Then he (Pharaoh) summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, “Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!”
Pharaoh, the big boss in Egypt kept refusing to let the people of God leave his country. Remember? And because he was so stubborn, God kept sending plagues (scary things) his way. The last plague does it. The first boy born to every Egyptian family dies and Pharaoh sets God’s people free. It took a long time for Pharaoh to obey God: but he finally he got the message.
The reading for today is the basic one that shows how God wants people to be free. The Exodus is the grand story of how God through Moses lead the people on dry land through the Red Sea which split in two, and on into freedom. There is the Passover meal and the bread eaten without leaven or yeast…the people were on the move and they couldn’t be waiting around for the bread to rise. That’s why our communion bread is often unleavened, to link Holy Communion with that meal eaten before the journey to freedom.
One more thing…God moved at night! Think about this fact as you drop off to sleep each night. In Psalm 121:3 we praise God, for “He who keeps you will not slumber of sleep.”
The blood of the sacred lamb, Jesus, which was shed for you and me, has made us free way down inside ourselves!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Ready to go at Your will 12:34
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…