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Trek through Exodus

The Radiance of God’s Glory!

Scripture reading for February 17th:  Exodus 38-40, Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 40:33-35 “. . so Moses finished the work.  Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

The Israelites had willingly brought offerings of gold and other prescribed materials and willing and skilled workers had completed the task set out for them by the Lord through Moses.  The tabernacle and all its furnishing was completed and set up exactly according to the pattern.  Then, miraculously, the cloud of God’s glory covered and filled the tent of meeting.  Moses was not able to enter this awesome display of God’s presence in their midst!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for this description of Your presence with the Israelites.  I am humbled that in the New Testament, Your glory fills a new “tent of meeting”–the bodies of believers in Jesus.   Please allow the glory of Your Son to be seen through my life!

Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power.  After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .” 

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Willing hearts giving to the Lord

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Exodus 35-37, Psalm 26, Philippians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 35:20-22  “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.  And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.  So they came, both men and women.  All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”

God had commanded Moses to build the tabernacle and tent of meeting and had given an exact pattern to him on the mountain.  Moses shared the need for materials and skilled labor with the people of God.  All who were willing came to give freely and to offer their skills, given by God, to do the work.  And they freely gave their offering of gold in faith.  There was more than enough!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, I believe that my response to Your call is to give my body and heart and mind willingly to You, as well as tithes and offerings.  Help me to accomplish Your assigned tasks as You build Your house!

Philippians 4;18-20 “I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 26:8  “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”  

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Holy Distinction!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3

Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:13-16 “”Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight.  Consider too that this nation is Your people.”  And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  And he said to Him, “If Your Presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.  For how shall it be known?  Is it not in Your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and Your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?””

As Moses met with God, he pleaded with God to show him His ways in order to have God’s favor and presence.  God promised to go with him and give him rest.  Moses knew that God’s presence was the best and only thing that would set him and God’s people apart from all others on earth.  In His presence was fullness of joy and divine rest!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for making me distinct by filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower me today in my upward journey by showing me Your ways and giving me favor with You and those You want to reach.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  

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The Holy Spirit and full obedience!

Scriptures for February 12th:  Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 31:1-6  “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.” 

God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings.  Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly.  This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life.  Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.

Philippians 2:12-15  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “

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God’s dwelling place!

Scripture reading for February 11th:  Exodus 25-27, Psalm 90, Philippians 1

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9  “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution.  From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me.  . . .And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst.  Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and all its furniture, so you shall make it.”  

God had blessed His people with a mighty deliverance and laden them down with the treasures of Egypt.  As He desired to dwell with them, He asked them to make willing contributions to building His sanctuary that would be in their midst.  He gave them exact plans and they must build exactly as He instructed.  Through faith, the people would contribute willingly and build skillfully to enjoy God’s presence in their midst!  This was the greatest treasure!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord, I willingly offer You my body as Your rightful habitation!  Help me to obey You each day and allow You to do Your work Your way with willing heart.  I look forward to dwelling with You eternally at the completion of all things.

Philippians 1:6  “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  

Psalm 90:1-2  “Lord, You have  been our dwelling place in all our generations.  Before the mountains were  brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting Your are God.” 

 

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Promises of health and protection!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Exodus 22-24, Psalm 109, Ephesians 6

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 23:25-27 “You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.  None shall miscarry or be barren in your land;  I will fulfill the number of your days.  I will send My terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs towards you.”  

Our merciful God promised His people healing and divine health under the old covenant at Mt. Sinai.  He would bless them with fruitfulness and long life as well as defeating all their enemies.  Their responsibility was simply to serve the Lord and worship Him alone.  Under the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, we stand in Christ Jesus against all the tricks of the enemy, knowing he is a defeated foe!  Amen!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I trust You for my health, healing, and fruitfulness and defeat of my foes.  Help me to stand in the armor You have provided.

Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Psalm 109:31 “For He stands at the right hand of the needy one; to save him from those who would condemn his soul to death.”  

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Holy Fear and Obedience!

Scripture reading for February 7th:  Exodus 19-20, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 20:13-18   “Now when all the people saw the thunder and flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.”  The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”  

After assembling and consecrating the people of Israel, Moses and Aaron prepared to meet with God.  The mountain where they were meeting was filled with fire and smoke and shook with rumblings.   But the people did not want God to speak to them directly, for they were afraid they would die.  Moses assured them that God’s purpose was to instill in them the fear of God–a holy respect, that would keep them from the sin of disobedience and unbelief.

Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I thank You for speaking to me and instilling holy fear for Who You are and what You have done for me.  Help me to fully obey You each day and live by faith in every Word You have spoken.

Psalm 33:8  “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him!”

Ephesians 5:20 “.  . .giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

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Share the burdens in leadership!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Exodus 16-18, Ephesians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 18:21-23 “Moreover, look for a few men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.  And let them judge the people at all times.  Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves.  So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.  If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 

Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law.  He came to visit Moses and noticed that Moses was overworked and burdened down with all the disputes among the people.  Jethro gave Moses some fatherly advice:  Share the load!  Moses should carefully chose others who were godly and capable of leadership.  These should be appointed over groupings of people in orderly fashion.  They would handle the small concerns and bring the bigger to Moses.  All would be blessed and Moses could survive!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I am thankful for many gift people in the Body of Christ.  These gifts spread the responsibility and blessing of leadership.  Lord, help me to recognize my need for the help of others You have given to bless the Church.

Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, . . .”

 

 

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The Amazing Love of God!

Scripture reading for February 5th:  Exodus 13-15, Psalm 114, Ephesians 3

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 15:11-13 “”Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious  deeds, doing wonders?  You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them.  You have lead in Your steadfast love the people who you have redeemed; You have guided them by Your strength to Your holy abode.”  

The Israelites had left Egypt, loaded with silver and gold. on an appointment to worship their Lord.  This was a result of God’s awesome wonders of judgment.  As they journeyed through the wilderness, the Egyptians had a change of heart and followed them to bring them back into captivity.  As He promised, God opened a way for His people through the Red Sea.  The Egyptians were all drowned as the parted waters came back on them!  The Israelites celebrated God’s amazing love!

Psalm 114:7 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, . .”

Faith Confession and prayer:  I stand in awe of Your great love and amazing power used to deliver Your people.  “Who is like You, O Lord among gods?” is on my lips!  I ask You to continually reveal the height and depth of Your love as I worship You alone!

Ephesians 3:16-19  “. . .that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

 

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The God Who Watches Over His Own!

Scripture reading for February 4th:  Exodus 10-12, Ephesians 2

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 12:40-42 “The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.  It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.”

Our salvation and deliverance from sin and death is not an accident.  It did not come from man’s works or schemes, but was a sovereign act of God prepared beforehand and announced through the prophets.  On an exact day predetermined by God, the Israelites were brought out of Egypt through the grace of God by a blood sacrifice.  So Paul wrote to the Ephesians, that God’s grace alone had brought them salvation through faith in His Firstborn Son’s sacrifice.  God watched over it all and now we watch in amazement as He completes the work in us.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I simply rest in the grace given me by trusting in Jesus Christ and His shed blood.  I ask our Lord to guide me daily in fulfillment of the works He also has prepared for me as I wait and watch for the fullness of time and Christ’s return!

 Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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