Unplanned: Sneak Peek
Unplanned: Sneak Peek
Unplanned: Sneak Peek
So much depends
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1 In the third month and on the first day after
The Israelites left Egypt−on that day−
They reached the Sinai Desert. 2 After they
Set out from Rephidim, they went into
The Sinai Desert. Israel camped there
In desert in front of the mountain. 3 Moses
Went up to God, and the LORD called to him
Out of the mountain and he said, “This is
What you are to tell Jacob’s progeny
And what to tell the Israelites: 4 ‘You’ve seen
Yourselves what I have done to Egypt, and
How I have carried you on eagles’ wings
And brought you to myself. 5 If you obey
Me fully and you keep my covenant,
You’ll be my treasure of all nations. Though
The earth is mine, 6 you’ll be for me a kingdom
Of priests, a holy nation.’ These are words
You are to tell the Israelites,” 7 so Moses
Went back and summoned leaders of the people
And set before them all the words the LORD
Had ordered him to speak, 8 and people all
Moses Comes Down from Mount Sinai
Replied together, “We’ll do everything
The LORD has said,” so Moses brought their answer
Back to the LORD, 9 who said to Moses, “I
Will come to you in a dense cloud, so that
People will hear me speaking with you and
Will always put their trust in you.” Moses
Told God what people had said, 10 and the LORD
Told Moses, “Go down to the people and
Consecrate them on this day and tomorrow,
And have them wash their clothes 11 and be prepared
By the third day, for on that day the LORD
Will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight
Of all the people. 12 Set limits for them
Around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful
That you do not approach the mountain or
Contact the foot of it. Whoever touches
The mountain, you shall put to death. 13 He shall
Be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand
Is to be placed on them. No person or
Animal shall be let to live,’ and only
When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they
Approach the mountain.” 14 After Moses had
Gone down the mountain to the people, he
Consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.
15 He told the people, “Get yourselves prepared
For the third day. Abstain from sex.” 16 Upon
The morning of the third day there was thunder
And lightning, and above the mountain was
A thick cloud; then came a loud trumpet blast.
Everybody in the camp trembled. 17 Moses
Then led the people from the camp to meet
With God, and they stood at the mountain’s base.
18 Smoke covered up Mount Sinai, for the LORD
Came down to it in fire. Smoke billowed up
From it like smoke out of a furnace, and
The entire mountain trembled violently,
19 And as the trumpet’s blast grew louder and
Louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God
Replied to him. 20 The LORD descended to
Mount Sinai’s peak and called for Moses to
Climb to the mountain top. So Moses went
Up 21 and the LORD told him, “Go down and warn
The people so they do not force their way
Through to see God and many of them die.
22 Even the priests, who come close to the LORD,
Must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will
Break out against them.” 23 Moses told the LORD,
“The people can’t come up Mount Sinai, for
You cautioned us yourself, ‘Put limits ’round
The mountain and set it apart as holy.'”
24 The LORD replied, “Go down and bring up Aaron
With you, but priests and people must not force
Their way through to come up to God, or he’ll
Break out against them.” 25 Moses went ahead
And told the people what the Lord had said.
1 Jethro, the priest of Midian and father‑
In‑law of Moses, heard of everything
That God had done for Moses and for his
People Israel, and how God had brought
Israel out of Egypt. 2 After Moses
Had sent away his wife Zipporah, Jethro,
His father‑in‑law, 3 met her and her
Two sons. The first son=s name was Gershom, for
Moses said, “I’ve become a foreigner
Within a foreign land;” 4 the other was
Named Eliezer, for he stated this:
“My father’s God helped me; he saved me from
The sword of Pharaoh.” 5 Jethro, Moses’father‑
In‑law, along with Moses’ sons and wife,
Traveled to him within the desert, where
He’s camped beside God’s mountain. 6 Jethro had
Sent him this message, “I, your father‑in‑law
Jethro, am coming to you with your wife
And her two sons,” 7 so Moses went to meet
His father‑in‑law and bowed down and kissed him.
They greeted one another and then went
Inside the tent, 8 where Moses told his father‑
In‑law what God had done to Pharaoh and
Egyptians for the sake of Israel
And of the hardships they had met along
The way and how the LORD had saved them. 9 Jethro
Was pleased to hear about the good things that
The LORD had done for Israel in saving
Them out of the Egyptians’ hand. 10 He said,
“Praise be to God, who rescued you out of
The hand of the Egyptians and from Pharaoh,
Who saved the people from th’Egyptians’ hand.
11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than
All other gods, for he did this to those
Who treated Israel like dirt.” 12 Then Jethro,
Moses’ father‑in‑law, brought in a burnt
Offering and some other sacrifices
To God, and Aaron came with all the leaders
Of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’
Father‑in‑law before the LORD. 13 The next
Day, Moses took his seat to serve as judge
For people, and they stood around him from
The morning ’til the evening. 14 When his father‑
In‑law saw all that Moses did for people,
He said, “What is this you do for the people?
Why do you sit as the sole judge, while all
These people stand around you from morning
‘Til evening?” 15 Moses answered him, “Because
The people come to me to seek God’s will.
16 Whenever they have a dispute, it’s brought
To me, and I decide between the parties
And tell them God’s decrees and regulations,”
17 Then Moses’ father‑in‑law answered, “What
You’re doing is not good. 18 You and these people
Who come to you will only tire yourselves.
The work’s too heavy for you; you can’t handle
It by yourself. 19 Now hear me out and I’ll
Advise you, and may God be with you. You
Must be the people’s representative
Before the LORD; bring their disputes to him,
20 And teach them his decrees and regulations.
Show them the way they are to live and how
They should behave, 21 but pick out able men
From all the people–men who fear the LORD,
Trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–
Appoint them as officials over thousands,
Hundreds, fifties and tens, 22 and have them serve
As judges for the people at all times,
But have them bring each hard case in to you;
They can decide the simple cases for
Themselves, and that will lighten up your load,
Because they’ll share it with you. 23 If you do
This and God so commands, you will be able
To stand the strain, and all these people will
Go home contented.” 24 Moses listened to
His father‑in‑law and did as he said.
25 He picked some able men from Israel
And made them people’s leaders, as officials
Over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
26 They served as judges for the people at
All times. Hard cases they brought Moses, but
The simple ones they decided by
Themselves; 27 then Moses said goodbye as planned,
And Jethro went along to his own land.
He threw a football three hundred yards.
“Broke a trellis in his neighbor’s yard.”
He jumped higher than the clouds.
“He’s too self-centered, too proud.”
He ran a marathon in record time.
“He should be charged with many crimes.”
He lifted more weight than any man before.
“The man’s performance is a snore.”
As a lifeguard, he saved a thousand lives.
“He’s had trouble with his wives.”
Three men on, he hit a grand slam.
“Hand me the raspberry jam.”
He swam the sea from Spain to Greece.
“I read the stupid press release.”
He dove 5000 feet into a pool.
“The dude oughtta go back to school.”
He pitched ten consecutive perfect games.
“He’ll do anything to build his name.”
He rounded up 1000 cattle in an hour.
“Phew! Man needs to take a shower.”
The heavyweight champion–he knocked him out.
“Man’s a loser, loafer and lout.”
He pole-vaulted through the stratosphere.
“He might get better next year.”
He outran a cheetah on Serengeti’s plains.
“Bind the man in iron chains.”
You’re free to worship as you please, and speak
Your mind about your leaders, travel where
You want to go, associate with weak
And strong, with poor and rich, to share and care
With others, to begin an enterprise,
To start or join a group, to marry one
You love and raise a family, to buy
And sell a house, a car, some land, a gun,
To run for public office, to delight
In privacy at home, humble abode,
To be tried fairly if you’re charged with crimes
And have a lawyer for defense, to fight
The government for rights, for changing codes:
You’re free, freer than men in any time.