Exodus 10:40-42
Exodus 10:40-42
February 22, 2021
Exodus 19:3-6
Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:  ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
New International Version (NIV)
The last week here in Texas reminded me of how dependent I really am.  I can’t fix all of my own problems.  You, either?  How did we get where we are?  I remember that Alex Haley, author of Roots once said, “If you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know for sure he had some help getting there.”

After Israel safely crossed the Red Sea, they found themselves free from the hegemony of the Egyptians.  At some point, they might have looked around and said, “How have we gotten here?  How will we get these many people into the promised land?”  God’s answer is beautiful:  “On eagles’ wings.” 

Looking back at the hard week behind us, we can say with Israel, “We only got here with God’s help.”  Good news:  the same strong wings that carried us through the problems of the past are still carrying us today.  Our friend and brother Fred Cameron sang this solo beautifully:  “And God will raise you up on Eagle’s wings, shelter you in the breath of spring, make you to shine like the Sun and hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Again and again in the last week, God has used good and gracious people to bring us what we needed at the exact moment we needed it.  As one turtle on a fence post, looking around at the rest of us, I have to say, “We had some help getting here.”  Truth told, God has always been with us.  He has carried us since we were born and he will sustain us to the end.  He helps us, of course, so that we will help each other.
Pray with me:         
Father, we thank you for the majestic eagles’ wings which have carried us to this point in our lives.  Hands that formed us have guided us and carried us.  Help us to trust you more deeply today.  Take us where we need to be when we need to be there.  Use us to help others as we have been helped.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen. 
Scripture memorization for this week:  
Exodus 20:1-3
And God spoke all these words:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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