29 January 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday, 29 January 2015

another day before of us that began with "Winter Weather Advisory" messages over the 'Net.  Snow and cold and freezing rain/snow mixed.  Should make for an "interesting" day driving.  Which I have no intention of doing whatsoever.  Been there, done that.
Alarm went off at 06:00 for Dear Wife to walk across the back yard to go "watch" Beloved Grand Niece.  Of course, my "cat-alarm", the four-legged fuzzies wanting breakfast, went off around 04:55, actually before, but the "snooze" on them wasn't working any longer.  So I did the deed and Starvation and Hunger have been pushed back another day.
quite a life we have here.  Sitting inside a darkened cave for days at a time.

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The Old Testament reading today is chapters 19, 20, and 21 of the Exodus.
They're out of Egypt, Pharaoh's army got drowned, and now they're on their way.  A gripy, complaining bunch with a common ancestry, 400 years in bondage, in the wilderness, led by the Lord -- and His visible Presence in the pillars of fire and smoke - and a historic figure like Moses.  And these are the Lord's "Chosen People".  Time to start making them into that.  And that means developing a faith and a culture along the lines the Lord wants, rather than that which they'd been seeing for generations, nor that of the cultures they would be bumping into quite soon.
And that means we get into the Law and the judgments and the Commandments.  We see that beginning here.  Not just the day-to-day decisions that Moses, as the Judge, hands down, but the long-term written-down and memorized ones that don't change.  Those.  A defining distinction that actually undergirds many of our own laws to this very day.

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In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.
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For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
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And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;
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Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
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Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
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And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
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And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.
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And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,
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And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
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And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
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There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
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And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.
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And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.
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And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
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And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
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And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
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And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
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And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.
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And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them.
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And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.
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And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them.
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So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.


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And God spake all these words, saying,
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I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
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Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
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Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
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Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
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Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
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Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
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But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
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For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
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Thou shalt not kill.
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Thou shalt not commit adultery.
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Thou shalt not steal.
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Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
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And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
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And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
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And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
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And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
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Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
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An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
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And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
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Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.


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Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.
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If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
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If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
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If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
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And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
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Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.
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And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
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If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
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And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.
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If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
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And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.
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He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.
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And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
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But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
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And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
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And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
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And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
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And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:
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If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.
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And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
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Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
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If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
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And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
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Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
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Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
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And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.
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And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
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If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.
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But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
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If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.
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Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.
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If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
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And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;
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The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.
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And if one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide.
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Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own.



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The New Testament reading is verses 1-16 in the 20th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus is still speaking, still teaching.  For our ears as well as for those of the people crowded around Him.

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For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
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And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
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And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
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And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
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Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
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And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
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They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
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So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
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And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
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But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
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And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
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Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
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But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
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Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
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Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
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So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen

28 January 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Wednesday, 28 January 2015

another real cold day, and worse on the way.  Nasty!
Had to run Dear Wife to the Primary Care doctor office as soon as we rolled out of bed this morning, had to get some blood samples but had to be "fasting", meaning 12 hours at least since eating.  So no breakfast, which doeesn't bother me but bothers her a whole lot, not least because she can't take her "morning meds" without food.  So off over the frozen roads to the doc's place.  A lot better than they were Saturday evening, and this is the first we've ventured out since last Tuesday.
Did the blood thing, swung by a place and ate a bit, then off to the phone store.  We used to own a computer store that was an authorized reseller of phones & startup service with one of the major cell phone providers.  That gave us a "dealer's rate" which we maintain, more than 10 years after we sold our interest and moved FAR out of state.  One of the perks of it is a nice arrangement by which we can trade in our old phones every two years, and get the newer versions that are locked to that provider.  Her phone has been acting up, locking up, has had horrible battery life even with new batteries, and generally worn out its welcome.  We'd gone by there yesterday, but they wouldn't accept the trade-in without having the ORIGINAL battery, that was No Good At All.  So we went searching last night, found it, and took it in today.  And she walked out with a new smartphone.  We shall see how well it works.
Then off to the Big Box store, pick up some other items to supplement last week's Grand Expedition.  And back home.
All of this took what seemed to me to be a Very Long Time, but it is what it is.  She has the Wonderful Great Niece all day tomorrow, which she enjoys but which also exhausts her. It does give her a reason to live, which is worth quite a lot to me.  Niece went to her employer yesterday and served notice that she HAS to be on part-time, a max of two days per week.  She wants to be a mom, which is great.  She and her husband think they can make it on that, and that's their choice.  She had been promised that arrangement when she came back from maternity leave, but I guess they've been scheduling her because so many other employees have shown themselves to be unreliable with respect to coming to work when scheduled, and on time too.  We shall see.
So the alarm will be set for about 05:30 and we'll go from there.  And the week is half over and the month of January ends Saturday night.  Every day closer to decent weather.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 16, 17, and 18 of the Exodus.
The people have been released from bondage, and are on their way.  And, like many of us, soon began to grumble.  Hungry, they said.  Moses' fault, they said.  So the Lord sent manna.  Then they said they were thirsty, and that also was Moses' fault.  So the Lord provided water from a rock.  And, with everything else, squabbles and wrangling within the ranks soon arose, and so Moses was pressed into service as a judge/mediator, whatever.  He had a visit from his father-in-law, who gave some good advice.
You will see mention here of the Amalekites.  They were a semi-family enemy, the descendants of Amalek, who was in turn a descendant of Esau, brother of Jacob.  Esau was known too as the father of the Edomites, of which we will see more in a bit.


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And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
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And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
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And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
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Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
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And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
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And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
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And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
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And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
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And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.
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And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.
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And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
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And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
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And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
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This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
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And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
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And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
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And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
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Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
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And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
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And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
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And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
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And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
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And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
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Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
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And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
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See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
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So the people rested on the seventh day.
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And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
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And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
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And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.
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As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.
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And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
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Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.


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And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
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Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
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And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
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And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
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Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
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And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?
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Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
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And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
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So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
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And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
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But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
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And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
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And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
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For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.


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When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;
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Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,
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And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
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And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
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And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
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And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
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And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
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And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.
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And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
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And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
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Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
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And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.
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And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
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And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
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And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:
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When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
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And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
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Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
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Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
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And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
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Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
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And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
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If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
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So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
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And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
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And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
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And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.





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The New Testament reading is verses 16-30 form the 19th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew
"How do I get to Heaven?" is an old question, and someone asked it of Jesus.  I don't think he liked the answer.  And, remember, this was BEFORE the Crucixion, BEFORE the Resurrection, BEFORE Jesus ascended, BEFORE Pentecost.  Note too that Jesus did not mention the greatest Commandment, which perhaps was a "given".

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And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
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And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
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He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
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Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
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The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
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Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
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But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
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Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
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And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
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When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
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But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
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Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
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And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
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But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

27 January 2015

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Tuesday, 27 January 2015

my retirement check hit the bank this morning, so off we go to pay bills and buy gasoline and groceries.  Roads none too good so we're putting off the "blood work" at doctor office until tomorrow.
We got a bit of a late start, and went out for our once-a-month lunch date.  The pancake house gives a discount to senior citizens on Tuesdays, so off we went.
Then to the cell phone store.  Wanting to swap out her phone, which is only a year old, can't hold a charge even with new batteries, and locks up frequently.  Hung around there about 90 minutes, walked out without a new phone since they absolutely required the original battery for the thing.  When we get home we went spelunking and did find it.  So that's on tomorrow's to-do list.
Swung by pharmacy and picked up a few of her meds, eight of them in fact.  There are others, but these are the ones up for refills.  Tomorrow is another day.
Back home, see to some things.  Probably going to be a very cold night with some truly bad temperatures predicted for the next week, numerous at or below zero, and "highs" in the teens.  Can't wait for spring.
Been spending a lot of late nights with the Lord.  Perhaps, just perhaps, He's getting part of His plan through my thick skull.  Perhaps.  We shall see.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 13, 14, and 15.  The Death Angel went through Egypt, and, with the exception of the Hebrews, there was the death of the firstborn in every house, including Pharaoh's.  (by the way, that constitutes discrimination.  So???).  Now they are not just permitted, but COMMANDED to leave, and right now too.  So they did.  Pharaoh changed his mind, went after them, and came to a bad end.  This account is rehearsed in the Jewish community every Passover, and is very closely tied to the Easter celebration as well.  Both a release from bondage.

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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
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And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
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This day came ye out in the month Abib.
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And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
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Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.
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Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
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And thou shalt show thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.
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And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
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Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
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And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,
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That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD's.
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And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
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And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
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And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.
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And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.
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And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
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But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
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And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
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And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
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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:
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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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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
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For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
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And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
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And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
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And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
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And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
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And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
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But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
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And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
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And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
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Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
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And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
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The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
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But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
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And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
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And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honor upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
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And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
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And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
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And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
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And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
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And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
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And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
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And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
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And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
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And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
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But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
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Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
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And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.


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Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
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The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
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The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
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Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
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The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
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Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
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And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
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And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
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The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
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Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
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Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
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Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
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Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
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The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
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Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
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Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
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Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O LORD, which thy hands have established.
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The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.
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For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
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And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
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And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
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So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
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And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
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And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
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And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
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And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
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And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.



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The New Testament reading is verses 1-15 of the 19th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew.

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And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
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And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
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The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
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And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
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And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
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Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
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They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
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He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
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And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
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His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
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But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
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For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
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Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
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But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
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And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.