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We are an Assemblies of God church serving English speaking community in Stuttgart, Germany.

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January 18, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 15:1-21

As we read through the Book of Exodus, we see an Israel who got it wrong almost every time. They refused to trust God over and over again. And yet, this generation did have their moments, such as this one here as they worshiped God on the far bank of the Red Sea. Exodus 15 records a wonderful song of worship declared by God’s people to the Lord. They had just seen God rescue them through the waters of judgment, and this time, at least, they didn’t miss the opportunity to give God the worship due Him.

And in this moment, we are reminded of our own need to be aware, because there are times—plenty of times—when we have more in common with Israel in Exodus than we care to admit. We can be just as clueless, perhaps even more so. We too can miss times to offer God the worship due Him, and this isn’t just in the “high” moments like Israel experienced in Exodus 14–15. We need to fight to worship God without ceasing—in the “highs” of life as well as the “lows.” This is our goal: to respond properly to God’s day-by-day, minute-by-minute acts of grace and mercy in our lives.

What has God done today that has been worthy of worship?

January 17, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 14:13-31

If you have ever walked through mud, you know how difficult that can be. Imagine the children of Israel stepping foot onto the floor of the Red Sea; imagine how deep and heavy that mud should have been. Instead, God’s people crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, surely making their travel much easier and faster as the Egyptians closed in hot pursuit.

But there is, perhaps, another reason for God to dry the Red Sea’s floor. Not for practical purposes but to be an exclamation mark on the more noticeable miracle—the waters of the Red Sea walled up on each side. That miracle was astounding, as it should be. But hardened hearts can dismiss even the most amazing miracles of God. Skeptics could claim that the waters were held up by a natural phenomenon, perhaps a strong prevailing wind that “just happened to appear” at “just the right time.” But how can you explain the ground of the Red Sea floor drying instantly? You can’t. It is in this seemingly small detail that we see God confronting even the most skeptical hearts.

What miracles of God have strengthened and deepened your faith the most? Why?

January 16, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 14:1-12

God’s ways are amazing. Here we see that He planned to receive glory through Pharaoh’s hardened heart that refused to give Him glory. And in the end, that is what happened (see 14:31; 15:1-21). Pharaoh’s pursuit of his glory resulted in God receiving glory. This is how our God works—He takes anything and everything and uses it for His glory.

How about us? We too have been called to give God glory in all we do (1 Cor. 10:31). But how will we do this? Will we be like Pharaoh, used by God while being unaware or even unwilling? Or will we engage with God on His mission to proclaim His glory to the nations? God gives us opportunities each day to do this—to show those around us how beautiful and amazing He is, to show an unbelieving world the gospel. Let us be a people who seek these opportunities and then take advantage of each one as we rest in God’s power to make the most of them.

How has God positioned you to show His glory to others around you today? During the rest of the week?

January 15, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 13:17-22

This passage is short, yet it is packed full of details, and not just trivial details but important ones. These details are not only important for us to understand the exodus narrative, they also help us understand something about God and His Word.

There is a type of laziness and fear around the Word of God that keeps many people from living as the people of God. Somewhere along the way, we began associating going deep into the Word of God—taking the time to consider every verse, every word, such as we see here in this text—with cold, dead orthodoxy. Somewhere the idea of study became a negative. It’s like the more you know the God of the Bible, the less you love Him.

We’ve got it flipped and need to turn our view of the Bible right-side-up. The more we know and learn about God, who He is and what He has done in and through Jesus Christ, the more we’ll be in awe of Him and the more we’ll be driven toward mission, wanting to make His name great across all the earth!

How have your studies of God in Scripture increased your understanding of Him and helped you live on mission?

January 14, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 13:1-16

We tend to be a forgetful people, which, of course, God knows. This is why He uses signs of His promises and instructs His people to make memorials so often throughout Scripture. He wants to help His people do what is needed to remember who He is and what He has done. Or else, left to ourselves, we will forget. We know this to be true, because even with memorials and signs, we still forget. We are a people who have the completed Word of God at our fingertips—perhaps multiple copies in our homes and digitally on our devices—and yet, we still forget.

Here in Exodus, we see God command His people to consecrate—set apart as the Lord’s—every firstborn male, both humans and animals. Now, we know that all the earth and all its inhabitants belong to the Lord, not just the firstborn (Ps. 24:1). Why, then, consecrate the firstborn males? Because God wanted His people to remember what He had done in Egypt, how He had spared the firstborn from the plague of death by the blood of a lamb.

In this command, God was calling His people to look back, but also ahead. God’s rescue of His people out of Egypt did not start or end with providing life for the firstborn males during Passover. He also provided life to all the people by rescuing them through the Red Sea, by providing food and water, and by guiding them through the wilderness. But all of these acts of God’s deliverance have pointed toward a greater rescue—the one from sin and death that was to come through Christ. This is what He wanted them to understand. Their rescue, as amazing as it was, pointed to this greater rescue to come.

How does looking back at God’s work in your life help you look ahead with hope and assurance?