Day 63 – March 4, 2021

Exodus 14; Psalm 55; Proverbs 11:21–25; Mark 8:22-9:1

Exodus 14

Crossing the Red Sea

1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2 “Speak to the children of Israel that they turn and camp at the village between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before them by the sea.

3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the desert has closed them in.’

4 Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them; and I will be glorified in Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know I am the Lord.” So they did.†

5 Now it was told the king of the Egyptians that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

6 So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.

7 Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.

8 Thus the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and his servants, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with a high hand.

9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the cavalry and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the village opposite Baal Zephon.

10 Now when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.

11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the desert? Why have you so dealt with us to bring us up out of Egypt?

12 Is this not the word we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert.”

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Be of good courage. Stand still and see the Lord’s salvation which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you will never see again.

14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

16 Now lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it; and let the children of Israel go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

17 I indeed will harden Pharaoh’s heart and all the Egyptians, and they will go in after them. So I will be glorified in Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horses.

18 Then the Egyptians will know I am the Lord, when I am glorified upon Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horses.”

19 Now the Angel of God who went before the camp of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud also went from before them and stood behind them.†

20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel, and the night passed; but there was such darkness and blackness, they did not come near one another all that night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord carried back the sea by a strong south wind all that night and made the sea dry ground. Thus the waters were divided.†

22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.†

23 Then the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and horsemen.

24 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud; and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.

25 He bound the axles of their chariot wheels and caused them to proceed with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots and the riders.”

27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were trying to flee. But the Lord shook off the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.†

28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all of Pharaoh’s army that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.

29 But the children of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. The waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 So the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

31 Thus Israel saw the Lord’s mighty hand and the things He did to the Egyptians; therefore, the people feared the Lord and believed God and His servant Moses.

Psalms 55

1 For the End, for the people far from the holy places; by David; for a pillar inscription, when foreigners conquered him in Gath. †

2 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for man tramples me down; All day long he afflicts me in war. 

3 All day my enemies trample me down, For many are those who war against me from on high. 

4 I will not fear by day, But I will hope in You. 

5 I will praise God with my words all day long; In God I hope; I will not be afraid; what will flesh do to me? 

6 All day long they make my words repulsive; All their thoughts are against me for evil. 

7 They will dwell near and hide; They will watch my heel As they wait for my soul. 

8 In no way will You save them; In wrath You will bring down peoples, O God. 

9 I declare my life to You; You set my tears before You, as also in Your promise. 

10 My enemies shall be turned back In whatever day I may call upon You; Behold, I know You are my God. 

11 In God I will praise His word; In the Lord I will praise His word. 

12 In God I hope; I will not be afraid; What will man do to me? 

13 In me, O God, are vows I will render in praise to You; 

14 For You delivered my soul from death, And my feet from slipping; That I may be well-pleasing before God in the light of the living.

Proverbs of Solomon 11

21 Like a ring in the nose of a wild swine, So is beauty to an evil-minded woman. 

22 Every desire of the righteous is good, But the hope of the ungodly is destruction.† 

23 There are those who sow their own things and produce more things, And there are those who gather but have less. 

24 Every sincere soul is blessed, But an angry man is not graceful.† 

25 May the one who hoards grain leave it to the nations, But may blessing be upon the head of the one who shares it.

Mark 8

A Blind Man Healed

22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.†

23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.

24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”

Peter’s Confession

27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”†

28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”

29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.

Jesus’ First Prophecy of His Passion

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.†

32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.

33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.†

35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Mark 9

1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”†

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