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January 31, 2024

Read to Read …Again


Daily Reading:  Exodus 39-40


Exodus 40:16

Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.


Time for review. Each month on the last day of the month a short review of all we have read together up to that point will be reviewed. Congratulations, you are off to a good start, and that is all we have done, we’ve just started. Imagine all that the Lord will teach us as we travel through the pages of His Word together this year. Remember, the purpose of the Read-to-Read program is to “move individuals from I will read the Bible to I have read the Bible.” 


Through the end of the book of Exodus approximately 2.500 years of recorded history have been covered. From the days of Creation to the flood was about 1,600 years. From the flood to the Patriarchs was about 350 years. From the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) to Joseph (Israel in Egypt) was about 360 years. And from Joseph (Israel in Egypt) to the Exodus under Moses was about 145 years.


We’ve read of the creation, the flood, the tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (also named Israel), Joseph, and of Moses overseeing the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. It’s been an exciting read! Egypt was the world power from about 1600 to 1200 BC We will read more about this evil nation in the coming books.


The Exodus, and subsequent wilderness wanderings is one of the greatest miracles in God’s Holy Word. His power is seen over and over again, yet the people of that day could not comprehend Him. They forgot His miracles, rebelled against His leadership, and broke their commitments to Him continually. We read of their struggles and wish they would just submit and trust Him. Yet, we in our day are prone to the same sins and shortcomings they displayed.  In the story of Israel’s wilderness wanderings, we read of the ebb and flow of the Heavenly Father’s continual love, leadership, power and control.


Today He is the same. Though few live in light of it.


The construction of the Tabernacle is a marvel. That this rag tag bunch of vagabonds would willingly give so much to this task that Moses had to restrain them from bringing any more offerings is simply amazing. They had no hope of having that which they gave returned to them in the wilderness, yet they gave anyway. Think about those devoted ladies who assembled at the door routinely, giving their lookingglasses (mirrors) to God for His use. That was a tremendous sacrifice.


Heroes and villains. We’ve met a few, there are many more to come. You’ve started off well, one full month of reading is complete. Eleven more to go. Are you up for it? If so, let me hear from you. Just as you are encouraged by these devotions I am encouraged by your feedback. Hey, I’m doing that which God led me to do in these writings, and I hope to finish just as Moses finished his task. You pray for me, for if you think this is easy try it. Just as Moses finished, and I pray I’ll finish. I also pray this for you, that at the year’s end you will be able to say, “I have moved from I will read the Bible to I have read the Bible… Again!”


William T. Howe Ph.D.

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