Instructions to Build the Temple? So What?

In my “read through the Bible in a year plan” that won’t get done in a year (but it will get done), part of what I’m reading is in Exodus where it lays out how they built the chest, the table, the priests robes and all of the rest of the “stuff” needed for the temple.

Boring and frankly so what?

But then I came across Exodus 39:42-43 (from the Message):

The Israelites completed all the work, just as God had commanded. Moses saw that they had done all the work and done it exactly as God had commanded. Moses blessed them.

They did all of the work.    All of it.   They did it just as God had commanded them.   They did it EXACTLY as God had commanded them.   And God’s leader – the man in charge, the only one who actually talked WITH God (think how awesome and scary that would be!) blessed them.

Can I say that?

Can you say that?

Are we really doing what God has commanded us and doing it just as God has commanded us?

Hmmmmm……..

 

One Thought, One Phrase

I’m working through the book, “Seeking God’s Face” for my personal devotions.   I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks but so far, I highly recommend it.

One of the things that it said today was to take some time, dwell on the bible passages you’ve just read and see if there is one thought, one phrase that “jumps out at you.”

Psalm 46:3 in the MSG uses a phrase that jumps out at me –  “God of the Angel Armies.”

When I hear, “God of the Angel Armies” there are a couple of things that come to mind……

  • A soldier, in battle, being totally outnumbered until the angel armies come and fight back the enemy and rescue him.
  • A God who speaks love, who is love, but is also very at ease with using His Angel Armies to protect those He  loves.

It’s a dangerous, difficult world, but we have the God of the Angel Armies on our side.

And He’s not afraid to use them.

Tom