Congrats Luke! First Helmet of the 2012/13 Btln Season for Luke!(This is the second Helmet of Luke's Btln career!) This puts Luke into second place for Winston! It was a sweet finish, there were three guys left on the last round and not one of them made it, but Luke made it the furthest across the gym! Luke thought that he had lost until everyone told him that he won!
We haven't had a "normal" night in a while so this week we played a "normal" game, Murderball!
Zach's team was winning early and often. Every game we took one of Zach's players and gave them to the other team until after 5 rounds Zach finally lost. The sixth game was again another win for Zach! Zach 5, Bill 1.(Names have been changed so as not to embarrass.)
This week in Bible study we looked at Moses in our continuing series "The History of the World" or "His Story". (Exodus 1:1-22, Exodus 2:1-25, Exodus 11:1-10, Exodus 12:1-29)
We looked at Moses' birth and the Passover.
Pharaoh becomes afraid of the Israelites so he decides that he will kill the Israelite baby boys to stop the growth of the Israelite Nation in Egypt. God not only keeps Moses from being killed but also has Moses adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter! What an amazing story! (Moses rises to power in Egypt just like his great uncle Joseph!)
Hebrews 11:24-28 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
If only God would talk about us this way! Moses gave up all the treasures of Egypt to serve God!
Moses returns to Egypt to bring God's people out of Egypt and into the promised land. Nine terrible plagues do not convince Pharaoh to release his slaves so God is forced to send one more devastating plague. God has Moses warn Pharaoh that if he doesn't let the Israelites leave that every first born in Egypt would die. (Pharaoh was warned before every plague.)
Exodus 11:4,5 So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
When it comes to God's grace or judgement, our position or status on this earth does not matter! The Pharaoh's and the slave girl's firstborn would both die!(And everyone in between!)
God brings judgement on Egypt but brings compassion and grace to the Israelite people!
Exodus 12:5-7 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs.
Exodus 12:12,13 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
God passed over the houses of the Israelites because of the blood of lamb without defect. This was looking forward to when God would look upon Jesus' blood (Our lamb without defect) and forgive us our sins! We only need to accept his perfect gift!