Exodus 13:21-22

Exodus 13:21-22 – God is Ever Present

Exodus 13:21-22

  • 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
  • 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
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Today's lesson in God is Ever Present is taken from Exodus 13:21-22
God is ever present

Exodus 13:21-22 Exodos is a Greek word meaning departure. The Biblical Exodus means the “Book of Departure from Egypt”. The Book of Exodus tells us of the Jewish people’s escape from Egypt and the start of Israel as a covenanted nation.

  • The Biblical meaning of the word pillar means stability and the presence of God.
  • Broken pillars. The meaning of a broken pillar is death and mortality.
  • An example of a broken pillar: Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, because she craved the sinful way of life and looked back at her town, yearning to go back to it.

In the book of Exodus, Moses reminds people that God looked after the children of Israel, even while they were in the desert . He gave them shelter, protection, food, drink and everything they needed to live in the barren area.

Why were the Hebrew people sent to the desert for so long?

God needed them isolated to the point where they had to become totally dependent on him. In that way, they would see him as the one true God who could care for them completely, even in places like a desert.

While the people were wandering through the desert, they followed a pillar of a cloud that God sent. When the cloud moved, they moved. When the cloud stood still, they stayed in place.

Did the cloud do anything else; other than lead them?

Yes it most certainly did! In the day; the cloud covered them from the sweltering hot sun during the day and, in the night; it burned as a pillar of fire, keeping them warm.

It was a constant reminder that God was with them and would always look after his children. As long as they were faithful to God, He would always be faithful to them.

Square box split vertically in half by the word pillar.  There is a cloud on one side and fire on the other. During Exodus God sent a pillar - cloud by day and fire by night. Exodus 13:21-22
God is Ever Present

My prayer for Exodus 13:21-22

Heavenly Father

You are the one and only true God. You love us, nurture us and carefully watch over us each and every day. Some days we see you working in our lives and sometimes we don’t. Regardless you are always there.

It seems like the children of Israel felt you weren’t with them during their time in the desert, even though they were right in the midst of your miracles. You fed them, their shoes never wore out, and they were always clothed. The people were kept safe and looked after by you. And yet, still they murmured and complained. Unfortunately, today is no different.

Lord, your miracles happen so often, that many times we take it all for granted. Every day you keep the earth and people under your surveillance. You provide for us in ways that we aren’t even aware of anymore. You bestow to us the sun, rain, soil, water, knowledge, etc. Without you Father God, where would be?

Please Lord, help me to remember each and every day to thank you for all your gifts to me. Never let me forget that you are my one and only provider. Thank you Father.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

God is always with you. Psalm 69:1-6

JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

Who Am I Worshipping?

Among all the wise men throughout all of the nations and countries, there is only one true God. Who are you worshipping?

  • 6Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
  • 7Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
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Who am I worshipping is a post explaining Jeremiah 10:6-7
There is none like you Lord. You are great and your name is great in power.

Jeremiah 10:6-7 tells us that the prophet Jeremiah was telling the citizens what it was like to worship the true God. Similarly, he told them that his God was great, powerful and wiser than any man in the nations. Jeremiah also said that God was a real entity not an idol made of stone, in other words someone who would hear when spoken to!

Instead of looking to the true God, the people were crafting their idols out of gold, silver, stone or clay. Because they had something with form to see and talk to, they worshipped the statues, and in addition, they had idols for many different reasons and believed their gods would help them.

Idols were designed with ears, eyes, mouths, bodies, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Even though they had human features, they couldn’t think, feel, see or give help of any kind. Jeremiah is telling the groups that although the God he worships cannot be seen, He does listen, see, think, move, feel, and create.

The Prophet Jeremiah is explaining that there is no one in the entire world as great as the true God. Even, the wisest person or idol on earth (through-out all of history) can’t even begin to come close to the Creator God and never will.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Idol?

A false idol is anything or anyone who takes your main focus away from God, in other words, it’s ok to have material items, money, etc. but you must remember to remain balanced. If you’re living your life just to be in a position of having “stuff”, then you are worshipping the wrong things. If however, you find you have no time in your day for God, that means you are not worshipping God at all because wants to be included in our daily lives.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Prophet?

For countless individuals in todays world, believing in God is not at the top of the list, instead, they find many different ways to worship. In many instances, people are told to believe in and take control of their own lives. False gods, false prophets, actors, TV evangelists, “religious” figureheads all claim to want to help you. They don’t help! Then there are kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, and many others of the world, who hold power and prestige. Those are the people who claim to have your best interest at heart. In most cases they don’t!

Still, others worship material items (money, clothing, houses, boats, RV, toys of any kind) and don’t even consider what comes at the end of their lives on this earth. When the end of their time arrives, will their false idols or prophets be able to help the into a good eternal resting place? Nope! Therefore, none of the above should receive the adoration and love of the people that only God deserves. But unfortunately many of the false idols and false prophets are adored and revered.

What or who is our idol?

So then, what/who is your idol? False prophet, false idol or money, TV, social media, games, fun toys, etc.? All of these people and items can be considered as idols, and if they are unbalancing the time you spend with God then they are especially over-weighted in the wrong direction. If you love the idol(s) more than you do God then even those who know and love God, can easily slip from the straight and narrow path if they aren’t careful and paying attention.

Do you know the true God?

Those who are out of balance or don’t know God, I pray you see the true light and love of God. He is the Father, Creator; Son; Jesus, our Saviour; and, Holy Spirit, the helper and advisor. God is an awesome three-in-one (Trinity) Father and in spite of what people may say, he does not take your fun away, he is not super strict, he is not mean and controlling, he does not bring sickness, etc. He does however, allow everyone to learn lessons, the same as our birth parents do. He teaches his children pure love and brings peace, joy and stability into our lives, forever!

There is no one like the Lord. He is unlimited in his power and great in name. Who would not fear (be in awe) of him, as he is King and creator of everything and for this he deserves his rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is none like Him.

What are you worshipping?

My prayer for Jeremiah 10: 6-7

Heavenly Father,

Who am I worship Father? I worship you! There is no other true God because You are the Creator God, that sent from Heaven, your only son, who became man (Jesus). He lived and experienced all that humans do. One day, Jesus was crucified and then (hallelujah) 3 days later, rose to life again. There are many humans who claim to be God, but once they die, they never rise from death to life. Further more, when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach, watch over and guide us. What an awesome, loving God you are.

Sin (Satan) is in this world, convincing people that you don’t exist and they believe the lie. Unfortunately, humans can not receive life eternal from any idols; human or not. Therefore when a non-Christian passes away from this earth, they will not be concerned of what lies ahead. In addition, they won’t even realize that they are heading to eternal death without any way to stop.

I’m praying Father for the people who don’t know you. Longing for their eyes and hearts to open before it’s too late for them. I also crave that every living being becomes in awe of you Lord, because you are the one and only true God who has and will live forever. Above all else; that those who love and abide in you, will live eternally with you.

No one is as mighty or as high as you.

You are the creator of this universe. Only you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. The King of kings, the Eternal one, forever and ever.

Thank you Father for being my God and the one and only true God of the world. I pray Father that people’s eyes are opened to you and all that you are.

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

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