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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

Comments/Q.o.t.d: things I learned this time around: I didn't know leprosy was called in modena times Hansen disease- I didn't realize the reason that Jesus told people not to tell others what He did for them is because he was about preaching and teaching and He didn't want the priests and high officials taking action before all had happened and at the appointed time. So He had to go off to lonely places and avoid people at times which is against what He set out to do. The demons who recognized Jesus- He told them to be quiet they were trying to trick Him and confuse the people in believing that he used demonic forces which was untrue- I didn't know Aaron and his sons weren't anointed until tabernacle was complete and not even Moses could set foot in there anymore because he wasn't appointed to serve as Priest ..Interesting!

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