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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

We read throughout the final chapters of Exodus the detailed specifications of God for the construction of the tabernacle. But one thing that struck me for the first time today is that the original construction was nowhere as great an amount of WORK than that which was required to pack up, then travel with, then set up again the tabernacle as they traveled throughout the desert. The thought of that level of effort is mind boggling to me.

Mike,
This is a nitpick, but I disagree with this sentence in the Content section of the summary of Mark: "Mark’s purpose was to put together an expanded Gospel message." Most scholars believe that Mark was the first Gospel written and that both Matthew and Mark relied heavily on Mark's Gospel in writing their own. Rather than being an "expanded" Gospel, it is actually both the first and also the shortest of the synoptic Gospels.

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