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Exodus 39-40:38


Our comments have been about either directly or indirectly about obedience. Obedience in following the Great Commission, obedience in using the gifts, talents and abilities, as well as our time to doing what God has called us to do, that is what we seem to be focusing on or drawn to as we read through the scriptures these past couple of days. Whether it is in building the Tabernacle, in the past, or submitting our time, talent and treasurer to God, the last word is Obedience.

Probably because that has been the single most constant thread I believe that runs through the majority of our posts for the past several days, the following verse caught my eye and imagination,

So all the work of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed, and the Israelites did according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses they did it exactly so. (Exodus 39:32 NET.)


Because my imagination was fired up regarding obedience, I went on a little word hunt.
In the Hebrew, the majority of time we read the English word “obey” in the Old Testament (KJV), it is this word, as per Strongs:

H8085
שׁמע
shâma‛
shaw-mah'
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.)


Mike what have I learned in reading Exodus this time around. I’ve learned the power of obedience. It is not what I think or even what I want, it is what God says. And it is just not about going and doing. It is about giving careful thought and interacting with what God has said; and the only way I can do that is to not just to listen but to hear intelligently. Listening and hearing are two separate things.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I got an impression from the Exodus that God put a priority in the Israelites when He led them in the desert. Religious life always comes first. God told Moses in several chapters the details of the tent and the Tabernacle etc.. God was demanding His people the importance of worship life. When your focus is on God, God can work through you. God can bring you to the Promised Land.

God said to Moses: see that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. (Exodus 25:9,40; 26:30.) ‘See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’ "Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.’

What the study of Exodus shows me is swift obedience to follow God’s pattern. Many times it was stated that ‘The Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.’

And what was the result of this obedience to the pattern the Lord had give Moses and the children of Israel? Exodus 40: 34 says it clearly “Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.”

So my question to myself is this: Am I being obedient to the pattern the Lord has laid down for me to follow; or am I going my own way / doing my own thing because I think I know what is best for me!

I learned in Exodus, much like Mike did, that Moses kept increasing in Wisdom and obedience unto God. He went from an afraid fragile being with a speech problem to an awesome leader and excellent listener of God. He gained boldness, authority under God's ruling and teaching, and he learned the keys into the Kingdom ways, of God's meticulous masterful mind of carrying out tasks from the biggest details to the finest, minute details. It lets me know that God cares about us, the littlest things that we care about, He does too. I am so thankful unto God and Him sending His Son, Jesus Christ as the final Atonement for our sins and sacrifice unto us. All that blood and gore, and splattering of animals and sacrifice is done and complete through the precious blood of Christ. Thank You Lord for Loving us so much to take that ultimate sacrifice for us to not live in religious ceremonies or laws or precepts, but to live in a relationship with You, the Love of My Soul. We are allowed to be in complete Relationship and Love with Jesus like the Old Testament never got to experience like we have or do, that is awesome!

I agree with the other post. Exodus demonstrates how obediance and disobediance alters lives. However, this reading also demonstrated to me Gods invovlement in every aspect of life and to not put yourself or your spiritual life in a box. God cares what color the tabernacle was and the measurement of every side of the tabernacle. God lives in the details of our lives as well and we should not put our requests to him in a box and we should know that he lives in us to lead and empower our lives. If we die to him we are alive.

Thanks for the Forgotten God interview. Now I am going to read it.

Exodus 2011 Trek

The book of Exodus is full of structure, pattern and detail. What at first seemed repetitious like those passages going into such detail about how something was built, I now see more as a divine matrix, a pattern for the way God wants us to live. In Exodus God shows us the way He wants to balance our lives with every detail leading us towards obedience and safety. Over and over, step by step He patiently leads us towards repentance and away from the devastation of our own flawed patterns of thinking. I don’t know how to explain it but this time going through Exodus was different for me, this time I saw so much more than ever before. I love when the dots connect and the bulb comes on. I’m very appreciative of the work and detail Mike puts into each day here at OneYearBibleBlog.com and also all the people that leave comments. It is pure joy to be in the company of those that love God and strongly desire a closer walk with Him.

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