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Psalm 119:65-72
Exodus 12:29-42

Divine Instruction 090611
Psalm 119:65-72 represents a very small portion of the Bible‘s longest Psalm in which the writer exults God’s divine instruction.  As we go through life we encounter many different people, situations, problems, and confusing issues.  Wouldn’t it be great if we had answers to even a few of the difficulties we face, sort of an instruction book for life?

Perhaps we can if we listen to the psalmist’s words, “Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.”  We can all use a dose of good judgment and the wisdom and patience to learn from our afflictions.

Pray for a discerning ear, to hear God’s wisdom.

Blessings & Peace
Pastor Janet

 

 

Psalm 119:65-72

65You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word.

66Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

67Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word.

68You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.

69The arrogant smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.

70Their hearts are fat and gross, but I delight in your law.

71It is good for me that I was humbled, so that I might learn your statutes.

72The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Exodus 12:29-42

29At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. 31Then he summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, “Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said. 32Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!” 33The Egyptians urged the people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing, 36and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And so they plundered the Egyptians.

37The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. 38A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds. 39They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves. 40The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. 41At the end of four hundred thirty years, on that very day, all the companies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42That was for the Lord a night of vigil, to bring them out of the land of Egypt. That same night is a vigil to be kept for the Lord by all the Israelites throughout their generations.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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