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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,
Ramona

The Resurrection

Mathew 28
I enjoy when evangelists like Chuck Swindoll take this subject and prove how all the testimonies, records and writings (not necessarily all from the Bible), show proof that Jesus died and was resurrected.

Mathew 28:9 “Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him”.

How do you process these words of comfort in a time of loneliness’, especially with what we are going through in Covid? For me, clasping Jesus feet is a posture of humility, reverence and worship. I have never found anyone that I would do this to. Jesus certainly deserves this respect and I hope I remember to do this when I meet him in person.

Integrity

A lot of what we are reading today in Exodus, Psalm and Proverbs has an underlying tone of Integrity. Ramona mentioned it in Exodus, Proverbs ties it into wisdom and Psalms makes it clear that respect for the Lord’s ways produces many good days.

It was apparently the most looked up word in 2005 in the Merriam-Webster site so it is up there with our curiosity of understanding and doing things right.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/integrity-is-word-of-the-year/

Hi everyone. Sorry posting late!
Ex 37:1-38:31

Bezalel (Tribe of Judah) was acknowledged as having made and perfected the craftsmanship of the temple.

@ the end of Ch 37, he (Bezalel) made a sacred anointing oil and fragrant insence using techniques of a skilled insense maker.

In ch 38, Bezalel continued carving wood and making bronze washbasin from mirrors that the women donated @ entrance to Tabernacle- Everyone had a part in the Tabernacle being perfected and hewn out to perfection 🥰. Also Oholiab, of tribe of Dan was his assistant at engraving, designing, and embroidery.

Wow @ the people who brought all the gold- totaling over 2k pounds and entire community gave over 7500k #s of silver- the silver was actually derived from tax collected-it is amazing how many men- over 20 were given a census- Incredible (over 600K)

Matt 28: 1-20
This depiction verses other interpretation are a little off the others- this one leads Mary Magdalene and other Mary out together and the angel telling them-he(Jesus) isn't here- whereas the reading I had in past- read just Mary M coming after other women and confusing Jesus as being the gardener. That Mary M presumed. That is what I noticed
Also, when the leading priests called a meeting and concocted a lie- they told the guards to pretend they were sleeping and that Jesus' disciples stole the body and they (leaders) would back guards so wouldn't be blamed.. however I thought the stipulations for guarding tomb is that one must always be awake and punished by death if any foul play or what they presumed (trickery) goes on..I might be far-reaching a bit..anyways..

Ps 34:11-22

Love this verse used to teach it to my kinders at school Ps 34:13, "keepy tongue from evil and lips from speaking lies"

Prov 9:9-10

Instruct the wise and they will be wise. Teach righteous amd they will learn even more. Amen!!

Be blessed 🙌🙏
Deedee

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