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Exodus 30:11-31:18

Two things absolutely jumped out at me in today’s readings, the first, the redemption price for all males when a census is taken and the second, the mandate that priests must wash in the bronze basin before ministering to the people. It is not that I haven’t read this before but I just received an entirely deeper depth of understanding and questions are racing in my head. Anka, you mentioned how both the rich and poor had to pay the same amount, 1/5 of an ounce of silver, when a census is taken. First, note that this only happens when a census is ordered. When is a census taken and for what reason? More importantly, who would order a census in Israel? It is definitely not the “common” folk; it is someone in authority, in leadership like a king. If God orders a census then He knows the state of everyone’s pocketbook.

Perhaps the poor folks, if listening to God, will go fishing and find something in the first fish’s mouth. This explains something we will see happen when we get into the books of history, I and II Samuel and the two books of Chronicles. To understand the impact of this “tax,” leadership would HAVE to be, or not be, concerned about the poor and possibly think that the number of his fighting troops guaranteed victory and not his God. If there are a lot of men folk, then I can risk going to war; however, if God didn’t tell you to fight, well you are using the people as a tool for your own gain and glory, not God’s. Hmmm, Large numbers, or the lack of them doesn’t assure victory or defeat in God’s economy. Anyone old enough to remember the Six day war?

On to the second thing, the basin and washing before ministering. The past couple of days we have read about the costly materials in building the tabernacle and in the making of the priests’ costly outer garments, today we read about the “washing”. Previously Mike asked us about dressing up or down for church and I wondered if some of our desire to dress up, and for some to really dress up, did not come out of hearing the descriptive words and our desire to maybe appear more like priests then “common” people. Jesus rebuked those who wore long robes, dressed up folk, who wore them to give the appearance of their holiness. We will read about those who came to Jesus complaining that His disciples did not participate in ceremonial washing, following the traditions of men and not God.

Could these guys who wanted to set the pace and plans of worship instead of sticking to what God had prescribed, thus adding a greater burden to an already weighty system, be amongst us today? Could we be that someone? Ouch. What has Christ prescribed for us to achieve worship, and what are we doing and calling it worship, holiness and piety (John 4:24)?

I may be back on line to answer some of the other questions; however, those two things really rocked my world this morning.

Grace and peace,

P.S. This site is just FABULOUS!! All of us are feeding on the Word and we are all helping each other with the "Food" that we cannot handle because we are all at different levels of maturity. Babies are having their food cut-up for them and the mature are eating prime meat. Glory to God.

Exodus 31
Bezalel and Oholiab
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.
This passage in the Bible always intrigues me! Speaking in tongues is rather a small gift in comparison to what Bezalel got. If this is what the Holy Spirit can do I would rather pray for these gifts of the Holy Spirit over my life and other Christians.

I think that the reading today in Exodus and the Psalm are perfectly fit together. Do we wash before we present ourselves to God and do we really evaluate our lives and pray for the healing of our sins and then know that sin is washed clean and we are new.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I love the book of Psalms and I think this particular scripture pretty much sums of the entire book. Lord, you are my hiding place, without you I am lost, you are everything to me, the center of my life. Even when everything around me changes, I know that I can come to our hiding place, where you always provide rest, peace and the safety of your overwhelming love.

Psalm32 is very powerful. i was just reading Psalm32 a few days ago and prayed and Meditated on it. its such a powerful Psalm and it helps me alot when i pray and confess my sins to the Lord.

I just wanted to comment and say that your site is a real blessing to me, it reminds me to take the time to be in The Word every day.
Thank you

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