Tuesday, 4 February 2014

(35) February 5: Exodus 37-38 & Matthew 23:23-39

Ask God to open your mind, heart and will to understand, delight in and obey what you read.

To discover:­­
As you read remind yourself of the purpose of these items.

To ponder:
This is the first reading where there isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been said. “Everything” is done “as the LORD commanded Moses” (38v22). The emphasis, however, is on the skill God gave those working – and again on the women in particular. When one considers the space taken with detailing how God’s instructions were fulfilled, and how much gold, silver and bronze were used, we again see the importance of obeying God and of the preciousness of the tabernacle itself as the place of his presence. This challenges thoughtlessness within the church as to the elements involved in our corporate meeting with God. But it also moves us with the wonder of what meeting with him really entails.

Praying it home:
Think on what has most struck you about God in Exodus. Praise him for these things. Pray specifically for how your life should be shaped by an awareness of his constant presence and character.

Thinking further:
Why not take the extra time to read one of the following: An article on ‘covenant’; or the ones previously mentioned on ‘tabernacle’; or on ‘priest.’

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