Exodus 13:17-22

April 1, 2011

Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” (Exodus 13:17)
      God, you know what is best for us and you know our weaknesses: lead us in the direction you think is best for us.

So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. (Exodus 13:18 )
      LORD, thank you for the wilderness times and all that you have taught us about your faithfulness in those times.

And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.” (Exodus 13:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us carry out all of our solemn vows.

So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. (Exodus 13:20)
      Jesus, thank you for the journey we are on.

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21)
      Jesus, thank you for the many ways you lead us.

He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. (Exodus 13:22)
      Father, thank you for your enduring faithfulness.

A word received: My strength will carry you through.

Friday: 95 & 88 * 91, 92; Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59

Albany Intercessor

Obadiah’s tomb

April 1, 2011

Talmudic sages claim that Obadiah was an Edomite proselyte who served in the court of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. He managed to save 100 Jewish prophets by hiding them in two caves and supplying their needs. His tomb is in Israel. The book of Obadiah is one chapter long. Obadiah chastises his fellow Edomites for rejoicing in and taking advantage of the captivity of the Jews.

Obadiah 1:13-15 (New King James Version)
You should not have entered the gate of My people
In the day of their calamity.
Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction
In the day of their calamity,
Nor laid hands on their substance
In the day of their calamity.
You should not have stood at the crossroads
To cut off those among them who escaped;
Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained
In the day of distress.
“ For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near;
As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.

Forgive us for our sins of racism, class consciousness, and sectarianism. Were it not for the gift of Your Son, we would be like a rotting carcass in Your eyes. Thank You for Your tender mercies.
Your Son Jesus walked the land that Obadiah walked and knew the words he spoke. Jesus taught us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. He showed us how to turn the other cheek.
We stand in agreement with the teaching and actions of Obadiah and Jesus. May we have mercy on those who are different from us. Teach us how to do this day to day.
In this time of political tumult, when the nation of Israel is surrounded by enemies, pour out upon this nation a spirit of wisdom to know Your will for them. Grant them wise decisions. Amen.

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