SOAP for February 3 and 4—The Plagues

SOAP for February 3 and 4—The Plagues

IMG_0371Exodus 8 -10

1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 2If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. 3The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. 4The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’ ”

5Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ”

6So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. 7But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.

8Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”

9Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”

10“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.

Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. 11The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”

12After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh.13And the Lord did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. 14They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them. 15But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.

The Plague of Gnats

16Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 17They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 18But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not.

Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere, 19the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.

The Plague of Flies

20Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 21If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them.

22“ ‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. 23I will make a distinctiona between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.’ ”

24And the Lord did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.

25Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.”

26But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the Lord our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 27We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us.”

28Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”

29Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”

30Then Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord, 31and the Lord did what Moses asked. The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained. 32But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.

Observation

The plagues reflect the gods of Egypt—what they worshipped.

Application

What you worship –apart from the One True God—will be destructive to you in the end.

Prayer

My Father,

I want to worship You above all else and all others. You are the One True God. No one and no thing is worthy to be valued alongside You. Help me to keep you first place in my heart and my life. Help me to recognize when I am giving inappropriate value to any one or any thing else.

I love You,

me

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SOAP for February 2, 2015–Exodus 6:2-7 God’s Covenant with Moses and the Children of Israel

IMG_0371SOAP for February 2, 2015

Scripture

Exodus 6:2-7

2God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD; 3and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them. 4“I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned. 5“Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. 6“Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7‘Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Observation

  • God had not made Himself known by name to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  • God established a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them the land of Canaan.
  • God heard the groaning of the Israelites in bondage in Egypt.
  • YWYH was there to deliver the Israelites from bondage.
  • YWYH was there to redeem them with His power (outstretched arm) and His judgments.
  • They were about to know that YWYH is forever the Lord their God who brought them out from the burden of the Egyptians.

Application

  • YWYH is the LORD my God.
  • Egypt is a type of this world. We are enslaved to the enemy.
  • Our God is our Deliverer who leads us out of bondage to this world.
  • I will look to the Lord and I will be free in Him.

Prayer

My Father,

You are my Deliverer. I am set free from this world through Jesus’ sacrifice. Lead me out through Your power and let me live free in You.

I love You,

me

SOAP for January 31, 2015—Job 42:1-6 Surely I Spoke of Things I Did Not Understand

IMG_0371SOAP for January 31, 2015—

Scripture

Job 42:1-6

1Then Job replied to the Lord:

2“I know that you can do all things;

no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

3You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.

4“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.’

5My ears had heard of you

but now my eyes have seen you.

6Therefore I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes.”

Observation

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

When we see God, we see how very wrong we sometimes are about Him. When we do see Him as He is, we are ashamed of ourselves—our words, our attitudes, our actions.

Application

I want to actively seek to see God and not just to hear about Him.

Prayer

My Father,

I confess again how wrongly I have perceived You. As I  look into Your Word I see Who You are. Again, You are my Creator, the Creator of all that is. I fearfully admit You have the right to use me as You will. You are good and I will trust You. Help me to see You and hear You in truth and follow closely after You.

I love You,

me

SOAP for January 12, 2015 Genesis 35:1-14 The LORD Renews Covenant with Jacob

imageScripture
1Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”
2So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”
4So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem. 5As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.
6Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan. 7Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
9Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”a So God renamed him Israel.
11Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.
14Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
Observation
The LORD renews covenant with Jacob. Jacob first met the LORD in that place (Beth-El—House of God) as Jacob was fleeing from Esau’s anger. (Genesis 28:20-22)
20Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God. 22And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me. In Genesis 28:22 Jacob vowed wholehearted devotion to God. God was no longer the God of his father but “my God.” The LORD changed Jacob’s name from Jacob meaning “supplanter” or “deceiver,” to Israel which means ‘God fights.’ (v.9)
Jacob instructs his household to set aside any other god they had been worshipping. The LORD tells Jacob:
11Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob. Jacob immediately responds to God with worship:
14Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
Application
God does not have grandchildren. Each of us needs to pursue our own relationship with the Lord. As He makes His will known to us we need to respond quickly by bending to His will.
Prayer
Dear Father,
You are my God and I will praise you and worship you in the details of my life. I will not to hold anyone or anything including myself before You. Help me to be faithful and to understand which way to turn as I encounter the decisions and challenges of life.
I love you,
me

Today’s Simple SOAP Genesis 21:1

imageToday’s SOAP is short and sweet. The Reading for today from the One Year Chronological Bible is Genesis 18:1-21:7. The reading includes a theophany which is a preincarnate appearance of the LORD. This takes place in Genesis 18:1-33.

SOAP for January 6,2015

Scripture

Genesis 21:1 The LORD kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised.

Observation

The verb in Genesis 18:10 “I will return” means “to intervene in some’s life to change their destiny.”

Application

God moves in our lives as He promises. I want to seek out the promises of God and take God at His word to watch how He works in my life and the lives of others.

Prayer

Father,

Help me to take Your word. I believe You are good and that You do what is good and right. Intervene in my life and the lives of my husband and children and grandchildren and their spouses, my parents, my sisters and brothers and their families and send a message through us of Your goodness so that the world will see and know that You are and You are good.

Love,

me

Today’s SOAP-Genesis 15:6

SOAP January 5, 2015 Genesis 15-17

imageScripture:

And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith. (NLT)

Observation

The best interpreter of Scripture is Scripture.

Romans 4:1-5:2

Romans 4

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

8Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” (Psalm 32:1-2)

9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.12And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” (Genesis 17:5) He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5) 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 5:1-2

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

Galatians 3:1-6

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Application

It’s all by faith. God does the work. What is our part? Trusting Him and cooperating with Him but still we do not earn His goodness in our life. We simply take Him at His word.

FAITH

Fantastic

Adventure

In

Trusting

Him

(Corrie Ten Boom)

Trust

Total

Reliance

Under

Stress and

Trial

(Catherine Martin)

Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank you for Your gift of faith. Help the seeds of faith You have planted grow in me daily. Help me to take you at Your word and cling tenaciously to You. Wrap me in Your righteousness by faith and help me to grow in You. Help me to live each moment looking to You.

Love,

me