Category Archives: Exodus

Exodus 39-40

  • Priestly Garments
  • Moses Inspects the Tabernacle
  • The Glory of the Lord

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I skimmed it.  I mean,  I read it quickly.  Just being honest.

I am going to take a minute to reflect on what some of the readings were so far.  Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel,  Noah’s ark, Tower of Babel, Job and Friends,  Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah,  Covenant, the near sacrifice of  Isaac, Jacob and Esau,  12 sons if Israel,  Joseph sold as a slave and then placed in charge, Jacobs family goes to Egypt, 400 years passes, Moses, Plagues, the Passover, the Exodus, the Red Sea, 10 Commandments, the Tabernacle

…..and all this to end this chapter with God’s Glory sitting right here with them and us. 

The Book ends with a nearness of God.  The God of the universe in community with His people.  He Dwells with the people.  “Tabernacles” with them.  We no longer need a Tabernacle or a residence for God to dwell,  because if you are a Christian God resides in you.  We are tabernacle. the temple and the church.  A body of Believers. We no longer require a priest to intercede on our behalf.  When Jesus died He became the High Priest, and we became a priesthood. 

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

This book started in gloom and ended in Glory!  His.

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Exodus 36-38

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Israelites Communed with God Through the Tabernacle Christians Commune with God Through Jesus
Brazen Alter for Sacrifices Christ’s Sacrifice
Laver of Brass for washing Cleansing through confession
Lampstand Enlightened by the Holy Spirit
Table of Showbread Fed by the Living Word
Alter of Incense Prayer, Communion, Intercession
Through the Veil into the Most Holy Place Entering God’s Presence boldly through Christ
Priests and the Garments Service to God and Others

 Illustration-tabernacle-tent

OK, sooooooo The Tabernacle huh.  Again?  Why AGAIN?  Remember Moses went up the Mountain and God is giving him the instructions about building it…Moses then comes Down the Mountain, deals with the whole Golden Calf issue, breaks the tablets and goes back UP the mountain and has to get them all AGAIN.  I am not trying to make you groan out loud BUT this is just the instructions…we are going to read them AGAIN at Construction.  Now, here is the deal, last year I was reading these chapter and was thinking “I would rather have a root canal I think then read all this”…but now that God has given me a little of what it all means I actually LOVE reading it this year.  Maybe you fall into one of those…or somewhere in between, but don’t feel bad if you are like “What….Again? Are you kidding me??”

However,  God is setting up a system that is 100% a foreshadow of The Christ.  Every stitch of this tabernacle is a connection to Jesus.  Do I know them all?  Heck no!  But can I glean the basics…a bit.

See,  God is so Holy that you just cannot go to Him directly.  We cannot even FATHOM how holy He is.  God sets up a system to commune with HIm.  You don’t have to “get it all”, but you do have to know that Jesus FULFILS each and every part of it.    What I am trying to say is that “doing” any of them  now actually minimizes the Power of what happened on the Cross.  Another thing that is important to point out is it is not the ”Act” of worship that brings the Israelites into the Grace of the Lord, it is the FAITH that God will substitute the sin with the death.  Make sense?

Anyway, so as you read the Tabernacle, don’t necessary worry about what each detail means (unless God puts that on your heart) but what the Big Picture is…and that  is Our WAY to the Lord and the foreshadow of Jesus.  Even the placement OF the items in the Tabernacle makes the shape of a Cross.  Good Grief God thinks of EVERYTHING!

So go back and look at the chart and see that all the Tabernacle items represent a part of Jesus and that we now have DIRECT access to the Father because when Jesus died on the Cross…that veil was torn and we as believers  became the priesthood that can go into the Most Holy Place.  Are you getting that.  If you truly don’t the first time you read this that is OK but STOP and shoot a comment or an e-mail so I can reword it because it is THAT important.

Pay attention to the way they are all layed out too.  :)

Exodus 33-35

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This chapter picks up with the end of the Golden Calf scene.   Are you feeling God’s personality here?  We are made in His image so our personality comes from Him.  Have you ever been so angry that you say to your kids “You better get out of my sight before I kill you” or “I brought you into this world, I can take you out”.  The difference here is,  God really can. 

The Tent of Meeting is beautiful.  The Lord spoke to Moses as a man speaks with his friend.  I sat back and thought why?  Why does Moses have this “friend” relationship with Him?  I have a friend, she would kill me if I mentioned her name, she is that close with God because she meets with Him so often.  Like any relationship it takes being together to bring closeness. For some reading this they are like “what in the world are you talking about??  I am talking about praying and spending time with God whether it be quietly, or in His Bible, or listening to music that is praising to the Lord…Time with just Him. What I learned this weekend is, He is always in the Tent waiting for us, we just need to meet.  The verse that fell on my heart was:

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” Ex 33:15

What a great verse to pray!  God if you are not down this road, please don’t send me.  It will help us to know where God is in our lives.  See the thing is, we need to pray that because most times we won’t see Him till after He passes.  After He puts us somewhere we will see His glory AFTER the fact.  Notice when Moses was put in the cleft of the rock, he didn’t put himself there…God put him there.  Re-read 33-12-23.

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”  And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.  When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.  Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

The radiant Face of Moses.  The radiant face from the Lord.  God’s glory was/is so bright that when you spend time with Him others can see it.  Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself…”That is real, she KNOWS the Lord”   You can just SEE it on her.  Trust me I am not talking about wearing a cross and stuff like that, I am talking about she has a radiance about her that you want to have.

 Underline 2 verses today:  33:12 and 33:17.

The materials for the Tabernacle:If you skimmed this or just read the title and decided not to read it…READ IT.  Oh is it so good.    First you might be thinking…Where in the world are they getting all these gems and gold…The last thing to happen when they Israelites were leaving Egypt WAS they were given clothes and jewelry (ahhhhh now I remember).  Last year I read 34 and 35 and they really did not MOVE me at all.  I urge you not only to read the BIBLE through but do it at least TWICE.  This time EVERY verse was an Ah Ha moment for me.  “Do not make a treaty“when their daughters marry your sons” “do not cook anything with yeast” (yeast is a symbol of sin) “Three times a year men will appear before the Lord”.  I am not going to unwrap these now but I am telling you…God has woven the Bible together like the most perfect quilt…everything comes together.

The end is so Rich! I am sure you picked up that in 3 small paragraphs the word WILLING was repeated 5 times and then talked about freewill.  The materials brought to the Lord are not something we are required to do.   Not money, or donation, or deed or volunteer.  Everything we do should be because we are willing to from the heart.  Free will offerings, I think this is something that some people need to think about.  Why do you give?  Why do you attend church?  Why do you serve?  He only wants us to bring what we are willing to, to Him.   But when we do with the right heart, the Lord brings us in . 

All these Offerings AND Feasts will be detailed in Leviticus.  :)

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not  grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  (2 Cor 9:6, 7)

Day 40. Exodus 30-32

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If you buy a “spiritual journey” book, they are usually 40 days to complete.  I started MANY of them, by some great authors, Donna Partow, David Nasser, Rick Warren….I start them all.  Truth be told,  I never complete them.  I am worthless without accountability!

So we are on our 40th day!  People, my heart is just getting started!  I know we are going to have chapters and seasons that it might get a little tough but this first 40 days was just dipping our toe in!  Personally I feel like we have been reading for 140, but that is just because the amount of scripture we have dissected or weaved together is so much (but so good).  No 40 day book would have done that. 

Chapter 30  The Tabernacle was put in the center of the Camp, as God wants to be in the center of our Life.  The tabernacle was only about 15 ft tall, but when compared to the tents it was a LARGE structure.  God should be that known or seen in our life today through Jesus, our High Priest, our Mediator to God.

Alter of Incense, this was the prayers going up to Heaven.  The smoke from this would rise out of the Tabernacle going up to what must have looked like Heaven.

Basin for washing

Anointing Oil

 

 

Chapter 31…flip back to the beginning of Chapter 28.  We talked about the men that God gave wisdom to, in order to build all this.  Well,  now we know their names, Bezalel and Oholiab.    They were filled with the Spirit, given a gift to do this, by the Lord.  A great reminder that when we are called to do something in the Lord’s name, He will provide the talent behind it.

The Golden Calf

This is in my top 3 favorite chapters of the entire Bible.  I could talk about this all week.  Before you say What is wrong with these people I want you to think about Hearing God’s Word, maybe in Church on Sunday, and do you obey all that is said in the Scriptures?  Ok, I thought so.  Here we go…

Moses leaves to meet God on Mt Sinai, and the people immediately want to worship something they can see and feel.  Aaron takes control and makes a Golden Calf for them to worship.  Why a Calf?  What is the Big deal about this?

The Israelites were imitating false pagan worship they had seen in the past.  Refer to email from last night.  (If you did not recieve email me at Pszyman@comcast.net)

So God tells Moses, I am going to wipe these people out BUT DON”T worry, I will still keep all my promises to you Moses (see verse 10).  What does Moses do?  HE PRAYS.  And guess what?  it made a difference!  God relented.  God asked those who were for the Lord to come forward, and the Levite Priests step forward.  They choose GOD over even their own sons and brothers of the Hebrew nations.

If you think that is a good read.  Wait till tomorrow. 🙂

Exodus 28-29

Only 2 Chapters today.  But very full ones.

  • The Priestly Garments
  • Consecration of the Priests

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Let me just give you a picture to help with this

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Ephod and Breastplate above.

So let’s get some facts together

  • Who: Aaron, Moses’ Brother, Becomes the High Priest (sons will follow)
  • What: High Priest is the Only Priest that will enter the Most Holy Place once a year
  • Where: Inside the Tabernacle, a portable sanctuary where the Lord will dwell
  • When: Now, and then when the Temple replaces the Tabernacle
  • Why: An orderly sacrificial system for atonement is set in place to foreshadow the Christ to come

So Aaron and his sons, (we noted earlier that they are from the Levi tribe, so they  are called Levites), are being chosen here as the priests.  Let me just give you a nugget…the next book is called LEVIticus…hmmm wonder who the book is going to be about.    So the Levites (Aaon’s family) are chosen by God to be the priests (Aaron is the High Priest)

Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron 28:3

The priests were to wear these garments into the tabernacle   The priests were our representatives.  Jesus is now our High Priest.  Each stone has the name of one of the tribes of Israel on it.  12 in all.   This is a memorial before the Lord, to remember the burden they carried for them.

28:30 says  they “put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD.” 

 I looked up some cross references on them in Leviticus and Numbers,  these are  are 2 stones that the priests would use to receive guidance from the Lord.  They may have said Yes/No, or Curses/Perfections, but they were a way for the Lord to guide them, God would cast the lots for them. 

Chapter 29 Consecration of the Priests.   So God appointed a priesthood.  If this interests you,click here to see the geneology.  What you are looking for is the Green triangles.  You will see they start with Aaron, the first priest,  and follow ONLY the Levites (at least through the Old Testament, by the time Jesus will come the corruption is incredible and the Romans will appoint a high priest).  So Chapter 29 is the instructions that will take place for the beginning process of the Priesthood.  Very exciting.  We are starting with Aaron and these two chapters say his 2 sons. 

I read all this and Thanked the Lord for creating me on this side of the Cross!  On the other hand, the reverence, and the respect is beautiful.  The Lord was setting His people apart from all others, as we are today in fact.  How we approach the Lord here is symbolic in today’s world BUT He always intended the principles to remain.  Cleansing, sacrifice, offerings,  are all part of our relationship with the Lord.

And take some of the blood on the altar and some of the anointing oil and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. Then he and his sons and their garments will be consecrated.  (Exodus 29:21)

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.  (Heb 9:22)

 It takes the blood of the sacrifice to consecrate us.  No where does it say “the deeds” “The acts” “the kindness” ” I am a good person” of the priests.  Our salvation is ONLY given to us by God through the Blood that consecrates us.  I know I sound like a broken record, and I am sorry,  I just know that there are so many people that think their sin is keeping them out of Heaven (well sort of) but we cannot change that.   Look in 29:14…this little bitty sentence….5 words….

“It is a Sin offering”!!!!

In the past 2 days we have covered a lot of material.  I am not going to bog it down all into one reading.  Just know for today that EVERYTHING you just read meant something, and we will for sure unpackage a lot of it.   There is just so much good stuff! 

We end this reading with instruction that the people are to come and worship, and make an offering for their sin, and sacrifice, be set apart, cleanse…. and then the Lord uses a profound word. THEN

Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God. (the last verse of the day)

Today is the end of day 39 and we end with this??  How wonderful! (How God ordained) 40 is such a significant number in the Bible, God uses 40 as such a “preparation of the heart”…It rained for 40 days on Noah, Moses goes up the Mountain for 40 days (twice!), David prepared for Goliath for 40 days, Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, people will change after 40 days in the Promise land.  When we go to bed tonight we will wake up on day 40…I just know God has changed our hearts in this 40 too.

Favorite verse of the day.  I have studied the Tabernacle like it was my job and yet God decided to reveal a scripture to me I have NEVER SEE BEFORE.  Verse 28:36

  “Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.”

Two things come to my mind…Jesus as the High Priest…Holy to the Lord.  I have a vision of Revelation where is says on Jesus..”Lord of Lord and King of Kings”

But I also think about how we are to be a priesthood.  SO when He sees us he sees a plate on our forehead that says Holy to the Lord.

Exodus 25-27

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I felt overwhelmed just reading it, I couldn’t imagine actually getting the instructions.  I am just going to take a deep breath and take this one paragraph at a time.  First, what is the Tabernacle?  And Second, I think I am going to rent the Raiders of the Lost Ark.  (Yes this is the very Ark Indian Jones was looking for)

What is a Tabernacle?  It says in 25:8   “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

Tabernacle means “dwelling place” in Hebrew.  This is a where God will be able to be approached in a very holy way.  How do we approach God today?  The answer is through Jesus.  So this Tabernacle is a complete foreshadow and blueprint of the Christ to come for us.

All of this is going to be repeated in a few days (not kidding).  So let’s take it in once, and take it deeper next time.  Process it,  and in a few days dig a little deeper. (and then a third time…still not kidding)

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Chapter 25:

The Ark:  The Bible describes the Ark first.  This will actually go inside the Tabernacle (Which is a big Tent like Temple).   This is where God will dwell in a cloud above the cherubims (angels).  On this cover, called the “Atonement cover”   the High Priest would make atonement for the sins of all the people once a year.  The day of Atonement.  We will read more about this in Leviticus 16…I am just going to peel off 1 layer at a time.  I want to define the word atonement just in case; it means the reconciliation of God and mankind; making amends for an offense; cleansing.

What is IN the ark you ask?  Four items: the two stone tablets of the 10 commandments, the pot of manna (to show generations to come) we talked about the other day, and Aarons’ staff.  (Read Numbers 17:1-11)

ark

The Table of acacia wood (remember the picture I e-mailed you last night, the trunk of the tree is extremely strong wood) was for the Bread of the Presence.  The Priests would put 12 loaves of bread on the table for the 12 tribes of Israel.  The loaves would be replaced every week.    A reminder and gratitude that God is ourprovider.  He gives us our manna, our daily bread.

table

The Lampstand, doesn’t it sound pretty, we know it today as the Menorah (used 75 pounds in gold to make this).  The Light is the Word.  God’s guidance.  A foreshadow of Jesus. (There are a TON of written in red scriptures flowing through my mind right now)    I know we could dive into all this for hours, and I encourage you to!

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 Chapter 26

I am reading Chapter 26  (well sort of skimming) and I get to verse 33 and I hone in.

Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.  Put the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place. Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.

The Tabernacle was made up of 2 rooms.  First, the Holy Place, then the Most Holy Place.  The Ark  is placed in the Most Holy Place.  The priests entered the Holy place daily to commune with God and to tend to the altar of incense, lampstand,  and the bread on the table.  The MOST Holy place was where God dwelt.  Only once a year, On the Day of Atonement, the priests would go behind that curtain and make an atonement for our sins The tabernacle was covered with a large tent made of animal skins (waterproof).  Israelites could bring their offering into the courtyard, but only the priests and High priests entered the tabernacle.  (We are going to learn all about this,  this coming week)

IF all of this confuses you,  just get this…They had access to God once a year.  However, Jesus became OUR High Priest.  When Jesus let himself die on that cross (made atonement for us)  that curtain was torn down (from top to bottom….think about thatWe have access to the Holy of Holies EVERYDAY through Jesus Christ.  The veil was torn!

 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.   The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry andsaw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”  (Mark 15:37-38)

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (Matthew 27:51)

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Chapter 27:  The altar of burnt offering:  This was used to burn the animal sacrifices to remind ourselves that we need forgiveness.  This is where the Israelites could bring an animal as an offering.  We will learn more about this in Leviticus but the alter was to be kept burning all day and night by  the fire from the Lord.

God’s Tabernacle was  large in scale (compared to their camp tents) because God is large.  The tabernacle was the continuous presence and reminder of God so that they people would be obedient and faithful.  We no longer need that tabernacle because IF you have Christ in you,  by the means of the Holy Spirit, He is our presence and our reminder that God is faithful and approachable.

  If you have some time tonight, grab your Bible (New Testament) and read Hebrew Chapter 10.   

 
 

Exodus 22-24

  • The Book of the Covenant

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Chapter 22,  23 and 24.  Yesterday I peeked ahead and thought…well tomorrow might be a bit boring.  I hung on “almost” every word.  How do I know this is the Book of the Covenant? Bbecause it said it in Chapter 24 Vs 7  “The Book of the Covenant”.  (see I am not as smart as you thought)  What do we know about Covenant?  Must be sealed with blood.  FLip to chapter 24…This chapter (24) in the bible is quite beautiful.  You see the “seal”  from the blood of the Covenant.  Just as Jesus was our replacement for our Sin.

Chapter 22 and 23 was God showing how the commandments should be implemented. You may have read them and though they didn’t apply to you but they actually do.  Society has changed but these principles have not.  Here are some of them: 

  • Religion and civil law comes from the Lord
  • human life has value
  • do not punish people more than the crime committed
  • class distinction is prohibited
  • protect those who cannot protect themselves
  • HOw to handle personal injuries
  • Our Social Responsibilies

Exodus 23:14 says “Three times a year you are to Celebrate a Festival to me”.  Go back and Underline them in your Bible.  (I will email you a handout on this)

Now we are at 23:20.   So what is ahead of us that God is preparing them like this.  Well, they will be entering the land of the  Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. (This land is called the “Promise Land”….because God promised.   God tells them WHere they are going (specifically), Who will be there, and What they will have to do, and WHAT they should not do.   Go Underline verse 31 to 33 and pray about it.  What does it say to you today?

I would LOVE to know which law got you thinking on a personal level.

 

Exodus 19-21

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I think in times past if I read here in the Bible I knew what was coming so I skimmed 19 to get to 20.  But this time I had to pay attention so I picked up on 19 as quite HUGE.

Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you  will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

If you obey me fully and keep my covenants things would happen.  They would be His treasured possessions, they would be a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.  Sounds easy enough?  How long will Israel keep an unbroken covenant? uhhhh not long I bet if they are human! HOw long do you go without sinning?

Chapter 20.  The Ten Commandments.   These are not just a list of “rules” to live by.  They have a purpose then, and now.  When you read them you will see that the first 4 pertain to our RELATIONSHIP with God.  The last 6 pertain to our relationship with people, which God cares deeply about.   The commandments are also paired up into categories…God, Religion, Family, Humanness, and Social Life.  I have often spoke of the 10 commandments  as “Well, God gave them to us to show us that we ARE sinners and we need Jesus.  (Which is true).    Actually, I am not sure how you felt when you read them, I never realized I almost broke them all!  PLEASE note that NOWHERE in Chapter 20 does it say “well people, Try to live by these, and as long as you try, you’ll go to Heaven”  Many of you reading this might be thinking…Some think that?  YES, many do think that! 

The 10 commandments are so much more than just showing us we are sinners, they really are a vehicle to become MUCH closer to God and each other.  All of us till this point have written or thought “I had no idea all this lying, deceit, sex, violence was in the Bible”  God gave US (at the time the Israelites) the 10 commandments so that they would clean up, and live more according to God.  The reason I say US…meaning all of Us, is because Jesus repeats all the commandments to us.   So YES they are still pertain today.  And if we truly obey them it has nothing to do with Salvation BUT has everything to do with the way God wants us to live for our safety and christianity.

I know I am going a little long today but may I just say (again) that in James it says

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…….But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.  

Pray that your heart changes reading the commandments SO THAT you may be closer to God and OTHERS by keeping His ways.  So take a minute to re-read all 10 of them.   Psalm 119:18 says  Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.   

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)

The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (Psalm 119-72)

 After the 10 Commandants you find the Bible starts reciting how to handle situations.  This is Called the Book of the Covenant (20:22-23:33) (Probably a trivia question)   This is the APPLICATION  of the 10 commandments.  Examples of how they should be used.  Wow, it read different to me this time.  I always read them as “Well, this is how the Israelites need to live”.  Many of you have heard of the Old Testament referred to as the Canon, the Old Testament Canon.  Canon means “reed” or “measuring stick”.  God is laying out the handbook for us.  This Bible is our Manual.  “If God intended life to be a do-it-yourself project, he would not have left instructions” (my favorite mug).  I now recall all that hoopla on whether the 10 commandments should be allowed in our government buildings.  Remember that?  At the time I was pretty liberal and I said NO WAY!…You don’t mix Church and State!  Now I still say NO Way, you don’t put the 10 Commandments in the courts….You put the WHOLE Bible!!

 Extra reading:  Here are a list of 10 scriptures from the words of Jesus.  You should look them up.  Click on them….they will sound familiar after re-reading the 10 commandments.

CLick on the stuff in blue:

Matthew 4:10Luke 16:13Matthew 5:34Mark 2:27,28, Matthew 10:37 , Mathhew 5:22Matthew 5:28Matthew 5:40Matthew 12:36Luke 12:15,

Saturday tip

Are you cleaning your house today?  Folding some laudry?  Put on Bible Gateway and listen to the reading.  Maybe you can use this to catch up if you are behind (gasp! how did she know) or maybe just click back and listen to Exodus through.  Have your Bible near by just in case you want to jump over and underline something that strikes you.

http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Exod.1-Exod.3  Click here to start at Exodus 1. Then press GO.

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Exodus 16-18

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Chapter 16, The Lord is going to rain down Manna from Heaven.  They are to gather just enough for that day.  Not leave any until morning except to gather a double portion on day 6 so day 7 you could rest in the Lord.  Simple enough?  I read this and saw that when they could not follow this simple instruction I said “what is wrong with these people??”….yet we have it soooo much easier.  We get “Love your God with all your heart soul and mind” and we struggle with that!  This reading had tons of great cross references! (My poor friend had to look them up for me as I looked at maps….yeah, she might not be coming back)

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty”.

 In verse 32  Moses is instructed to keep some of the manna for generations to come, so they can see the bread the Lord gave them. This jar will be put in the ark of the Covenant, the very one the presence of the Lord will sit on.  (If you do not know what I am talking about….wait for it)

Chapter 17:  The Amalekites are the first to attack the Israelites.  Flip back to that riveting Chapter 36 in Genesis…you know, the one you skipped!  (Esau’s descendants).  Verse 12.  We noted Amalek,  the son of Eliphaz (friend of Job) and his concubine.  Joshua is introduced here.  The Amalekites were one of the most ruthless barbaric people of the day.  They were known for stealing the old, weak and young Israelites and raping and torturing them.  They were awful awful people.

Joshua is Moses’ (Moses’s hmmm spelling?) servant.  Joshua (click here).  This story really made me sit back and think.  It said a lot to me about  pastors, church leaders,  mentors.  When He/She  tires we should lift him up.  Support them. SO the LORD can do the work that is at hand.

Chapter 18: Jethro visits Moses.  Moses is sharing the difference the Lord is making in His life.  Are you??

Extra Read  John 6:25-59