Posts Tagged ‘Moses and Joshua’

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 »

Exodus 30:11-16 Census Tax

I don’t know if this is what it looked like when God commanded Moses or not. Wonder how much it would translate into today’s economy?

It was time for the people to “put their money where their mouth was” in thanking God for freeing them. Every person would pay the same price; a ransom for their lives.

God wasn’t holding them “hostage” and demanding a ransom. Instead He had already freed them and was requiring an act of thanks. Each life was worth exactly the same amount. It didn’t matter if the person was rich, poor, famous, or an unknown. Each person, 20 years and older was required to pay this tax.

I have a question here; big surprise huh. Would there be an argument from some because they never wanted to be ransomed in the first place? I fully believe that if God hadn’t caused so much trouble in Egypt for the Hebrews that some of them would have decided to stay behind. But the Egyptians “drove them out” as an act of self-preservation. Several times already the people have voiced that they really didn’t want to go on this journey. Would they feel put upon when told to pay this tax? Read more »

Exodus 30:1-10 Incense Altar

The aroma of the incense was always before God.

This is the last piece of indoor furniture for God’s house; the altar of incense. This will hold God’s special aromatherapy pieces.

Forgive me if I sounded flippant when describing where we are going today. I’m not trying to be. It is that this altar will hold a special fragrance that is ONLY to be made for God. His own scent. No perfumer will be allowed to make it for ANY other reason.

This piece of furniture is taller than all the other pieces in the tabernacle. I don’t know for sure if it is taller than the ark WITH the mercy seat attached though. We have no height for the lampstand though so I can’t judge against that either. Read more »

Exodus 29:1-46 Consecration

Moses places the blood of the ordination offering on the right ear tip, right thumb, and right big toe.

God takes Moses through the ‘swearing in ceremony’ for Aaron and his sons. This is the anointing of them as priests before Him.

God is not waiting until after His house is built to instruct Moses on what is to take place there. He jumps into setting up the priesthood before He even finished describing the furnishings. I have to admit I’m a little curious as to why that is. He even references the anointing oil that He has not provided the recipe for yet. I’m sure He must have had some reason for His order. Maybe Moses or Joshua were getting bogged down in detail on the other pieces so He switched it up to give their minds a break.

One question that immediately popped into my head when reading this is; where are they going to get the ‘fine wheat flour” required for making the unleavened bread? The people have been out of Egypt for some time and they didn’t bring any stores with them when they left. God has been providing mana every day for them to use in their meal prep. There are no grocery stores where they can dash over and get what they lack. I recognize that it would take considerable time to complete the tabernacle (God’s home) so maybe they sent Read more »

Exodus 28:1-43 Priestly Robes

Might have looked something like this. I like the checkerboard pattern in this one.

God moves His focus to the attire of those serving in the temple. He also focuses on who is to serve.

I’m curious here why God skips around with His instructions to Moses. If I were organizing this instruction pamphlet I would be methodical. I would start with the tent, move on to ALL of its furnishings, move to the courtyard, its furnishings, then move to the people and everything connected with them. On our journey with the God and Moses we are still missing an item from both the tent and courtyard at this point. So why did God turn His attention to the priests at this point? Maybe He was keeping the “weaving” projects connected. The bronze altar doesn’t follow this line of instructions though, so maybe this wasn’t His agenda.

This will probably be another bench question when I get to Heaven. But since God shifted focus, we will follow along.

God first dictates WHO will serve as His priests. Aaron and his sons are called. God specifically calls Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. Aaron was to be the high priest and his sons would serve under him.

Aaron filled the role for Moses as his priest when speaking to Pharaoh. God told Moses that Aaron would represent this role. This was a natural move from serving one step removed into direct service. Aaron was from the tribe of Levi and this is the group that God would call to be perpetual servants in His house, but it came from Aaron forward in the beginning. I will have to google if the priesthood went back to all of Levi’s line or if it stayed with Aaron’s. (I was going to wait until later to do this but couldn’t move on until I did. I found out little on this topic. Aaron passed the priesthood on to his son but beyond that, I have no available research from Google.) Read more »