Week 6

Exodus 21:22-33:23

Ex 21:22 Rules of living in community for the Israelites.

Ex 23:1 “You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong.”  BOOM!! ‘NUFF SAID!!

Vs 25: “You must serve only the Lord your God,…”

Ex 24:7 “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, ‘We will do everything the Lord has commanded. We will obey.'”  May I do this! Lord, help me to always do all that You have commanded…help me to obey You in EVERYTHING!!!

Vs 8: Moses splatters the blood from the sacrifice over the people to confirm the covenant with God. I’m so thankful that Jesus was the final sacrifice and His blood has been applied to me!

Ex 25:8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.” I AM HIS HOLY SANCTUARY!! HE LIVES IN ME!! Praise God that He not only lives among us…He lives in us and through us!!!

Ex 26:1-27:21 The Tabernacle…the instructions are so precise!

Ex 28:3 “Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom.”  I love that the gifts are clearly from God! It’s so easy for us to get caught up in “our abilities” but without God there is no ability! All talents are from God, whether people acknowledge it or not. After their Super Bowl win this year, the Eagles were all about giving God the glory…loved it!

Vs 35: “Aaron will wear this robe whenever he ministers before the Lord, and the bells will tinkle as he goes in and out of the Lord’s presence in the Holy Place. If he wears it, he will not die.”  I’m so thankful that Jesus is my “robe”! He covers me as I approach the Holy Place. He intercedes for me so I do not have to die in the presence of a holy and mighty God. Without the covering of Jesus we would be doomed. I am so thankful! I also couldn’t help but think that all that Aaron had to wear must’ve been heavy! He would’ve felt the burden of carrying his people before God. Lesson for me in this is I should feel the burden for people as I approach God (all people but especially friends and family). The difference is Aaron had to go in and out of God’s presence with the burden…that spoke to my heart! Thanks to Jesus we don’t go in and out of His presence…He’s always with us!! And we can lay our burdens down! Matt. 11:28-30 tells us He will help us carry every load…blessed relief!!

Ex 30:15 “When this offering is given to the Lord to purify your lives, making you right with him, the rich must not give more than the specified amount, and the poor must not give less.”  I love this!! In God’s eyes we are all the same, we have equal value to Him… Our worth is equal. No one is worth more or less (hear that one, ladies…no one is worth less…or worthless) to God, regardless of our earthly wealth or lack thereof!

**I love how in the description of the temple so many times God said, “After this whatever touches it will also become holy,” as He gave instructions for sanctifying different objects (the altar, the incense on all the items…). Let this be my prayer, Lord. That whoever touches my life (anyone I come in contact with) will also become holy (they will see You and search You out). Help me to be so full of Your fragrance that those around me will desire You!!

Ex 31:1-5 God’s description of Bezalel (son of Uri, grandson of Hur)… “He is a master at every craft!” The first ‘Jack of all trades’!! lol What a business card he would have had! TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD!!!

Vs 6-11: “Moreover I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make; (goes on to list all the parts of the Tabernacle)…The craftsmen must make everything as I have commanded you.”  DO you see that? The skill and the command…both given by God! Not just the command…God will never ask us to do something without equipping us to complete the task! And not just the skill…God doesn’t give us useless talents. Every ability is given by Him, has a purpose and is to be used for His glory! God will never ask anything of us without giving us the ability and making the way for us to accomplish what He’s called us to do. We just have to trust Him!

Ex 32:1 So quickly the people turned away from God to idols. They were in a period of waiting and became frustrated. Lesson on how easy it can be to turn away from God when things aren’t happening in my “time”. Remember always that God’s timing is perfect. He has a plan and He’s always there…even in the waiting!

Vs 13: “Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them…”  Moses is reminding God of His promise. This is a lesson to me…know God’s word…know His promises. Pray back Scripture and remind Him of His promises over my life and my family.

Vs 24: “So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire-and out came this calf!”  hahahaha It’s like a little kid trying to get out of trouble! It’s not my fault, I just _______________. It just made the calf! Oh it makes me think of how pathetic our excuses must sound to God! When we try to justify wrong behavior it is just as weak and pathetic as “I simply threw it in the fire-and out came this calf!”

Vs 35: what plague did the Lord punish the people with??

Ex 33:11 “…the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend…”  I so look forward to the day when I see Jesus face to face…so thankful that He calls us friends!

Vs 18: “….Then show me your glorious presence.”

Matthew 24:1-27:14

Matt 24:39 “People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.”  Oh how sad, terrifying and convicting!! Lord, help me to be a Noah! Help me to be faithful to reach out to others. Help me to be obedient and to ready myself and my family for Your return. I pray that those in my sphere of influence would be reached and wouldn’t be caught unaware and swept away!!

Matt 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.'”  So while our salvation isn’t based on works or earned, there should be a desire to reach and help others that will come from relationship with Jesus. On the flip-side…conviction! “When you did it…you did it to me.” Good or bad!! If the ways we help count as doing them unto the Lord wouldn’t ways we’re hurtful be the same?! Ouch!! Every person I come in contact with- God loves them! So, if I am hurtful to them that grieves my Lord. Lord, help me to see others as You see them. Help me to meet needs where I can and to remember in all ways that what I do unto others I do unto You…be it good or bad!

Matt 26:14-15 “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the leading priests and asked, ‘How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?’ And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.”  Oh how heartbreaking…what will you pay me to betray Jesus?! I was up in arms reading this…so indignant…how could you, Judas??!! But how could I? Aren’t I Judas? How many times have I betrayed Jesus for even less? For flattering words…to be included…to have my own way…to do what I desire?? Aren’t I Judas??!! Aren’t we all?? Father, please forgive me! Forgive me for my betrayals…for all of the times I’ve been a Judas through my actions!

Matt 26:50 “Jesus said, ‘My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.'”  Oh how my heart breaks reading this! “My friend”!! How much this must’ve hurt Jesus…to be betrayed by one He referred to as friend. I have to wonder if He was praying please don’t let him do this?! I know Jesus was all-knowing but I can’t help but wonder if His human side was hoping that Judas would turn away…not kiss him…not betray Him. This had to be the ultimate hoping for the best in someone but knowing they would choose the worst! I think this gives Jesus the ability to comfort us…He went through a situation of hoping for the best, wanting them to make the right choice but knowing from their life and the path they were on where he was headed. Who better to hold us in those times in our lives??!! The moments where we’ve prayed for a different outcome but that person’s heart is hard…they are stubborn and set in their choices?

Vs 56: “…At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.”  He was completely betrayed, abandoned and alone YET He still went forward! How great the Father’s love for us!

Vs 69-75 Peter denies Jesus 3x  This is so hard for me! I see me, not Peter! This could’ve been in a bar rather than a courtyard…at a party instead of by the gate…any situation where my actions and words denied Christ’s presence in my life! I AM PETER!! And yet… Jesus forgave me. He never denied me!!

Psalms 29:1-33:11

Ps 30:11-12 “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O, Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” AWESOME!!!

Ps 32:5 “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me. All my guilt is gone.”  So thankful!! “All my guilt is gone!” And I know when the feelings of guilt creep in I can say, “Not today, Satan…I’m forgiven!” Remembering what God rescued me from is good and useful but guilt is not from Him!!

Proverbs 7:6-8:36

Prov 7 I think for me I can take away a lesson from the immoral woman (although I’ve been close enough to that myself). I look at it as how did she seduce this man? It’s a lesson for me on things that do matter with my husband. She was “dressed seductively”… she was dressed in a way that was pleasing to his eyes. That matters with my husband, too! She threw her arms around him and kissed him…she initiated!! I think that’s huge with our men! He wants to know how I desire him. When she described her bedroom it sounds like a honeymoon suite or something! That matters! I feel like our bedroom should be relaxing, a haven of sorts (I’m working on that!). Finally, it says, “she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery.” Bottom line? My man wants my flattery! He wants to hear how attractive I find him…basically the ego needs to be cared for. Lesson to me is if I don’t build him up and make him feel wanted someone else may come along that does…and he may fall!

Prov 8:1-11 “For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.”  It’s so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have material-wise, or to get focused on what others have. I feel we’re like ravens sometimes!! Getting our heads turned by all the shiny things! But wisdom, true godly wisdom that guides our path and decision-making, is worth so much more than all of the so-called riches of this world! Seek wisdom. Go after wisdom. Work for wisdom…the rest will fall into place!