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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,
Ramona

Forgiveness, is so important, especially when you bring before the Lord. In asking to be forgiven, we are showing trust in Gods faithfulness and holiness to keep His promise's and that we submit and surrender to Him all that we are. Though at times I feel so unworthy, all the time, My Father in Heaven blesses me beyond measure. We must remember, when we miss the mark (which is sin), we must go before a Holy God, our God and confess so that we can be healed. Amen

Ex 30:11-31:18
I love how each person's ransom is the same-No matter how wretched a man or pure-our ransom is kept even so no one could be excluded or "buy their ransom" for a higher penny" Jesus was our ultimate ransom.

The first anointing oil-the scents must have been amazing and the Tabernacle was getting ready to be beautiful and anointed -everything in it!

Next one is holy incense-put @ entry of Ark of Covenant.
-and last but not least, the Lord gave us a day of rest it is required for refreshing-and renewing our mind.

The tablets were made by finger of God.

Matt. 26:47-68

The betrayal of Judas, the fleeing of friends and jeering of Caiphas' people against Jesus-how sad Jesus had to go through such tragedy and seemed like all was defeated but Jesus was in control-and followed through based on scriptures.

Ps 32:1-11
The Lord has remembered your transgressions no more!
You are my hiding place-you protect me from tble.

The Lord said He will guide me along the best pathway of life.

Prov 8:27-32

To be joyful just by following the ways of Jesus.

We rejoice in His presence Amen!!

Thanks Michael; forgiveness is key to reconciliation with God.
Dee; I love churches that burn incense.
Ramona; I like your take on people's census and God's census.
Sabbath
Mike; Google Confession of sins: Definitions: Confession is owning up to something you know or believe, and telling it forthrightly to all who should hear it. In the Bible it refers to two things, namely (1) confessing your faith in Christ to the world, and (2) confessing your sins to God.

Exodus 20:8-11
Bob Deffinbaugh says,
There is another reason why the Sabbath is a subject worthy of our thorough investigation: the Sabbath is one of the most important commandments of the ten. It is a part of those commandments related to our relationship with and our worship of God. It is also the commandment chosen to be the “sign” of the entire Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 31:13). A violation of this commandment is to result in the death penalty (Exodus 31:14).
Last, learning the meaning of the Sabbath will provide us with a most valuable lesson in how to study, interpret, and apply the Scriptures.

I was a bad Sabbath keeper before Covid and now it’s even worse. Let’s face it, unless we make it our first priority it is easily ancient history. I think a conscience effort to make it a holy day is needed. I’m thinking, it’s a family day so everybody needs to participate. Sleep in! A family meal. Maybe a beach walk or drive and somehow a family discussion (hopefully biblical). No work, (ouch) that includes homework for the kids. An afternoon nap and end with a wholesome movie and popcorn. Its amazing but its taken me a year to finally realize how important the routine of Church Worship was for me and my family!

Exodus 26-31

I grew up in the Lutheran Church and it was very liturgical. The rituals, order of service, format of ordinances,, the layout of the alter and church, the pastors robes, candles, baptism basin, tithing, were a real mystery to me as a kid. I see how a lot of what was going on in my church comes from these instructions from God at this time in history. Unfortunately, a lot of it was very boring to me. Funny now I am fascinated visiting other church’s worship.


I don’t think anyone ever explained it to me and it wasn’t till I started to study where all this came from that I understood we all generally fall under 3 types of Worship in our denominations. They are 1: Praise and Worship (Baptist), 2: Seeker (Robert Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles) and 3; Liturgical (Catholic).

Re: Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship, 2008

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