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Exodus 27-29

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

SCRIPTURE:  EXODUS 27-29

BY: Jeremy Witt

As you read these chapters, notice the precision and detail given to it all.  The first thing that the Jewish people would see at the tabernacle was this altar.  It was here that sacrifices would be made for the forgiveness of their sins.  The only way people could come before God was by sacrifice.  Chapter 29:10-41 will go into greater details on some of these sacrifices along with passages in Leviticus, but the people understood that a sacrifice was required for the forgiveness of their sins.  Hebrews 10:1-18, Jesus is portrayed as the ultimate sacrifice for us.  His sacrifice is the only means for us to be forgiven and made right with God. 

At the end of chapter 27 in verse 21, we begin to see how the priests would help the people.  Chapter 28 tells us about the clothing of the priests while chapter 29 will tell us about how the priests are to be dedicated to God.  God is teaching His people how to worship Him but also how His ministers or priests were to oversee the daily operations and how to help the people come to God. 

It is easier for us, or at least me, to forget the purpose that God had for Israel to be the priests to the nations.  In order for them to do this, God gave specific directions in how to build everything for the tabernacle, what the priests would wear, and how the priests were to act so that they would know not only how to build the Tabernacle, but also how to lead the people to God.  Sometimes we need to be told what to do so that we don’t over complicate things.  If we fast forward to the New Testament, the Jewish people had done that and created thousands of rules that God did not give them.  Sometimes we do that today too, and we need to be careful not to add to or subtract from the Word of God.

Think big picture with me.  God created it all and created us.  Man messed it up by trying to be in control and to be like God (or be God by knowing good and evil).  God took one man and decided to use that man (Abraham) to impact the world.  His descendants move around and end in up in Egypt due to a famine.  They multiply and become significant enough to get the attention of Pharaoh.  Pharaoh enslaves them.  They cry out to God for some time.  God took what Pharaoh intended for harm and used it to save a people (See the Moses birth story back in chapter 1-2).  God does some unthinkable displays of power to shake this world power to its knees, and the people of Israel leave Egypt with gold, silver, and more.  Because the people lost sight of God when they sent spies into the land, they wandered in the desert for 40 years.  But God never forgot them and still provided for them despite their stubborn unbelief.  God had something bigger.  The same is true for us.  God has something bigger for us if we will choose His way and believe in Him.

Now God is giving them specific instructions on how to worship Him, how the priests are to dress, and how they will serve the people.  God set up a system of sacrifices to help atone for the sins of the people and the priests themselves.  God is the one who was and is working to bring man back into relationship with Him.  We can’t do this on our own.  Our only hope is the LORD.  May we learn these lessons and apply them to our lives so that we do not do as those before us, but may we use their mistakes to keep us from repeating them today.

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Exodus 25-26

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

SCRIPTURE:  EXODUS 25-26

BY: Jeremy Witt

God told Moses to take an offering from the people as their hearts are moved in verse 1.  God told Moses what He would take and there was a purpose.  The tabernacle was to made from the offerings of the people.  Chapters 25-31 deal with the tabernacle and how to build it and furnish it.  God was specific in how He wanted the people to construct it.  The precious materials show us God’s greatness and transcendence.  The curtain surrounding the Most Holy Place shows us how God is holy and protects His holiness & moral perfection.  God separates what is common from what is unclean.  Because the tabernacle was made to move, it shows us God’s desire to be with the people and among them.  The tabernacle provides us a foreshadowing of what Jesus would be as our atonement.  Look at verses 17-22, the cover for the Ark of the Covenant.  Chapter 26 gives us more detail for the Most Holy place.  It covered where the highest and most perfect act of atonement and where God would speak.

Full disclosure:  one of the things I struggle with in reading this is that I don’t understand all of the details.  It is almost overwhelming the detail that God gave Moses and the people of Israel.  As we read these chapters, great detail is given on everything from the curtain to the utensils used in worship and how they were to be decorated.  I ask myself why?  God gave great detail in this tabernacle tent because He wanted the people to understand its importance to Him.  It also shows us that as God created everything, He put great detail in each thing just as He told the Israelites to do with the tabernacle. 

One of the things that these chapters teach us are that worship is important to God.  He desires us to worship Him alone and that God cares about the details.  For some of you reading this, you absolutely love details and this causes you to appreciate God even more.  God knows us, every detail He knows because He made us.  We are made in the image of God, the only creation made in His image.  (Genesis 1:26-27) 

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