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Exodus 37-38:31

Repetition of long lists is the stuff that absolutely drives new Bible readers’ batty, old readers also. This is the stuff that you read and wonder, “Why?” Why the repetition, it was boring then (Chapter 25-27) and it is boring now. Or if you were/are like me, you read sections like this going 100 miles per hour (sorry I am not into kilometers) just to get through it.

I know Mike spoke of this yesterday, before it was spoken of in future tense, now it is in the past tense. Today I think I got it! God may give us instructions, but do we carry those instructions out, here we are given what was done to measure against what was said. How often do we change what we were given to do because we know better? This happens very often when we are given orders by our bosses, or something is ordered by way of contract, we short change the directions. We may do it because we have greater knowledge then those giving the orders. (This is a common refrain, “My boss is an idiot. And if this falls through, I’ll be blamed.”) In reality, we short the order because we are saving the costs for our own pocketbooks or to save on “time,” it will take longer to use that particular material. The type of wood used, acacia wood is hard and very dense and to work with it would mean lots of time was needed to work the plans and to keep the tools sharpened. Contractors frequently short the list of materials either by using cheaper materials or cutting the measurements of the job. We have compliance officers or inspectors, sometimes, who are paid off, to insure that the work is held to the original standard. We have this belief in the United States, at least, that “whistle blowers,” are to be shunned and possible fired, if they tell. In New York City, sometimes, with new tall Residential buildings, a building will build more stories than the zoning ordnances allowed or stated in the original plans. They usually are fined something inconsequential compared to what will be made on selling or renting out the extra floors, or they are told to build a public space, such as a park, on the grounds. This space is usually constructed to be hidden from public view.

God is giving us the tools to test not only His work, but the compliance of those who did the work. Unlike men, who look the other way or punish those who “tell”, God is in the Testing and Compliance business:

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:12-14 KJVR)

Grace and peace,

I would agree the lists are difficult reading. I do wonder if there is something significant to take from them. I have also heard non-believers recently attack the text since they comment on why a God would care about all of the details of the different ceremonies. Though, that doubt is difficult since how exactly would we expect a god to act? It seems reasonable that asking his people to obey his laws, sacrifice their possessions to him and make fancy buildings and clothing might be quite reasonable. Though, that still does bring back the question of what should be taken from this text?

Notice with the giving of the great commission that a key part of it is "teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." The commission isn't just about telling people what Jesus has done, but a call for people to obey *all* that he has commanded. In a postmodern era, it becomes more or less fashionable to take some of the words of Jesus and turn that into the great commission. Though, *all* of what he taught crosses lines with modern culture and even the postmodern church of today. We do not have the freedom to decide what message we will bring. We must bring the full message and allow the Spirit to work.

Mike, that is exactly what I am trying to do this year, and is my hope and that is to make desciples for Jesus, and "baptise" newcomers into the family of God. We have to constantly be on guard because we always have someone who is watching. Just an example is my little eight year old daugther, I asked her the other day, what does mommy enjoy doing more, reading the Word, or hearing the Word? She commented, definitely reading, you like to read the Bible alot. Ok, I asked her what about daddy? does he like to hear or read the Word more? she said neither. Well, she didn't realize or see her daddy read or hear the Word like she sees me, her daddy does like to hear the Word more, he goes to church with me and reads occasionally but will listen to preachers. But that is why we have to always be on guard because of the little ones and eyes who see us. We are starting something different at our church this year, and that is doing "contracts" so to speak, stating that we will bring at least one visitor to church this year, and try to get ones to commit to come to church, at least one person. Because if we as a family brought just one person, then that person typically will bring someone, and etc..etc... Well, it is amazing how just a written statement and having it on the frig as a reminder will spark a fire and commitment in the church. I really think this is the Year of increase and the church being the example that the Word will look to, the standard to be met and we will no longer be the hypocrites that once were, but Conquerors in Christ!! Praise God.
Be Blessed!!

sorry, meant to say the church will the example that the world will look to. not (Word)..typo.. be blessed!

God is the details. He nows every grain of sand and every corner of our hearts. He wants fellowship that is true to his creation and so we spend our lives looking at its details to find God. I believe that there have been details in my life. Request that I have given to him asking for his will and it worked perfectly not because of me, but because of him.

I think that the details of the Temple are essential to the Hebrews to have an active and personal relationship with God. Moses had to know every dimension, every building material, and had to know colors and types. Without these details it would have been Moses Temple, not Gods. It was the house of God on earth. Just as Jesus' death tears the shroud separating us from God and now the Temples our the people of God who he knows and builds up just as specifically.

Proverbs 9:9-10 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Wisdom is not only intellectual properties; it is moral quality, the recognition that doing the right thing is the highest form of wisdom. This can be a hard lesson to learn as it requires letting go of our own cleverness and adhering to the moral principles of God’s word as our compass.

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