The third day has come, and this is one of the rare times in this survey plan where we will actually be in the same book as the day before. The story of the Israelites found in the book of Exodus is not finished. There is more to it, and as we will see today it is vital for how we see our world and our everyday lives.

So...Read Exodus 12-14, 20

My first Bible was a Children's bible and four or five times throughout it there was a section of colored pictures depicting the famous stories found throughout the Bible. The story of the parting of the Red Sea was one of my favorite one's to come back to time and time again. It depicted the terrified Israelites moving through the Red Sea on dry land with the Egyptians pursuing them, and on both sides of all of them were giant walls of water. 

Yet...I want you to go back and read from Exodus 13:7-9 and Exodus 20: 22-24

That first passage is the LORD discussing what the Feast of Unleavened Bread looks like to Moses, so he could then relay this to the people. The second passage deals with the LORD's response to the people's fear after the LORD gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

What do they have in common? The major thing is that it is the LORD who deserves all of the glory, all of the honor, all of the praise. The Feast of Unleavened Bread allows the Israelites to tell their children and grandchildren of the magnificent salvation the LORD provided them from the Egyptians hands, but this moment in Exodus 20 delves even deeper. 

When was the last time you praised the LORD for his salvation? When was the last time you praised God for providing that new job, the wonderful parents, the nice home, the car you drive, the good grade on the test, the church you go to, the friends who are true, etc.? We see it in Exodus 20 that the LORD knows the hearts of men very well. He knows that they tend toward praising other things, even worthless things made of metal. 

So...does your life truly praise God? Are you quick to praise him for his great salvation and provision in your life? Or do you praise other things, even yourself instead?

Andrew Barnes