Sacrifices

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 1–4 Here is where your determination to read through the Bible in a year will be severely tested. Leviticus consists of detailed ceremonial laws that God gave to the children of Israel. These first chapters deal with various kinds of sacrifices that were to be made on different occasions. All the sacrifices of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ. These laws point forward to the perfect sacrifice he would make. The people were made to realize …

Complete Obedience

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Exodus 38-40 Did you notice how the words “as the LORD had commanded Moses” are repeated over and over and over again in this passage of Scripture? God had given a detailed description of how the tabernacle and its furnishings were to be made. He had commanded that they produce these articles exactly as he had said. They had done so. In his Word, he has also given a description of what we ought to do. God has …

Giving in the Right Spirit

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …