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January 31, Exodus 35-40

 

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The Book of Exodus closes with the construction of the Tabernacle as detailed back in Exodus 28-31.  This description would have occurred immediately would it not have been for the impatience of Israel in fashioning the golden calf.  Back on track in chapter 35, we read that now they do all of the work just as the LORD commanded.  Several key points emerge from this construction project.  First, we see the connection between ability and willingness.  In Exodus 35:20-22 we see this idea of willing.  We see it again in Exodus 36:2 with the ability of the skilled workers.  In both cases, the narrator makes a point that there is both ability and willingness.  Always remember that God gives us the ability, but that does not necessarily translate into willingness and action.

But, when ability is matched by willingness, we get a wonderful result. Every pastor and church leader needs to read Exodus 36:4-7 again. The people had to be told to stop bringing their offerings because more than enough was being brought than could be used. 

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January 30, Exodus 32-34

 

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Exodus 32-34 gives us yet another reminder of the fickleness of the commitment of Israel.  Being uncertain of the reason for Moses’ delay on Mount Sinai, they make for themselves an idol to represent gods going before them.  (So much for the Ten Commandments not being burdensome.)

What follows is fascinating!  God tells Moses that they are to go to the land promised to their fathers, but He will not go with them.  Moses knows that there is no point in going if God does not go with them. Moses has a heart to heart with God resulting in the renewal of the covenant as described in chapter 34.

Several points of application are appropriate.  First, like Israel, we would do well to always recognize that unless God go with us, we better not go.  Second, we learn from Moses that sometimes we have to have our own “heart-to-heart” with God.  Why don’t you try today to speak to God as one does to a friend?  (Exodus 33:11)  Finally, and most importantly, let us be certain that the only way for God to go with us is to go on His terms not our terms. 

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January 29, Exodus 28-31

 

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Today, we read about the special instructions for priests and the place of worship—the Tabernacle.  What do all of these instructions have to do with us?  Well, actually, a lot!  The teaching of the New Testament is that the place of worship and the people of worship are one and the same.  For examples of this NT teaching, read 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; and John 4:15-24.  (After reading Exodus 28-31, you will probably want to read something from the New Testament.) After reading these verses, I think you will agree that though the practices have changed, the principles behind the practices have not changed.  The special instructions of Exodus 28-31, though foreign to us, do reveal that God is serious about the holiness of the place and the people of worship.  In addition, 1 Peter 2:9-10 indicates that, in Christ, all believers are priests.  So, when we put the Old Testament alongside the New Testament, we have to ask ourselves some questions.  Ready?  These are not easy questions. 

  1. What have you done lately to prepare yourself for worship?
  2. Is there anything you need to confess before you worship the LORD?
  3. What are you allowing to come into God’s sanctuary—your body? 

One thing I know after reading Exodus 28-31.  God is serious about the holiness of worship.

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January 28

 

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We’ve read a lot of instructions this week. We have read instructions concerning Israel leaving Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, eating manna, battle plans against the Amalekites, preparation for Moses to meet with God, the Ten Commandments, civil and ceremonial laws, and specific instructions for building the Tabernacle. Again, we ask the question, “What does all of this have to do with us?” Let me mention just a few reasons for these instructions for your meditation.

First, these instructions will help Israel later commemorate what God has done for them. Two examples come to mind. They are to participate in the Festival of Unleavened Bread so as to be an annual reminder that they “came out of Egypt.” In addition, they were to give over to the LORD the firstborn male of their livestock. Of course, this would remind Israel that God had spared their firstborn.

The second reason for the specific instructions is that God is creating in Israel an atmosphere of total dependence on God. The daily provision of manna and the instructions that come with manna are good examples of this dependence upon God. Israel would have to learn to depend totally on God for their survival. This lesson in dependence begins immediately for Israel.

Third, God gives some of these laws to simply create a more orderly society. Some say rules are no fun and are too binding. However, remove rules from any society or any game and the result is always chaos.

Fourth, the laws communicate the holiness of God. The temple is elaborate, but God is holy. He is set apart from all other things and beings. The majesty of the Tabernacle helps us to understand this.

Finally, the laws cause us to realize our need for Christ. The law was inadequate in bringing us to God. The inability of Israel to follow the laws of God paves the way for Christ to come and bridge the gap of our sinfulness and God’s holiness.

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January 27, Exodus 25-27

 

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Here is why I am a believer in a systematic approach to the reading of God’s Word.  If I had not read Exodus 11 just a few days ago, I might have found myself wondering where the Israelites got the gold and silver to bring as an offering to God for the building of the Tabernacle. But, because I just read Exodus 11, I remember that God told Israel to ask their neighbors for the silver and gold articles.  We may not always realize why God asks us to do certain things, but we must always obey.  Sooner or later, we will be glad we obeyed.

The details of the Tabernacle seem overwhelming to us, but the continuing lesson of Exodus thus far is to follow God.  I trust that today finds you following God.

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