Exodus 37-40: Preparing and building the tabernacle.

June 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 37-40. Background: Exodus 32-36. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 37 The ark, table, lamp stand and altar of incense: The last few chapters of Exodus are records of creating the structures and materials for the tabernacle, as well as the tabernacle itself, just as the Lord had commanded Moses to…

Exodus 32-36: Sin and renewal.

June 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 32-36. Background: Exodus 29-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The golden calf: The account of the golden calf that Aaron and the people of Israel made when they thought Moses was not going to come back down from the mountain is a well known story in both Judaism and…

Exodus 29-31: Wrapping up temple and worship instructions.

May 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 29-32. Background: Exodus 25-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 Concentration of the priests: This chapter gives the ceremonial practices that were to be done to consecrate the priests before the Lord that they might minister before Him for the people without being consumed. Notice the attention to both detail and…

Exodus 25-28: Design for elements of tabernacle worship.

May 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 25-28. Background: Exodus 21-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 1. The contribution for the sanctuary: After giving practical laws in the previous chapter, the Lord commissions Moses to take up a freewill contribution (different from tithing) of the people to fill the sanctuary, which would be made according to…

Exodus 21-24: Practical laws of the covenant.

May 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 21-24. Background: Exodus 17-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Practical laws: After giving the ten commandments that are well known, the Lord continues His law, giving the children of Israel a basis for rule and government as they now would become their own people without the oversight of another nation….

Exodus 17-20: Encounters with God.

May 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 17-20. Background: Exodus 13-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 God delivers twice more: Just as they have done in times passed, when the children of Israel ran into a hardship they immediately start to grumble and complain against Moses, saying that he brought them out of the land of Egypt…

Exodus 13-16: Problems in the wilderness.

April 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 13-16. Background: Exodus 9-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 1. The feast of the unleavened bread: After the passover and initial exodus of Egypt, the Lord initiated a memorial feast that the children of Israel were to keep year by year in this month that they had come out of…

Exodus 9-12: The final plagues and the passover.

April 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 9-12. Background: Exodus 5-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. The fifth plague- Death of Egyptian livestock: With the fifth plague, the Lord continues His distinction between Israel and the Egyptians, causing only the livestock of the Egyptians to die an not the livestock of the Israelites who dwelt in…

Exodus 5-8: Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh.

April 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 5-8. Background: Exodus 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 When it’s darkest before the dawn: Have you ever been in a position where it seemed like the more you tried to do the will of God, the harder your situation became? This was precisely what Moses and Aaron were…

Exodus 1-4: The birth and call of Moses.

April 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 1-4. Background: Genesis 48-50. Exodus is the second book in the Pentateuch, detailing much of the leadership of Moses and the exodus (thus the name of the book) of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and their history thereafter. It picks up right where the book of Genesis…

The Christian mid-life crisis.

November 15, 2014. We all know that point in someone’s life where they go out an buy the sports car they always wanted, a drastic move to another state that they have always been drawn too or even a simple reorganization of life plans, goals and recreation. Though we would never mention it to them…

Following the cloud and pillar of fire.

November 4, 2014. “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel…