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Bible Recap Summary DAY 038

Exodus 25-27

FACTS:
-God told Moses to have the people give from their hearts gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarns; linen, goat hair, ram skins and goat skins; acacia wood, olive oil, spices, onyx and stones, to make a sanctuary, a home for God to dwell.
-Directions for the Ark of the Covenant.
-Directions for the Mercy Seat.
-Directions for the Table for Bread.
-Directions for the Golden Lampstand.
-Architectural designs for the Holy Place and Most Holy Place, along with dimensions, supports, coverings, transport for making it portable.
-Architectural designs for the outer court with a Bronze Altar for sacrifices.
-Instructions for the lamp to be ever burning.

AHA Moments:

“There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.”

Exodus 25:22 ESV

[The word for “meet” is ya ad, and one meaning is betrothed.]

“You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.”

Exodus 25:17 ESV

[The word for “mercy seat” is kapōreṯ, which can mean cover or place of atonement, or propitiatory]

“Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.”

Exodus 25:19-20 ESV

“And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.”

John 20:12 ESV

[This is the same position as the two cherubim on the Mercy Seat.]

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. The workshop and tools, the refining and space for working – how did they do this in the wilderness?
  2. What did the whole Tabernacle weigh when it was carried and how long did it take to break camp and set up cam on each move?
  3. Just how long IS a cubit? Google gave me several answers ranging from 17.5 inches to 21 inches. Because it is based on a body part, the forearm, it did vary. So Noah’s cubit may have been different than Moses Cubit and Elijah’s cubit! Standardized measurements hadn’t been introduced at the time of Moses. Most describe the Ark of the Covenant as about 4 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet.
  4. How did the Israelites learned metallurgy? I read about this some time ago, but I need to find that information.

MY SUMMARY:

First, the Tabernacle is something I’ve studied many times in the past. I’ve built paper models. I’ve done studies that use it as a model for prayer to commune with God. I’ve read books about the foreshadowing of Christ in the symbols of the Tabernacle. I did a study using the Tabernacle to represent my heart as God’s home. It is a topic God has used over and over again in my walk with Him. And yet…there is always something new! His Word is living!

Today there were a few things that caught my attention. “Made out of a single piece.” That takes a LOT more skill! And makes a stronger result, having no joints. I’m just trying to imagine being in the wilderness, no smelting furnace in sight, no working factory…how did the Israelites do this? The tools they would need to produce a large enough clump of gold to hammer into the lamp stand from one piece astound me. And where they would do this work, on what surface, with what refining fires and, well they’d need a workshop!

Second, they’d need time. God would have to had them camp in a spot to get the work done. The women would have a lot of sewing and piecing and embroidery to do. All that acacia wood would need to be cut and smoothed. This is a BIG job. And someone would have to be the foreman, breaking up the work, assigning tasks, organizing the workforce.

All of this is not really mentioned here. We are at the design phase. God is engineering the architecture, drafting the design. And he has the mind of Moses and rocks to write on. Boggles the mind when we think in terms of computer aided design today. Yet, God does it through His people. And He gives precise instructions. (My background is engineering. I understand precision. This architectural design is filled with precision.)

Lastly, when you let the imagination of your creative mind “see” the words, you can, in your minds eye, imagine the building of the pieces, assembling themselves into the final structure: The Tabernacle. Not only beautiful and precious, but portable! I’m getting ahead of 25-27, but all those poles means each and every piece can be carried. And will be carried. Like going to REI and planning for a backpacking trip to the mountains of a National Park, and finding all the things you will need, and fitting them into a pack that will fit on your back. That kind of portable.

Living Word. New insights. New revelations. New thoughts. All from God’s mind to mine. Thank you, Lord!

MY GOD MOMENT

God really wanted to dwell with his people. This is a lot of detail and those details are precise. Moses had to have it all in his mind because I’m not sure there was “paper” then. God used his finger to write on stone. These instructions, well, I could interpret them several ways. So how did Moses KNOW what to do? God must have shown him, in his mind, what every part was to look like.

From the Bible Recap Podcast:

“…but one thing we see is that a lot of the layout of the tabernacle parallels what we saw in Eden: an east-facing entrance, guarded by cherubim. The burning lampstand symbolizes the tree of life, and the law or the testimony symbolizes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So when God begins telling them all these details, and tells them He’ll come there to dwell with them, it’s a step toward restoring paradise and all that was lost in the garden of Eden. We won’t see the fulfillment of this until Christ returns and we have a new heaven and a new earth — but here in Exodus, we see God’s advancement in that direction. To dwell with His people forever..”

Tara-Leigh Cobble

I’ve never thought of the Tabernacle being the bridge to Eden, restoring what was lost in Eden. That is a new concept to me. It is something I have to turn over and over and explore. I’ve always seen it as looking forward to Jesus. But then, in Eden God says he will redeem his children. Yes, I need to “chew” on this some more.

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Bible Recap Day 026

DAY 026 GENESIS 41-42

FACTS:
-Pharaoh has two dreams, one of seven healthy cows eaten by seven sick cows, then seven healthy wheat overtaken by seven sickly wheat.
-The cup bearer remembers the Hebrew who interpreted dreams.
-Joseph interprets the dream and the gives Pharaoh wise advice.
-Joseph gives credit to God.
-Pharaoh makes Joseph in charge of all in his kingdom.

AHA:
-Prophetic dream as a child fulfilled as his brothers bowed down to him, the authority in Egypt to buy grain.
-The 10 brothers express remorse and guilt about Joseph, in Hebrew, when Joseph can hear them, so Joseph knows they have been living with the guilt while he has been enslaved.
-Reuben offers Jacob the lives of his two sons if anything happens to Benjamin in Egypt.

QUESTIONS:
-41:38 Joseph so obviously filled with the spirit of God

“And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”

Genesis‬ ‭41:38‬ ‭ESV‬‬

-42:34 20% of the abundance for 7 years is enough for 7 years of famine. Could this be a business principle?

MY SUMMARY:
-At 30 years old, Joseph is in a position of authority
-Joseph gets new clothes, new car(ridge), ring, chain, signet, name, wife, sons Manasseh and Ephrain, authority

CHAINS OF THOUGHT:
-41:49 like sand on the seashore, too much to measure

“And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.”

Genesis‬ ‭41:49‬ ‭ESV‬‬

MY GOD MOMENT:
Abundant generosity! Even to Egypt!
Even to his 10 brothers who sold him to slavers, he gives a double portion!

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Bible Recap DAY 024

GENESIS 35-37

FACTS:
– Jacob/Israel moves to Bethel
– Benjamin is born; Rachel dies in childbirth
– Jacob tells all of family they will only worship YHWH
– Joseph, Rachel’s first son, Jacob’s favorite son, get special robe, long with long sleeves
– Joseph is sold to slave traders by his brothers

MY SUMMARY:
AHA—“terror”
“And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.” Genesis‬ ‭35:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“TERROR” H2847 – chittah, not the “fear of God”: “an exceeding great panic seized the inhabitants of the cities of the land of Canaan, all about Shechem, which was from God himself impressing it on their minds, through what the sons of Jacob had done to that city” – John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible
AHA—Reuben wanted to go back, rescue Joseph and return him to their father. When he went to the pit to get him, he was gone. So Reuben wasn’t part of the decision to sell Joseph.

QUESTIONS:
—Ishmaelite and/or Midianite traders — descendants of Ishmael and of Abrahams relatives. Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver. Were these the traders that traveled along the routes? From both people sources? The 20 pieces of silver?
—Why did Jacobs family have pagan idols and earrings?

“So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments.”

Genesis‬ ‭35:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

NAMES OF GOD:
El-Bethel – God of Bethel (altar)
El-Shaddai – God Almighty
Bethel – House of God (city)

“And God said to him, “I am God Almighty [El-Shaddai] : be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.”

Genesis‬ ‭35:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

CHAINS OF THOUGHT:
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

MY GOD MOMENT:
Jacob’s change of heart! He tears down and discards pagan pillar, building an altar and begins worshiping only YHWH. We now see the fruit of Jacob’s confession in chapter 32.

“And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, … I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant,”

Genesis‬ ‭32:9a, 10a‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Gone is the bargaining with God: IF you do this, THEN I will will do this. Now Jacob recognizes that God is God Almighty. There is no more IF/THEN in his relationship anymore. (Genesis 28:20-22) God renews the covenant he made with Abraham and Isaac with Jacob/Israel. I like that Jacob hears God’s voice.

“The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.”

Genesis‬ ‭35:12-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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DAY 023 — GENESIS 32-34

Last week I started a new journey: I’m reading the Bible chronologically in 2022. Every verse. Every chapter. Every book. I’m using Bible Recap to guide me, both the study plan on YouVersion Bible App and the Podcast by D-Group. I’ll put links at the bottom of this and each Blog Post I do in case you’re interested. I started JAN 18, so I’m behind. This Blog Post is five days later. I’m not promising to “catch up” on Blog Posts, though I’m trying to catch up on those 17 days (TALLY 2/17 done).

FACTS:
– Jacob wrestles with God. God gives him a new name, Israel.
– Jacob meets Esau and make peace.
– Dinah is raped in Shechem and her brothers take revenge.

The Bible says that Jacob wrestled with a “man” through the night. Jacob won’t give up until he gets a blessing. So the “man” touches his hip and wrenches it out of place. Then Jacob gets a new name, Israel (God fights):

“Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God [Elohim] and with men, and have prevailed.”

Genesis 32:28 ESV

“Jacob is literally wrestling, though — this doesn’t appear to be a metaphor or a vision, mainly because he leaves with an injury. This instance is another theophany — an appearance of God on earth — and more specifically, since the Hebrew word used here is Elohim, which implies “creator” and “judge”, I’m inclined to believe this is another encounter with God the Father”

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I’m encouraged in the study and reading to 1) identify questions I have, for later research, 2) list light bulb moments where I have new insights or learn something new about God or 3) make notes of interest to me. I love the Names of God, so I’m noting those especially. I’m also paying attention to genealogy and how the people groups are related to each other. My Blog Posts may discuss these items.

MY SUMMARY:
QUESTION—32:1 God’s camp, Mahanaim (two camps) two verses–angels appear, it’s God’s camp, Jacob names it “two camps” and this makes no sense to me. Later Jacob does create two camps to keep his family secure from any treachery from Esau.
AHA—32:10 Jacob confesses his unworthiness to receive Gods blessings.
AHA—32:9 Jacob addresses God by name for the first time.
NAME OF GOD—32:30 Jacob builds a real altar at Peniel [Face of God] El-Elohe-Israel, God, the God of Israel. Jacob went from building pillars to altars.
CHAIN OF THOUGHT—I’m following the verses where the “uncountable are countable” as descendants as numerous as the sands on the seashore (Genesis 22:17, God to Abraham); as numerous as the dust of the earth (Genesis 28:14, God to Jacob); as numerous as the sands along the seashore (Genesis 32:12, God to Jacob).
AHA—Gifts for Esau: 520+ animals ; that’s a LOT of livestock!

My God Moment: It was exciting to see Jacob, who has been scheming, manipulating, lying and in general, not living up to the faith of his grandfather Abraham, turn to God and call on his name. You can actually hear some remorse for the way he tricked Esau and wanted to make amends. God does have a plan. He will see his plan come forth. He meant for a people to be His, called by Him, led by Him, following His laws, kept pure and holy. and as unruly as His sheep were/are, that is a big job. Yet He perseveres. He will do what needs to be done to bring about all that is required for Messiah, salvation, redemption, restoration. Our God is a merciful God.

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,”

Exodus‬ ‭34:6‬ ‭ESV

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Quotes About God’s Creation

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 NLT

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush aflame with God: But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Nature is God’s greatest evangelist.”

Jonathan Edwards

“Lovely flowers are the smiles of God’s goodness.”

William Wilberforce

“We are beginning to regain a knowledge of Creation, a knowledge forfeited by the fall of Adam. By God’s mercy we can begin to recognize His Wonderful works and wonders also in flowers when we ponder his might and goodness. Therefore we laud, magnify and thank Him.”

Martin Luther

“I sing the mighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.”

Isaac Watts

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

Psalms 33:6 NIV
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Marching Orders

  • Be on guard.
  • Stand firm in the faith.
  • Be courageous.
  • Be strong.
  • And do everything with love.

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A summary of my marching orders for the day, or every day:

Be on guard — Against temptation, the plans of the evil one, anger, un-forgiveness, sin.

Stand firm in the faith — Keep my eyes on Jesus when the world seems crazy.

Be courageous — Be bold, speak when and what the Lord directs with courage and strength from Him.

Be strong — The joy of the Lord is my strength, I need to spend time with the Lord so He can strengthen me in my inner being to withstand all that He knows I will face today.

Do everything with love — Love, love, love. Underpin everything I do, say, and think with love, not judgement, not pride, not self-righteousness, but with love. Sacrificial love. Giving love. Compassionate love. Unfailing love. Kind love. Love like Jesus has for me.

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The Divine Commandment of Life


“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48 NLT

“The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing, but in God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not just good human characteristics. God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly. The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life, not in times of intimate fellowship with God. And when we come in contact with things that create confusion and a flurry of activity, we find to our own amazement that we have the power to stay wonderfully poised even in the center of it all.”

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 20

For all of those that say they are good, they don’t need God, they do good things, they are good people, Oswald has an answer. “Good” is not the same as “God-likeness” and “good human characteristics” is not at all the same as the Spirit of God transforming from within so you exhibit “divine characteristics” in your life. There is a difference. One falls under human definition. The other falls under divine definition.

Oswald makes the point that when the “rubber meets the road”, or when “life happens” the work of the flesh to do good will falter. Impatience, frustration, anger will be manifested when it is the human trying to be good. When the Holy Spirit is working the Divine in us, we should meet such incidents with patience, long suffering, peace and love. In other words, as we grow in the Lord and He changes us to be more like Him, the Fruits of the Spirit should be manifested in all of our life, not just the easy parts. When life gets hard, or we have to deal with difficult situations or difficult people, the divine in us should reflect a loving God and the Fruit of the Spirit.

And when we fail, as we will, because we are not yet perfect, we humble ourselves, ask for forgiveness, and the Lord will forgive, strengthen and assure us that we are growing in Him. And how we handle this transformation with others will show them how God works in us and through us, even when we falter. Because He picks us up in Grace, and we walk once again in the Spirit, in the love of God. And the Fruit of the Spirit are once again manifested in our life.

“Beware of bartering the Word of God for a more suitable conception of your own.” – Oswald Chambers

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What I Am. Who God Is.

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.”

Oswald Chambers

Oswald can hit me between the eyes some mornings and wake me up thinking. The devotion today was about Jesus asking us hard questions, forcing us to make hard decisions. Like the rich man Jesus told to sell all and follow him. Then I read this quote. I am truly naked before God. I can’t hide anything from him. No pretense. No dressing up to cover what’s hidden inside. He sees right in to me, all of me. And I actually ask him to do that! I say, search my heart and see if there is any wayward thing in me. Cleanse me and make me pure. but that also means I am literally naked before him.

Really, even those who don’t know him, who don’t ask him to search their heart, he knows everything inside them. It is how he knows to reach every person and draw them to himself. He knows. He knows you. I read a verse that has been very comforting of late.

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.”

Isaiah‬ ‭65:1‬a ‭NIV‬‬

Even if you don’t seek him, he can find you. Even if you don’t ask, he can reveal himself to you. For unsaved family and friends, this verse has changed my prayers. ‘I know they aren’t seeking you. I know they aren’t asking about you. But I ask that you reveal yourself to them. I ask that you find them and bring them to you.’ it’s a very different way to pray. It really is. All up to God, not me or my words. I remain a vessel, willing to be used in whatever way God wants, but he has to do the work. He has to change the hearts. Because he knows them deep inside.

“The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!”

Psalms‬ ‭18:46‬ ‭NLT‬‬
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The Bewildering Call of God by Oswald Chambers

“…and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished…and they did not grasp what was said.”

Luke 18:31b, 34b ESV

“God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.”

“What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes.”

“A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities.” — Oswald Chambers

We talk about our purpose, our destiny, our call from God. It is good to know what God is calling us to do, to be, for His Kingdom. But if we strive to know too much, we lose the peace of trusting Him to bring about His perfect will. I need to trust in the knowledge and wisdom of God and not in my own abilities, in all things. I need to be a friend of God, to worship Him and bring glory to His Name. Rather than being bewildered, I should enjoy the journey, trusting and knowing that what I need to know, I will know at the right time. Waiting is not easy, but if I use the waiting time to worship God, my eyes will be on Him and not the wait.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8 ESV

God has told me many times in His Word about His character and what He says is good. In this passage, I should be just, kind and humble. There are other passages that tell me about what He wants me to be, what Love is (1 Corinthians 13) or the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). While I’m waiting, while I’m worshiping, while I’m being His friend, I can use verses like these to look at my character and ask to be changed to be more in the image of who He has asked me to be. In all this, my call, my purpose, my destiny will become apparent.

I have a living hope that my God has a plan and a purpose for me. And He will reveal that to me.

From My Utmost for His Highest, August 5