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Epiphany Continued 010712

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Psalm 110

Exodus 1:22—2:10

Hebrews 11:23-26

 

Epiphany Continued 010712

 

Yesterday was the Christian holiday of Epiphany, and while it is good to celebrate the realization, shock and recognition by humanity that a child had been born that was something beyond even an ordinary child. This was a child who would bring us all back to God, one by one.

 

So, continuing Epiphany is also very important because we start with one tremendous realization, but what do we realize about God the next day and the next? Our realizations go on forever, because God is infinite and Jesus is infinite.

 

What did you learn about God today? What did you learn about Jesus?

 

Thank you for praying for the church. Pray for peace.

Bill

 

 

Psalm 110

1The Lord says to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

2The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes.

3Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you.

4The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

5The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

6He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter heads over the wide earth.

7He will drink from the stream by the path; therefore he will lift up his head.

Exodus 1:22—2:10

22Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

2Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. 3When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Hebrews 11:23-26

23By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward.

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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