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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 25-28, Proverbs 3

    God gives very specific instructions on how the Israelites would build the place where He would be worshipped, how to collect funds to put it together, and how His priests would be dressed. If that sounds unimportant, you’ve never had to sit through a church committee meeting. :D It’s important to remember, however, that the tabernacle is the place where the God of the universe, perfect in all His ways, matchless in power and authority, would meet with His people in a unique way. If it were up to you to build that, wouldn’t you want detailed instructions? Right worship is important to God, and these detailed instructions gave the Israelites the freedom of knowing their worship was pleasing to Almighty God.

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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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    Genesis 47-50; Psalms 14-15

    The life of Jacob, who is now known as Israel, comes to close as he takes his last breath in Egypt. He blesses Joseph’s sons, and makes them a part of his family’s inheritance. After he takes his final breath, Joseph’s brothers fear that he will seek vengeance, but Joseph remembers God’s grace and provision.

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    Genesis 43-46; Psalm 12-13

    On our last episode we saw how the Lord orchestrated Joseph’s life to save the lives of many in the face of a coming famine. When his brothers show up to ask for food, they don’t recognize Joseph, but Joseph recognizes them. He declares them to be spies, and after a series of questions, he send them away and demands they bring their younger brother back to Egypt to see if they are telling the truth.

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    Genesis 39-42; Psalm 11

    When Joseph is sold into slavery it seems that he has lost it all, except that Joseph has not lost what is most important: he hasn’t lost God’s divine and unmerited favor. God orchestrates the salvation of His people and sustains the country of Egypt through Joseph. His circumstances seem devastating in the short term, and remarkable in hindsight. As we’re told in Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

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    Genesis 35-38; Psalm 10

    When we last left Jacob and his sons, they had slaughtered an entire city of men after their sister, Dinah, had been defiled by the chief’s son. In today’s episode, God officially gives Jacob the name of Israel, and directs his family to relocate to Bethel. There we learn more about Rachel’s firstborn son Joseph, who Israel favors above all his other sons. If that wasn’t enough to draw the ire of his brothers, Joseph begins to have dreams where he is exalted above the rest of his family.

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    Genesis 31-34; Psalm 9

    Today on Commuter Bible – Laban and Jacob have a shouting match, Jacob and God have a wrestling match, and Jacob realizes he is no match for his brother Esau. A note to parents of young ones, you may want to check out the beginning of chapter 34 before continuing.

    After 20 years of working under Laban and trying to establish himself, Jacob deceives Laban by sneaking away with his family. Laban pursues him and, as families tend to do, they have a heated discussion about which one has wronged the other one more. After coming to terms, they part ways, and Jacob prepares to meet his brother Esau, who at last hearing, had murder on his mind.

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    Genesis 27-30; Psalm 8

    Today on Commuter Bible – Jacob pulls the wool over his dad’s eyes by pulling goat skin over his own body. It also becomes apparent that Jacob has absolutely no idea how breeding works, and yet God allows his flocks to increase. When you step back and think about it, I think most of us have no idea what we’re doing, and yet God is gracious anyway.

    Jacob the deceiver lives up to his name. He goes to great lengths to disguise himself from his blind and aging father, tricking him into thinking that he is Esau instead. Rachel and Jacob come up with a way to trick Isaac yet again, and Isaac sends him to another country, thereby avoiding the wrath of Esau. Even though Jacob meets the receiving end of deception at the hands of Laban, and tries his hand at manipulating Laban’s riches, God continues to grant favor to Jacob.

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    Genesis 23-26; Psalm 7

    It’s time for us to say goodbye to Abraham and Sarah as the story of Abraham’s family continues on after Him. God provides for Isaac as he did for His father Abraham, multiplying his riches and blessing him with children. His sons Jacob and Esau have a contentious relationship with one another, and their lives are marked by anger, deception, impatience, fear, and selfishness.

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    Genesis 19-22; Psalm 6

    In our last episode, the Lord visited Abraham by sending three messengers to his home. He revealed that in a years time he would give Abraham a son. He also revealed that he was sending his messengers to Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin had grown so severe that it called for destruction. Before they are sent out, Abraham pleads with the Lord to spare the righteous. The Lord agrees that if even ten righteous people are found there, he will not destroy it.

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    Genesis 15-18; Psalm 5

    Today we get to see the Lord’s faithfulness to a sinful man who doubts, who wavers, who makes poor decisions, but who ultimately responds to the Lord’s instruction. In His kindness, the Lord makes promises to Abram, promises that will last from one generation to the next, on and on through the ages. The Lord makes these promises, not because His hands are tied if Abram doesn’t cooperate, but to show the world that He is a God of steadfast love and sovereign provision.

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    Genesis 11-14; Psalm 4

    After generations of mankind’s constant outpouring of wickedness, the Lord decided to send a flood to wipe out Creation, saving only those men and creatures whom he had chosen to enter the ark that he had commanded to be built. The Bible clearly shows us that sin continued through Noah and his family through the generations, and at the Tower of Babel, we’ll see that men chose to use their God-given creativity to defy God Himself, disobeying God’s command to fill the earth. The opt instead, to make a name for themselves, but God graciously scatters them. Later, God decides to make one man, a man with both faults and virtues, into a father of nations, and we meet that man today.

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    Genesis 7-10; Psalm 3

    In our last episode God declared that he was going to put an end to mankind for their constant outpouring of evil and sinfulness. In His mercy, God decided to spare Noah and his family and gave him specific instructions for building an ark that support them and a bevy of animals for a full year, until the floodwaters recede. Today we see what happens when the floodgates of the sky are opened upon Creation.

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    Genesis 4-6; Psalm 2

    In our last episode God spoke Creation into existence and formed man from the dust of the ground in the image of God Himself. He blessed mankind and gave them every green plant for food, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent deceived Eve while Adam stood by silently, and both of them chose to rebel against God.

    Their rebellion led to division: their relationship with a holy God was tainted, their relationship with each other was fractured, even Creation itself felt the weight of their sin.

    The sons of Adam continue in rebellion and disobedience, causing chaos and bloodshed, driven by sinful and selfish desires, ultimately, God decides to hit the reset button.

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    Genesis 1-3; Psalm 1

    Genesis 1-3 and Psalm 1. CSB translation. Genesis is a book of beginnings as it lays a foundation for the rest of Scripture. Here especially in the first three chapters we the beauty of God’s good and ordered creation, His clear direction in creating mankind in His own image, and His generous provision both before and after sin.

    Here, too, we see man’s relationship with God fall from one of peace, unity, and harmony into one of disorder and division as man rejects God’s good design and sins against His Maker.

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    Trailer - 2019

    Commuter Bible is an audio Bible to match your weekly schedule. 5 episodes a week, less than 30 minutes an episode, with major holidays excluded from the schedule.

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