Passover

Passover
(Exodus 2-12)

Pharaoh ordered Hebrew babies to slaughter,
but Moses was saved by Pharaoh’s daughter.
This Egyptian lady
raised this Hebrew baby.
Moses lived in the house of Pharaoh,
but Pharaoh did not know.
No one knew
as the child grew.
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When Moses was full grown
his roots were made known.
Pharaoh had a conniption
for Moses killed an Egyptian.
Because Moses was a Hebrew,
that’s when anger grew.
Into the desert Moses fled,
shortly thereafter he did wed.
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Later, on Mount Horeb a bush did burn.
This is where Moses did learn
about the call on his life.
He was to save Israel from strife.
God gave Moses a script,
he was the Deliverer in Egypt.
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The God of Moses
to Pharaoh proposes;
Let the Hebrews go,
otherwise there will be woe.
The consequence was not vague;
on Egypt there would be a plague.
A plague on each day,
until Pharaoh said okay.
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Back to Egypt Moses went,
for that’s where God had sent
Moses to confront Pharaoh
to say, “Let my people go.”
But Pharaoh said, “Absolutely No!
I will not let your people go.
Who is this God I do not know?
This Hebrew God,
I will not applaud.”
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The instructions to Pharaoh were not vague.
If Hebrews weren’t free there’d be a plague.
Then Pharaoh gave this ridiculous order:
Hebrews to make the same amount of mortar,
only they would have to find straw
for bricks, which became the new law.
This could not be done.
It looked as though Pharaoh won.
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“As My servant Moses has spoken,
your Egyptian bondage will be broken.
Do not fret.
Pharaoh will let
My people go.
This you need to know.”
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Right from the start
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart,
so the Hebrews would know who God was through the mighty acts God does.
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In Pharaoh’s court Moses stood in front,
then Pharaoh, Moses did confront.
God turned Moses’ staff into a snake,
but Pharaoh said, “Hebrews can’t take.”
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Now comes plague number one,
turning water into blood was done.
Blood did defile
the river Nile.
Fish died and it did stink,
Egyptians could no longer drink.
Yet Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number two,
this is what God did do.
He ordered the frogs
to come and make clogs;
they were all over the place
and in every space.
But Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number three
by the hand of the Almighty.
Egypt had to pay a high price,
for now they were covered with lice.
Lice were on beast and men,
but even so, even then,
Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number four
flies God did pour
all over the land,
but He withheld His hand
from the land of Goshen
where there was no commotion.
The Hebrews were free of flies,
while cries in Egypt did arise.
Pharaoh still said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number five,
livestock did not survive.
In Egypt livestock had pestilence,
however in Goshen there was preference.
The Hebrew’s livestock was fine,
For God said, “These people are Mine.”
The plague was on Egypt’s livestock,
which caused Egyptian shock.
All their livestock left outside
from this plague died.
But, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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The sixth plague
was not vague.
God sent a plague of boils
on Egypt that spoils
the skin of animal and men,
but the Hebrews didn’t have them;
the Hebrews, God did protect
from boils which did deflect.
However, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number seven;
hail came from heaven.
Obeying God, Pharaoh failed,
so in Egypt it hailed.
It hailed hard and long
Pharaoh knew he did wrong.
But Pharaoh was an obstinate king,
so God sent hail ruining most everything.
Again, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number eight
everything the locust ate.
But again in Goshen
there was no commotion.
The locust did only yield
a great harvest in Egypt’s field.
Even so, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number nine
and darkness was the sign.
For three full days Egypt had no sun,
because of what Pharaoh had done.
Darkness was only where Egyptians were,
for in Goshen darkness did not occur.
Egypt was totally dark
still Pharaoh did remark,
“I will not let your people go,
because I, the great Pharaoh, said so!”
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God’s mighty plan through Moses’ hand
was being accomplished throughout this land.
God allowed all plagues in order to proclaim
His power and might on earth in His Name.
Egypt thought their gods were vital.
Each plague represented an idol.
This is what caused Egypt to fall,
for the God of Moses is far above all.
Over the days God did display,
His mighty power to Egypt’s dismay.
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The last plague on Egypt was number ten
this effected animals, women, and men.
Exactly at midnight the Lord did strike
Egypt’s firstborns and horror did spike.
Wailing was heard long into the night
from Egyptians caught in this fright.
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All of Egypt did mourn
over the death of all their firstborn.
Jews were safe when the death angel came,
because they put blood on each doorframe.
Each Hebrew family shared a special meal,
while with Egypt God did deal.
They had prepared a quick feast
of lamb, bitter herbs, bread without yeast.
When Pharaoh’s firstborn died
to Moses Pharaoh replied,
“Take your people and get out!
Egypt does not want any of you about.
Now in your God I believe,
take these slaves and leave.”
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Israel had lived in Egypt 430 years
had toiled and cried many tears.
The Egyptians had equipped
the Hebrews leaving Egypt.
They gave clothing, silver, and gold;
all that the Jews could hold.
There was great joy in the air,
for God freed Israel from despair.
God is permanently faithful,
and the Hebrews were grateful.
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From this day forward
Jews need to remember that horrid
Egyptian bondage as a slave,
and the plagues God gave
to set the Hebrews free,
to worship, and praise the Almighty.
Israel is to do this once a year
by celebrating Passover with cheer.
It is God all must fear
this was made quite clear.
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This remembrance is not just for the Jew;
all should remember this – that’s me and you.
There is only one true God
to whom we all need to applaud.
He is the Lord, God Most High
this no one can deny.

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His Hand

(Psalm 138:7)  paraphrase
Though I walk in the midst of trouble
Trials, tribulation and rubble
The Lord preserves my life
Keeping me from all the strife
He is the Creator and Ruler of the land
The Lord God stretched forth His hand
Against the anger of my foes
That’s how His faithfulness goes
By His right hand He saved me
All thanks and praise to God Almighty

New Land

New Land
(Deut. 5:15)  paraphrased

To remember is good
This we all should
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When slaves in Egypt
Our lives were gypped
But God brought us out
Slavery no longer about
With His mighty hand
Brought us to a new land
With His outstretched arm
Protected from all alarm
Therefore
What’s more
The Lord your God
Due all glory and laud
Commands you
To follow through
Observe the Sabbath day
Honor God, begin today
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One day in seven
A gift from Heaven
The Lord says remember
To each and every member

Redeem

Psalm 130
(paraphrased)
Out of the depths I cry
Hear my voice Adonai
For mercy I cry
Hear and attend Adonai
With a record of sin
No one could ever win
Before God who could stand
There’d be no one in the land
But God does forgive
Enables us to live
God’s Word is clear
It is God we must fear
On the Lord I wait
He is never late
In His Word is hope
Enables one to cope
It is the soul
God can make whole
Put your hope in the Lord
Do this now in one accord
With Adonai is unfailing love
Full redemption from above
He will redeem from sin
And cleanse deep within

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 51: Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
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Psalm 139:
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
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1 John 1:If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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Psalm 103:
10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is His love for those who fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;


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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+51&version=NKJV;NIV https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm139%3A23-24&version=NKJV;NIV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+1%3A9&version=NKJV;NIV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+103%3A10-13&version=NKJV;NIV

Wise Words *Proverbs

Proverbs 22:17-19    (Paraphrased)
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Incline your ear
Wise words hear
In this you can take a pledge
Apply your heart to this knowledge
It’s pleasant to keep them within you
Yes, this is a good, wise thing to do
Let wisdom be fixed upon your lips
From your mouth let wise words drip
So that in the Lord you can trust
His Word is righteous and just
This is the instruction for today
Meditate on it as you go your way
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+22%3A17-19&version=NKJV;NIV

Best Loot

The Spirit’s fruit
Is the best loot
It will help you in life
And protect you in strife
You will meet the day
And be more than okay
With God’s presence by your side
In His peace you will abide
There are no gifts like His
Gracious and generous He is
So if you want the Spirit’s fruit
Go to Him and ask for His loot
Who does not want these to employ
They are love, peace, and joy
Self-control, faithfulness, goodness
Gentleness, and kindness
Against these there is no law
The Spirit’s fruit has no flaw
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Galatians 5:22-23
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5%3A22-23&version=NKJV;NIV