Posts Tagged ‘Moses and Joshua’

Exodus 33:7-11 Tent of Meeting

This is where Moses would meet with the Lord BEFORE the tabernacle was constructed. It was OUTSIDE the camp.

This tent had s SPECIAL purpose. This is where Moses, and anyone else searching for the Lord, would go to meet with Him. This tent is NOT the Tabernacle that would be constructed later.

Moses received elaborate plans for constructing God’s house. God gave these to him personally but it wasn’t time to put those plans into action. Right after receiving the plans, Moses was confronted with the people’s great sin of turning away from God. The plans he was given had to be put on hold to deal with this enormous issue.

God put these plans on hold by sending the people back on the road. He was so disgusted with their behavior that He didn’t even want to be around them. He would still keep His promise of leading them but it would be a second hand leading; an angel would lead them on His behalf. But there was one man He wanted to meet with; Moses was that man.

So how do you meet with one person while avoiding the rest of the group? By having Moses separate himself for your time together. I have a feeling Moses had been erecting their special tent all along but now we get to see it and its significance. 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 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 »