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Commuter Bible is an audio Bible podcast to match your weekly schedule. Published Monday-Friday, major (U.S.) holidays excluded. In the course of a year, you can listen to the entire Bible. Subscribe today and get more of God's Word in your daily life.

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    Exodus 21-24, Proverbs 2

    On today’s episode God begins to give very specific commands to the Israelite people on what it looks like to be fair, kind, and gracious to one another. The Lord’s justice is severe for those who are selfish and outright rebellious, but gracious toward those who have no intention of causing harm. As you listen, it can be tempting to think that these are dry or irrelevant, but put yourself in the shoes/sandals of the original audience, whose livelihood wasn’t based on financial income, but on livestock, crops, and community with one another. Imagine yourself in each situation, & the text becomes much more interesting.

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    Exodus 17-20:21, Proverbs 1

    The Lord continues to provide for his people, despite their grumbling, giving them, not only food and water, but a moral code by which they might live; this Decalogue, more commonly known as the Ten Commandments, allowed Israel to know how they could please God. After witnessing the plagues on Egypt, the columns of cloud and fire, and the Red Sea’s parting, it would have been no small thing for Israel to receive this sense of assurance that they could be in right relationship with such a powerful God.

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    Exodus 13-16, Psalm 23

    Today we’ll read the account of the parting of the Red Sea. Along with the Passover, this event is passed down from generation to generation as a testament to the power of God. Throughout the history of Israel through both prose and poetry, God’s people remind each other of the Lord’s power and deliverance. He is faithful to His promises and makes a way where there seems to be no way, providing salvation for His people, often by completely unexpected means.

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    Exodus 9-12, Psalm 22

    On previous episodes we began the book of Exodus at a time when Joseph and his deeds toward Egypt have been forgotten. Israel is numerous, but Pharaoh hates them and enslaves them. God sends Moses, a Hebrew man who was raised in Pharaoh’s house, to return to Egypt and tell Pharaoh tell let God’s people go, so that they may worship Him in the wilderness. When Pharaoh refuses, God sends plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, and flies, but the king of Egypt will not back down.

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    Exodus 5-8, Psalm 21

    Today we begin to examine the ten plagues sent upon Egypt that testify to the power of the great I AM. It has been suggested that each plague is designed to show pharaoh, and all of Egypt all with him, that their gods are no match for the God of Israel, systematically robbing them of any power they claimed to have. While he is bested over and over again, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and refuses to concede.

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    Exodus 1-4, Psalm 20

    This is the beginning of the book of Exodus, a pivotal story in the history of Israel. Throughout Scripture, Israel is often reminded that God is the one who led His people out of bondage and out of Egypt; it’s a way to point to His power, His kindness, and His covenant faithfulness to fulfill His promises. As we enter the text, we’re told that Joseph has been forgotten and that the nation of Israel, though numerous, is being oppressed in the bonds of slavery.

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    Mark 13-16; Psalm 19

    We’re covering the last four chapters today, which includes Mark’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus. As you hear the Word today, remember 1 Peter 2:22-25 “He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

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    Mark 9-12; Psalm 18

    The path of Jesus leads toward Jerusalem, and while His people assume that He will ascend to the throne upon entering the city, Jesus tries to warn them that He must first suffer at the hands of the chief priests and scribes. James and John obviously have their eyes on the prize of a new kingdom, but Jesus tells them that don’t know what they’re in for.

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    Mark 5-8; Psalm 17

    The crowds continue to seek after Jesus as His miraculous healings and exorcisms gain notoriety across the land. The religious leaders grow increasingly angry with Jesus, as he continues to rebuke them openly. It’s worth noting that the disciples aren’t quite seeing things clearly, much like the man who doesn’t see clearly at first when he encounters Jesus.

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    Mark 1-4; Psalm 16

    The gospel of Mark is one of the three synoptic gospels, “Synoptic” basically means “seeing the same thing,” the other two of which are Matthew and Luke. Historical evidence from early church fathers affirms that the apostle Peter is the one who passed these reports on to his attendant and writer, John Mark. Mark’s gospel is the shortest, but the most action-packed, as he includes a number of accounts and moves quickly from one scene to the next. connecting his stories with phrases like “immediately,” “just then” and “as soon as.” We also get a sense for how hectic life must have been for Jesus, as crowds push in around him demanding more and more of His time.

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