Giving in the Right Spirit

READ : Exodus 35-37 Having been given clear instructions how to build the tabernacle and its furnishings, two things were yet needed: the material for the work and the actual accomplishing of the project. Though in the wilderness, the people had personal possessions, part of which had been given to them by the Egyptians, who after the plagues were glad to see them go. Pooling their resources, the material was thus furnished. In spite of their faults, the Israelites set …

Intercessory Prayer

READ : Exodus 32-34 While Moses is on Mount Sinai, receiving the commandments of God, the people are on the plain below involved in the very serious sin of idolatry. When Moses discovers this, he prayed fervently that God will not punish the people as they deserve. While this is what God had intended to do, he changed his plan in answer to Moses’ prayer! Notice what Moses does not do. He does not separate himself self-righteously from the sinning …

Preparations for Worship

READ : Exodus 29-31 These chapters are part of a section describing ways in which to prepare to worship God. The New Testament pays less attention to externals but continues to emphasize the importance of worship. God’s Word teaches not only that we must take time to worship but that we must do so with hearts prepared for this sacred event. Jesus said that those who worship God must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Are you …

Holy to the Lord

READ : Exodus 26-28 This passage completes instructions for building the tabernacle and describes the garments to be made for the priests. In doing so, it introduces one of the key concepts of Scripture, that of holiness. These are to be “holy garments” (28:2) and the plate of pure gold, which is to be fastened to Aaron’s forehead, is to have on it the engraving, “Holy to the LORD” (28:36). Holiness means “separated unto.” Anything holy is to be totally …

Obedience and Worship

READ : Exodus 23-25 In these chapters, God concludes the giving of commandments that are to regulate daily life and begins to give instructions for constructing the tabernacle, Israel’s portable place of worship. So also in the Christian life, there are two aspects: living godly lives day by day and offering our worship to God. The two must go hand in hand. Neither one ought to be neglected. What we do on Sunday should affect what we do on Monday …