Exodus 32:1-35 Out of the Fire

Israel’s god met the REAL God and only ONE was left after that.

God is concluding His time and instructions with Moses. Meanwhile, down in the camp BIG trouble is brewing and Aaron is in the thick of it.

God and Moses have spent a wonderful time together on the top of Mt. Sinai. Joshua has been in attendance throughout as Moses’ scribe and helper. But it is time to rejoin the camp and bring back God’s words to His people.

This is not the place our story starts though. It starts in the camp way below the presence of God. I want to say it starts with boredom or fear but I really don’t know that for sure. Let’s look at the scene and try to figure out where things went off track.

We are not told how many days Moses and Joshua were up on the mountain but we do know what transpired just before they left. The people had gathered around the mountain, at God’s command, and He demonstrated His presence to each of them in an unmistakable way. He also asked for and received a commitment from the people that they would serve Him only. Moses brought many of the leaders partway up the mountain where they experienced God in an even more personal way. And then Moses was called the rest of the way up to meet personally with God. Read more »

Exodus 31:12-18 Above ALL

And my honoring it is my gift to Him.

This is God’s final instructions to Moses THIS time on the mountain. This seems like a small thing to focus on but it means a LOT to God.

Of all the things God instructed the people to do and to not do, this one God chose above all else to focus on. I had to stop and think about that for a while. No, that’s not why I have been absent for a few days; demands on my life got in the way. But why would God choose observing the Sabbath as the “Above all” for His chosen people and what does that mean for me today? Read more »

Exodus 31:1-11 Specialists

So many beautiful pieces to make that came directly from God.

God has finished giving all the specifications for His house to Moses. Now He tells him who the best craftsmen are for the job. He has given them special talents just for this purpose.

I don’t know about you, but if the Lord gave me a project like He gave Moses I would start looking around for help; a LOT of help! Moses balked at standing before the people in the beginning. Now God is calling for artistry in metal working, wood working, weaving, embroidery, and jewelry. I don’t think these talents were in Moses’ area of expertise. But he didn’t need to worry because God had prepared in advance the people He wanted to complete the work. Read more »

Exodus 30:22-38 Temple Recipes

Artistic blending of individual fragrances created God’s unique fragrance.

God gives His recipes for the anointing oil and incense now. He called for their use earlier and now He tells Moses how to prepare them.

I wish my bible had a scratch and sniff part for this portion. I would love to smell the aroma of the recipes God gave Moses. Each of these ingredients has their own smell but when the perfumer got finished with them I bet it was something to behold! God gave Moses two distinct recipes. There was no overlap in ingredients. Of all of them listed, the only one I can claim to have actually smelled is cinnamon. I would love to smell all the others but some of them I haven’t even heard of before. Read more »

Exodus 30:17-21 Bronze Basin

We don’t know the dimension or even the shape but we do know the purpose.

This is the last piece of furnishing for God’s house. It was also the last stop before entering His house. Here the outside sin was washed away.

Before we get going today I want to apologize for being inconsistent lately. Two issues have taken a BIG bite out of my time. One is helping my son in law as he completes college courses to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This process will conclude in March 2020. The other is more person; it is pain. I’m struggling with severe arthritis pain right now and am finding it hard to concentrate. Hopefully my health care team will get this addressed SOON!

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get on with our study. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Read more »