Exodus

Exodus 39-40 The End

When the tabernacle stood complete, God descended in “the cloud” that “filled the tabernacle”.  Neither Moses nor anyone else could enter it.  Finally God was dwelling among His people. His redemption of them was now complete. He had liberated them from bondage in Egypt and had adopted them as His special treasure. He had made a covenant with them, and now blessed them with His presence. He would guide them from then on “throughout all their journeys”. This is a fitting climax for closing this book.  Moses, however, was not able to enter the tabernacle because of the cloud. This indicates that more provisions were necessary before fellowship with God could continue. Leviticus explains those provisions.

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Baby Moses is discovered on the Nile (artist unknown)

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Exodus

Exodus 33-35

Even though God is going forward with his plan, the Golden Calf incident was damaging.  Go back to Exodus 19

 “This is what you are to say to the descendants 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.”

God is still going to fulfill  his unconditional Covenant he made with Abraham in Genesis 15,  BUT when God put the asterisk on the Covenant with the “IF“, well that’s damaged.  Now only one tribe will be the priesthood and set apart.  Which one?  The ONLY one that stood with Moses yesterday.  Levites (Tribe Levi).  (Ok, if you lived in my head you would run!  So if each tribe had a “class shirt” with a tribe logo….theirs would have the Minecraft Swords on them…between avenging Dinah’s rape in Shechem and the 3,000 at Mt. Sinia…)  Focus Szymanski….


Chapter 33: Breaking God’s Covenant resulted in the Israelites’ separation from fellowship with Him. It did not terminate their relationship with Him, but it did hinder their fellowship with Him.  Yesterday God was leading them, now he says in verse 2 that He will still fulfill the plan but an Angel will lead them.  (“Go to your room, I love you, but if I see your face I might kill you”, ever have that moment with someone??)  The tent of meeting is set up outside the camp showing  the distance that has been caused between God and his people.   The people immediately repent (agree with God that it is wrong and obey) by willingly giving up the “ornaments” that they had used in the rebellion.

You know I don’t talk application BUT think about how serious God takes the 2nd Commandment.  Search your heart.

So Moses is freaking out because until now he just followed God’s lead.  So he meets with God in the tent and pleads with him.  Like one friend to another:

13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

Moses begs for God to pour into him since God won’t be leading.  I LOVE when Moses says “Remember”.  Not sure if you picked up on it, he does it all the time.  As if God needs reminding!

Then Moses says “Nope! I will not do this!  It is too big!  If you are not going I am not going”….and God says “Ok, I will go” in Verse 17.


Read the rest of the reading.  Look for all the small details that just a few weeks ago you would not have picked up on.  The fact that all the yarn is scarlet.  The wood is acacia.  The festivals.  If you have not been able to read everyday and have some questions, just ask.  We will fill you in ❤.

Exodus

Exodus 30-32

The Altar of Incense.  I hope by now you are picking up on all the details as we peel off about 1% of this book.  Maybe if we do this again, we will reach 2% 😁.  What is the material it was made of…Acacia wood of course!

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If you are having trouble picturing the inside of the tabernacle, visit a cathedral or a catholic church.  They used the same layout for their church design.  Each item in the tabernacle represents Jesus.  Incense represents “prayer”.  The priests would burn incense in the morning and at night for the Israelites.  The people would see the “prayer” going up to God from a hole in the roof of the tabernacle.  Neat, huh.  The Tabernacle

At that time, priests made intersession on behalf of the people.  This will help you understand why some denominations have “confessionals” with a priest on the other side.  However, Jesus fulfilled every part of the tabernacle and we are His priesthood who offer prayers directly.  2 Peter 2:9:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Click here of a handout of the fulfillment of the tabernacle.


Atonement Money:  The directions regarding the tabernacle opened with instructions concerning contributions for its construction. They close with this directive that every Israelite, “20 years old and over,” was to pay a flat fee.  Everyone was to pay the same amount (“the rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less”), because the cost of everyone’s “atonement” was the same in the Lord’s sight.  When we get to the New Testament the lingo will be called the “Temple Tax” but we don’t have a temple yet.

Basin for Washing:The basin was a large reservoir for holding the “water” that the priests used to wash their hands and feet as they performed their duties. It stood between the altar and the sanctuary. Its presence in that position symbolized the fact that cleansing is necessary after the making an atonement, but before the enjoyment of fellowship with God.  Think on that for a moment.

Anointing oil and Incense: Both were created with a special mixture God specified for “holy” use only.  One day maybe we will dig into these ingredients if time allows, I bet we would find some cool foreshadows.


OK. We know what to build..now we need the builders.  The Lord fills Bezalel “In the Shadow of God” and his assistant Oholiab “The Father is My Tent” special gifts and wisdom to do it!


If you read this first before the actual Bible read…STOP here and go read Exodus 32. Click here if you need to.  Your head will explode.

This is a story about Apostasy.  Apostasy means “to depart” or “stand away”.  In a biblical sense,  it means to depart from God’s will.  I point this out because apostasy is not about being an unbeliever (which is how I have read this in the past).  The term refers obedience, not salvation.

It has always been hard for God’s people (insert your name here) to wait for Him.  True or False.

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Calves and bulls have always been used in worshiping pagan gods.  They were symbolic not as the actual god, but the footstool of the god or the vehicle they rode in on. So who is the golden calf really replacing? God or Moses?  It is unlikely Aaron was replacing God with this calf since the Bible says in verse 5

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.”

Aaron was responding to verse 1 

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods  who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Look for Apostasy in this verse:

They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.

In other words, they fashioned the calf as a footstool to be used by God just as Moses had been the vehicle used by the Lord.  The English word “idol” derives from the Greek eidolon, meaning “something to be seen.”  Is this a big deal?  Yes!

  • God’s intent was that His people worship Him at the altar revealed to Moses, not at an altar constructed by Aaron.
  • God’s intent was to dwell among His people above the golden mercy seat above the ark, not above a golden calf.
  • It was His intent that His people celebrate the feasts that He prescribed, not a feast involving pagan revelry.
  • God’s intent was that Moses should lead the people, not Aaron.

Some of God’s intentions had not yet been revealed to the people; Moses was still on the mountain receiving these instructions. Their failure was running ahead of God.

So if you read the story you know that Moses prays that God not wipe out the Israelites.  God relented “changed His Mind”.  I have struggled with this for years, but now have a Peace about HOW prayer works.  I used to think, does prayer  matter?? God causes everything to work out the way He wants it to.  He knows what will comes to pass, but Scripture doesn’t say that He dictates how everything will come to pass, or when it will come to pass.  Prayer does matter.

(Sorry this is long.  It is just one of my favorites).  Aaron’s response is probably one of the all time classics!  “Moses, you know these people they are crazy.  I don’t even know how a calf got made!  I threw the gold in the fire and poooooof…there was a calf!” LOL.  Liar!  So Moses calls for a rally.  The only tribe to side with him was HIS OWN FAMILY!  The Levites!

Their decision and obedience demonstrated their faith in God. They chose to go the way of His appointed leader, Moses, instead of following the rest.  God’s punishment was severe because of the  seriousness of their offense. It was also merciful; only 3,000 of the 600,000 men died.

Moses intercedes AGAIN by making an atonement for their sin.  I want to be like Moses when I grow up.

Exodus

Exodus 28-29

No one read the post yesterday?

 

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So if you were in my classroom, that was called an exit ticket.  None of you attempted the homework so we have to go back and learn it again.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  So look above.  Which tribe will be placed at the East Gate to enter God’s presence??

 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.


Movin’ on.  Look at the family line of Levi.  This is who we are dressing.  The tribe of Levi has been carved out to maintain this tabernacle.  They will be the priesthood to serve, until Jesus fulfills their role on the Cross.    If you go back and look at 29:29, Aaron’s garments, High Priest,  will be passed to his son.  I point this out because when we get to the time of Jesus, the priesthood is so corrupt that this position can actually be bought at the right price.

Let’s get the full length mirror picture here:

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Exodus: 28:3 The skilled workers were given wisdom from the Lord so there were no mistakes on this important garment.

Ehod and the breastpiece go together.  The Ephod was cloth that fastened to the breastplate.  The Ephod also held the stones on his shoulders that had the names of the tribes of Israel engraved on them-“the way a gem cutter engraves a seal”.

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28:12 Aaron was the bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before he Lord”.

The Breast Piece- Is the plate holding the stones over his heart.  Also, the breastplate would hold the Urim and Thummim over his heart.  I don’t know how these worked exactly because I wasn’t a High Priest, but think they looked something like this

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And the Lord would use them through the Priesthood to cast lots for decision making.  So in my head they looked more like this BUT the Lord actually put what he wanted me to do through the clear screen at the bottom.

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At the bottom of the garment there were bells.  Good grief my best friend Stacey would love this, she would be dancing all around me just to see if I would yell “quit it” and punch her arm!     The bells have to do with God’s attention to the High Priest.  The entire worship ritual is mutual communication between the Lord that utilizes the full sensory experience.  Think about in Genesis he would say “God SAW that is was good”, and the burnt offerings are a pleasing aroma.  Sound pleases the Lord and recognizes the rich senses between the Creator and his worshipers.

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Spolier Alert:  I will say that when we get to Leviticus 10 SOMETHING is going to happen and the Levi family is going to turn these bells into an “Urban Legend”.  LOL  I love it!!!


The Consecration of the Priests (No pictures here…Amen)

Because the priest is the covenant mediator, we start this chapter with the sacrifice of a bull.  It is very very important that we understand that the sacrifice is a true substitute for ourselves that deserve nothing less than death.  In verse 10 Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on its head.  I am not trying to make light of this at all but when I put one of my dogs down the last thing I did was hold her head and kiss her between the eyes and a balled crying.  We are to relate to the animal that will be sacrificed.  Hold their head.  Look them in the eye.  It should hurt our heart that because of our sin, someone innocent must die for us.

So let me ask you, here is the blueprint for the Tabernacle and the dress patterns for the priest.  How long do they have to build and sew?  Think of it this way: God is the Contractor and He will say “I need this done by….”.  What do you think the answer is and WHY.

Exodus

Exodus 25-27

Following the events of Sinai, God will dwell in their presence.  The Tabernacle blueprint is given to build a sanctuary, a Holy place, set apart, for the Lord to dwell among them.  Tabernacle means “dwelling place”.  It is exquisitely constructed, remarkably extravagant, and representative of the beauty and perfection of the Lord as He comes to dwell in the people’s midst.  The entrance to the dwelling begins with an altar of sacrifice.  I know that every detail of this blueprint is a foreshadow of Christ to come, but 2 details (well more than 2 but this post can’t be longer than the actual Bible) is the scarlet thread that hold it all together and the acacia wood.

We began talking about the scarlet thread in Genesis 38 when Tamar gave birth to twins.

The acacia wood.  This wood is strong and beautiful.  It is light weight to assist in the mobility of this tabernacle to be with his people wherever they go.  It is waterproof so this was the SAME wood that was used to make the God’s Ark that Noah was placed (the Gopher wood family) that was used to save lives.  Follow me here…It is also indigenous to the area that Abraham was given a substitute when he was with Isaac on the mountain (near Calvary)

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”

So what did this wood, that was used to save lives look like?  What did this thicket that was wrapped around the head of the ram that would be the substitute death look like?  What will the “dwelling place” of the Lord that gives us community with Him look like?  What does acacia look like? Glad you asked.

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Are you kidding me!!!

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I’m sorry, I am not focused today, a little off the rails with excitement from the read today.  Let me get back to the chapters.

During the Exodus, when His people left Egypt,  the Egyptians voluntarily loaded them up with metals, fabric, gold, silver, oils, spices etc.  Didn’t these seem odd to anyone that they were fleeing yet carrying such items….I would have grabbed my purse and some food! God always has a plan even when things don’t make sense.

Crystal said she likes visuals so let’s do this post for her today.

Here is some idea of what it might have looked like.  But note that Jesus is in the details.  Every color, every gold loop, even the layout of the entrance facing East.

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The Ark-

Fun Fact-I watched Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and had NO IDEA this was what they were looking for.

The Ark, made of acacia wood,  will be the sole object in the Most Holy Place.  The Most Holy Place is behind a large thick curtain. Inside the Ark, the tablets from Sinai will be placed (with manna and Aaron’s rod, we will talk about that later)  The Ark symbolizes the footstool of God’s throne and His Sovereignty.    The cover symbolizes “atonement” (we talked about this all the way back in Genesis 3…seems like ages ago!)    The Ark was only approached once a year, on the Day of Atonement.  Well at least until that curtain was torn vertically so that everyone can approach the Lord daily, freely, personally….I wonder when that will happen?  Insert winky face!

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The Table and the Lampstand

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The table for the bread of the Presence and the lampstand are in the Holy Place.  Twelve loaves of bread are set out before the Lord on behalf of the 12 tribes also representing the manna we discussed earlier.  The lampstand (7) will be kept burning continually.  The pure radiant light of God’s presence driving away darkness.  We can connect this to the New Testament scriptures if we sit here all day!


The Tabernacle is built portable to go with them everywhere they go.  It is protected from outside elements by an extra layer of goat skin.  Each detail represents a characteristic of our Holy God.  Inside the Tabernacle priests would enter the Holy Place and care for the space but only the High Priest would enter the Most Holy Place once a year (mentioned earlier)

The Altar of sacrifice,  made of acacia wood, is placed in the courtyard.

 

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When a person entered the gate (facing East), the first thing they would see was the Brazen Altar.  On the Altar a  substitute was offered as a sacrifice for their sins.  We have been reading long enough together that you don’t need any help with this awesomeness!  But why did I mention East??  What tribe will be  placed at the East gate? C’mon….what tribe was given the birth line of the Messiah?

As much as I could sit here and talk about every detail, I encourage you to dig deep today.  Have a great day.

 

Exodus

Exodus 22-24

We are continuing from yesterday to read the Book of the Covenant that Moses is writing down on Mt. Sinai.  So the 10 Commandments were given however there are “codes/laws” (such as the Hammurabi) that were already established that they were to follow.  So God clarifies them so that they know exactly what to do.  Here is an example and you know I am going to pick the gross one.  In verse 22:19 “Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death”.   Having relations with animals was something the Canaanites and Mesopotamians attributed to their gods as a way to worship. God states this not as a general rule,  but as a clarification.  See, Near Eastern Laws already had a law on this.  It stated it was punishable by death if you have relations with certain animals.  God was so good to say ALL animals.  

These are the civil, social,  and moral applications to the 10 commandments SO THAT as these people enter the Promise Land,  they will be set apart from the world around them.  Please feel free to make your own applications here 😉.

Three times a year you are celebrate a festival to the Lord (23:14)  Remember the Lord set up in advance the actually days on the Calendar he will die on a Cross AND give the Holy Spirit freely.  A great way to spread the Gospel is to have both these events occur during a festival when people gather to the Temple from all over the world, so that when they go back home they can account and witness what they saw with their own eyes.  Sooo God tells them to gather  for the feasts of “Unleavened Bread, (celebrate the Passover events) “Harvest of the First Fruits” (Weeks, Pentecost), and “Ingathering” (Booths, Tabernacles). Women and children would have normally accompanied the males on the tri-yearly pilgrimages. This maintained national and social unity of the 12 tribes of Israel, as well as their spiritual unity. (Like a family gathering).

Chapter 24 is HUGE and I am not going to have time to do it justice.  What is the most important word in the Bible…Covenant.  It hold every page together.  A Covenant requires a sacrifice.

Chapter 12 and 24 are connected here. The Covenant confirmed has given them a direct relationship with the Lord.  They are not simply hearing about the covenant given, but they are partaking in it.  The altar is made for them and blood is poured out on both the altar and the people.  This is the moment they are being confirmed into the covenant.  Recognizing his promises and connecting the 70 from where Genesis,  we now see that there is a substitute that is sacrificed and the blood is on them.  24:11 “God did not raise his hands against them”.  Instead he sat in community with them and ate and drank with them.  Is God just?   Think of it this way, they deserved, as we all do,  the the full wrath of death.  If a Judge was sitting in court and he was a just judge and a sinner presented themselves, we would expect a verdict of “Guilty”.  We expect a sentence.  God is just.  He finds us guilty and and still hands down the sentence of the death penalty.  BUT through the one taking the wrath of the guilty charge is the one that is sacrificed, a substitute, and the sinner is said to be free from the charge.  Then what….they eat and drink with Him.  They have access to Him directly.  This follows the giving of the laws so that we can represent him in thankfulness for that sacrifice.  To be his ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Footnotes:

Exodus

Exodus 19-21

Chapter 19: Three months have passed since they left Egypt.  The Lord does not change His covenant but he does add an asterisk to it!

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.”

He adds an “if” “then” onto it.  If they obey him fully:

  1. Then I will make this nation my treasured possession.
  2. Then you will be a kingdom of priests (this is the first time they are being referred to as a kingdom.  A kingdom of the ones that stand between God and all people.
  3. A holy nation.  Holy means: set apart, different from all other nations

In short, the people experienced these blessings only partially, because their obedience was partial. Israel’s disobedience to the Mosaic Covenant DID NOT invalidate (is that a word) any of God’s promises to Abraham.  Those promises did not rest on Israel’s obedience, as these did.

In just 3 months they are going from an Egyptian slave to a member of God’s Kingdom.  They are about to be in the presence of the Lord.  Time to physically and mentally prepare.  They are to consecrate themselves so they are “different” than the people around them.  (I know when you read 19:15 Abstain from sexual relations the men said “why??” and the woman said “yes, I don’t have to shave for a while!”.  This was said because surrounding nations incorporated sexual practices with religious observances.  Some of them are pretty gross….I can’t wait to get to Leviticus)


Chapter 20.  The 10 commandments.  (Do you know I have never seen the movie).

In the Gospel, Jesus is asked which one of these is the most important.   He says in Mark 12

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Was Jesus picking 2 out of 10 to be more important?  NO.  He summed up the first 4 and then the last 6.  You can remember it this way: the first 4 are about our relationship with God.  The following 6 are about out relationship with others.

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Did you ever notice by the way that the first 2 commandments are written in 1st person and the rest are 3rd person?  Keep in mind they have been living in Egypt-polytheistic and they are going to travel in about a year to Canaan, a very pagan nation. Keeping this commandments will set them apart.   Are you?

  1. “You shall have no other gods before me.  This commandment was a call only one God. Three months ago God proved that there are no other gods. 
  2. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.  People are easily tempted to attribute power to idols that were fashioned by their own hands.  I grew up in a home where a theology of  “saints” and “statues” were prayed to.  Our faith is in God, and God alone. 
  3. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.  This is not about saying OMG.  This is about hypocrisy. Blasphemy. So much more.  An example I hear all the time is “God wants you to be happy”.  What?  I haven’t read that anywhere.  God wants you to be Holy!
  4. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.  Are you busier than God?  Do you take time to rest in him.  To worship Him.  We need to stop and remember that we deserve death.  You deserve the full wrath of God.  Does God erase our wrath?  NO.  He poured it out in full measure all onto the the only one that did not deserve it.  Jesus literally took that wrath for you.  Take the time to keep the Sabbath.

  5. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Oh, a “so that” is added to this one.  The Hebrew word for honor is “give weight to”.  As God has instructed parents to teach their children about ways to commemorate, worship, remember the Lord and ONLY the Lord sets them free,  his commandments, children are told to listen, to give weight to the advice.  (So if you read this and thought I am going to tell my children this, please remember your teaching them God’s precepts is the first part).  Ouch!
  6. “You shall not murder.  Do you concern yourself with the killing in the world or do you ignore it because it is not at your hands?  Are you a by-standard watching the news or are you proactive in someway to support the sanctity of life.  (Man, I feel punched in the stomach today)
  7.  “You shall not commit adultery. Marriage is a covenant.  A symbol of God’s covenant with us. I am not going to break this down, you got it.
  8.  “You shall not steal.
  9. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Lying, defamation, and distortion of the truth.  Listen, no on is more hyperbolic when telling a story than me,  but we need to watch the line of Gossip.  God commanded it.
  10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” -Here is your homework- write about this in comments today.

What follows immediately after this? If you have been around children or teens after stating the rules you put your finger,  squint your eyes, and almost whisper (so they actually listen) and restate the one rule that will just crush you if they don’t listen.

  “Do not make any gods to be along side me”

You know I don’t talk application, I am not your Holy Spirit (just my husband’s).  Please stop and ask yourself what are the things in your life that you put before the Lord in your walk, your time, your money, and your thoughts.

Question: Is Moses up there WITH his brother Aaron?


Chapter 21- This is called the Book Of the Covenant.

This book now is the APPLICATION of the 10 commandments.  WOW.  God leaves no room for “ohhhh, that’s what you meant when you said that!”  I tried, it doesn’t work. Let’s glace at one for some clarity so that when faced with an unbeliever (and if you are the hands and feet of Jesus you will be in a world being a light to the lost).

  • Hebrew Servants- go back to Genesis and the famine.  When someone needed help to survive, people could be an indentured servant, meaning you help them get out of their debt by having them work for you and then you set them free.  That was the plan…so when people talk about God/Bible/Slavery…Do not argue with them.  Simply say (just like someone said to me 1,000 times as I walked out of church in 2005 steaming mad over some of the messages)…if anyone knows Rachel Lovingood  you can picture her putting her finger to her lip and saying, “well Trish, that’s interesting, let’s just take a look and see what the scriptures have to say about that”.  Open your Bible, find the scriptures and then get out of the way and watch the Lord work!
  • Can we sit here all day and pick there apart?? An Eye for an Eye, a tooth for a tooth.  Now you know where in the Bible we get that!

So if these 10 Commandments are in the Torah, are we free to ignore them in our everyday lives and just “try” to live by them.  Here is the deal, God gave us these so we may live ABUNDANTLY with Him and others.  So it is up to you.

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

Exodus

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Chapter 16: Let’s look at where we are:

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  1.  We left Goshen
  2. Succoth- where the Lord began leading with a cloud by day and fire by night,
  3. Pi-Hahiroth-where God parted the Red sea
  4. Marah- meaning bitter, this is where God changed the water from bitter.
  5. Elim-12 springs and 70 palm trees
  6. Wilderness of Sin-God provided their daily needs.

The Lord is leading us the long way to the promise land for a reason.  🙂

Manna- means “what is this”.  I KNOW you can all slip this into your day…when my students hand in a paper today without their name on it I am going to yell MANNA!!

The Lord gives instructions on what  it tastes like and how to collect it.  I am not going to preach because I am GUILTY for everything I would be saying but he took the time to discuss greediness and hoarding.  Within a day,  we see  no matter what people are commanded to do,  we do not obey.  Also, the Lord spoke of the Sabbath which is such an important part of building our relationship with the Lord.  Let me ask you, since you have taken the time to read his Word and sit with just Him,  do you have a closer relationship with the Lord?  I do. “insert heart emoji”

Manna is Israels’ food for their journey.

Jesus is our mannah.

John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 6:32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, 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. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Jesus is the only food for our journey towards our promised rest. (trying to keep this post short for anyone catching up, so moving on…but feel free to dig a little on this)


Chapter 17-  This is kind of a big chapter for me and you will see why when we get to Numbers 20.  The two are connected and I got so mad (at the Lord…gasp!) that I walked across the street and threw my Bible on Rachel Lovingoods house and said “YOU CAN KEEP THIS “stuff”, but I think a different word was used).  I will explain in Numbers. But the area they are in has an enormous amount of limestone that holds pockets of water.  The Lord gives specific instructions SO THAT the people will recognize that the water being provided is from the Lord, not Moses.  (feel free to journal about living water today and the references in the NT).

Anyway, look back to your map up top: Rephidim.  Was it just me or were you reading and thinking…did I miss a page?  All of a sudden we went from a picnic with manna and water to someone named Joshua and am attack.

Amalekites: Flip back to Genesis 36:12.  I am sure you did not skim this page at all…who is the grandson to Esau and his concubine?   Oh my stars!  The Amalekites will be a thorn is Israel’s side often but eventually God will wipe them off the map as promised.

Joshua.  Suddenly we see this name and we know he must be pretty important if a book is going to be named after him.  Joshua is Moses’ assistant.  God takes this opportunity to show Joshua that without the Lord (represented by the staff), you can do nothing without Him.  Joshua is going to need this lesson because what he does not know yet is he will be the one to bring the Israelites to the promise land.  Only 2 adults live to tell the tale of being in slavery and being an eye witness to the Promise Land!!   The only battles that will be won in the Bible and in our lives are the ones that Jesus is fighting for us.

I am not writing this to interpret this passage, the scriptures do that.  But I urge you to seek application to your own life.  The battles will be won by the Lord we  solely rely on Him.  We must be dependent on him for our needs (bread and water) and the battles we face. The people in our lives merely support the mission by holding up God (the staff) in front of us.  Did the staff actually strike the enemies down, or the trust and faith of it?  When the battle is won an altar was made  and named “The Lord is my Banner”. Banner in Hebrew means “standard”.  He is The Standard!


Chapter 18: Back in Chapter 17:14 we see here the first reference to “writing the Bible”.  In 18:20 “Teach them the decrees and instructions and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave”.  The Lord has begun setting up future events where Judges will be called up for His purpose and Glory.

These chapter may have appeared boring but they have some cool findings if you want to dig.  What were the tribes of Joshua and Hur (not the same), and why is it  significant to the coming of Christ?  What are the Hebrew names for cities?  Where did Jethro reside that made his proclamation to only One God a big deal? What does the name Joshua mean in Hebrew,  and how is he a typology?  My precious husband tells me the blogs are too long so I leave you here.

Can I just give a quick testimony: I was attacked on Social Media yesterday. It was pretty rough.    If it were not for me being in the Word and all of you praying for me, I would not have kept to his teaching on chapter 18 “how to behave” and would have disputed the issue.  But I will not because the battle is not mine to fight.