

So I will gain honor over Pharaoh

And over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen

 

Then the Egyptians shall know

That I am the Lord

When I have gained honor for Myself in a marvelous show

Over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen; this is my word

 

And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel

Moved and behind them went

And the pillar of cloud went from before them

And stood behind them; a marvelous event

 

So it came between the camp of the Egyptians

And the camp of Israel

Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one

And to the other light it did dispel

 

So that the one did not come near the other all that night

The Egyptians had darkness, but Israel had light

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And such is true with the world, and me and you

If you have Jesus, you have the light

But if you don't unfortunately it's true

You only have darkness; pitch black as the night

 

But if you call out to Him for His saving grace

Upon you the light will arise and it will shine

The light of God is revealed in His face

Call out to Him now... Say "Jesus is mine!"

 

In Him there is no darkness, not at all

In Him there is only God's wondrous glory

So on His name, today be sure to call

And be a part of God's glorious gospel story

 

And we shall as the redeemed praise Him for eternal years

With joy and shouting of heartfelt cheers!

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 14:21-31

 

So the People Feared the Lord

 

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea

And the Lord caused the sea to go back as if derided

 By a strong east wind all that night, one so mighty

 And made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided

 

So the children of Israel went

Into the midst of the sea on the dry ground

And the waters were a wall to them, one heaven sent

On their right hand and on their left, waters all around

 

And the Egyptians pursued and went after them

Into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen

 

Now it came to pass, in the morning watch

That the Lord looked down upon the army

Of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud

And He bought the army of the Egyptians some real harmy

(Yes, I made that word up)

 

And He took off their chariot wheels

So that they drove them with difficulty

And the Egyptians said,

“From the face of Israel, let us flee

 

The Lord for them against the Egyptians He fights

For them this is their most terrifying of nights

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Stretch out your hand over the sea

That the waters may come back upon the Egyptians

On their chariots, and on their horsemen, so let it be

 

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea

And when the morning appeared

The sea returned to its full depth

While the Egyptians were fleeing away, its waters over them reared

 

So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians completely

There it happened in the midst of the sea

 

Then the waters returned and covered the chariots

The horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh

That came into the sea after them

Not so much as one of them remained to shoot an arrow

 

But the children of Israel had walked

On dry land in the midst of the sea

And the waters were a wall to them

On their right hand and on their left, protecting them completely

 

So the Lord saved Israel that day

Out of the Egyptian's hand

And Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore... hooray!

A mighty deliverance; ever so grand

 

Thus Israel saw the great work, promised by His word

Which the Lord had done in Egypt as the account closes

So the people feared the Lord

And believed the Lord and His servant Moses

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What will it take for you to believe?

What is it that you have to see?

In order for the Lord Jesus to receive

When will you say, "It is sufficient for me?"

 

God has shown us so much love and care

Throughout the world His power is seen

His wisdom is on display everywhere

In the skies of blue and in the fields of green

 

And even more sure is His prophetic word

It is there for us to pick up, study, and believe

It tells us about our great and awesome Lord

Please search it out and then Jesus receive

 

He is coming again to bring His people home

To a place where there shall no more tears be

We will be content, never from His presence to roam

But walking in His glory for all eternity

 

Let us pursue Him now and give Him praise from our heart

Let it be today! Yes, it is a good day for us to start

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 15:1-10

 

I will Sing to the Lord

 

Then Moses and the children of Israel in joyous praying

Sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying:

 

“I will sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The Lord is a man of war;
The Lord is His name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.
The depths have covered them;
They sank to the bottom like a stone.

“Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.
And in the greatness of Your excellence
You have overthrown those who rose against You;
You sent forth Your wrath;
It consumed them like stubble.
And with the blast of Your nostrils
The waters were gathered together;
The floods stood upright like a heap;
The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
I will overtake,
I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be satisfied on them.
I will draw my sword,
My hand shall destroy them.’
 You blew with Your wind,
The sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

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How wonderful to read the marvelous song

And to contemplate the greatness of the Lord

May we together for eternal ages sing along

And praise Jesus, God's eternal word

 

Splendid and wondrous things He has done

He has brought us across the great divide

In our Lord the victory is won

And He has brought us to Himself to forevermore reside

 

We praise You Lord, Yes! Hear the praises from each of us

We exalt You O God, for our Lord, our Savior, our precious Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 15:11-21

 

The Lord shall Reign Forever and Ever

 

“Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
You stretched out Your right hand;
The earth swallowed them.
You in Your mercy have led forth

The people whom You have redeemed;
You have guided them in Your strength
To Your holy habitation.

“The people will hear and be afraid;
Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed;
The mighty men of Moab,
Trembling will take hold of them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.
Fear and dread will fall on them;
By the greatness of Your arm
They will be as still as a stone,
Till Your people pass over, O Lord,
Till the people pass over
Whom You have purchased.
 You will bring them in and plant them
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
In the place, O Lord, which You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”

 

For the horses of Pharaoh went

Into the sea with his chariots and his horsemen

And the Lord brought back the waters

Of the sea upon them

 

But the children of Israel went

On dry land in the midst of the sea

Surely it was a marvelous event

 

Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister

Took the timbrel in her hand

And all the women went out after her

With timbrels and with dances, the celebration was grand

 

And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”

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The Lord won the victory over the armies of Pharaoh

Casting them into the deep waters of the Red Sea

But He delivered Israel; His greatness He did show

And so the Israelites shouted out in victory

 

The people danced and sang to the Lord
Because of the marvelous display they did see

And we too should feel free to act the same toward

Our great Savior Jesus, who from sin and death has set us free!

 

Don't just sit there like you're dead in your seat

Instead raise your hands and move those feet


Shout out to Jesus with voices that have truly been set free

Shout about the wonderful things that He has done for you and me

 

Shout out people! The Lord has won the victory!

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 15:22-27

 

Precious Water of Life

 

So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea

Then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur

And into the wilderness they went days three

And found no water; nothing to drink, nothing tasty and pure

 

Now when they to Marah came

They could not drink the waters of Marah for they were bitter

Therefore Marah was called its name

 

And the people complained against Moses, saying

“What shall we drink?” Tell us, we are praying

 

So he cried out to the Lord

And the Lord showed him a tree

When he cast it into the waters

The waters were made sweet, sweet as can be

 

There He made a statute and an ordinance for them

And there He tested them, and said

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God

And do what is right in His sight and not wrong instead

 

And give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes

I will put none of the diseases on you

Which I have brought on the Egyptians

For I am the Lord who heals you; this I will do

 

Then they came to Elim

Where there were of water twelve wells

And seventy palm trees, beautiful it would seem

So they camped there by the waters, as the account tells

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Such a beautiful story of God's tender care for us!

He took what was bitter and healed it

And if we will just receive His Son, the Lord Jesus

And to Him our souls entrust and commit

 

We will be saved unto the ages of ages, for all eternity

It is a gift and an offer from our glorious God

How can such love be found! How can it be?

That He would heal us from the sins of our earthly trod

 

We hail You, O our majestic King!

We praise You glorious Lord Jesus!

Hear our voices as to You we sing!
You who have done such marvelous things for us!

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 16:1-8

 

Bread from Heaven

 

And they journeyed from Elim

And all the congregation of the children of Israel

Came to the Wilderness of Sin

Which is between Elim and Sinai, as the account does tell

 

On the fifteenth day of the second month, we understand

After they departed from Egypt the land

 

Then the whole congregation...

Oh! What a mess

Of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron

In the wilderness

 

And the children of Israel said to them, in a way not so sweet

“Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord

In the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat

And when we ate bread to the full; rather, we die by the sword

 

For you have brought us out into this wilderness

To kill this whole assembly with hunger, or so we guess

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, the thing that He would do

“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you

 

And the people shall go out

And gather a certain quota every day around their dwelling spot

That I may test them without a doubt

As to whether they will walk in My law or not

 

And it shall be on the sixth day

That they shall prepare what they bring in

And it shall be twice as much as they gather daily, I say

Sure enough on the morrow, the process will begin

 

Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel

“At evening you shall know

That the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt

And has led us everywhere we did go

 

And in the morning you shall see

The glory of the Lord

For He hears your complaints against the Lord quite plainly

He hears your every uttered word

 

Also Moses said, “This shall be seen

When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat

And in the morning bread to the full

For the Lord hears your complaints, words not so sweet

 

Which you make against Him

Your grumblings are filled to the brim

 

And what are we? Tell us your word!

Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.”

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Lord, help each of us to be content with the life you have given

Help us to not complain, but to be grateful instead

Because of Jesus we have a promise of eternal livin'

Because of our Lord, our true and heavenly Bread

 

May we rest in Him, content and at peace

May we give you the glory and the praise that You are due

May this offering from us never, never cease

But throughout the ages, may we ever be praising You

 

Thank You, O God, for Jesus our precious Lord

Who You have revealed to us in Your superior word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 16:9-21

 

Quail and Manna

 

Then Moses spoke to Aaron this word

“Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel

‘Come near before the Lord

For He has heard your complaints as well

 

Now it came to pass

As Aaron spoke to the whole congregation

Of the children of Israel

Yes the entire nation

 

That they looked toward the wilderness

And behold the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud

A sight which did impress

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

“I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel

Speak to them, as I am relaying

Saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat - get ready for a tasty smell

 

And in the morning you shall be filled with bread

And you shall know that I am the Lord your God

Just as I have said

 

So it was that quails came up at evening

And covered the camp of Israel

And in the morning

The dew lay all around the camp as well

 

And when the layer of dew lifted

There, on the surface of the wilderness all around

Was a small round substance which had been gifted

As fine as frost on the ground

 

So when the children of Israel saw it

They said to one another, “What is it?”

For they did not know what it was

They didn't have clue, not even a bit

 

And Moses said to them concerning this tasty treat

“This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat

 

This is the thing which the Lord has commanded:

‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need

One omer for each person, I am being candid

This is what I have decreed

 

According to the number of persons, to this extent

Let every man take for those who are in his tent

 

Then the children of Israel did so

And gathered, some more, some less even though

 

So when they measured it by omers after they brought it back

He who gathered much had nothing left over, indeed

And he who gathered little had no lack

Every man had gathered according to each one’s need

 

And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning

Notwithstanding, Moses they did not heed 

But some of them left part of it until morning ignoring the warning

And it bred worms and stank because of their misdeed

 

And Moses was angry with them in turn

Because they refused to pay attention and learn

 

So they gathered it every morning

Every man according to his need

And when the sun became hot, it melted

An impressive lesson for them indeed

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Here we are, O God, just like Israel

We complain about every possible thing

Even when we know that surely all is well

Still we let our complaints openly ring

 

And we fail to heed to Your word

We find it easier to simply disobey

Even in the presence of our Lord

We get up and complain each and every day

 

Help us, O Lord, to simply trust and obey

Your word has told us that everything will be ok

 

Give us hearts that are geared toward glorifying you

And eyes that are fixed solely upon Jesus

This is surely the right thing to do

And so grant this kind favor to each one of us!

 

Thank You, O God, for our precious Lord Jesus

Thank You for leading us each step of the way

Be exalted on our lips; hear the praises from each of us

As we come before you day unto day

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 16:22-36

 

Entering God's Rest

 

And so it was, on the sixth day

That they gathered twice as much bread

Two omers for each one, by the way

And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses instead

 

Then he said to them, at his behest

“This is what the Lord has said, His spoken word:

‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest

A holy Sabbath to the Lord

 

Bake what you will bake today

And boil what you will boil

And lay up for yourselves all that remains, I say

To be kept until morning, and it won't spoil

 

So they laid it up till morning

As Moses commanded; as he did submit

And it did not stink

Nor were there any worms in it

 

Then Moses said, “Eat that today

For today is a Sabbath to the Lord

Today you will not find it in the field, I say

So do according to my word

 

Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day

The Sabbath, there will be none, so to you I say

 

Now it happened

That some of the people, out they went

On the seventh day to gather

But they found none, no Manna had been sent

 

And the Lord said to Moses, with no hems or haws

“How long do you refuse

To keep My commandments and My laws?

What is this disobedient path you choose?

 

See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath

Therefore He gives you for two days on the sixth day bread

Let every man remain in his place

Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day instead

 

So the people rested on the seventh day

Because the Lord wanted it this way

 

And the house of Israel called its name Manna

And it was like white coriander seed

And the taste of it was like wafers made with honey

Sweet and tasty it was indeed

 

Then Moses said, “This is the thing

Which the Lord has commanded to do

‘Fill an omer with it, to be kept for your generations

That they may see the bread with which I fed you

 

It was there in the wilderness, from my open hand

When I brought you out of Egypt the land

 

And Moses said to Aaron

“Take a pot and put an omer of Manna in it

And lay it up before the Lord

To be kept for your generations, not just a minute

 

As the Lord commanded Moses, he did relay

So Aaron laid it up before the Testimony

To be kept just as the Lord did say

 

And the children of Israel ate Manna forty years

Until they came to an inhabited land

They ate Manna until they came, surely with cheers

To the border of the land of Canaan, a sight so grand

 

Now an omer is one-tenth of an ephah, we are told

And that omer of Manna was kept in a pot of gold

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What a marvelous passage of the Lord's tender care

Of the people He redeemed, Israel

Out in the wilderness is the place where

These marvelous events occurred as the story does tell

 

The Manna fed them throughout those years

And the true Bread of life feeds us as well

So let us have no frets, worries, or fears

As we walk in this fallen world for a spell

 

Christ will surely bring us to the Promised Land

And when He does, it will be marvelously grand

 

Until that glorious, marvelous day

We will praise our God through Jesus the Lord

And we daily look to see what it does say

In His wondrous, superior word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 17:1-7

 

Water from the Rock

 

Then all the congregation

Of the children of Israel

Set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin

As the record of the story does tell

 

According to the commandment of the Lord

Yes, according to His spoken word

 

And camped in Rephidim where there would be rest, you'd think

But there was no water for the people to drink

 

Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said

“Give us water that we may drink or soon we will be dead

 

So Moses said to them this word

“Why do you contend with me?

Why do you tempt the Lord?”

This is utterly futile you see

 

And the people thirsted there for water

And the people complained against Moses, and said

“Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt?

To kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst instead

 

So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying

“What with this people shall I do?

They are almost ready to stone me, I am relaying

And so for directions about this I am asking You

 

And the Lord said to Moses, so He did tell

“Go on before the people, and take

With you some of the elders of Israel

A scene quite wonderful for them I will make

 

Also take in your hand your rod as I am telling you so

With which you struck the river, and go

 

Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb

And you shall strike the rock, as I say

And water will come out of it

That the people may drink this very day

 

And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel

The water is Christ, as the Bible does tell

 

So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah

Because of the contention of the children of Israel

And because they tempted the Lord

Saying, “Is the Lord among us or not, this to us please tell

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How faithless we are, giving in to our weakness

And complaining against You Lord

Help us in our times of distress

To remember the promises found in Your word

 

Help us to praise You through every trial

And to give you the glory You are justly due

Give us hearts though the trials to smile

And to continue always to sing praises to You

 

Yes Lord! Thank You for our sure hope because of Jesus

Thank You for the marvelous things that You have done for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 17:8-16

 

Yehovah Nissi - The Lord is My Banner

 

Now Amalek came and fought in Rephidim with Israel

A war between good and evil as the Bible does tell

 

And Moses said to Joshua, as a sort of command

“Choose us some men and go out, with Amalek fight

Tomorrow on the top of the hill I will stand

With the rod of God in my hand in plain sight

 

So Joshua did as Moses said to him

And fought with Amalek, their enemy to kill

And Moses, Aaron, and Hur

Went up to the top of the hill

 

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand

That Israel prevailed

And when he let down his hand, we understand

Amalek prevailed, while Israel was assailed

 

But Moses’ hands became heavy

So they took and put under him a stone

And he sat on it

But he was not there all alone

 

And Aaron and Hur supported his hands

One on one side, and the other on the other one

And his hands were steady

Until the going down of the sun

 

So Joshua defeated Amalek as we know

And his people with the edge of the sword

The battle was an impressive show

Won by Joshua for the people of the Lord

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Write this for a memorial in the book

And recount it in the hearing of Joshua

For all future generations when they take a look

 

That I will utterly blot out the remembrance

Of Amalek from under heaven, so shall it be

And Moses built an altar and called its name

The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; Yes Yehovah Nissi is He!

 

For he said, “Because the Lord has sworn

The Lord will have war with Amalek always

From generation to generation, each that is born

Will fight against Amalek until the end of days

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Surely the Lord is our Banner, so to Him let us look

Let us keep our eyes steadily fixed on Jesus

And let us discern right doctrine by attending to His book

It is the place where today He communicates with us

 

Let us not trust in the cunning wiles of man

Nor let us trust in any false word

Instead let us do our utmost, the best that we can

To constantly trust Jesus alone, He our saving Lord

 

Thank You, O God, for Jesus, the Captain of our salvation

And thank You, O God, for Your superior word

From it we find in our souls a joyous elation

Because in it we find Jesus, our glorious Lord!

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 18:1-12

 

Jethro

 

And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law

Heard of all that God had done

For Moses and for Israel His people

That the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt, as a favored son

 

Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law

Took Zipporah, Moses’ wife

After he had sent her back

During that most important time of his life

 

With her two sons

Of whom the name of one was Gershom

For he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land

I was foreigner in a land not my home

 

And the name of the other was Eliezer

For he said, “The God of my father was my help, its true

And delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh

Wonderful things for me He did do

 

And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law

Came with his sons and his wife, to him they did trod

To Moses in the wilderness

Where he was encamped at the mountain of God

 

Now he had said to Moses

“I, your father-in-law Jethro

Am coming to you with your wife

And her two sons with her, just so you know

 

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law

Bowed down, and kissed him as well

And they asked each other about their well-being

And they went into the tent for a spell

 

And Moses told his father-in-law all that the Lord had done

To Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake

All the hardship that had come upon them on the way

And how the Lord had delivered them, the rescue He did make

 

Then Jethro rejoiced for all the good

Which the Lord had done for Israel

Whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians

With mighty deeds that did excel

 

And Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord

Who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, it is true

And out of the hand of Pharaoh, according to His word

And who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians too

 

Now I know than all the gods that the Lord is greater

For in the very thing in which they behaved proudly

He was above them - He Israel's vindicator

 

Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law

Took a burnt offering and other sacrifices to offer to God also

And Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread

With Moses’ father-in-law before God, "the" God as we know

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The Lord has a plan which includes Gentiles too

When their heart is turned toward him rightly

Stand fast on what He alone can do for you

Hold on to Him and to His work ever so tightly

 

Don't trust in yourself; don't try to earn His favor

Instead, by faith reach out and Him receive

And in His gift of eternal life you can savor

Because in His work alone you did believe

 

Faith... this is what God would ask from you

Believe the gospel, that God has done it all

And the Lord who is ever faithful and true

Upon His glorious name, please do call

 

And for eternal years we will together sing His praise

And we shall walk in His glorious presence for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 18:13-27

 

Wonderful Counsel

 

And so it was, on the next day

That Moses sat the people to judge

And the people stood before Moses

From morning until evening, everyone with a grudge

 

So when Moses’ father-in-law saw

All that he did for the people, he said

“What is this thing that you are doing for the people?

Keep it up and you will lose your head

 

Why do you alone sit

And all the people stand before you

From morning until evening?”

It's just not right, the thing you do

 

And Moses said to his father-in-law, when he did prod

“Because the people come to me to inquire of God

 

When they have a difficulty

They come to me

And I judge between one and another, you see

And I make known the statutes of God and His laws - quite plainly

 

So Moses’ father-in-law said to him

“The thing that you do is not good

Both you and these people who are with you

Will surely wear yourselves out; this is understood

 

For this thing is too much for you; put this away on a shelf

You are not able to perform it by yourself

Listen now to my voice

I will give you counsel, and God will be with you

Stand before God for the people

So that you may bring the difficulties to God, this you should do

 

And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws

And show them the way in which they must walk

And the work they must do, avoiding life's flaws

Listen to me Moses, as I continue to talk...

 

Moreover you shall select from all the people able men

Such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness

And place such to be rulers of thousands over them

Rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens
Yes, do as I address

 

And let them judge the people at all times

Then it will be that every great matter, every weighty grudge

They shall bring to you

But every small matter they themselves shall judge

 

So it will be easier for you, it's true

For they will bear the burden with you

 

If you do this thing, and God so commands you

Then you will be able to endure and the difficulties will cease

And all this people will also go, it's true

To their place in peace

 

So Moses heeded the voice instead

Of his father-in-law and did all that he had said

 

And Moses chose able men out of all Israel

And made them over the people each a head

Rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds as well

Rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens; not just him instead

 

So they judged the people at all times

The hard cases to Moses they brought

But they judged every small case themselves

They did as Jethro to Moses had taught

 

Then Moses let his father-in-law depart

And he went his way to his own land

To administration of the law, this was a great start

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Moses paid heed, to his elder, a man so wise

And the advice he took became a standard in Israel

The advice was acceptable in God's eyes

And so Moses and the people carried it out quite well

 

We can learn from this story a lesson

That keeping authority at the lowest level is best

We then won't need to be a guessin'

If our lives will be fully blessed

 

When we handle the small stuff in life

And only pass up the big things to those above us

We will avoid a lot of unnecessary strife

A model approved in the Old Testament by Jesus

 

And when we have real cares or woes

We can skip every level and go straight to the Lord

For He alone every difficult resolution knows

And most are already laid out in His word

Thank You for the lessons Your word shows us

And thank You above all, O God, for the wisdom of Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 19:1-9

 

"If" is a Conditional Word

 

In the third month after the children of Israel

Had gone out of the land of Egypt, by and by

On the same day, as the record does tell

They came to the Wilderness of Sinai

 

For they had departed from Rephidim

Had come to the Wilderness of Sinai by God's care

And camped in the wilderness

So Israel before the mountain camped there

 

And Moses went up to God

And the Lord called to him from the mountain, He did tell

“Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob

And tell the children of Israel:

 

"You have seen what I did to the Egyptians

And how I bore you on eagles’ wings

And brought you to Myself

I have done all of these things

 

Now therefore, if you will indeed

Obey My voice and keep My covenant so divine

Then you shall be a special treasure to Me

Above all people; for all the earth is Mine

 

And you shall be to Me a kingdom

Of priests and a holy nation

These are the words which you shall speak

To the children of Israel, the congregation

 

So Moses came and called

For the elders of the people as the Lord demanded

And laid before them all these words

Which to him the Lord commanded

 

Then all the people answered together and said

“We will do all that the Lord has spoken

So Moses brought back the words

Of the people to the Lord, as a humble token

 

And the Lord said to Moses

“Behold, I will in the thick cloud come to you

That when I speak with you the people may hear

And believe you forever: this they will do

 

So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord

He told them this, according to the holy word

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O God, "if" is such a big and difficult word

When we face daily trials, we usually fail

But Hallelujah to Jesus our Lord

Who over the law did prevail

 

In Him we have a greater hope, one solid and sure

Because of Him we too can stand in victory

And praise You all with lips cleansed and pure

And praise You eternally there at the glassy sea

 

Thank You, O God for our Lord Jesus!

Thank You, O God for all You have done for us!

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 19:10-25

 

The Lord Came Down

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Go to the people and them today and tomorrow consecrate

And let them wash their clothes

To be ready for the magnificent date

 

And let them be ready for the third day

For on the third day will come down the Lord

Upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people

This is according to My word

 

You shall set bounds for the people all around

Saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not

Go up to the mountain or touch its base

Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death on the spot

 

Not a hand shall touch him

But he shall surely be stoned or with an arrow shot

Whether man or beast, he shall not live

He shall die there on the spot

 

When the trumpet sounds long tell them not to fear

To the mountain they shall come near

 

So Moses went down from the mountain

To the people and he they sanctified

And they washed their clothes

This was done so that God would be glorified

 

And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day

Do not come near your wives, this to you I do say

Then it came to pass on the third day

In the morning, that thunderings and lightnings there were

And a thick cloud on the mountain

And the sound of the trumpet was very loud for sure

 

So that all the people who were in the camp trembled

The awesome sight had them all humbled

 

And Moses brought the people out

Of the camp to meet with God

And they stood at the foot of the mountain

Certainly trembling in the shoes with which they were shod

 

Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke

Because the Lord descended upon it in fire

Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace

As if there were an enormous, even heavenly pyre

 

And the whole mountain quaked greatly

And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long

And became louder and louder

Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice so strong

 

Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai

On the mountain at the top

And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain

And Moses went up

 

And the Lord said to Moses, heed my word

“Go down and the people warn

Lest they break through to gaze at the Lord

And many of them perish as I have sworn

 

Also let the priests who come near the Lord

Themselves consecrate

Lest the Lord break out against them

For them it would be a terrible fate

 

But Moses said to the Lord

“The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, to wit:

For You warned us, saying

“Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it

 

Then the Lord said to him, “Away!

Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you

But do not let the priests

And the people break through

 

To come up to the Lord

Lest He break out against them

According to His word

 

So Moses went down to the people and to them he spoke

That the words of the Lord were not just a joke

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Lord, with this awesome display of who You are

It makes knowing Jesus all the more glorious

Instead of fire and smoke, judgment and wrath

You have shown grace and mercy to unworthy us

 

Thank You for the cross of Calvary

Thank You for the judgment which in turn has set us free

Thank You for what He did on that marvelous tree

For Your goodness we shall praise You eternally

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 20:1-12

 

Not So Simple Commands, Part I

 

And God spoke all these words, saying:

These are the words He was relaying

 

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

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Five of ten commands, so simple... and yet impossible to meet

They only bring us a greater consciousness of sin

With them as our hope, there is only defeat

Breaking even one is said to do us in

 

Oh impossible law, where can I go from you?

Who will from this body of death free me?

To Jesus Christ, I will go; it is what I will do

The law is a tutor to lead me to Him and in Him I am set free

 

By this law, I have a consciousness of sin

How utterly sinful sin is, by it I can clearly see

By this law, I am utterly defeated; I am done in

But by faith in Jesus, He has set me free

 

Thank You Lord God for the giving of Your Son

Thank You that You have broken off the yoke and set me free

By faith alone I am saved; through His cross it is done

Now I can live for You, but when I fail

You have already forgiven me

Thank You for the perfect life of my Lord

Who fulfilled every detail of Your perfect word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 20:13-17

 

Not So Simple Commands, Part II

 

The first five commands condemned; in them no hope is found

Five more only add to our guilt, this is plain to see

Through the next five, sin does even more abound

A heavy burden surely rests upon you and me

 

“You shall not murder.

 “You shall not commit adultery.

 “You shall not steal.

 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

 Five of ten commandments, so simple... and yet impossible to meet

They only bring us a greater consciousness of sin

With them as our hope, there is only defeat

Breaking even one is said to do us in

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Oh impossible law, where can I go from you?

What will from this body of death free me?

To Jesus Christ, I will go, it is what I will do

The law is a tutor to lead me to Him and in Him I am set free

 

By this law, I have a consciousness of sin

How utterly sinful sin is, by it I can clearly see

By this law, I am utterly defeated; I am done in

But by faith in Jesus, He has set me free

 

Thank You Lord God for the giving of Your Son

Thank You that You have broken off the Yoke and set me free

By faith alone I am saved; through His cross it is done

Now I can live for You, but when I fail

You have already forgiven me

Thank You for the perfect life of my Lord

Who fulfilled every detail of Your perfect word

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 20:18-26

 

Christ our Altar

 

Now all the people witnessed the thunderings

The lightning flashes; the trumpet's sound

And the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it

They trembled and stood afar off, not near around

 

Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us

And we will hear

But let not God speak with us, lest we die

This is the thing that we fear

 

And Moses to the people said

“Do not fear; for God has come to test you

And that His fear may be before you and so instead

You may not sin; that sin you may not do

 

So the people stood afar off

But Moses drew near

The thick darkness where God was

Where Moses himself was trembling with fear

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Thus you shall say to the children of Israel:

‘You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven

And these words to you I do now tell

 

You shall not make anything to be with Me—

Gods of silver or gods of gold

You shall not make for yourselves these certainly

Just as now you have been told

 

An altar of earth you shall make for Me

And you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings

And your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen

To Me you shall make these profferings

 

In every place where My name I record

I will come to you, and I will bless you

This is My spoken word

 

And if you make Me an altar of stone

You shall not build it of hewn stone

For if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it

You shall be obedient to My word alone

 

Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, I do submit

That your nakedness may not be exposed on it

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Oh! Sin is tempting, especially the sin of pride

We want to work to God instead of trusting Him alone

But it is He who did alone decide

That with His chosen Lamb our sin He would atone

 

No other way is possible for our reconciliation

It is only through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus

And it is offered to all people in every nation

Great and marvelous things He has done for us

 

And so we praise You O Lord our God

We will receive what You have done and not add a thing

We receive your grace here on this earth we trod

And to You alone for ever will our praises ring

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 21:1-11

 

Hebrew Slaves

 

Now these are the judgments which you shall before them set

They are new judgments which I have not spoken yet

 

If you buy a Hebrew servant

He shall serve six years

And in the seventh he shall go out free

And pay nothing, nothing is considered as left in arrears

 

If he comes in by himself

He shall by himself go out

If he comes in married

Then his wife shall go out with him, let there be no doubt

 

If his master has given him a wife

And she has to him sons or daughters given birth

The wife and her children shall be her master’s

And he shall go out by himself, a free man on the earth

 

But if the servant plainly says

‘I love my master, my wife, and my children too

I will not go out free

Then this is what you shall do

 

Then his master shall him to the judges bring

And you will together do the following thing

 

He shall also bring him to the door

Or to the doorpost, either will do

And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl

And he shall serve him forever; he will be a slave to you

 

And if a man sells his daughter

This I now instruct to you

To be a female slave

She shall not go out as the male slaves do

 

If she does not please her master

Who has her to himself betrothed

Then he shall let her be redeemed

Because she to him was loathed

 

He shall have no right to sell her

To a foreign people, this would not be right

Since he has dealt deceitfully with her

And only increased to her misery and plight

 

And if he has betrothed her to his son

He shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters

He shall treat her as if she were one

 

If he takes another wife

He shall not diminish her food

Her clothing, and her marriage rights

In doing such a thing, to her he would then be rude

 

And if he does not do these three for her

Then she shall go out free

Without paying money, for sure

These are my judgments and so shall they be

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It's pretty wonderful to see God's plan of redemption

Revealed in such seemingly obscure places

But it is everywhere, in each passage we mention

And His plan is realized in all redeemed faces

 

Are you one of the redeemed of the Lord?
If so, given Him praise and thanks, let it flow from all of us

Let us forever hail God's incarnate Word

Yes, for ever let us hail, Christ the Lord, our Jesus!

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 21:12-27

 

Keeping Violence in Check

 

He who strikes a man so that he dies, understand

Shall be put to death surely

Yet, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand

Then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee

 

But if a man acts with premeditation

Against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery

You shall take him from My altar, that he may die

This is how it is to be

 

And he who strikes his father or his mother, so I say

Shall surely be put to death; it shall be this way

 

He who kidnaps a man and sells him

Or if he is found in his hand

Shall surely be put to death

This is what My law does demand

 

And he who curses his father or his mother, as I tell you

Shall surely be put to death; this is what you are to do

 

If men contend with each other

And one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist

And he does not die but is confined to his bed

Yes, if the pain of death was missed

 

 If he rises again and walks about

Outside with his staff

Then he who struck him shall be acquitted

He is not to receive capital wrath

 

He shall only pay for the loss of his time; as my word has revealed

And shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed

 

And if a man beats his male or female servant

With a rod, so that he dies under his hand

He shall surely be punished

As the law does demand

 

Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two

He shall not be punished; for he is his property

It is his right to so punish as he did do

 

If men fight, and hurt a woman with child

So that she gives birth prematurely

Yet no harm follows

He shall surely be punished accordingly

 

As the woman’s husband imposes on him

Such terms as he will set

And he shall pay as the judges determine

Whatever sentence is rendered, it shall be met

 

But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot

Burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe

This law of the talion is the one upon the offender you shall put

 

If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant

And destroys it, he shall let him go free

For the sake of his eye

The poor fellow with that eye can no longer see

 

And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant

He shall let him go free for the tooth's sake

Because he now talks with a whistle or a lisp

He shall go free, because of the funny sound he does now make

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God is not unfair in His commands

They are set for the protection of both the offended and offender

Israel would have done well to comply with these demands

They would have remained in the land, guarded by His splendor

 

But they, like us, have failed to live in a right manner

And they were punished in exile from their sweet land

Until He whistled for their return to His highly raised banner

And once again they are nourished from His loving hand

 

Let us learn though from the lesson of Israel

That the law can never save us, instead it can only condemn

This is the message that the Bible does tell

And so for the coming of Jesus, we must surely cry "Amen!"

Yes Lord, You freed us from the bondage and have set us free

And now, we in freedom can praise You for all eternity

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 21:28-36

 

The Price of a Life

 

If an ox gores a man or a woman to death

Then the ox shall surely be stoned, as is fit

And its flesh shall not be eaten

But the owner of the ox you shall acquit

 

But if the ox tended to thrust with its horn in times past

And to his owner with this knowledge he has been filled

And he has not kept it confined

So that it has a man or a woman killed

 

The ox shall be stoned as directed by Me

And put to death shall its owner also be

 

If there is imposed on him a sum of money

Then he shall pay, his life to redeem

Whatever is imposed on him

Whatever is fitting as it would seem

 

Whether it has gored a son or gored a daughter, either one

According to this judgment to him it shall be done

 

If the ox gores a male or female servant

He shall give thirty shekels of silver to their master

And the ox shall be stoned

For having caused this disaster

 

And if a man opens a pit

Or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it

And an ox or a donkey falls in it

The owner of the pit shall make it good, as is just, proper, and fit

 

He shall give money to their owner

But the dead animal shall be his, not just a loner

 

If one man’s ox hurts another’s

So that it dies, this I to you decide

Then they shall sell the live ox

And the money from it divide

 

And the dead ox they shall divide also

Such is how the affair shall go

 

Or if it was known that the ox

Tended to thrust in time past

And its owner has not kept it confined

Then you shall do this at last

 

He shall surely pay ox for ox

And the dead animal shall be his own

It was he who got himself into this box

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Simple laws but which teach of other things

Pictures of Christ and of His work for us

And in them, O how my heart sings

Of the marvelous wonders of our Lord Jesus

 

Thank You, O God, for this hope You have given to us

Though in Adam we are dead in our sin

Through Your Son we are made alive, yes, through Jesus

A new and eternal life we have been granted to live in

 

Thank You! Thank You O God, hear our praise

That our hearts will sing to You for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 22:1-15

 

The Responsible Thing to Do

 

If a man steals an ox or a sheep

And slaughters it or sells it; it he does not keep

He shall restore five oxen for an ox

And four sheep for a sheep

 

If the thief is found breaking in

And he is struck so that he dies

There shall be no guilt for his bloodshed

His penalty is the spot where he lies

 

If the sun has risen on him

There shall be guilt for his bloodshed

He should make full restitution

If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft instead

 

If the theft is certainly found alive in his hand

Whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep

He shall restore double

Even if this penalty sounds kind of steep

 

If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed

And his animal he lets loose

And it feeds in another man’s field

Which was not for his personal use

 

He shall make restitution from the best

Of his own personal field

And the best of his own vineyard

This to the one wronged he shall yield

 

If fire breaks out and catches in thorns

So that stacked grain, standing grain, or the field is consumed

He who kindled the fire shall surely make restitution

For the losses which the owner assumed

 

If a man delivers to his neighbor

Money or articles to keep, and along comes trouble

And it is stolen out of the man’s house

If the thief is found, he shall pay double

 

If the thief is not found

Then the master of the house, you shall understand

Shall be brought to the judges

To see whether he has into his neighbor’s goods put his hand

 

For any kind of trespass

Whether it concerns an ox, a donkey, a sheep, or clothes

Or for any kind of lost thing

Which another claims to be his, but for sure no one knows

 

The cause of both parties

Shall come before the judges

And whomever the judges condemn

Shall pay double to his neighbor, despite his grumps and grudges

 

If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey

An ox, a sheep, or any animal to keep

And it dies, is hurt, or driven away

No one seeing it and no one makes a peep

 

Then an oath of the Lord shall be between them both

That he has not put his hand into his neighbor’s stuff

And the owner of it shall accept that

And he shall not make it good; the oath is enough

 

But if, in fact, it is stolen from him, to you I submit

He shall make restitution to the owner of it

 

If it is torn to pieces by a beast

Then he shall bring it as evidence

And he shall not make good what was torn

It falls under the hand of Providence

 

And if a man borrows anything from his neighbor

And it becomes injured or dies

The owner of it not being with it

He shall surely make it good; this I do apprise

 

If its owner was with it, he shall not make it good

If it was hired, it came for its hire - this is understood

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Thank You O God for watching over us

And for caring about even the small things we face

Thank you above all for sending Jesus

And for His overwhelmingly abundant grace

 

For this law which we have time and time again failed

To His cross our failings have forever been nailed

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 22:16-31

 

Acting in a Moral Manner

 

If a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed

And lies with her

He shall surely pay the bride-price

For her to be his wife, yes - he shall do it for sure

 

If her father utterly refuses to give her to him

Being sure that for his daughter he is not so nice

He shall pay money

According to the virgin's bride-price

 

You shall not permit a sorceress to live

No mercy to that one shall you give

 

Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death

Whether his name is Sam or her name is Beth

 

He who sacrifices to any god

Except to the Lord only

He shall be utterly destroyed

This command comes directly from Me

 

You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor him oppress

For you were strangers in the land of Egypt, your land of duress

 

You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child

If you afflict them in any way

And they cry at all to Me with cries so wild

I will surely hear their cry, this to you I say

 

And My wrath will become hot

And I will kill you with the sword;

Your wives shall be widows, such will be their lot 

And your children fatherless; such is My word

 

If you lend money to any of My people

Who are poor among you

You shall not be like a moneylender to him

You shall not charge him interest; such you shall not do

 

If you ever take as a pledge your neighbor's garment or gown

You shall return it to him before the sun goes down

 

For that is his only covering

It is his garment for his skin

If you take that

Then what will he sleep in?

 

And it will be that when he cries to Me

I will hear, for I am gracious, you see

 

You shall not revile God, nor a ruler of your people curse

Towards your leaders you shall not be terse

 

You shall not delay to offer

The first of your ripe produce and your juices too

The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me

These things you shall do

 

Likewise you shall do with your oxen and your sheep

It shall be with its mother seven days

On the eighth day you shall give it to Me; it you shall not keep

You are to be obedient in these ways

 

And you shall be holy men to Me

You shall not eat meat torn by beasts in the field

You shall throw it to the dogs

To any temptation to eating them, you shall not yield

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These precepts from the Old Testament are a mirror

They show us how far away from Your glory we truly are

But Hallelujah! You have taken away the terror

Through Christ, You have removed every stain and mar

 

O God, help us to live by Your law, that which honors You

The covenant sealed in the blood of Jesus

Help us to remain steadfast and true

Yes grant this favor to each one of us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 23:1-9

 

Justice, Justice You Shall Do

 

You shall not circulate a false report

Do not put in with the wicked your hand

To be an unrighteous witness either in or out of court

This is what to you I do command

 

You shall not follow a crowd to do evil

Nor shall you testify in a dispute

So as to turn aside after many to pervert justice

No, to another justice you shall not dilute

 

You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute

As if his name were considered of less repute

 

If you meet your enemy’s ox

Or his donkey going astray

You shall surely bring it back to him again

I am showing you the good and honest way

 

If you see the donkey of one who you he does disdain

Lying under its burden, this to you I submit

And if you would from helping it refrain

You shall surely help him with it

 

You shall not pervert the judgment, such as in a lawsuit

Of your poor in his dispute

 

Keep yourself far from a false matter

Do not kill the righteous and innocent

For I will not justify the wicked

Never in such a contrary incident

 

And you shall take no bribe

For a bribe blinds the discerning

And perverts the words of the righteous

For justice you shall always be yearning

 

Also you shall not oppress a stranger

For you know the heart of a stranger, this is so

Because you were strangers in the land of Egypt

Their oppression from you I will not accept, you now know

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Justice, justice we shall do

For this is how God would have us so act

To be like Him, merciful and true

To never state what is false, but only speak what is fact

 

In this we will be pleasing in His sight

And follow the path of our Lord Jesus

Who never strayed from what is right

And who though His death has justified us

 

For this we praise You, our King of glory

For You have written our names in Your gospel story

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 23:10-19

 

Pictures of Redemptive History

 

Six years you shall sow your land

And gather in its produce as is normal to do 

But the seventh year, please now understand

You shall let it rest and lie fallow as I so instruct you

 

That the poor of your people may eat, as to you I now tell

And what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat as well

 

In like manner you shall do

With your vineyard and your olive grove too

 

Six days you shall do your work in which you are blessed

And on the seventh day you shall rest

That may rest your ox and your donkey

And the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed

 

And in all that I have said to you

Be circumspect and make no mention

Of the name of other gods, this you shall not do

Nor let it be heard from your mouth, be sure to pay attention

 

Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year

To Me you shall come; to Me drawing near

 

You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread

You shall eat unleavened bread seven days

As I commanded you; yes as I have said

At the time appointed in the month of Abib, following in My ways

 

For in it you came out of Egypt, you see

None shall appear before Me empty

 

And the Feast of Harvest, of your crop's yield

The firstfruits of your labors

Which you have sown in the field

 

And the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year

At the time when the ground does yield

When you have gathered in what does appear

The fruit of your labors from the field

 

Three times in the year all your males shall appear

Before the Lord God, to me they shall draw near

 

You shall not offer the blood

Of My sacrifice with leavened bread

Nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until morning

You shall do this according to all that I have said

 

The first of the firstfruits of your land

You shall bring into the house of the Lord your God

You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk

Do follow my instructions as if with them you had been shod

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Wonderful pictures of Christ and His work for us

Are revealed in these set times and feasts of Israel

Every word shows us more hints of Jesus

And of His marvelous works each does tell

 

Thank You, O God, for such a wonderful word

Thank You for the mysteries which are hidden there

Each that we pull out speaks of Jesus our Lord

Thank you that in His goodness we too can share

For all eternity we shall sing to You our praise

Yes, from this time forth and for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 23:20-33

 

Covenant Promises and Expectations

 

Behold, I send an Angel before you

To keep you in the way

And to bring you into the place

Which I have prepared; it is waiting you there today

 

Beware of Him and obey His voice

Him do not provoke

For He will not pardon your transgressions

For My name is in Him; do as I spoke

 

But if you indeed obey His voice

And do all that I speak: you my word with you do carry

Then I will be an enemy to your enemies

And to your adversaries an adversary

 

For My Angel will go before you

And bring you in to the Amorites

And the Hittites and the Perizzites too

And the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites

And I will cut them off, this I will do

 

You shall not bow down to their gods

Nor serve them, nor do according to the works they make

But you shall utterly overthrow them

And their sacred pillars down you shall completely break

 

So you shall serve the Lord your God

And He will bless your bread and your water too

And I will take sickness away

From the midst of you

 

No one shall suffer miscarriage

Or be barren in your land

I will fulfill the number of your days

Pay heed to this word; please understand

 

I will send My fear before you

I will cause confusion, it is true

Among all the people to whom you come

And will make all your enemies turn their backs to you

 

And I will send hornets before you

Which shall drive out the Hivite

The Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you too

 

I will not drive them out from before you in one year

Lest becomes desolate the land

And the beasts of the field that cause fear

Become too numerous for you, lest they get out of hand

 

Little by little I will drive them out

From before you until you have increased

And you inherit the land

And any terror from them will have ceased

 

And I will set your bounds

From the Red Sea to Philistia's sea

And from the desert to the River

All this, your territory shall be

 

For I will deliver the inhabitants

Of the land into your hand

And you shall drive them out before you

This I proclaim for you to understand

 

You shall make no covenant with them

Nor with their gods, I tell you now plainly

They shall not dwell in your land

Lest they make you sin against Me

 

For if you serve their gods

It will surely be a snare to you

And so I admonish you now

This thing you shall not do

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Help us Lord to follow in Your way

Help us to live rightly according to Your word

Let our lives be dedicated to you, renewed each day

And let our deeds be for the sake of our Lord

 

Great are You, O God, and worthy of our praise

You word is perfect and Your ways are just and true

And so we shall follow You with obedient hearts always

Unto the ages of ages we will praise and glorify You

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 24:1-8

 

The Blood of the Covenant

 

Now He said to Moses, He did tell

“Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu

And seventy of the elders of Israel

And worship from afar, as I am instructing you

 

And Moses alone shall come near the Lord

But they shall not come near

Nor shall the people go up with him, hear my word

Only Moses shall come up here

 

So Moses came and told the people

All the words of the Lord; the judgments through and through

And all the people answered with one voice and said

“All the words which the Lord has said we will do

 

And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord

And he rose early in the morning as well 

And built an altar at the foot of the mountain

And twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel

 

Then he sent young men of the children of Israel

Who offered burnt offerings

And sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord

These were the people's profferings

 

And Moses took half the blood

And put it in basins, for the covenant rite

And half the blood he sprinkled on the altar

The sacrificial blood, crimson and bright

 

Then he took the Book of the Covenant

And read in the hearing of the people too

And they said, “All that the Lord has said

We will do, and be obedient; this our word to you

 

And Moses took the blood

Sprinkled it on the people, and said to them too

“This is the blood of the covenant

Which the Lord has made according to all these words with you

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The covenant was sealed in blood before the Lord

The people agreed to its words as one

And it came into effect that day

With the sprinkling of the blood the sealing was done

 

A New Covenant came many years later

Christ offered to the house of Israel and the house of Judah too

And it was sealed in His blood for them

But the Gentiles have been offered it too

 

All who come to Christ through faith

Will be received as children of God

It is a promise for all times, thus the Lord saith

That through Christ for eternity heavenly streets we will trod

 

What a marvelous thing to understand

To know what God has done for the world in Christ Jesus

Thank You, O God, for promises so grand

Thank You for all You have done for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 24:9-18

 

Meeting with God on the Mountain

 

Then Moses went up

Also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu

And seventy of the elders of Israel

Well, those seventy went up too

 

And they saw the God of Israel

Something marvelous that to their grandchildren they could tell

 

And there was under His feet

As it were a paved work of sapphire stone

And it was like the very heavens in its clarity

There below the feet of His awesome throne

 

But on the nobles of the children of Israel

He did not lay His hand

So they saw God, and they ate and drank

A marvelous feast, one ever so grand

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Come up to Me on the mountain and be there

And I will give you tablets of stone

And the law and commandments for you to share

 

Which I have written

That you may teach them

 

So Moses arose -

With his assistant Joshua together they did trod

And Moses went up to the mountain of God

 

And he said to the elders

“Wait here for us until we come back to you

Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you

If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them; this you shall do

 

Then Moses into the mountain, up he went

And a cloud covered the mountain for this event

 

Now the glory of the Lord rested

On Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days

And on the seventh day He called to Moses

Out of the midst of the cloud; such were His ways

 

The sight of the glory of the Lord

Was like a consuming fire, as the record does tell

On the top of the mountain

In the eyes of the children of Israel

 

So Moses went into the midst of the cloud

And into the mountain up he went

And Moses was on the mountain

Forty days and forty nights; the time that he there spent

 

So Moses went there to meet with the Lord

And to bring back instructions for Israel

All the instructions according to His word

Those words which the Bible does now tell

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And all of this was a part of the story

To lead us to the coming of Jesus

Each step reveals a bit more of His glory

Each step is revealed in the word to us

 

Lord God, we thank You for this marvelous book

We thank you for all the wonder it does relate to us

Give us the burning desire each day to take a look

And to bring us ever closer to our Lord Jesus

 

Yes, through Him to You we shall eternally praise

Yes O God, so it shall be for eternal days!

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 25:1-9

 

A Willingly Made Offering

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These are the words to Moses he then was relaying

 

“Speak to the children of Israel

That they bring Me an offering

From everyone who gives it willingly, this I tell

From his heart he shall make My proffering

 

And this is the offering

Which you shall take from them, so I have said:

Gold, silver, and bronze

Blue, purple, and scarlet thread

 

Fine linen, and goats’ hair too

Ram skins dyed red, badger skins

And acacia wood; this you shall do

 

Oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil

And for the sweet incense; for the perfumer's toil

 

Onyx stones, and stones to be set

In the ephod and in the breastplate

These you shall not forget

 

And let them a sanctuary make Me

That I may dwell among them, so shall it be

 

According to all that I show you

That is, the pattern of the tabernacle, one that is fit

And the pattern of all its furnishings

Just so you shall make it

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The Lord gave instructions for the tabernacle

So that He could dwell among the children of Israel

And He requested from them the offering

So that of their hearts He could tell

Would they give the best of all that they had?
Would they bring for Him these things He noted

It would only be right for them to provide these

Because upon them His affection He had doted

 

And so it should be with us

Each of us should give of our very best

For God gave His Son, our Lord Jesus

And so let us not fall short in our test

Let us give of our time, our abilities, and our treasure

And let us be willing to do so, even without measure

 

For He is a great God, and so let us to Him our voices raise

And let us give to Him the best of our lives as an offering of praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 25:10-22

 

A Place Where Mercy is Found

 

And they shall make an ark of acacia wood

Two and a half cubits its length shall be

A cubit and a half its width, this is understood

And a cubit and a half its height, you see

 

And you shall overlay it with pure gold

Inside and out you shall it overlay

And shall make on it a molding of gold all around

So shall it be done, I do say

 

You shall cast for it four rings of gold

And in its four corners shall they be applied

Two rings shall be on one side, as I have told

And two rings on the other side

 

And you shall make poles of acacia wood

And overlay them with gold, let it be understood

 

You shall put the poles

Into the rings of the ark on each side

That the ark may be carried by them

In this you shall certainly abide

 

The poles shall be in the rings of the ark

They shall not be taken from it, it is true

And you shall put into the ark

The Testimony which I will give you

 

You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold

Two and a half cubits shall its length be

And a cubit and a half its width

Such are its dimensions you see

 

And you shall make two cherubim of gold

Of hammered work them you shall make

At the two ends of the mercy seat

Not a single detail shall you forsake

 

Make one cherub at one end

And the other cherub at the other end, to make it complete

You shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it

Of one piece with the mercy seat

 

And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above

Covering the mercy seat with their wings, you see

And they shall face one another

The faces of the cherubim toward the mercy seat shall be

 

You shall put the mercy seat

On top of the ark, this you shall do

And in the ark you shall put the Testimony

That I will give you

 

And there I will meet with you

And I will speak with you

From above the mercy seat, so I will do

From between the cherubim two

 

Which are on the ark of the Testimony

About everything which I will give you

In commandment to the children of Israel

All the things they are to do

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O God, how marvelous are You in all ways

For giving the true Ark of the testimony to us

And so forever, yes even through eternal days

We can fellowship with You, through our Lord Jesus

 

All of these pictures from Israel's past

Have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ our Lord

And through Him and His work we are reconciled at last

Yes, through Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word

 

Praises, yes praises we shall eternally sing to You, O God

And forever in Your marvelous light, golden streets we shall trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 25;23-30

 

The Bread of the Presence

 

You shall also make a table of acacia wood

Two cubits shall be its length; that will be just right

A cubit its width; this is understood

And a cubit and a half its height

 

And you shall it with pure gold overlay

And make a molding of gold all around, just as I say

 

You shall make for it a frame

Of a handbreadth all around

And you shall make a gold molding

For the frame all around; its appearance will astound

 

And you shall make for it four rings of gold

And put the rings on the four corners

That are at its four legs; do this as I have told

 

The rings shall be close to the frame, this is where

As holders for the poles, the table to bear

 

And you shall make the poles of acacia wood

And overlay them with gold

That the table may be carried with them, as is understood

 

You shall make as you are now told

Its dishes, its pans, its pitchers, and its bowls for pouring

You shall make them of pure gold

 

And you shall set the showbread

On the table before Me always, as to you I have said

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A marvelous table in its purpose and design

A table for bread to be in the presence of the Lord

And what it pictures is wonderfully sublime

Such beautiful pictures of Christ are found in this word

 

Lord God, how good it is to know that we now can rest

In your Presence because of the work of Jesus

It was He went to the cross, completing the test

And His work now restores access to You for us

 

We thank You and we praise You for this wondrous glory

Which You have revealed to us through the gospel story

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 25:31-40

 

Christ, Our Shining Lamp

 

You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold

The lampstand shall be of hammered work

Its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers

Shall be of one piece, no detail shall you shirk

 

And six branches, out of its sides shall come

Three branches of the lampstand out of one side

And three branches of the lampstand will be from

Out of the other side; these instructions shall be applied

 

Three bowls shall be made like

Almond blossoms on one branch, you see

With an ornamental knob and a flower

Do this as you have heard from Me

 

And three bowls made like almond blossoms

On the other branch; so you shall understand

With an ornamental knob and a flower

And so for the six branches that come out of the lampstand

 

On the lampstand itself four bowls

Shall like almond blossoms be made

Each with its ornamental knob and flower

So shall it be arrayed

 

And there shall be a knob, thus you shall do

Under the first two branches alike shall be your aim

A knob under the second two branches of the same too

And a knob under the third two branches of the same

 

According to the six branches that extend

From the lampstand; to this you shall attend

 

Their knobs and their branches shall be of one piece, as I have told

All of it shall be one hammered piece of pure gold

 

You shall make seven lamps for it

And they shall arrange its lamps in this way

So that they give light in front of it

Ensure you do this just as I say

 

And its wick-trimmers and their trays

Shall be of pure gold, for beauty and for praise

 

It shall be made of a talent of pure gold

With all these utensils, so shall you do

And see to it that you make them according

To the pattern which on the mountain was shown to you

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Such marvelous detail for these implements of gold

Each carrying a picture of our Lord Jesus

Just as everything which in the Bible You have told

Shows something far greater to us

 

What marvel and beauty is found in this precious word

And all of it is centered on Jesus Christ our Lord

 

And so we praise You, Lord God Almighty

So be pleased to live in our praises for all eternity

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 26:1-14

 

The Tabernacle and the Tent

 

Moreover you shall make the tabernacle; yes, as I have said

With ten curtains of fine woven linen

And blue, purple, and scarlet thread

With artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them

 

The length of each curtain

Shall be twenty-eight cubits, these its contents

And the width of each curtain four cubits for certain

And every one of the curtains shall have the same measurements

 

Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, you see

And the other five curtains to one another coupled shall be

 

And you shall make loops of blue yarn

On the edge of the curtain on the selvedge of one set

And likewise you shall do on the outer edge

Of the other curtain of the second set; do not forget

 

Fifty loops you shall make in the one curtain

And fifty loops you shall make on the edge too

Of the curtain that is on the end of the second set

That the loops may be clasped to one another, so shall you do

 

And you shall make fifty clasps of gold

And couple the curtains together with the clasps

So that it may be one tabernacle, just as you have been told

 

You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair

To be a tent over the tabernacle

You shall make eleven curtains for the tabernacle there

 

The length of each curtain

Shall be thirty cubits, these its contents

And the width of each curtain four cubits, for certain

And the eleven curtains shall all have the same measurements

 

And you shall couple five curtains by themselves

And six curtains by themselves too

And you shall double over the sixth curtain

At the forefront of the tent, so shall you do

 

You shall make fifty loops on the edge

Of the curtain that is outermost in one set

And fifty loops on the edge of the curtain

Of the second set; do not forget

 

And you shall make fifty bronze clasps

Put the clasps into the loops, so shall you do

And couple the tent together

That it may be one, just as I instruct you

 

The remnant that remains of the curtains

Of the tent, so I now instruct to you

The half curtain that remains

Shall hang over the back of the tabernacle, so shall you do

 

And a cubit on one side and a cubit on the other side

Of what remains of the length of the curtains of the tent

Shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle

On this side and on that side, to cover it; to that extent

 

You shall also make a covering

Of ram skins dyed red for the tent

And a covering of badger skins above that

No detail shall you circumvent

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A tabernacle You have asked to be made

A place where You will dwell among us

You have selected how it is to be arrayed

To give us hints of the coming Messiah, Jesus

 

And how marvelous is it for us to see

The wonderful things You have in this tabernacle displayed

A place for You to dwell among us eternally

For in Christ Jesus, a body You have made

 

Thank You, O God for this wonderful redemption story

It is filled with marvelous details which show us of Your glory

 

And so to You we sing, and to You we give all of our praise

And it will continue on forever and ever

Yes, for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 26:15-30

 

A Sure Foundation and a Steady Frame

 

And for the tabernacle you shall make the boards

Of acacia wood, standing upright, according to my words

 

Ten cubits shall the length of a board be

And a cubit and a half shall be the width of each board, you see

 

Two tenons shall be in each board

For binding one to another, a challenge to tackle

Thus you shall make

For all the boards of the tabernacle

 

And you shall for the tabernacle the boards make 

Twenty boards for the south side; this you shall undertake

 

You shall make forty sockets of silver according to my words

Under the twenty boards:

Two sockets for its two tenons under each of the boards

 

And for the second side of the tabernacle, the north side

There shall be twenty boards, you see

And their forty sockets of silver:

Two sockets under each of the boards; thus shall it be

 

For the far side of the tabernacle, westward

You shall make six boards according to my word

 

And you shall make two boards also

For the two back corners of the tabernacle

This is where they are to go

 

They shall be coupled together at the bottom

And they shall be coupled together at the top by one ring

Thus it shall be for both of them

They shall be for the two corners, so you shall complete this thing

 

So there shall be eight boards

With their sockets of silver—sockets numbering sixteen—

Two sockets under each of the boards

Do this according to the pattern you have seen

 

And you shall make bars of acacia wood:

Five for the boards on one side of the tabernacle

Let this be understood

 

Five bars for the boards on the other side of the tabernacle too

And five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle

For the far side westward; so shall you do

 

The middle bar shall pass through as I intend

The midst of the boards from end to end

 

You shall overlay the boards with gold

Make their rings of gold as holders for the bars

And overlay the bars with gold as to you I have told

 

And you shall raise up the tabernacle as is now known

According to its pattern

Which on the mountain you were shown

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O God, how marvelous are Your ways!

How wonderful is the great plan You have revealed to us

We shall exalt You forever, even for eternal days

For what You have done through Your Son Jesus

 

Hallelujah to Christ our Lord!

Hallelujah to the One who has been there all along

Revealed to us in Your precious word

To the One who fills our hearts with song

 

Yes, we praise You O God our King

And to You forever our praises we shall sing

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 26:31-37

 

The Veil and the Screen

 

You shall make a veil 

Of blue, purple, and scarlet thread you will entwine

And fine woven linen

It shall be woven with cherubim of an artistic design

 

You shall hang it upon the four pillars

Of acacia wood overlaid with gold

Their hooks shall be gold, upon four sockets of silver

It shall be constructed just as to you I have told

 

And you shall hang the veil from the clasps

Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony too

In there, behind the veil

The veil shall be a divider for you

 

Between the holy place and the Most Holy

This is where the veil is intended to be

 

You shall put the mercy seat, so shall it be

Upon the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy

 

You shall set the table outside the veil

And the lampstand across from the table, you see

On the side of the tabernacle toward the south

And you shall put the table on the north side; so shall it be

 

You shall make a screen for the door of the tabernacle

Woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, these three

And fine woven linen

Made by a weaver is how it is intended to be

 

And you shall make for the screen

Five pillars of acacia wood

And overlay them with gold

Let these instructions be clearly understood

 

Their hooks shall be gold

And you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them

Now these instructions to you have been told

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The details are so fine, each tells a marvelous story

Of the coming of Christ and the things that He will do

Every bit of it tells us of His splendid glory

He the Holy One who is ever faithful and true

 

Found in Him is grace and life; found in Him is God's mercy too

The heavy burdens we have carried are lifted off through the Lord

Great and marvelous things He had done for me and you

And a record of them is kept for us to read in His sacred word

 

Oh God, how You are so very good to us!

How we rejoice in the things that You have done!

Through Your marvelous grace, You have sent Jesus!

And through His shed blood, our victory is won!

For this, O God, we shall ever sing Your praise

For ages upon ages... Yes! Even for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 27:1-8

 

Christ, Our Altar

 

You shall make an altar of acacia wood

Five cubits long and five cubits wide

The altar shall be square, as is understood

And its height shall be three cubits, so I decide

 

You shall make its horns on its four corners

Its horns shall be of one piece with it

And you shall overlay it with bronze

So shall you do; so I to you submit

 

Also you shall make its pans to receive its ashes

And its shovels and its basins and its forks, and its firepans too

You shall make all its utensils of bronze

Such as I now instruct to you

 

You shall make a grate for it

A network of bronze; so shall it be

And on the network you shall make four bronze rings

At its four corners, as instructed by Me

 

You shall put it under the rim

Of the altar beneath, so you shall do

That the network may be midway up the altar

This is the design as I am instructing you

 

And you shall make poles for the altar

Poles of acacia wood

And overlay them with bronze

So shall it be; so it is understood

 

The poles shall be put in the rings

The poles shall on the two sides be

Of the altar to bear it

Stick closely to these instructions from Me

 

You shall make it hollow with boards

As it was to you on the mountain shown

So shall they make it, according to My words

To them shall these instructions be made known

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In the altar God's wisdom in Christ is revealed

Each detail selected to show us of Jesus

And through His offering, a joyous destiny is sealed

Surely God in Christ has done marvelous things for us

And so we praise You, O King of the ages

Our hearts are filled with Your beauty and Your glory

Marvelous things You have revealed in the Bible's pages

Marvelous things in this wonderful redemption story

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 27:9-21

 

The Court and the Lamp

 

You shall also make the court of the tabernacle

For the south side there shall hangings for the court be

Made of fine woven linen

One hundred cubits long for one side, as instructed by Me

 

And its twenty pillars

And their twenty sockets bronze shall be

The hooks of the pillars

And their bands shall be silver, you see

 

Likewise along the length

Of the north side there shall be, just as I instruct you

Hangings one hundred cubits long

With its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of bronze too

 

And the hooks of the pillars and their bands of silver also

These accompany them, as you now know

 

And along the width of the court

On the west side shall hangings of fifty cubits be

With their ten pillars and their ten sockets

Heed these instructions carefully

 

The width of the court, as you can see

On the east side shall fifty cubits be

 

The hangings on one side of the gate

Shall be fifteen cubits, as I now instruct you

With their three pillars and their three sockets

This is what you are to do

 

And on the other side shall be

Hangings of fifteen cubits also

With their three pillars and their three sockets

Follow each step carefully as you go

 

For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long

Woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And fine woven linen, made by a weaver

It shall have four pillars and four sockets, just as I have said

 

All the pillars around the court

Shall have bands of silver, such shall it be

Their hooks shall be of silver

And their sockets of bronze; thus you shall do certainly

 

The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits

The width fifty throughout, this is its size

And the height five cubits, made of fine woven linen

And its sockets of bronze, as to you I apprise

 

All the utensils of the tabernacle

For all its service, every thing as I say

All its pegs and all the pegs of the court

Shall be of bronze, as I now relay

 

And you shall command the children of Israel

That they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light

To cause the lamp to burn continually

Yes, it is to burn throughout all the night

 

In the tabernacle of meeting

Outside the veil which is before the Testimony, hear My word

Aaron and his sons shall tend it

From evening until morning before the Lord

 

It shall be a statute forever, this I now to you tell

To their generations on behalf of the children of Israel

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Thank You, Lord for the wonderful detail we see

Every word is precious for us to ponder

And all of it points to Jesus ever so marvelously

Thank You for sharing with us such splendid wonder

 

Hear our thanks as we praise you for all of our days

Forever and ever we shall sing to You with joyous praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 28:1-14

 

Garments of the Priesthood

 

Now take Aaron your brother, as I to you tell

And his sons with him, from the oldest to the least

From among the children of Israel

That he may minister to Me as priest

 

Aaron and Aaron’s sons, listed as they are 

Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar

 

And you shall make holy garments

This you shall do

For Aaron your brother

For glory and for beauty, as I instruct you

 

So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans

Whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, you see

That they may make Aaron’s garments

To consecrate him, that he may as a priest minister to Me

 

And these are the garments

Which they shall make: according to these words to you

A breastplate, an ephod, a robe,

A skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash too

 

So they shall make holy garments

For Aaron your brother and his sons, as well

That he may minister to Me as priest

They shall follow the instructions that I now tell

 

They shall take the gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread too

And the fine linen as they are instructed to do

 

And they shall make the ephod

Of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And fine woven linen, artistically worked

Following the details as I have said

 

It shall have two shoulder straps

Joined at its two edges, is how it is to be

And so it shall be joined together

It shall be made thus accordingly

 

And the intricately woven band of the ephod

Which is on it, shall be

Of the same workmanship, made of gold

Blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, you see

 

Then you shall take two onyx stones as I now do tell

And engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel

 

Six of their names on one stone

And six names on the other stone

In order of their birth as is known

 

With the work of an engraver in stone

Like the engravings of a signet as well

You shall engrave the two stones

With the names of the sons of Israel

 

You shall set them in settings of gold

Ensure they do according to how they have been told

 

And you shall put the two stones as well

On the shoulders of the ephod

As memorial stones for the sons of Israel

 

So Aaron shall bear their names, so shall he do

Before the Lord as a memorial on his shoulders two

 

You shall also make settings of gold

And you shall make two chains, so shall it be

Of pure gold like braided cords

And fasten the braided chains to the settings, you see

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Such are the garments of the high priest of Israel

And how beautiful they must have been to see

But they have an even greater story of which to tell

As they only foreshadow the work of Christ for you and me

 

Every detail gives us precious insights to delight

Things that provide our souls with surety

That through His work, all things have been made right

And that our future is secure, a Divine guarantee

 

Thank You, O God for these marvelous hints of Jesus

Written so long ago, and yet as new as the day before our eyes

They are an anchor for the expectant souls of each of us

As we wait upon His return; He our splendid prize

And because of Him we shall for all eternity give You our praise

Yes, we shall hail You O God because of Jesus for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 28:15-30

 

The Breastplate of Judgment

 

You shall make the breastplate of judgment

Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod

You shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And fine woven linen, you shall make it, as I have now showed

 

It shall be doubled into a square, you see

A span shall be its length, and a span its width shall be

 

And you shall put settings of stones in it

Four rows of stones, as I will show

The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald

This shall be the first row

 

The second row shall be a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond

The third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst

And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper

They shall be set in gold settings; no detail shall be missed

 

And the stones shall have the names

Of the sons of Israel

Twelve according to their names

Like the engravings of a signet as well

 

Each one with its own name, certainly

According to the twelve tribes they shall be

 

You shall make chains at the end for the breastplate

Like braided cords of pure gold, as I now state

 

And you shall make two rings

For the breastplate, of gold

And put the two rings

On the two ends of the breastplate, just as you are told

 

Then you shall put the two braided chains

Of gold in the two rings

Which are on the ends of the breastplate

So shall you accomplish these things

 

And the other two ends of the two braided chains

You shall fasten to the two settings, as I relay

And put them on the shoulder straps

Of the ephod in the front, just as I say

 

You shall make two rings of gold

And put them on the two ends of the breastplate, as showed

On the edge of it, as you are told

Which is on the inner side of the ephod

 

And two other rings of gold you shall make

And put them on the two shoulder straps, please understand

Underneath the ephod toward its front

Right at the seam above the ephod's intricately woven band

 

They shall bind the breastplate

By means of its rings to the ephod's rings

Using a blue cord, so that it is above

The intricately woven band of the ephod, so do these things

And so that the breastplate does not come loose from the ephod

This is the reason for what you have been showed

 

So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel

On the breastplate of judgment over his heart, so shall it be

When he goes into the holy place

As a memorial before the Lord continually

 

And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment

The Urim and the Thummim, according to my word

And they shall be over Aaron’s heart

When he goes in before the Lord

 

So Aaron shall bear the judgment

Of the children of Israel

Over his heart before the Lord continually

For this reason, these things I do now tell

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How marvelous are these details, O God!

Precious and sublime are the things hidden in Your word!

Help us for all our days as in this life we trod

To search them out, seeking Christ our Lord

 

And through Him we praise You for all that You have done

For in Him it is finished, and in Him the victory is won

 

Glory to You, O King of the ages

For the marvelous splendor found in Your words pages

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 28:31-43

 

Clothed in Majesty and in Righteousness

 

You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue

Follow all of the directions as I instruct you

 

There shall be an opening for his head in the middle of it

It shall have at its opening all around

Like the opening in a coat of mail

So that it does not tear; we don't want that tearing sound

 

And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates

Of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem

And bells of gold all around between them

 

A golden bell and a pomegranate

A golden bell and a pomegranate, so shall it be

Upon the hem of the robe all around

These instructions you shall follow exactingly

 

And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers

And its sound when he goes into the holy place will be heard

Before the Lord and when he comes out

That he may not die; do according to my word

 

You shall also make a plate

Of pure gold and engrave on it; attend to my word

Like the engraving of a signet

HOLINESS TO THE LORD

 

And you shall put it on a blue cord, you see

That it may be on the turban

On the front of the turban it shall be

 

So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, as I tell

That Aaron may bear the iniquity

Of the holy things which the children of Israel

Hallow in all their holy gifts, given to Me

 

And it shall always be on his forehead, according to my word

That they may be accepted before the Lord

 

You shall skillfully weave the tunic

Of fine linen thread

You shall make the turban of fine linen

And you shall make the sash of woven work, as I have said

 

For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics

And you shall make sashes for them, follow in this duty

And you shall make hats for them

For glory and beauty

 

So you shall put them on Aaron your brother

And on his sons with him, so shall it be

You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them

That they as priests may minister to Me

 

And you shall make for them

Linen trousers to cover their nakedness

They shall reach from the waist to the thighs

As a part of their regular dress

 

They shall be on Aaron and on his sons

When they come into the tabernacle of meeting; these instructions apply

Or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place

That they do not incur iniquity and die

 

It shall be a statute forever to him

And his descendants after him, all of them

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Once again, O God we have seen Christ revealed

Each word points to Him and what He has done

In the words which were long ago concealed

New insights keep coming of Your precious Son

 

Thank You for the wonder of it all

And grant us the wisdom that on name of Jesus we will call

 

And then through Him we shall glorify you for eternal days

And to You, O God, we shall sing our marvelous words of praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 29:1-14

 

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

 

And this is what you shall do to them

To hallow them for ministering as priests to Me

Take one young bull and two rams without blemish

And continue to follow my directions explicitly

 

And unleavened bread

Mixed with oil, each unleavened cake

And unleavened wafers anointed with oil

You shall them of wheat flour make

 

You shall put them in one basket

And in the basket them you shall bring

With the bull and the two rams

So you shall do this thing

 

And Aaron and his sons you shall bring

To the tabernacle of meeting, at the door

And you shall wash them with water

On them water you shall pour

 

Then you shall take the garments

Put the tunic on Aaron, and the robe of the ephod too

The ephod, and the breastplate

And gird him with the intricately woven band of the ephod -

So shall you do

 

You shall put the turban on his head

And put the holy crown on the turban, as I have said

 

And you shall the anointing oil take

Pour it on his head, and anoint him

For the ordination's sake

 

Then you shall bring his sons

And put tunics on them, so shall you do

And you shall gird them with sashes

Aaron and his sons, and put the hats on them too

 

The priesthood shall be theirs for a perpetual statute

So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons

In these things, the priesthood you will institute

 

You shall also have the bull brought

Before the tabernacle of meeting, as I say

And Aaron and his sons shall put their hands

On the head of the bull, this they shall obey

 

Then you shall kill the bull before the Lord

By the door of the tabernacle of meeting

According to My word

 

You shall take some of the blood of the bull, for sure

And put it on the horns of the altar with your finger

And all the blood beside the base of the altar pour

 

And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails

The fatty lobe attached to the liver, so shall you do

And the two kidneys and the fat that is on them

And burn them on the altar, as I now instruct to you

 

But the flesh of the bull

With its skin and its offal, you shall do this thing

You shall burn with fire outside the camp

It is a sin offering

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Lord God Almighty, we thank you for what You have done

You have made us a kingdom of priests to You

And it is only because of the work of Your Son

It is only because of what He alone did do

And so we do thank You and we give You praise

Yes, Lord God Almighty, we shall do so... even unto eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 29:15-25

 

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

 

You shall also take one ram, as I now say

And Aaron and his sons shall

Put their hands on the head of the ram; it shall be this way

 

And you shall kill the ram, so shall you do

And you shall take its blood

And sprinkle it all around on the altar; as I instruct you

 

Then you shall cut the ram in pieces, after it has been bled

Wash its entrails and its legs

And put them with its pieces and with its head

 

And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar

It is to the Lord a burnt offering

It is a sweet aroma

By fire to the Lord is made this proffering

 

You shall also take the other ram

And Aaron and his sons, as to you I say

Shall put their hands on the head of the ram

Thus it shall be this way

 

Then you shall kill the ram

And take some of its blood too

And put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron

And on the tip of the right ear of his sons, so shall you do

 

On the thumb of their right hand

And on the big toe of their right foot

And sprinkle the blood all around on the altar, please understand

 

And you shall take some of the blood

That is on the altar, this you shall do

And some of the anointing oil

And sprinkle it on Aaron and on his garments too

 

On his sons and on the garments

Of his sons with him, as I to you tell

And he and his garments shall be hallowed

And his sons and his sons’ garments with him as well

 

Also you shall take the fat of the ram

The fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails too

The fatty lobe attached to the liver

The two kidneys and the fat on them, so you shall do

 

The right thigh (for it is a ram of consecration)

One loaf of bread, one cake made with oil, according to My word

And one wafer from the basket

Of the unleavened bread that is before the Lord

 

And you shall put all these in the hands

Of Aaron and in the hands of his sons, and so fulfill My word

And you shall wave them

As a wave offering before the Lord

 

You shall receive them back from their hands

And burn them on the altar as a burnt offering

As a sweet aroma before the Lord

It is by fire to the Lord, a proffering

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Lord God Almighty, we thank you for what You have done

You have made us a kingdom of priests to You

And it is only because of the work of Your Son

It is only because of what He alone did do

And so we do thank You and we give You praise

Yes, Lord God Almighty, we shall do so... even unto eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 29:26-37

 

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

 

Then you shall take the breast

Of the ram of Aaron’s consecration

And wave it as a wave offering before the Lord; per His behest

And it shall be your portion

 

And from the ram of the consecration

You shall consecrate the breast

Of the wave offering which is waved

And the thigh of the heave offering which is raised, it is the best

 

Of that which is for Aaron, as I tell you

And of that which is for his sons too

 

It shall be from the children of Israel

For Aaron and his sons by a statute forever, so I to you tell

 

For it is a heave offering

It shall be a heave offering from the children of Israel

(hear My word)

From the sacrifices of their peace offerings

That is, their heave offering to the Lord

 

And the holy garments of Aaron

Shall be his sons’ after him, so shall you do

To be anointed in them

And to be consecrated in them too

 

That son who becomes priest in his place

Shall for seven days put them on

When he enters the tabernacle of meeting

To minister in the holy place, these he shall don

 

And the ram of the consecration you shall take

And boil its flesh in the holy place

A boiling of its flesh you shall make

 

Then Aaron and his sons shall

The flesh of the ram, they shall be eating

And the bread that is in the basket

By the door of the tabernacle of meeting

 

They shall eat those things

With which the atonement was made, so shall it be

To consecrate and to sanctify them

But an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy

 

And if any of the flesh of the consecration offerings

Or of the bread, remains until the morning - do hear Me

Then you shall burn the remainder with fire

It shall not be eaten, because it is holy

 

Thus you shall do to Aaron and his sons

According to all that I have commanded you to do

Seven days you shall consecrate them

According to all that I instruct to you

 

And you shall every day offer a bull

As a sin offering for atonement, yes each day

You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it

And you shall anoint it to sanctify it, as to you I say

 

Seven days you shall make atonement

For the altar and sanctify it, according to these words from Me

And the altar most holy shall be

Whatever touches the altar must be holy

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Lord God Almighty, we thank you for what You have done

You have made us a kingdom of priests to You

And it is only because of the work of Your Son

It is only because of what He alone did do

And so we do thank You and we give You praise

Yes, Lord God Almighty, we shall do so... even unto eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 29:38-46

 

I Will Dwell among Them and be Their God

 

Now this is what you shall offer on the altar:

Two lambs of the first year

Day by day continually, in this do not falter

 

One lamb you shall offer in the morning so bright

And the other lamb you shall offer at twilight

 

With the one lamb shall be

One-tenth of an ephah of flour, such is the proffering

Mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil

And one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering

 

And the other lamb you shall offer at twilight

And you shall offer with it the grain offering, as to My word

And the drink offering, as in the morning

For a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord

 

This shall be a continual burnt offering

Throughout your generations, so you shall do

At the door of the tabernacle of meeting

Before the Lord, where I will meet you to speak with you

 

And there I will meet with the children of Israel, where I abide

And the tabernacle shall by My glory be sanctified

 

So I will consecrate the tabernacle of meeting and the altar too

I will also consecrate both Aaron and his sons

To minister to Me as priests, so shall I do

 

I will dwell among the children of Israel

And will be their God, as I to you now tell

 

And they shall know that I am the Lord their God

Who brought them up out of Egypt the land

That I may dwell among them

I am the Lord their God, so they shall understand

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Surely You are holy, O God

And this is what You expect also from us

But even now You have accepted us while on this earth we trod

Because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus

 

How can such a marvelous thing as this be?

That You have granted us to again fellowship with You

Thank You, O God for Jesus, the Lord of glory

Who, through His shed blood has made all things new

 

And so in His name to You we give our praise

And so shall it be forever and ever, even unto eternal days

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 30:1-10

 

The Altar of Incense

 

You shall make an altar

To burn incense on, so shall you do

You shall make it of acacia wood

As I am now instructing you

 

A cubit shall be its length and a cubit its width

It shall be square, as instructed by Me

And two cubits shall be its height

Its horns of one piece with it shall be

 

And you shall overlay its top

Its sides all around, no detail shall you forsake

And its horns with pure gold

And you shall for it a molding of gold all around make

 

Two gold rings you shall make for it

Under the molding on both its sides, this detail you shall not omit

You shall place them on its two sides

And they will be holders for the poles with which to bear it

 

You shall make the poles of acacia wood

And overlay them with gold, as is understood

 

And you shall put it before the veil

That is before the ark of the Testimony, so shall you do

Before the mercy seat that is over the Testimony

Where I will meet with you

 

Aaron shall burn on it

Sweet incense every morning, this shall be

When he tends the lamps

He shall burn incense on it, sweet incense to Me

 

And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight

He shall burn incense on it, at that time too

A perpetual incense before the LORD

Throughout your generations, this he shall do

 

You shall not offer strange incense on it

Or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; you shall pay heed

Nor shall you pour a drink offering on it

No priest shall consider such a deed

 

And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns

Once a year with the blood, so shall he do

Of the sin offering of atonement

This is what shall be conveyed to him by you

 

Once a year he shall make atonement upon it

Throughout your generations

It is most holy to the LORD

For this altar, these are my expectations

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O God, how marvelous are You in all ways

For giving the true Altar of Incense to us

And so forever, yes even through eternal days

We can petition You, through our Lord Jesus

 

All of these pictures from Israel's past

Have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ our Lord

And through Him and His work we can fellowship at last

Yes, through Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word

 

Praises, yes praises we shall eternally sing to You, O God

And forever in Your marvelous light, golden streets we shall trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 30:11-16

 

The Ransom Money

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

When you take the census, according to my word

Of the children of Israel for their number, as I am relaying

Then every man shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord

 

When you number them

That there may no plague among them be

When you number them

Abide by these instructions from Me

 

This is what everyone among those who are numbered shall give:

Half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary

(A shekel is twenty gerahs)

The half-shekel shall an offering to the Lord be

 

Everyone included among those who are numbered

From twenty years old and above, as noted by Me

Shall give an offering to the Lord

Follow this directive carefully

 

The rich shall not give more

And the poor shall not than half a shekel give less

When you give an offering to the Lord

To make atonement for yourselves, as to you I address

 

And you shall take the atonement money

Of the children of Israel

And shall appoint it for the service

Of the tabernacle of meeting, that it may be a memorial

 

For the children of Israel before the Lord

To make atonement for yourselves, according to My word

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How great are You, O God, that You have sent Jesus

To be the ransom for the weary soul

It is He who came to deliver us

And onto Him, our many cares we can now roll

 

For we have been redeemed unto You

Through His shed blood, redemption has come at last

The payment is made, nothing more is due

From a life of sin and bondage, into Your courts we have passed

 O God, your righteous demands have been satisfied for us

Thank You, O God, for our payment of Ransom

Thank You, O God, for Jesus!

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 30:17-21

 

The Bronze Laver

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was relaying

 

You shall also make a laver of bronze

With its base also of bronze, for washing, as I submit

You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar

And you shall put water in it

 

For Aaron and his sons shall wash, as is meet

In water from it, their hands and their feet

 

When they go into the tabernacle of meeting

Or when they come near the altar to minister, by and by

To burn an offering made by fire to the Lord

They shall wash with water, lest they die

 

So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die

And it shall be a statute to them forever

To him and his descendants throughout their generations

As long as this law continues, they shall cease this never

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Lord, in this simple Laver, we see marvelous pictures of you

And of the word which you have spoken as well

Help each of us to do those things we should do

And purify ourselves as the pictures of this Laver do tell

 

Let our actions be right and acceptable each day

May our steps be free from error; walking a path which is holy

And help us to wash ourselves with your word, we pray

Until the time when we stand there before the glassy sea

 

For marvelous are you, O God

And worthy are You of our seeking right living through Your word

And may we forever upon the holy path trod

Until the day when comes for us Jesus Christ our Lord

 

We long for that day and may it be soon we pray

Until then we will continue to pursue You day by day

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 30:22-38

 

The Oil and the Incense

 

Moreover the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

These are the words He began relaying

 

Also take for yourself quality spices—

Five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh

Half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon

Two hundred and fifty shekels, for sure

 

Two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane

Five hundred shekels of cassia also

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

And a hin of olive oil, as you now know

 

And you shall make from these

A holy anointing oil, one set apart

An ointment compounded

According to the perfumer’s art

 

It shall be a holy anointing oil, so you see

Follow these directions ever so carefully

 

With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting

And the ark of the Testimony; as I to you tell

The table and all its utensils,

The lampstand and its utensils as well

 

And the altar of incense; you shall anoint too

The altar of burnt offering with all its utensils

And the laver and its base, so shall you do

 

You shall consecrate them

That they may be most holy

Whatever touches them must be holy

These things are set apart to Me

 

And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, you see

And consecrate them

That they may minister as priests to Me

 

And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying

This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me

Throughout your generations, as I am now relaying

 

It shall not be poured on man’s flesh

Nor shall you make any other like it

According to its composition

It is holy, and it shall be holy to you, I submit

 

Whoever compounds any like it

Or whoever puts any of it on an outsider

Shall be cut off from his people

You shall stand by this instructive divider

 

And the Lord said to Moses:

Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha, as to you I teach

And galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices

There shall be equal amounts of each

 

You shall make of these an incense

A compound according to the art of the perfumer

Salted, pure, and holy will be its contents

 

And you shall beat some of it very fine

And put before the Testimony some of it

In the tabernacle of meeting

Where I will meet with you, as I now submit

 

It shall be most holy to you

Following these instructions you shall do

 

But as for the incense which you shall make, this I tell

You shall not any for yourselves make

According to its composition as well

It shall be to you holy for the Lord, only for His sake

 

Whoever makes any like it, to smell it

He shall be cut off from his people, so I now submit

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Wonderful pictures of Christ and His work for us

Are revealed in the holy oil and incense of Israel

Every word shows us more hints of Jesus

And of His marvelous works each does tell

 

Thank You, O God, for such a wonderful word

Thank You for the mysteries which are hidden there

Each that we pull out speaks of Jesus our Lord

Thank you that in His goodness we too can share

For all eternity we shall sing to You our praise

Yes, from this time forth and for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 31;1-11

 

Bezalel and Aholiab

 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words that He was relaying

 

“See, I have called by name

Bezalel the son of Uri

The son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah

Yes, he has been called by name by Me

 

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God

In wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge too

And in all manner of workmanship

There are many things for Me he shall do

 

To design artistic works

To work in gold, in silver, in bronze also

In cutting jewels for setting

In carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship –

It is so

 

And I, indeed I, have appointed with him

Aholiab the son of Ahisamach; of the tribe of Dan

And I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans

Special wisdom according to each man

 

That they may make all that I have commanded you

The tabernacle of meeting, so shall it be

The ark of the Testimony

And the mercy seat that is on it, as directed by Me

 

And all the furniture of the tabernacle—

The table and its utensils, all of these

The pure gold lampstand with all its utensils,

The altar of incense, for a sweet burning aroma, Me to please

 

The altar of burnt offering with all its utensils

And the laver and its base, as you know

The garments of ministry

The holy garments for Aaron the priest, let it be so

 

And the garments of his sons

To minister as priests, yes before My face

And the anointing oil

And sweet incense for the holy place

 

According to all that I have commanded you

These are the things they shall do

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Thank You, Lord for the wonderful detail we see

Every word is precious for us to ponder

And all of it points to Jesus ever so marvelously

Thank You for sharing with us such splendid wonder

 

Hear our thanks as we praise you for all of our days

Forever and ever we shall sing to You with joyous praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 31:12-18

 

The Law of the Sabbath

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying

These are the words He was relaying

 

Speak also to the children of Israel, saying:

Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, so shall it be

For it is a sign between Me and you

Throughout your generations, as commanded by Me

 

That you may know that I am the Lord

Who sanctifies you, and so pay heed to My word

 

You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore

For it is holy to you

Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death

This is what you are to do

 

For whoever does any work on it

That person shall be cut off from among his people

So to you I submit

 

Work shall be done for six days

But the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord

Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day

He shall surely be put to death, according to My word

 

Therefore the children of Israel

Shall keep the Sabbath, so shall they do

To observe the Sabbath throughout their generations

As a perpetual covenant; a covenant between Me and you

 

It is a sign between Me

And the children of Israel forever; thus we are enmeshed

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth

And on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed

 

And when He had made an end

Of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, no more could Moses linger

He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony

Tablets of stone, written with God’s finger

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O God, again we come to Your word

To search it out for what You would of us expect

And in so searching we find our precious Lord

And in Him, only grace and mercy can we detect

 

For those who have trusted in Jesus

We have the surest hope of all

Magnificent, wondrous things He has done for us

Because upon His precious name, we did call

 

How can such love be, O God?
Surely it is exceeds heaven’s highest height

And so for sending Jesus we joyously applaud

Because through Him, all things are new –

Once again all things are right

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 32:1-10

 

The Golden Calf

 

Now when the people saw

That Moses delayed instead

Coming down from the mountain

The people gathered together to Aaron, and to him said

 

“Come, make us gods that shall go before us

For as for this Moses, the man who brought us up, also

Out of the land of Egypt

What has become of him, we do not know

 

And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings

Which are in the ears of your wives, so let it be

Also your sons, and your daughters…

And bring them to me

 

So all the people broke off

The golden earrings which were in their ears

And brought them to Aaron

Of the Lord God, they showed no fears

 

And he received the gold from their hand

And he fashioned it with an engraving tool

And made a molded calf

Aaron truly acted like a fool

 

Then they said

“This is your god, O Israel

That brought you out of the land of Egypt

As you know very well

 

So when Aaron saw it

He built an altar before it, disobeying God’s word

And Aaron made a proclamation and said

“Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord

 

Then they rose early on the next day

Offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings

And the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play

 

And the Lord said to Moses “Go, get down!

For your people whom you brought out

Of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves

They have performed great wickedness, no doubt

 

They have turned aside quickly

Out of the way which I commanded them, as I did tell

They have made themselves a molded calf

And worshiped it and sacrificed to it as well

 

And said, ‘This is your god, O Israel

That brought you out of the land of Egypt

This to the people they did tell

 

And the Lord said to Moses, who was paying heed

“I have seen this people

And it is a stiff-necked people indeed

 

Now therefore, let Me alone

That My wrath may burn hot against them in my consternation

And I may consume them

And I will make of you a great nation

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Lord God, we sure know how to strive against you

It is in our nature to stiffen our necks in this way

Grant us wisdom to do what is right to do

And to be pleasing in Your sight; this we pray

 

Help us to follow closely what is written in Your word

And be a light on our path, guiding each of us

Help us to be obedient to the things we’ve heard

Concerning what You have done through our Lord Jesus

 

Lead us to Your place of rest, in eternal glory

That which is promised in the gospel story

 

For this we pray, and to this help us to attend

And surely we shall praise you forever; days without end

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 32:11-24

 

The Testing of Moses

 

Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God

And said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn

Hot against Your people whom You have brought

Out of the land of Egypt, of this help me to learn

 

With great power and with a mighty hand

This I surely wish to understand

 

Why should the Egyptians speak, and say

He brought them out to harm them in this place

To kill them in the mountains

And to consume them from the earth’s face

 

Turn from Your fierce wrath; do not let it be spent

And from this harm to Your people, please relent

 

Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel

Your servants, to whom You swore and did not lie

By Your own self, and said to them; you did tell

I will your descendants as the stars of heaven multiply

 

And all this land that I have spoken of

A promise that I will not sever

I give to your descendants

And they shall inherit it forever

 

So the Lord relented from the harm; He bid it adieu

Which He said to His people He would do

 

And Moses turned, as we understand

And went down from the mountain

And the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand

 

The tablets were written on both sides, words so pure

On the one side and on the other written they were

 

Now the tablets were the work of God, as we understand

And the writing was the writing of God

Engraved on the tablets; given from God’s hand

 

And when Joshua heard the noise

Of the people as they shouted

He said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp

Of this he could not have doubted

 

But he said, in frustration complete

“It is not the noise of the shout of victory

Nor the noise of the cry of defeat

But the sound of singing is heard by me

 

So it was, as soon as he came near the camp

That he saw the calf and the dancing too

So Moses’ anger became hot

And he cast the tablets out of his hands

Yes, out of his hands the tablets he threw

 

And broke them at the foot of the mountain

His anger came forth as a streaming fountain

 

Then he took the calf which they had made

Burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder

And he scattered it on the water

And made the children of Israel drink it like golden calf chowder

 

And Moses said to Aaron

“What did this people do to you?

That you have brought so great a sin upon them?

What was going on in the mind of you?

 

So Aaron said, yes even so

“Do not let the anger of my lord become hot

Surely these people as you know

That they are set on evil; it hasn’t changed in this spot

 

For they said to me, even thus

“Make us gods that shall go before us

 

As for this Moses

The man who brought us out of Egypt the land

We do not know what has become of him

Of where he has gone we just do not understand

 

And I said to them

“Whoever has any gold, let them break it off, so I did shout

So they gave it to me

And I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out

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Lord God, the failings of others are the same as our own

Facing our sin is a most difficult thing to do

Help us to each and every sin bemoan

And to walk on the path which is holy and true

 

Keep us from the offenses which divide

Our devotions to You, turning them aside

Help us to walk always in stride

With Your precepts only, never in haughtiness or pride

 

Lord God, we thank You for your guiding hand
We thank You for Your Spirit, which You have given to us

Thank You for the promise of a heavenly land

Granted because of what was done by our Lord Jesus

 

Until the day we are there, O God

Keep us from turning aside from the holy path we should trod

And on this path we will give You all of our praise

Seeking Your face throughout all our days

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 32;25-35

 

The Testing of the Sons of Levi

 

Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained

For Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies

Then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp

And said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me. Do, please

 

And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him

And he said to them

 

Thus says the Lord God of Israel:

“Let every man put his sword on his side

And go in and out from entrance to entrance, as well 

Throughout the camp, let these words be applied

 

And let every man kill his brother

Every man his companion, and every man his neighbor

 

So the sons of Levi did according to as Moses did say

And about three thousand men of the people fell that day

 

Then Moses said, yes he did say

“Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord

That He may bestow on you a blessing this day

For every man has opposed his son and his brother according to His word

 

Now it came to pass on the next day

That Moses to the people said

“You have committed a great sin, in your wicked way

So now I will go up to the Lord instead

 

Perhaps I can make atonement for your sin

Otherwise you are surely done in

 

Then Moses returned to the Lord and said

“Oh, these people have committed a great sin

And have made for themselves a god of gold!

Surely your patience is wearing thin

 

Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray

Blot me out of Your book which You have written, blot me out today

And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me

I will blot him out of My book, this is how it shall be

 

Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place

Of which I have spoken to you

Behold, My Angel shall go before your face

 

Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment

I will visit punishment upon them for their sin, the debt shall be paid
So the Lord plagued the people because of what they did

With the calf which Aaron made

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Here we are Lord, really no different than Israel

We are unrestrained in in our lives each and every day

It is a sad, sad story to tell

But this is humanity’s normal, confused way

 

Help us to be bold, Lord, when facing sin

To stand against it and to be firm in defending Your glory

While the world continues to spiral its way in

Help us to proclaim to all the wondrous gospel story

 

For it alone has the power, the lost soul to save

For it alone tells of the precious life You gave

 

Thank You, O God, for this perfect gift which You have bestowed upon us

Thank You, O God, for our Savior, our Lord, our precious Jesus

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 33:1-11

 

Everyone Who Sought the Lord

 

Then the Lord said to Moses

“Depart and go up from here, He did command

You and the people whom

You have brought out of Egypt the land

 

To the land of which I swore to Abraham

Isaac, and Jacob, saying

“To your descendants I will give it

So to you I am relaying

 

And I will send My Angel before you

And I will drive out the Canaanite, that’s right

And the Amorite and the Hittite too

And the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite

 

Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey

For I will not in your midst go up with you

Lest I consume you on the way

For you are a stiff-necked people, it is true

 

And when the people heard this bad news, there at their tents

They mourned, and no one put on his ornaments

 

For the Lord had said to Moses

“Say to the children of Israel

‘You are a stiff-necked people

And you know this very well

 

I could come up into your midst in one moment

And consume you, so could I do

Now therefore, take off your ornaments

That I may know what to do to you

 

So, stripped themselves did the children of Israel

Of their ornaments by Mount Horeb, as the record does tell

 

Moses took his tent and pitched it

Outside the camp, far from the camp he went

And called it the tabernacle of meeting

Yes, this is the name he called this tent

 

And it came to pass that everyone

Who sought the Lord, so we know

Went out to the tabernacle of meeting

Which was outside the camp, there they did go

 

So it was, whenever Moses went out

To the tabernacle, that all the people rose

And each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses

Until he had gone into the tabernacle, before they again did repose

 

And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle

That the pillar of cloud descended, him to meet

And stood at the door of the tabernacle

And the Lord talked with Moses, in fellowship sweet

 

All the people saw the pillar of cloud

Standing at the tabernacle door, as we know

And all the people rose and worshiped

Each man in his tent door, it is so 

 

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face

As a man speaks to his friend, there in that place

 

And he would return to the camp

But his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man as we know

Did not depart from the tabernacle

He stayed at the tent, even so

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Lord God, You are there still

Waiting for Your people to come to You

For each and every one that will

You have promised them something new

 

No longer will we be estranged and living apart

No longer will we be far from Your place

Instead ahead will be a brand new start

When we come to fellowship with You face to face

Thank You, O God, for Jesus who makes all things new

Thank You for our Lord who is ever faithful and true

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 33:12-23

 

Safe in the Cleft of the Rock

 

Then Moses said to the Lord

“See, ‘Bring up this people.’ So You say to me

But You have not let me know

Whom You will send with me; who will it be? 

 

Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name; which is right

And you have also found grace in My sight

 

Now therefore, I pray

If I have found grace in Your sight

Show me now Your way

That I may know You, alright?

 

And that I may in Your sight find grace 

And consider that this nation is Your people; here in this place

 

And He said, “My Presence will go with you

And I will give you rest, what I have spoken is true

 

Then he said to Him

“If Your Presence with us does not go

Do not bring us up from here

It would be better that we stayed here, even so

 

For how then will it be known

That Your people and I have found grace in Your sight

Except You go with us

Surely then we would see that in us You delight

 

So we shall be separate, Your people and I, as if a new birth

From all the people who are upon the face of the earth

 

So the Lord said to Moses

“I will also do this thing that you have spoken

For you have found grace in My sight

And I know you by name, this word shall not be broken

 

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory”

Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you

And I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you

So this is the thing that I shall do

 

Gracious to whom I will be gracious will I be

And I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion

Thus it is, as you now see

 

But He said, “You cannot see My face, this word I give

For no man shall see Me, and live

And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me

And you shall stand on the rock, and you shall see

 

So it shall be, while My glory passes by

That in the cleft of the rock I will put you

And will cover you with My hand

While I pass by; this I will do

 

Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back

But My face shall not be seen; this sight you shall lack

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Heavenly Father, how good it is to know

That there is a place of safety both in and from Your majesty

Jesus does to us Your majesty show

And Jesus also reveals it slowly, for all eternity

 

And so we are not consumed by Your glory

Instead we can revel in it, seeking out Your face

This is the marvel of the Gospel story

This is why we come to gather in this place

 

Thank You, O God, that for the ages we will glory in You

Because of what Jesus Christ for us alone does do

And so in His name we give You all of our praise

And we shall do so for all the ages, even for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 34:1-9

 

The Lord’s Inheritance

 

And the Lord said to Moses

Cut two tablets of stone like those at the first

And I will write on these tablets the words

That were on the first tablets which you broke in your outburst

 

So be ready in the morning

And come up in the morning to Mount Sinai

And present yourself to Me

There on the top of the mountain, by and by

 

And no man shall come up with you

And let no man throughout all the mountain be seen

Let neither flocks nor herds feed

Before that mountain where you and I will convene

 

So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones

Then Moses rose early in the morning, at dawn of the day so new

And went up Mount Sinai

As the Lord had commanded him to do

 

And he took in his hand the two tablets of stone

And thus he ascended all alone

 

Now the Lord descended in the cloud

And stood with him there

And proclaimed the name of the Lord

A sight and sound both precious and rare

 

And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed

“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious

Longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth

Keeping mercy for thousands, mercy so spacious

 

Forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, it is so

By no means clearing the guilty, they will be done in

Visiting the iniquity of the fathers, even though

Upon the children and the children’s children

 

To the third and the fourth generation

A warning to Israel the nation

 

So Moses made haste

And bowed his head toward the earth

And worshiped

Yes, he worshiped the Lord of infinite worth

 

Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight

O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us; give us this chance

Even though we are a stiff-necked people

And pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance

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O Lord God, how glorious You are; glorious in all ways

You are grandiose and holy, robed in majesty

And so we shall pursue you with all of our hearts, for all of our days

And praise You with all of our souls; yes Lord God Almighty

 

Thank You for how You have revealed Yourself to us

You proclaimed the name of the Lord, and came in the Person of Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 34:10-26

 

The Covenant Continues

 

And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant

Before all your people, of every station

I will do marvels such as have not been done

In all the earth, nor in any nation

 

And all the people among whom you are

Shall see the work of the Lord

For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you

The guarantee is my word

 

Observe what I command you this day

Behold, I am driving out from before you, as I determine is right

The Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite

And the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite

 

Take heed to yourself

Lest a covenant with the inhabitants you make

Of the land where you are going

Lest it be a snare in your midst, this warning do take

 

But you shall destroy their altars

Break their sacred pillars too

And cut down their wooden images

For no other god shall be worshipped by you

 

For the Lord, whose name is Jealous

Is a jealous God, and for His name He is zealous

 

Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land

And they play the harlot with their gods, a terrible vice

And make sacrifice to their gods

And one of them invites you, and you eat of his sacrifice

 

And you take of his daughters for your sons

And his daughters the harlot with their gods play

And make your sons play the harlot with their gods

You shall make no molded gods for yourselves; this you shall obey

 

The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep

Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread

As I commanded you

In the appointed time of the month of Abib; just as I have said

 

For in the month of Abib out from Egypt you came

And so the nations heard of my great name

 

All that open the womb are Mine

And every male firstborn among your livestock

Whether ox or sheep

Animals of the herd or of the flock

 

But the firstborn of a donkey

You shall redeem with a lamb for My name’s sake

And if you will not redeem him

Then his neck you shall break

 

All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem, I have commanded

And none shall appear before Me empty-handed

 

Six days you shall work

But on the seventh day you shall rest

In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest

Do not disobey and thus put me to the test

 

And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks

Of the firstfruits of the harvest of wheat

And the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end

When the harvest cycle is complete

 

Three times in the year all your men

Shall appear before the Lord

The Lord God of Israel

This according to my word

 

For I will cast out the nations before you, so understand

And enlarge your borders, so will it be – have no fear

Neither will any man covet your land

When you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year

 

You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leaven

This I state to you as a warning

Nor shall the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover

Be left until morning

 

The first of the firstfruits of your land

You shall bring to the house of the Lord your God

You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk

You shall not so defile the land upon which you trod

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Lord God, You gave good laws to Israel

But as a people, they failed You time after time

They turned their necks to you, and raised their fists as well

But through it all, You have claimed, “This people is Mine”

 

And the people of Your church have likewise turned away

We have shunned Your grace and gone after works of our own

But still You hold out nailed-scarred hands, even to this day

Great mercies to Your wayward people you have shown

 

Help us Lord to turn our hearts to You

Help us to be like Christ, ever faithful and true

 

And as we walk upon this world, let us ever give You praise

Yes, for the duration of our lives, whatever number be our days

 

For You are worthy, O God – Yes, faithful and true

And so we shall in heaven’s majestic home, ever be praising You

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 34:27-35

 

From Glory to Glory

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write these words

For according to the tenor of these words that I say

I have made a covenant with you and with Israel

And these words will direct you in the way

 

So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights

He neither ate bread nor drank water as well

And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant

The Ten Commandments; God’s great law for Israel

 

Now it was so, when Moses 

Came down from Mount Sinai

And the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand

When he came down from the mountain, by and by

 

That Moses did not know

That the skin of his face shone

While he talked with Him

To him this condition was unknown

 

So when Aaron and all the children

Of Israel saw Moses, they were filled with fear

Behold, the skin of his face shone

And they were afraid for him to come near

 

Then Moses called to them

And Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation

Returned to him; and Moses talked with them

Yes, he talked to the rulers of the nation

 

Afterward all the children of Israel

Came near, and as commandments them he gave

All that the LORD had spoken with him

On Mount Sinai, directions for how they were to behave

 

And when Moses had finished speaking with them in that place

It was then that he put a veil on his face

 

But whenever Moses went in before the LORD

To speak with Him, he would take the veil off –

…as the situation demanded

Until he came out; and he would come out and speak

To the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded

 

And whenever the children of Israel

Saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone

Then Moses would put the veil on his face again

Until he went in to speak with Him; in the tent with Him alone

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Lord, you have explained to us in Your word

That it is Jesus who shines forth Your radiant glory

And so we hail Him as our exalted Lord

And we hold fast to this marvelous gospel story

Praises, yes praises to You O Lord our God

Forever we shall praise You as in Your presence we trod

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 35:1-19

 

A Call to Service

 

Then Moses gathered all the congregation

Of the children of Israel

Together, and said to them, to the whole nation

These are the words he did tell

 

These are the words which the Lord

Has commanded you to do; according to His word

 

Work shall be done for six days

But the seventh day shall be a holy day for you

A Sabbath of rest to the Lord

Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death, so shall you do

 

You shall kindle no fire, as I now say

Throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day

 

And Moses spoke to all the congregation

Of the children of Israel, saying

This is the thing which the Lord commanded

This is the saying; these the words he was relaying

 

Take from among you an offering to the Lord

Whoever is of a willing heart

Let him bring it as an offering to the Lord:

Gold, silver, and bronze, but this is just the start

 

Blue, purple, and scarlet thread

Fine linen, and goats’ hair as well

Ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood

Such are needed as to you I now tell

 

Oil for the light

And spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense too

Onyx stones, and stones to be set just right

In the ephod and in the breastplate are needed from you

 

All who are gifted artisans among you

Shall come and as the Lord has commanded shall make all

The tabernacle, its tent, its covering, its clasps

Its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets, according to His call

 

The ark and its poles, with the mercy seat

And the veil of the covering; as He did relay

The table and its poles

All its utensils, and the showbread, as the word does say

 

Also the lampstand for the light

Its utensils, its lamps, and the oil for the light as well

The incense altar, its poles

The anointing oil, the sweet incense; so I now tell

 

And the screen for the door

At the entrance of the tabernacle, in that place

The altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating

Its poles, all its utensils, and the laver and its base

 

The hangings of the court

Its pillars, their sockets, according to these words

And the screen for the gate of the court

The pegs of the tabernacle, the pegs of the court, and their cords

 

The garments of ministry

For ministering in the holy place

The holy garments for Aaron the priest

And the garments of his sons, to minister as priests before My face

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We have been called to follow a process in the Lord

First to rest in Him and what He has done for us

We come to do this through hearing His word

And then showing faith in the Lord Jesus

 

After that, we are asked for what we have to give

The things which we possess as our offering to God

With a willing heart in this life that we live

And without compulsion in this walk that we trod

 

And then if we have been given even more

If we possess a special ability or a skill

We should use that for the Lord, yes let us open that door

And use it for His glory with all of our will

 

In this, the Lord is surely pleased, we know

And so let us not hold back from Him these things

Serve the Lord with all your heart as you grow

As faithful Christians, in all that title brings

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 35:20-35

 

Offerings and Artisans

 

And all the congregation of the children of Israel

Departed from the presence of Moses, after the things he did tell

 

Then everyone came whose heart was stirred

And everyone whose spirit was willing, not as if competing

And they brought the LORD’s offering

For the work of the tabernacle of meeting

 

For all its service, and for the holy garments too

Fulfilling each need as requested to do

 

They came, both men and women

As many as had a willing heart

And brought earrings and nose rings

Rings and necklaces, this was a great start

 

All jewelry of gold, that is, according to this word

Every man who made an offering of gold to the LORD

 

And every man, with whom was found

Blue, purple, and scarlet thread

Fine linen, and goats’ hair, which did abound

Red skins of rams, and badger skins, brought them as is said

 

Everyone who offered an offering

Of silver or bronze brought the LORD’s offering

And everyone with whom was found acacia wood

For any work of the service, brought it as their proferring

 

All the women who were gifted artisans

Spun yarn with their hands

 

And brought what they had spun

Of blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen

They brought the work that they had done

 

And all the women whose hearts stirred

With wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair, according to the word

 

The rulers brought onyx stones, as was right

And the stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate

And spices and oil for the light

For the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense

The offering was great

 

The children of Israel brought

A freewill offering to the LORD

All the men and women whose hearts were willing

To bring material for all kinds of work, according to the word

 

Which the LORD, by Moses’ hand

Was to be done at His command

 

And Moses said to the children of Israel

“See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel

 

The son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah

And He has filled him with the Spirit of God

In wisdom and understanding

In knowledge and all manner of workmanship, ability so broad

 

To design artistic works, as was understood

To work in gold and silver and bronze too

In cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood

And to work in all manner of artistic workmanship they were to do

 

And He has put in his heart the ability to teach each man

In him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan

 

He has filled them to do all manner with skill

Of work of the engraver and the designer

And the tapestry maker, according to His will

 

In blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And fine linen, and of the weaver as well

Those who do every work

And those who design artistic works, as the account does tell

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Lord God, help us to learn from Your word

May we give willingly of ourselves and of what we possess

Let us be thankful and thus glorify our Lord

Who has beautifully fashioned what was once such a mess

 

May the lives that we lead be comparable to what He has done

May we live for Him following in the life He lived for us

His perfect life was lived and through it victory was won

Help us, O God, to emulate our marvelous Lord Jesus

 

Yes, O God, and to You we shall forever sing out our praise

And to You we shall come with these offerings for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 36:1-38

 

The People’s Offering

 

And Bezalel and Aholiab

And every gifted artisan

In whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding

Yes, in each and every man

 

To know how to do all manner of work

For the service of the sanctuary

Shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded

The instructions meticulously, out you shall carry

 

Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab

And every gifted artisan too

In whose heart the LORD had put wisdom

Everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and the work do

 

And they received from Moses

All the offering which the children of Israel

Had brought for the work of the service

Of making the sanctuary; they had offered ever so well

 

So they continued bringing to him, as we read

Freewill offerings every morning; suitable offerings indeed

 

Then all the craftsmen who were doing

All the work of the sanctuary came

Each from the work he was doing, each task he was pursuing

Yes, all the craftsmen, just the same

 

And they spoke to Moses, saying

“The people bring much more than enough

For the service of the work

Which the LORD commanded us to do –

They have brought lots of stuff

 

So Moses gave a commandment

And they caused it to be proclaimed the camp throughout

Saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work

For the offering of the sanctuary; we have enough no doubt

 

And the people were restrained from bringing

For the material they had was sufficient

For all the work to be done—

Indeed too much, nothing requested was now deficient

 

Then all the gifted artisans among them

Who worked on the tabernacle

Made ten curtains woven of fine linen

And of blue, purple, and scarlet thread; the weaving they did tackle

 

With artistic designs of cherubim, them they made

They did marvelous work with their trade

 

The length of each curtain was cubits twenty-eight 

And the width of each curtain cubits four

The curtains were all the same size

They were thus made properly for sure

 

And he coupled five curtains to one another, thus he did do

And the other five curtains he coupled to one another too

 

He made loops of blue yarn on the edge

Of the curtain on the selvedge of set one

Likewise he did on the outer edge

Of the other curtain of the second set; so it was done

 

Fifty loops he made on one curtain

And fifty loops he made on the edge of the curtain

On the end of the second set

The loops held one curtain to another, this is for certain

 

And he made fifty clasps of gold

And coupled the curtains, this job he did tackle

To one another with the clasps

That it might be one tabernacle

 

He made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent

Over the tabernacle

He made eleven curtains, giving one hundred percent

 

The length of each curtain was cubits thirty

And the width of each curtain cubits four

The eleven curtains were the same size

And they were made properly for sure

 

He coupled five curtains by themselves, this he did do

And six curtains by themselves too

 

And he made fifty loops on the edge

Of the curtain that is outermost in one set

And fifty loops he made on the edge

Of the curtain of the second set, the loops he didn’t forget

 

He also made fifty bronze clasps, so it was done

To couple the tent together

That it might be one

 

Then he made a covering for the tent of ram skins dyed red

And a covering of badger skins above that, just as the Lord said

 

For the tabernacle he made boards

Of acacia wood, standing upright, per the Lord’s words

 

The length of each board was ten cubits, accordingly

And the width of each board a cubit and a half, you see

 

Each board had two tenons

For binding one to another, this challenge he did tackle

Thus he made for all the boards

Of the tabernacle

 

And for the tabernacle, boards he did make

Twenty boards for the south side, this task he did undertake

 

Forty sockets of silver he made, according to the Lord’s words

To go under the boards twenty

Two sockets for its two tenons under each of the boards

 

And for the other side of the tabernacle, the north side

He made twenty boards, you see

And their forty sockets of silver

Two sockets under each of the boards, accordingly

 

For the side of the tabernacle to the west

He made six boards, just as to him the Lord addressed

 

He made two boards also

For the two back corners of the tabernacle

This is where they did go

 

And they were coupled at the bottom

And coupled together at the top by one ring

Thus he made both of them

For the two corners, he did accomplish this thing

 

So there were eight boards

And their sockets—sockets of silver, numbering sixteen

Two sockets under each of the boards

He did this according to the pattern Moses had seen

 

And he made bars of acacia wood:

Five for the boards on one side of the tabernacle

As was to him made understood

 

Five bars for the boards on the other side of the tabernacle too

And five bars for the boards of the tabernacle

On the far side westward, so he did do

 

And he made the middle bar to pass through, as the Lord did intend

The boards from one end to the other end

 

He overlaid the boards with gold

Made their rings of gold to be holders for the bars

And overlaid the bars with gold, just as he was told

 

And he made a veil

Of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, so he did entwine

And fine woven linen

It was worked with cherubim in an artistic design

 

He made for it four pillars of acacia wood

And overlaid them with gold, with their hooks of gold

And he cast four sockets of silver for them

He did this just as the Lord had told

 

He also made a screen for the tabernacle door

Of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, these three

And fine woven linen, made by a weaver

And its five pillars with their hooks, as it was intended to be

 

And he overlaid their capitals and their rings with gold

But their five sockets were bronze, just as he was told

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Lord God, You have given us instructions in Your word

Things which we are to do as You determine are right

And so help us to be obedient, help us in this Lord

That we may walk in a manner which is pleasing in Your sight

 

Lord, surely in obedience to You, with this You are pleased

And in this obedience surely all our griefs are eased

 

And so with this we will press on, our eyes fixed on Jesus

Who is the greatest joy and the highest hope for each of us

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 37:1-29

 

Christ in Every Detail

 

Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood

Two and a half cubits was its length, as it was intended to be

A cubit and a half its width, this was understood

And a cubit and a half its height, you see

 

He overlaid it with pure gold

Inside and outside, he did it overlay

And made on it a molding of gold all around

Such was done, as the Lord did say

 

And he cast for it four rings of gold

In its four corners, to be applied

Two rings on one side, as the Lord had told

And two rings on the other side

 

He made poles of acacia wood

And overlaid them with gold, as was understood

 

And he put the poles

Into the rings of the ark at each side

To bear the ark

To the instructions, he did abide

 

He also made the mercy seat of pure gold

Two and a half cubits was its length, as it was to be

And a cubit and a half its width

Such were its dimensions, you see

 

He made two cherubim of beaten gold

He made them of one piece at the two ends of the mercy seat

Just as he had been told

 

One cherub at one end on this side

And the other cherub at the other end on that side, a marvelous feat

He made the cherubim at the two ends

Of one piece with the mercy seat

 

The cherubim spread out their wings above

And covered the mercy seat with their wings, as was meet

They faced one another

The faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat

 

He made the table of acacia wood

Two cubits was its length, it was made just right

A cubit its width, as was understood

And a cubit and a half its height

 

And with pure gold he did it overly

And made a molding of gold all around it

Just as the Lord did say

 

Also he made a frame

Of a handbreadth all around

And made a molding of gold

For the frame all around; surely its appearance did astound

 

And he cast for it four rings of gold

And put the rings on the four corners

That were at its four legs, just as he was told

 

The rings were close to the frame, this is where

As holders for the poles, the table to bear

 

And he made the poles of acacia wood

To bear the table

And overlaid them with gold, as was understood

In fashioning this, he was found to be able

 

He made of pure gold the utensils

Which were on the table, as you see

Its dishes, its cups, its bowls

And its pitchers for pouring, each made exquisitely

 

He also made the lampstand of pure gold

He made the lampstand of hammered work

Its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and its flowers

Were of the same piece, his duties he did not shirk

 

And six branches came out of its sides

Three branches of the lampstand out of one side

And three branches of the lampstand

Out of the other side, care to the instructions he applied

 

There were three bowls made like

Almond blossoms on one branch, you see

With an ornamental knob and a flower

He followed the directions carefully

 

And three bowls made like almond blossoms

On the other branch; the directions he did understand

With an ornamental knob and a flower

And so for the six branches coming out of the lampstand

 

And on the lampstand itself were four bowls

Like almond blossoms, so he made

Each with its ornamental knob and flower

So it was arrayed

 

There was a knob, so he did do

Under the first two branches of the same, it was his aim

A knob under the second two branches of the same too

And a knob under the third two branches of the same

 

According to the six branches extending from it

He did as the directions did submit

 

Their knobs and their branches were of one piece as he was told

All of it was one hammered piece of pure gold

 

And he made its seven lamps, again just as he was told

Its wick-trimmers, and its trays of pure gold

 

Of a talent of pure gold he made it

With all its utensils, just as the directions did submit

 

He made the incense altar of acacia wood

In this manner he made it as was understood

 

Its length was a cubit and its width a cubit

It was square, as by the instructions accordingly

And two cubits was its height

Its horns were of one piece with it too, you see

 

And he overlaid it with pure gold

Its top, its sides all around, and its horns as well

He also made for it a molding

Of gold all around it, following the instructions so well

 

For it, he made two rings of gold

Under its molding, as the details did submit

By its two corners on both sides

As holders for the poles with which to bear it

 

And he made the poles of acacia wood

And overlaid them with gold, as was understood

 

He also made the holy anointing oil

And the pure incense of sweet spices too

According to the work of the perfumer

All of these things Bezalel did as he was instructed to do

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Lord God, it all is about Christ, so we see

And our faith is strengthened in Him through each detail

He is portrayed in this word so perfectly

And so our faith is bolstered, as we pass along life’s trail

 

The care You have placed in this precious word

Leads us step by step to better knowing Jesus

In it we have confidence, through what we have heard

Confidence of Your great love and care for us

 

In Christ You are with us; Christ faithful and true

And because of Him we shall forever praise and glorify You

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 38:1-8

 

Christ, Our Altar and Our Laver

 

He made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood

Five cubits was its length and five cubits it was wide

It was square, as is understood

And its height was three cubits; with the instructions he complied

 

He made its horns on its four corners

The horns were of one piece with it

And he overlaid it with bronze

Thus he fashioned as the Lord did submit

 

He made all the utensils for the altar:

The pans, the shovels, the basins, working in his trade

The forks, and the firepans as well

All its utensils of bronze he made

 

And he made a grate

Of bronze network for the altar

Under its rim, midway from the bottom

His workmanship did not falter

 

He cast four rings for the four corners

Of the bronze grating

As holders for the poles

Here is where the altar and the poles were mating

 

And he made the poles of acacia wood

And overlaid them with bronze

From the directions, this was understood

 

Then he put the poles into the rings

On the sides of the altar, the directions he did follow

With which to bear it

He made with boards the altar hollow

 

He made the laver of bronze

And its base of bronze, as was called for

From the bronze mirrors of the serving women

Who assembled at the tabernacle of meeting’s door

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Lord God, we thank you with all of our soul

For what these things we have seen look forward to

We can have certainty that all is under control

And that every detail has been handled by You

 

Our destiny is secure; we stand justified

Because of Jesus Christ and the blood that He shed

Though His cross we have been purified

Our pardon is purchased and we are brought back from the dead

 

And through Your word, we can grow in sanctification

And we will daily become more like You

Walking in holiness through the Spirit’s ministration

This is what coming to Your word will do

 

Help us, O Lord, to pursue Christ now, and always

May our lives be a pleasing offering in Your sight

O, for this to be true for all of our days

May we pursue Jesus with all of our might

 

And then in eternity’s splendid glory

We will walk in Your light for unending days

We shall behold the unfolding never-ending story

And in that brilliant light, we shall give you eternal praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

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Exodus 38:9-31

 

The Courtyard and the Inventory

 

Then he made the court on the south side

The hangings of the court, according to the word

Were of fine woven linen

One hundred cubits long, as specified by the Lord

 

There were twenty pillars for them

With twenty bronze sockets also

The hooks of the pillars

And their bands were silver, as we know

 

On the north side the hangings

Were one hundred cubits long, as was said

With twenty pillars and their twenty bronze sockets

The hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver

As the instructions read

 

And on the west side there were

Hangings of fifty cubits, as we are told

With ten pillars and their ten sockets

The hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver, not of gold

 

For the east side the hangings were fifty cubits

The hangings of one side of the gate

Were fifteen cubits long

With their three pillars and their three sockets

As the record does state

 

And the same for the other side of the court gate

On this side and that were hangings of cubits fifteen

With their three pillars and their three sockets

Bezalel’s adherence to the details here is seen

 

All the hangings of the court all around

Were of fine woven linen; surely its appearance did astound

 

The sockets for the pillars were bronze

The hooks of the pillars and their bands were silver also

And the overlay of their capitals was silver

And all the pillars of the court had bands of silver, as we know

 

The screen for the gate of the court

Was woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And of fine woven linen

It was accomplished just as the Lord had said

 

The length was twenty cubits

And the height along its width was cubits five

Corresponding to the hangings of the court

For perfection Bezalel did strive

 

And there were four pillars

With their four sockets of bronze too

Their hooks were silver

And the overlay of their capitals and their bands

Was silver through and through

 

All the pegs of the tabernacle

And of the court all around, were bronze

Every detail Bezalel did minutely tackle

 

This is the inventory of the tabernacle

The tabernacle of the Testimony

Which was counted

According to the commandment of Moses, you see

 

For the service of the Levites, from the first to the least

By the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest

 

Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur

Of the tribe of Judah, so we know

Made all that the LORD had commanded Moses

And according to the detailed instructions also

 

And with him was Aholiab the son of Ahisamach

Of the tribe of Dan, an engraver and designer was he

A weaver of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and of fine linen

Working out his works so carefully

 

All the gold that was used in all the work of the holy place

That is, the gold of the offering

Was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty shekels

According to the shekel of the sanctuary, such was the proffering

 

And the silver from those who were numbered

Of the congregation was one hundred talents, so we see

And one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

 

A bekah for each man; that is, half a shekel

According to the shekel of the sanctuary

For everyone included in the numbering

From twenty years old and above, counted accordingly

 

For six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men

The number was taken at Sinai, there and then

 

And from the hundred talents of silver

Were cast the sockets of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil

One hundred sockets from the hundred talents

One talent for each socket did entail

 

Then from the 1775 shekels

He made hooks for the pillars, this he did do

Overlaid their capitals

And made bands for them too

 

The offering of bronze was talents seventy

And two thousand four hundred shekels accordingly

 

And with it he made the sockets

For the door of the tabernacle of meeting, so he made

The bronze altar, the bronze grating for it

And all the utensils for the altar, plying in his trade

 

The sockets for the court all around

The bases for the court gate, bases which did abound

All the pegs for the tabernacle

And all the pegs for the court all around

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Thank You, Lord for the wonderful detail we see

Every word is precious for us to ponder

And all of it points to Jesus ever so marvelously

Thank You for sharing with us such splendid wonder

 

Hear our thanks as we praise You for all of our days

Forever and ever we shall sing to You with joyous praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 39:1-43

 

The Work is Accomplished

 

Of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread

They made garments of ministry

For ministering in the holy place

As the Lord intended it to be

 

And made the holy garments for Aaron as well

As the LORD had commanded Moses, as He did tell

 

He made the ephod

Of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And of fine woven linen

He followed the details, as the Lord had said

 

And they beat the gold into thin sheets

And cut it into threads as well also

To work it in with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And the fine linen, into artistic designs, as we now know

 

They made shoulder straps

For it to couple it together; as we see

It was coupled together at its two edges

Thus it was made accordingly

 

And the intricately woven band of his ephod

That was on it was of the same workmanship as well

Woven of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And of fine woven linen, as the LORD to Moses did tell

 

And they set onyx stones

Enclosed in settings of gold so well

They were engraved, as signets are engraved

With the names of the sons of Israel

 

He put them on the shoulders of the ephod

As memorial stones for the sons of Israel

As the LORD had commanded Moses

As the LORD to Moses did tell

 

And he made the breastplate

Artistically woven like the workmanship of the ephod

Of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread

And of fine woven linen, just as he was showed

 

They made the breastplate square by doubling it

When doubled, a span was its length and a span its width

 

And they set in it four rows of stones

This as the Lord did show

A row with a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald

Such was the first row

 

The second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond

The third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst

The fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper

They were enclosed in settings of gold in their mountings

No detail was missed

 

There were twelve stones according to the names

Of the sons of Israel

According to their names

Engraved like a signet, as well

 

Each one with its own name, certainly

According to the twelve tribes, as we see

 

And they made chains for the breastplate

At the ends, like braided cords of pure gold

This as the Lord did state

 

They also made two settings of gold and two gold rings

And put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate

He accomplished each of these things

 

And they put the two braided chains

Of gold in the two rings

On the ends of the breastplate

Again, he faithfully accomplished these things

 

The two ends of the two braided chains

They fastened in the two settings, as the Lord did relay

And put them on the shoulder straps

Of the ephod in the front, just as He did say

 

And they made two rings of gold

And put them on the two ends of the breastplate, as showed

On the edge of it, as he was told

Which was on the inward side of the ephod

 

They made two other gold rings

And put them on the two shoulder straps, as per directions at hand

Underneath the ephod toward its front

Right at the seam above the ephod’s intricately woven band

 

And they bound the breastplate

By means of its rings to the ephod’s rings

With a blue cord, so that it would be above

The intricately woven band of the ephod, he did these things

 

And so the breastplate would not come loose from the ephod

As the LORD had to Moses showed

 

He made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue

Doing exactly as he was instructed to do

 

And there was an opening in the middle of the robe

Like the opening in a coat of mail

With a woven binding all around the opening

So that it would not tear; there was to be no wardrobe fail

 

They made on the hem of the robe pomegranates, so they did do

Of blue, purple, and scarlet, and of fine woven linen too

 

And they made bells of pure gold

And put the bells with the pomegranates between

On the hem of the robe all around between the pomegranates

A beautiful design upon the hem was seen

 

A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate

All around the hem, as the directions demanded

Of the robe to minister in

As the LORD had to Moses commanded

 

They made tunics, artistically woven

Of fine linen for Aaron and his sons, this they did do

A turban of fine linen, exquisite hats of fine linen

Short trousers of fine woven linen too

 

And a sash of fine woven linen

With blue, purple, and scarlet thread

Made by a weaver, as the LORD had commanded Moses

Yes, just as the LORD had said

 

Then they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold

And wrote on it an inscription, attending to the word

Like the engraving of a signet

HOLINESS TO THE LORD

 

And they tied to it a blue cord

To fasten it above on the turban

As commanded to Moses by the LORD

 

Thus all the work of the tabernacle

Of the tent of meeting was finished too

And the children of Israel did according to all

That the LORD had commanded Moses; so they did do

 

And they brought the tabernacle to Moses

The tent and all its furnishings, as we know

Its clasps, its boards, its bars

Its pillars, and its sockets also

 

The covering of ram skins dyed red

The covering of badger skins

And the veil of the covering; just as the Lord had said

 

The ark of the Testimony with its poles

And the mercy seat

The table, all its utensils, and the showbread

These pieces they did complete

 

The pure gold lampstand with its lamps, it was fitted right

(The lamps set in order)

All its utensils, and the oil for light

 

The gold altar, the anointing oil, and the sweet incense

The screen for the tabernacle door

The bronze altar, its grate of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils

The laver with its base also, but still even more

 

The hangings of the court, its pillars and its sockets

The screen for the court gate, its cords, and its pegs as well

All the utensils for the service of the tabernacle

For the tent of meeting, as the word does tell

 

And the garments of ministry

To minister in the holy place

The holy garments for Aaron the priest

And his sons’ garments, to minister as priests before the LORD’s face

 

According to all that the LORD had commanded Moses

So the children of Israel did all the work

Then Moses looked over all the work

And indeed they had done it, not a detail did they shirk

 

As the LORD had commanded, just so they had done it

And Moses blessed them; a blessing he did to them submit

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Lord God, establish the work of our hands

And let the beauty of the Lord be upon us

So may it be for each who understands

Of the marvelous wonder of Christ Jesus

Thank You O God, to You we send our highest shouts of praise

And they shall be lifted to You now, and even for eternal days

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Exodus 40:1-16

 

I AM

 

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

These are the words He was then relaying

 

On the first day of the first month, do not forget

The tabernacle of the tent of meeting, up you shall set

 

You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, please understand

And partition off the ark with the veil, per my command

 

You shall bring in the table

And arrange the things that are to be set in order on it

And you shall bring in the lampstand

And light its lamps, to this you shall commit

 

You shall also set the altar of gold

For the incense before the ark of the Testimony

And put up the screen for the door of the tabernacle

Follow this order as given by Me

 

Then you shall set the altar of the burnt offering

Before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting

 

And you shall set the laver between

The tabernacle of meeting and the altar

And put water in it

No portion of this detail shall be allowed to falter

 

You shall set up the court all around, as I now state

And hang up the screen at the court gate

 

And you shall take the anointing oil

And anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it

And you shall hallow it and all its utensils

And it shall be holy, as I to you submit

 

You shall anoint the altar of the burnt offering

And all its utensils, and the altar consecrate

The altar shall be most holy

This condition of it I now to you relate

 

And you shall anoint the laver and its base

And consecrate it, there in its place

 

Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door

Of the tabernacle of meeting and wash them with water

On them the water you shall pour

 

You shall put the holy garments on Aaron

And anoint him and consecrate him too

That he may minister to Me as priest

These things to him you are to do

 

And you shall bring his sons

And clothe them with tunics, so shall it be

You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father

That they may as priests minister to Me 

 

For their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood Throughout their generations, as is to be understood

 

Thus Moses did; each and everything as he was bid

According to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did

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Heavenly Father, how precious is your word

And how marvelous it is to read it and find Jesus

Each page that we turn, it reveals our great Lord

Who has done such wonderful things for us

 

O God, our hearts are directed to You

And so be with us in all that we do

Let us never stray from the path which is true

And each day through Your word, please – our souls renew

 

And in this we will give You our highest praise

As we wait on our Lord’s return – that most marvelous of days

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 

 

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Exodus 40:17-38

 

The Lord in Their Midst

 

And it came to pass

In the first month of the second year

On the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up

To this command Moses did adhere

 

So Moses raised up the tabernacle

Fastened its sockets, set up its boards too

Put in its bars, and raised up its pillars

As he was instructed, so he did do

 

And he spread out the tent

Over the tabernacle

And put the covering of the tent on top of it

As the LORD had commanded Moses, as He did submit

 

He took the Testimony and put it into the ark

Inserted the poles through the ark’s rings

And put the mercy seat on top of the ark

He followed through with each of these things

 

And he brought the ark into the tabernacle

Hung up the veil of the covering

And partitioned off the ark of the Testimony

As the LORD had commanded Moses, so he did this thing

 

He put the table in the tabernacle of meeting

On the north side of the tabernacle, as the Lord did tell

Outside the veil; its place of seating

And he set the bread in order upon it as well

 

It was there before the LORD

As the LORD had commanded Moses

According to His word

 

He put the lampstand

In the tabernacle of meeting, this job he did tackle

Across from the table

On the south side of the tabernacle

 

And he lit the lamps before the LORD

As the LORD had commanded Moses

According to His word

 

He put the gold altar

In the tabernacle of meeting

In front of the veil

This, the place of its seating

 

And he burned sweet incense on it

As the LORD had commanded Moses

As the Lord did submit

 

He hung up the screen at the door

Of the tabernacle, and then he continued to do more

 

And he put the altar of burnt offering

Before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting

And offered upon it the burnt offering and the grain offering

As the LORD had commanded Moses; the task he was completing

 

He set the laver

Between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar

And put water there for washing

In attention to this duty he did not falter

 

And Moses, Aaron, and his sons

Would wash their hands and their feet with water from it

These people only; they the only ones

 

Whenever they went into the tabernacle of meeting

And when they came near the altar too

They washed

As the LORD had commanded Moses to do

 

And he raised up the court

All around the tabernacle and the altar; this duty he did not shirk

And hung up the screen of the court gate

So Moses finished the work

 

Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting

Surely this was a marvelous sight

And the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle

The tabernacle was completed just right

 

And Moses was not able

To enter the tabernacle of meeting even if he willed

Because the cloud rested above it

And the glory of the LORD the tabernacle filled

 

Whenever the cloud was taken up

From above the tabernacle moving forward

The children of Israel
Would go in all their journeys onward

 

But if the cloud was not taken up

Then they did not journey

Till the day that it was taken up

They waited for it move; they waited obediently

 

For the cloud of the LORD, this marvelous sight

Was above the tabernacle by day

And fire was over it by night

In all of the house of Israel’s sight, throughout all their journeys

It guided them as they went on their way

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Lord God, thank you for this wonderful book

Exodus! What a marvel to have studied it

Into every detail possible we took a look

And to You our thanks and praise we now submit!

 

Hallelujah to Christ our Lord!

Hallelujah for Exodus, a marvelous part of Your superior word!

 

Hallelujah and Amen…

 







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