Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Losing Your Coat Without Losing Your Character
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Genesis 50:20 and Hebrews 11:24-26

Week 6: Day 4

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Exodus 4-5

4:1 Moses answered again, “And if they do not believe me or pay attention to me, but say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you’?” 2The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3The Lord said, “Throw it to the ground.” So he threw it to the ground, and it became a snake, and Moses ran from it. 4But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and grab it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5“that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6The Lord also said to him, “Put your hand into your robe.” So he put his hand into his robe, and when he brought it out—there was his hand, leprous like snow! 7He said, “Put your hand back into your robe.” So he put his hand back into his robe, and when he brought it out from his robe—there it was, restored like the rest of his skin! 8“If they do not believe you or pay attention to the former sign, then they may believe the latter sign. 9And if they do not believe even these two signs or listen to you, then take some water from the Nile and pour it out on the dry ground. The water you take out of the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.” 10Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not an eloquent man, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11The Lord said to him, “Who gave a mouth to man, or who makes a person mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12So now go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you must say.” 13But Moses said, “O my Lord, please send anyone else whom you wish to send!” 14Then the Lord became angry with Moses, and he said, “What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak very well. Moreover, he is coming to meet you, and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart. 15“So you are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And as for me, I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you both what you must do. 16He will speak for you to the people, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were his God. 17You will also take in your hand this staff, with which you will do the signs.” 18 So Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, “Let me go, so that I may return to my relatives in Egypt and see if they are still alive.” Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19The Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, because all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20Then Moses took his wife and sons and put them on a donkey and headed back to the land of Egypt, and Moses took the staff of God in his hand. 21The Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders I have put under your control. But I will harden his heart and he will not let the people go. 22You must say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord has said, “Israel is my son, my firstborn, 23and I said to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve me,’ but since you have refused to let him go, I will surely kill your son, your firstborn!”’” 24Now on the way, at a place where they stopped for the night, the Lord met Moses and sought to kill him. 25But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off the foreskin of her son and touched it to Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” referring to the circumcision.) 27The Lord said to Aaron, “Go to the wilderness to meet Moses. So he went and met him at the mountain of God and greeted him with a kiss. 28Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him and all the signs that he had commanded him. 29Then Moses and Aaron went and brought together all the Israelite elders. 30Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people, 31and the people believed. When they heard that the Lord had attended to the Israelites and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed down close to the ground. 5:1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has said, ‘Release my people so that they may hold a pilgrim feast to me in the wilderness.’” 2But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him by releasing Israel? I do not know the Lord, and I will not release Israel!” 3And they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us go a three-day journey into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, so that he does not strike us with plague or the sword.” 4The king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you cause the people to refrain from their work? Return to your labor!” 5Pharaoh was thinking, “The people of the land are now many, and you are giving them rest from their labor.” 6That same day Pharaoh commanded the slave masters and foremen who were over the people: 7“You must no longer give straw to the people for making bricks as before. Let them go and collect straw for themselves. 8But you must require of them the same quota of bricks that they were making before. Do not reduce it, for they are slackers. That is why they are crying, ‘Let us go sacrifice to our God.’ 9Make the work harder for the men so they will keep at it and pay no attention to lying words!” 10So the slave masters of the people and their foremen went to the Israelites and said, “Thus says Pharaoh: ‘I am not giving you straw. 11You go get straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, because there will be no reduction at all in your workload.’” 12So the people spread out through all the land of Egypt to collect stubble for straw. 13The slave masters were pressuring them, saying, “Complete your work for each day, just like when there was straw!” 14The Israelite foremen whom Pharaoh’s slave masters had set over them were beaten and were asked, “Why did you not complete your requirement for brickmaking as in the past—both yesterday and today?” 15 The Israelite foremen went and cried out to Pharaoh, “Why are you treating your servants this way? 16No straw is given to your servants, but we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are even being beaten, but the fault is with your people.” 17But Pharaoh replied, “You are slackers! Slackers! That is why you are saying, ‘Let us go sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18So now, get back to work! You will not be given straw, but you must still produce your quota of bricks!” 19The Israelite foremen saw that they were in trouble when they were told, “You must not reduce the daily quota of your bricks.” 20When they went out from Pharaoh, they encountered Moses and Aaron standing there to meet them, 21and they said to them, “May the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the opinion of Pharaoh and his servants, so that you have given them an excuse to kill us!” 22 Moses returned to the Lord, and said, “Lord, why have you caused trouble for this people? Why did you ever send me? 23From the time I went to speak to Pharaoh in your name, he has caused trouble for this people, and you have certainly not rescued them!” (NET Bible)

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