Exodus 34:1-Leviticus 7:27
Ex 34:9 “And he said, ‘O Lord, if it is true that I have found favor with you, then please travel with us. Yes, this is a stubborn and rebellious people, but please forgive our iniquity and our sins. Claim us as your own special possession.'” Let this be my prayer!! Travel with my family, Lord…forgive our sins…Claimus as your possessions!!
Vs 29: “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.” My prayer is that my every interaction with my Lord would be so overwhelmingly powerful that His glory would shine out of me to everyone I come in contact with. That I would just radiate His love and His power in my life would be evident. It was also a lesson on th flip side for me…the people were scared when they saw the glory of God on him. In that, God showed me that the changes He makes in me? Some people won’t b ready for that! There will be people in my life that can’t look on that…they don’t want to see God in me. And that’s okay…I will just keep walking with Him and when they’re ready I’ll be ready to radiate Him to them!
Ex 35:21 I love how over and over it refers to the stirring of the heart and the willing offerings. God wants my willing, heartfelt sacrifice and offering. He doesn’t want me giving from a grudging spirit or a feeling of requirement. He wants a willing heart!
Ex 3:1-40 I was struck by the overwhelming theme of obedience. I think it’s so easy in Exodus to just skim over things because “oh, they’re just talking about specifics for the Tabernacle…again!!” But as I forced myself to slow down and look again, I noticed that the phrase, “just as the Lord had commanded” was repeated 17 times! I think God wanted me to see the importance of that! It’s about obedience. Following His commands matter! Only after their obedience did the glory of the Lord fill the Tabernacle. Then the cloud showed the people when to stay put and when to move on. Only by being obedient can God make His leadership and guidance in my life evident!
Lev 1 “It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.” May my life be a “special gift” to the Lord. Father, I pray that all I do would be a “pleasing aroma” to You.
*How violent the sacrifices were BUT Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice! Didn’t He die a violent death?? In this way I think the details of the sacrifices were to point us to what Jesus would have to suffer through to take our place.
Lev 4:13 “If the entire Israelite community sins by violating one of the Lord’s commands, but the people don’t realize it, they are still guilty.” Ignorance isn’t an excuse! “Not knowing” doesn’t justify anything before God. Sin is sin and He can not tolerate it regardless of the individual’s understanding of it. To me this speaks of our culture…people being raised to believe that pre-marital sex is “okay”…they may not know any differently but it is still sin before God!
Lev 5:1-17 What really stood out to me was how many times the phrase “you must admit your guilt” (or some variation of it) was repeated. There is no hiding of sins! We can’t just “sweep it under the rug” and move on. That was a big part of my problems in the past…I didn’t admit my guilt which results in unconfessed sin. I can’t be in right standing with God when I refuse to admit my guilt before Him. Vs 5 said, “When you become aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must confess your sin.” Vs 17 “Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin.” This is why I must seek God daily to show me the things I either don’t see or don’t want to see!! I pray Ps. 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Lev 6:8-13 “The continual burning of the offering signified the dedication of the people to God.” -The Women’s Study Bible I totally get this!! Have you ever tried to keep a fire going even all day?! Much less night and day continually?! It’s work! It would definitely require diligence and commitment.
Vs 24-30: It mentions breaking the clay pot that is used in the sacrifice. My commentary said it, “had to be broken because the earthenware, being porous, absorbed some of the blood and might later be used for profane purposes.” My ladies and I have deemed ourselves “crackpots” (from a study we did but basically broken so His light can shine through)…Could it be that God has to break us so we are no longer “earthenware” that is porous, and therefore could absorb the things of the world that would defile us?! Could it be that in His loving, yet admittedly painful, breaking of us He is transforming us into non-porous vessels made of precious materials for His use?! Ones that He can fill with His love and glory but will resist absorbing the things of this world?!
Matthew 27:15-Mark 3:30
Mark 1:5 “All of Judea, including all of the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.” This verse is very clear…confession (salvation) then baptism as a symbol of that. Baptism doesn’t save…it’s an outward declaration of an already occurred inner change!
Vs 16-20: Jesus called Simon and Peter to follow Him. “And they left their nets at once and followed him.” AT ONCE!!! I am humbled and convicted by the instant obedience. They didn’t ask questions or make plans and arrangements…they simply obeyed! Help me, Father to be so obedient. To no question and try to figure out the how but to just respond to Your call on my life. Help me to live in revelation rather than reason!
Vs 31: “So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.” To me this shows the purpose of God’s healing…when He heals us (spiritually-salvation), we are meant to then go and be of use/service to others.
Vs 35: “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” My lesson? WWJD?? Get up and pray in the morning!
Vs 41: “JESUS TOUCHED HIM”
Mark 2:1-5 The friends made a hole in the roof to get their paralyzed fiend to Jesus. Lesson for me? I should have such a desire and such strong faith that I will do anything it takes to get my family/friends to Christ!!!
Vs 14: The calling of Levi. Again, Jesus called and they followed…obedience!
Vs 17: When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” First of all, I love that He said, “those who think they are righteous”!! There are none that are righteous, no not one! Lesson to me also, we can’t be so separate in our “righteousness” that we don’t reach out to those in need and bring them to Jesus.
Mark 3:13-19 Calling of the Disciples “There was nothing wonderful about the men themselves; it was their connection with Jesus that made them great.” -Believer’s Bible Commentary Second Ed.
Prov 9:10 “Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement.” As my knowledge of God increases, my ability to make good decisions increases. They go hand-in-hand. As I go deeper into intimate communication with Him, His plan for my life becomes clearer and my thought process totally changes. More of Him and less of me means less screw-ups and better decision-making (and that’s a win for everyone in my life!)!