January 25

Do you feel far from God? Why?
Exodus 12/Romans 7-9

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OT

12:40 The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years.

NT

7:4 So this is the point: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God.

8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

9:21-24 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? God has every right to exercise his judgment and his power, but he also has the right to be very patient with those who are the objects of his judgment and are fit only for destruction. He also has the right to pour out the riches of his glory upon those he prepared to be the objects of his mercy– even upon us, whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles.


OT Flash Points

Events of the exodus
In the 1st month of your year, the 10th day, choose the lamb
On the 14th day, kill the lamb, roast and eat it completely
Put the blood of the lamb on the door, top and sides
No, no, no yeast
Wrap the bread (no yeast) in cloth and take it with you

NT Flash Points

The heart of the God of the exodus
His purpose all along
Has God failed?
Life and happiness depend on one thing – His mercy
It has nothing to do with what we do
Only what His Son did
Pursue God by faith not work


Perspective

Make room for God to come any way He wants – look for Him
At any moment, He may break in

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