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April 30

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 120 (4/30) – Exodus 24:1-25:9

Today is a transition. Moses reads the Book of the Covenant and the people declare they will be obedient to “all the words of the Lord and all the rules”. Which, of course, they didn’t. The elders are allowed to “see” God without calamity–evidence of God’s grace. Moses then goes up the mountain for 40 days and nights where the instructions for building the tabernacle are given. The rest of Exodus will be mostly dedicated to this.

April 29

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 119 (4/29) – Exodus 23:1-33; Luke 8:19-21; Luke 8:4-8; Matthew 13:1-9

What an amazing passage Exodus 23 is for us today. These were commands given to Israel, but the wisdom of them for us is still divine. Think of the heavy cost to our culture from false reports, all forms of bribery, partiality in the courtroom, the loss of a day of rest, the removal of our first fruits by tax withholding, the kindness that is to extend in a culture to even those who hate you. Ah, how much of the “fruit” in our day is lost rather than producing a hundredfold because of all that is choking it out? (Interesting video today).

April 28

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 118 (4/28) – Exodus 22:1-31; Luke 8:19-21; Mark 4:1-9

Jesus says in our Luke passage: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Think of this as you read the Scripture today and watch the video on the Hebrew word ‘shema’ and then read In Mark, as Jesus begins the parable with “Listen!” God calls us to not only hear, but to follow up with doing.

April 27

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 117 (4/27) – Exodus 21:1-36; Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35

Some of our text today deals with the treatment of people who either sold themselves into slavery or they were sold into slavery because of poverty. Note verse 16: “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.” There is a clear distinction between those who were slaves because of debt and those who were stolen to be slaves. This is one of the verses used by Wilberforce and Christians in America in their fight against 18th and 19th century slavery. There is a lot here regarding “restitution” which is a much better way to handle things than we do today.

April 26

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 116 (4/26) – Exodus 20:1-26; Matthew 12:22-45

Here we begin the section (20-23:33) that will be referred to as the Book of the Covenant (24:7). Oh, how much evil would be absent from our culture today if we had remained true to God’s moral truth. The Matthew passage brings us again to the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I’ll give you my quick take and if you want to study it there are plenty of places to go. Jesus said that no one comes to the Father unless the Father first draws him (John 6:44). That “draw” (Greek: helkuo, ‘drag’) comes by the work of God the Holy Spirit. If one persistently rejects the Holy Spirit in this work, then there is no remedy.

April 25

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 115 (4/25) – Exodus 19:1-25; Luke 8:1-3; Mark 3:20-30

My first thought with our seldom referenced Exodus text today was “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty!” Imagine yourself there those three days. Our Luke text speaks of the many women that were following Jesus. We referenced this in yesterday’s resurrection series and tomorrow's. Mark brings us the difficult text on the eternal ramifications of rejecting God, the Holy Spirit. Holy, Holy, Holy!

April 24

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 114 (4/24) – Exodus 17:1-18:27

Great lessons in our passage today which reflect the “modus operandi” of God. He delegates authority to His creatures so that they can be fruitful. That fruitfulness brings glory to God. We, in turn, can and should delegate authority as well when it is needed. This provides others the privilege and opportunity to bear their own fruit.

April 23

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 113 (4/23) – Exodus 16:1-36

Ah, the old cycle of “God blesses and soon after, we grumble”. Notice how God is using this to teach them a much-needed rhythm of life: work for six and rest on the seventh.

April 22

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 112 (4/22) – Exodus 15:1-27; Luke 7:36-50

I was struck from today’s reading with this thought: do I sing a song of praise to God when things have gone well for me, but then only three days later grumble when they don’t? The story of Jesus, the Pharisee and the weeping woman is one of my favorites. “He who is forgiven little, loves little.” How much do I think about how much I have been forgiven?

April 21

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 111 (4/21) – Exodus 14:5-31; Matthew 11:20-30

More parallels. After we have come to Christ, the enemy is not happy that we have left and will send his chariots and horsemen after us. This is the battle we face every day, internally as well as externally. Wouldn’t it be something if you could have perched on the top of a hill and observed all of this? The parting of the sea, the pursuit of Pharaoh’s army, the crossing of a million-plus people and livestock and goods, and then the army swallowed up as the sea simply closed upon them. It is appropriate to read Jesus’ warning to the cities that rejected Him along with this most terrible judgment in Exodus. But remember, though the enemy pursues us, God’s “strong arm” will save us.

April 20

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 110 (4/20) – Exodus 13:1-14:4; Luke 7:18-35

There are parallels between what we read today and our own salvation. It was by “the strong arm of the Lord” that we have been led out of a house of slavery. I can’t imagine what it would have been like, physically, for the Israelites to have witnessed being led by a cloud by day and a fire by night, but I know, spiritually what it is to have the Lord lead night and day by His Spirit. This is what we should remind ourselves of whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup.

April 19

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 109 (4/19) – Exodus 12:31-51; Matthew 11:1-19

Matthew Henry says of our passage today: “Imagine then the cry that rang through the land of Egypt, the long, loud shriek of agony that burst from every dwelling. It will be thus in that dreadful hour when the Son of man shall visit sinners with the last judgment.” I am also struck that Pharaoh, after all of this, was still consumed by himself: “...bless me also.” Jesus describes “this generation” in much the same way, it is all about them, they think to their ultimate dismay.

April 18

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 108 (4/18) – Exodus 12:1-30; Luke 7:1-17

It would be easy to simply get caught up in the event of the 10th plague and try to imagine the horror that came upon Egypt and even the Israelites as they saw the power of God in judgment. But let your mind also think of how God was preparing for the “Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8) and the grace that is extended to those of us in Christ because of His blood. Take note also of Jesus raising the young man from the dead in Nain. Somehow this amazing event seems to always get lost.

April 17

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 107 (4/17) – Exodus 10:1-11:11

Today we read of the final appeal to Pharaoh and the 8th and 9th plagues and the promise of the horrible 10th. Pharaoh has shown himself to be an evil person, hardening his heart for years against God’s people. And now, God is now simply bringing it to a close. Make no mistake. On his own, Pharaoh may have reluctantly submitted a plague or two earlier, but his heart would have still been evil and would have pursued them with chariots to slaughter them as we know he did anyway. God is now carrying out His full judgment and He is just. With the rebellious human soul, there is a point of no return. “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ Therefore God has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whom He wants to harden.” (Romans 9:17-18) Praise God today if you are in Christ.

April 16

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 106 (4/16) – Exodus 9:8-35

In our reading today we find more horrible consequences that come to Egypt because of Pharaoh’s hard heart. As we read through it, ask the honest question: “How many times have I repeatedly said “no” to God?”  (If you wonder about how there could be any livestock left, there are numerous possible solutions. Go here for a short answer.)

April 15

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 105 (4/15) – Psalms 50:1-23; Exodus 9:1-7; Luke 6:46-9; Matthew 8:5-13

Notice today not only the grandeur of God but His judgments and the contrast between the wise and the rebellious fool who continues in his rebellion because he thinks that God is “one like yourself”. But soon that judgment comes and the livestock of Egypt dies, the house crumbles before the storm, and “the sons of the kingdom are thrown into the outer darkness.” Take time today to bow the knee before God.

April 14

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 104 (4/14) – Proverbs 9:1-18; Exodus 8:20-32; Matthew 7:21-29

There is much that strikes me today. It would be wonderful to hear what struck you. I think of the regression from fool to scoffer and “Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse…” and “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you…” Is this not true in our day? And how seductive folly is to our cutlure? And the folly of Pharaoh to continue to refuse to bend his knee to God? And the folly of those who will hear the 7 most horrible words that will ever be uttered in all of history: “Depart from Me. I never knew you.”

April 13

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 103 (4/13) – Exodus 8:1-19; Psalm 20:1-9; Matthew 7:7-20; Luke 6:43-45

Our passages today are summed up in the Psalm: “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!” In the midst of the plague of frogs and gnats (can you imagine what that would have been like to have frogs everywhere, even in your bedroom) God is answering the cries of His people to deliver them. Jesus enjoins us to ask and it will be given to us. But let us not forget that our asking must be in accordance with His will and not ours.

April 12

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 102 (4/12) – Exodus 7:1-25; Matthew 7:1-6; Luke 6:37-42

The continuing evidence of God’s “modus operandi” as He leads an 80-year-old and an 83-year-old to be fruitful in carrying out the Lord’s purposes and plans. Note how the world, the flesh and the enemy attempt to match the work of God with their “secret arts”. We don’t know if this was sleight of hand or actual acts that are within the boundaries of Satan to perform. Jesus tells us to examine ourselves before we judge others and a critical, but often overlooked, do not “give what is holy to dogs” or “cast your pearls before swine”. This leads to that which is holy being trampled underfoot and being attacked. Wise words of the Lord to consider.

April 11

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 101 (4/11) – Exodus 6:14-30; Matthew 6:5-34; Psalm 147:1-20

Don’t skip through these names. They are real people. God placed them here for a purpose as we see the Seed Line providing Moses and Aaron to facilitate the deliverance of the Israelites. Note, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referring to how people get caught up in a desperate scramble for significance when they become disconnected from the great significance of God’s specific love for us. The Psalmist praises this about God: both His great Transcendence and yet His specific Immanence in His love for the individual. Praise the Lord!

April 10

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 100 (4/10) – Exodus 5:1-6:13

I don’t know how many times I have read this, but I don’t ever remember being so struck by how hopeless was the plight of the Israelites. When the ruling power has total power over your life, there is no way out. It is in this situation that the Lord shows Himself strong. Moses is still wrestling with why God wants to use him, but this is God’s “modus operandi”. Notice this phrase, for we will see it over and over again in Exodus: “and you shall know that I am the Lord your God”. Oh, my! How God has shown us this repeatedly in His Word and in His creation around us!

April 9

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 99 (4/9) – Exodus 4:1-31

Several things to not miss today. It is a key point in the Engagement Project that “God sends”. He is interested in His creatures being fruitful and that fruit brings glory to God. God could clearly get Pharoah to let the Israelites go by Himself, but He steadfastly engages Moses, even though Moses, like a whimpering child, tries to find ways out of doing what God is asking him to do (look in our own mirror here). This is God’s “modus operandi”. You and I are called to be fruitful in this world. If you are troubled by verse 24-26, you may want to see this video from Why was God going to kill Moses in Exodus 4:24-26? | May the Lord bless you all on this special celebration day. He lives!

April 8

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 98 (4/8) – Exodus 2:11-3:22; Luke 6:27-36; Matthew 6:1-4

Oh, my! There is so much for us today! Make a list of wondrous things. Here are a couple: “I will remember my covenant” on Mt Sinai, and  “I am who I am” and “I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt”. Jesus tells us the unthinkable, to love our enemies, and in Matthew we read of the great drive in the human heart: to be significant. But Jesus tells us it can't be gotten from the world. It can only truly come from Him. (Don’t miss today’s video).

April 7

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 97 (4/7) – Exodus 1:1-2:10; Matthew 5:27-48

Today we begin a most remarkable journey as we watch God providentially nurture and protect the Seed Line of the Messiah. As we read through Exodus, ponder how many times we see His hand at work, whether it is pointed out to us or not. On the mount, Jesus is taking the Law and making it even harder. Preparing them for the Good News, for no one can be “perfect” before a holy God. (The video provides an excellent overview of Exodus.)

April 6

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 96 (4/6) – Job 42:1-17; Matthew 5:13-26; Psalm 6:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5

What an incredible ending to the account of Job’s life. Job’s repentance is accepted, his friends are rebuked, and God restores double all he has lost. Don’t lose the little note in this that it is Job who prays for his friends. May we be filled with that kind of forgiveness and grace. God’s appearance to Job was to show him His grandeur and total sovereignty. In the midst of this we understand how small our understanding is in light of who He is. And yet, we read of this very God, sitting on a mountain, speaking words of wisdom to His disciples. Be filled with wonder as you read how consistent God’s word is, whether it be from Job or David or Solomon or Jesus–the Word in flesh.

April 5

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 95 (4/5) – Matthew 5:1-12; Psalm 37:1-40

We begin the Sermon on the Mount today. The video gives a good visual for this. I so hope that you have someone with whom to discuss your daily reading. How wonderful a conversation would be today! Jesus assures that God sees the humble and those who are persecuted because of Him. The Psalmist echoes this over and over again. “Do not fret because of evildoers…” Such comfort in the midst of difficult days.

April 4

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 94 (4/4) – Job 41:1-34; Psalm 42:1-11; Luke 6:12-26

There is much here for us today. Don’t rush through it. The Psalmist gives us the proper way to respond when things aren’t going well: “Hope in God.” In Luke, we are again presented with the power of Jesus: to heal, to cast out demons, and to speak with authority like no mortal man. This is such a great companion to God’s discourse before Job. Yesterday and today, He brought forth Behemoth and Leviathan and used them to help Job understand that his smallness next to these great creatures means he is infinitely smaller before God and has virtually no authority compared with God’s. These are good lessons for us. By the way, I think these were mighty creatures that have gone extinct, but were known in Job’s days. God created some jaw-dropping beasts!

April 3

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 93 (4/3) – Job 40:1-24

It seems to me that the key to our passage today is found in verse 8 as God takes Job to task: Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?” This appears to be the summation of what was going on in Job’s arguments before God. Wisdom would counsel us to never do the same.

April 2

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 92 (4/2) – Job 39:1-30

God presents before Job six of His creatures. Let’s try to understand the pattern in these six and what it is that God is trying to get Job to understand about God, Job and the created world around him.

April 1

Dr. Tackett's Daily Comment

Day 91 (4/1) – Job 38:1-41; Mark 3:7-19

After all we have read through Job, only now does God speak and it is “out of a whirlwind”. And that is appropriate for what God then begins to declare: that man is so very, very small in the whole scheme of things and in the complexity of the created world over which God is totally and absolutely sovereign. You may want to make a mental list of all of the things that God points to in today’s passage and ponder the same questions God is asking as if He were asking you. Our passage in Mark gives us the same picture. Jesus, God in the flesh, has shown Himself sovereign over disease and even the demons fall down before Him and acknowledge His divinity.

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