Posted by: Maggie | September 26, 2007

Thoughts on Exodus

Points of
Interest:
 

Ever wonder why God makes
you walk a long and winding path, and get cornered against the sea
once you “arrive”?  

Ch 13:17–When Pharaoh let the people go, God did
not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was
shorter.  For God said, “If the face war, they might change their minds and
return to Egypt.” 

*Well, there you go.

*And…so that He can part the waters and reveal
his fireworks to His glory, of course! “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he
will pursue them.  But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and
all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the
Lord
.”  Note:  He wasn’t revealing himself in this verse to
his children, but to the enemy, who also needed to see his power and glory.

Ch 14: 20–In all the hubbub, someone remembers
Joseph’s bones, and Moses brings them with him, which is cool.  God didn’t
forget Joseph’s wishes, even after Joseph was
dead over 400 years
!

How often do we forget that God delivers?  And that He’s given
us “tools”: 

v13-15  Moses answered the people, “Do not be
afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring
you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The
Lord will fight for you;  you need only to be still.”  Then the Lord
said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?  Tell the Israelites to move
on.  Raise your staff…”

v31  And when the Israelites saw the great
power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and
put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. 

***Ch 15:2  The Lord is my strength and my
song;  he has become
my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him.  (I love this
verse.  God IS our salvation, but when he HAS BECOME our salvation…we
praise afresh!)

v10 “You blew with your breath, and the sea
covered them.”  (Maybe that is just a song and the way they described it,
who knows.  I like to think of the wind as his breath here, though.)

***v13
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have
redeemed.  In your strength you will guide them to your holy
dwelling
.”

v20
Miriam:
Moses’s sister, after all these years.  She’s still
praising God, here with a tamborine, leading in the dance.  All the women
followed her.  (She was beautiful in the movie.  That really
doesn’t relate to anything, but there you go.)

NEXT: 
Water Problems>God gives water with instr to Moses (significant
later)>water from rock>Manna>Quail>Testing, Grumbling

***Ch 19:19  “You yourselves
have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried
you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

Why God showed his glory to the people: 

v9 “The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to
come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with
you and will always put their trust in you
.” (God establishes his
leadership in men).

v16, And when he “shows his glory”:  thunder,
lightning, trumpet blast (whoa…got Michael blowing his horn there, I guess!),
smoke, fire (sounds like a volcano almost).  “smoke billowed up from it
like a furnace”

???v21 “The Lord” speaks of what “The Lord” will
do… (Is it possible that Jesus, the Word is doing the talking about
his Father, The LORD).  So that, they are one, but Jesus and the Holy
Spirit always defer to the Father so that even the language sounds funny here of
one speaking of the other.  They are one, yet separate.  Only way that
makes any sense to me.)

Ten Commandments given

Question:  Why are we tested?

One reason
given here:

v20 “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test
you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from
sinning
.”   

v26 God considers modesty when
one offers a sacrifice, “Do not go up steps to the altar, lest your nakedness be
exposed on it”.

Ch 21 Laws to
Live By
  (Where our Judicial System is probably based, in large
part).  Good standards and reasoning on basics to review with pre-teens
so that they know what God’s standards are on issues important to him.

Ch 23 

Question:  Why do we not win battles more
quickly?

(v29, one thought..because we can’t handle growth
too fast):  “But I will not drive them [the inhabitants of the land I am
giving you], in a single year, because the land would become desolate and
the wild animals too numerous for you.  Little by little I
will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take
possession of the land…do not make covenant with them or their gods
“.

Ch
25-35, Specific Instructions for the Building of the Temple, Clothing of the
Priests, and the Holy Things

25:9  “Make this tabernacle and all it’s
furnishing exactly like the pattern I will show you”

God is an interior decorator!  Who
knew!  That is sort of cool.  He made the candlesticks with
almond flowers
.  Isn’t it neat that he knew beauty enough to not
be afraid to add some feminine-type touches of the best things of his
creation!  We still use flowers in our homes today.  He had good
taste, too…pure gold.  Things would last, and not be broken….also,of
the purest substances. 

Ch 26–curtains…with cherubm worked into them
with colorful threads by a skilled craftsman (God valued embroiderers …very
cool.)

The bases of the frames were silver…I assume
because silver would be lighter weight to transport for the amount of bearing
capacity needed to hold up the tabernacle, and possibly stronger, as I
recall.  Can you imagine them traveling with all this of weight when the
tabernacle needed to move? 

God used acacia wood a lot. 

v31 Again, God refers to the skilled
craftsman
who is going to add the cherubim on the curtain…he seems
very insistent that we not forget this detail.

v36. We have on the entrance to the tent
another embroiderer  making the curtains. 

???27:8–“The altar is to be hollow, made out of
boards.”  I don’t get this.  Why would
you make something wood to burn things on? I’ll have to find out more.

27:16, again mentioning the entrance curtains, AND
the skilled embroiderer (this person had their job
title in lights.  With all the work, they deserved it!)

Ch 28: 

the info on this breastpiece is interesting for
the priests…I’ve read it before, but didn’t realize how layered, intricate,
and attached to the priest it was.  In the desert, I’m
thinking that the decision had to be important for him to agree to put the thing
on!

It was filled with jewels representing the twelve
tribes, which is awesome, the way God included everyone.  I hadn’t heard of
some of the gems.  I thought it funny that turquoise at that time was
considered as precious a gem as sapphires and emeralds.

So, then the Urim and Thummim went over his
heart…I didn’t know that –I was told once they were on his right and
left shoulders.  That information was incorrect, not that it changes my
life drastically.  I think the names of the twelve tribes were on the
shoulders.  Also, I thought it was Thunnim.  Learn something new
every day.

The sound of the bells on Aaron’s
hem of his robe?  Funny to me…God thought of it all!  He would
hear the bells and not kill the person (who would have thought of
that?).  It’s like what I did on my dog…I put two name tags on her collar
so that I could tell where she was without having to yell for her all the
time.  She wakes me in the morning now shaking her head.  Overall,
that is better than waiting until I hear her barking her head off.  Perhaps
God didn’t want to have to holler for him either.  Just kidding, he knows
where we are all the time.  He was just setting him apart as special I’m
sure.

Intricate head-dress with a symbol hitting him all
the time on the forehead that says, “HOLY TO THE LORD”! 
We may need that same reminder some days! 

God made them long underwear
also, so that they wouldn’t show themselves, bring reproach on themselves
accidentally, and die.  Modesty was that important to God.

Consecration of the Priests…a seven day
process
.  This was hard to read the process was not to stop. 
Aaron’s sons were to be consecrated, just as he was, since they would be helping
him, and the lineage for the priesthood went to them.  However, they
got a little slap-happy leading and blew it.  Two of them died.  Aaron
was not even allowed to leave the tabernacle to go mourn, for the people would
mourn for him…Moses told him that he was not allowed to leave the camp. 
After God had seen Aaron’s folly early on, leading the people into
idolotry, then to what great lengths he went to show him “dignity and
honor”…grace
. (28:2)

ch 30…the cleansing power of a simple
rinse-wash of water

the specific recipe for the anointing
oil,
THE WORK OF A PURFUMER (Yup, God knows all about
the perfumes, people.  He likes to smell something good!)  And, he
likes it to be for SPECIFIC PURPOSES.  For example, one should not use
food smelling soap in the bathroom.  (Just kidding, a personal preference
there).  But, if anyone wore the anointing oil smell who wasn’t a
priest…they were to be cut off from the people.

Incense:  Another specific
recipe, for a fragrant blend.  THE WORK OF A PERFUMER
(yup, again).

v37  GOD
COPYRIGHTS HIS PERFUMES/INCENSE

“DO NOT MAKE ANY INCENSE WITH THIS FORMULA FOR
YOURSELVES; CONSIDER IT HOLY TO THE LORD.  WHOEVER MAKES ANY LIKE IT TO
ENJOY ITS FRANGARANCE MUST BE CUT OFF FROM HIS PEOPLE.”

cH 31 
BEZALEL AND OHOLIAB

Behalel was the son of Hur.  Hur was the
handy guy who held Moses’s hands up all day long during that war so that they’d
keep winning a few chapters ago.  He was quite a friend, and useful in
times of need.  His son, God filled with the Spirit of God,
with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of craftes–TO MAKE ARTISTIC
DESIGNS
FOR WORK IN GOLD, SILVER AND BROWZE, TO CUT AND SET STONES, TO
WORK IN WOOD, AND TO ENGAGE IN ALL KINDS OF <strong
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mce_serialized=”12l3om16u”>CRAFTSMANSHIP.  (and got have him a
helper…Oholiab).  He was a jeweler,
basically, filled with the Holy Spirit.  I need me one of those people in
my life.

The
Sabbath 
v 12 to be oberved for generations to come as a
rememberce that God is LORD, who makes them holy.  and a sign (17) between
God and the Israelites forever. 

Ch 32 AFTER ALL THAT…God called them KNOWING
they were about to have a major fall and make idols AS he was talking with
Moses.  Amazing.  Aaron lies:  “I threw it into the fire [the
gold] and out came this calf!”  Well, that’s not what it says the chaper
before, it says, “”he took what they handed him and made it inot an idol cast in
the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.  Then they said, ‘These are
your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”  (The movie left
this little part out.  They throw in the gold, out comes a shiney
idol.  Does it say that?  We both said when we watched it.  I
think they even quote the later quote to substantial this idea, but they fail to
leave out the verse in the prior chapter.  Aaron, BUSTED!)

My thoughts:  If they had that much gold
on them…perhaps the gold, in all reality, was “their god”.  God took it
later, much of it, and made the tabernacle…THAT is why he had them ask the
Egyptians for gold and jewels to take with them, not that they would just be
rich.

Ch 32, v10:  God says:  “LEAVE ME
ALONE THAT MY ANGER MAY BURN AGAINST THEM” 
Nice to know he’s been
there, too.  But, he heard Moses’s plea for them.

(Stop to
read Leviticus Part 2, Resume as time allows)

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