Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Welcome to Day 32 of our Life Journal! For the first time the date and the day number (32) don’t match! haha
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Exodus 30, The anointing oil and incense were sacred (recipes) and were to be used only in that context of worship. Never anywhere else. v 32 “Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. 33 Whoever makes perfume like it and puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from their people.’” 37 “Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”
I am wondering if that directive still holds true today?
Exodus 31, ““See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.” God prepared and chosen people around us to do what he has asked.
Exodus 31:15, “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.” Wow! No wonder the Pharisees got so upset when Jesus picked heads of grain on the Sabbath. They knew the letter of the Law, but not the HEART of the Law. That was the problem. They didn’t realize that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
You gotta love this —> v 18 “When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”
But meanwhile back at the ranch…
Exodus 32:1-4 “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Are you kidding me?? Aaron the high priest?? What was he thinking??
v 7 “your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them…”
Luke 8, “And Saul approved of their killing him [Stephen].” That hit me like a ton of bricks…
The story of Simon the Sorcerer trying to purchase the power of God. Very bad idea.
Love the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch… The Eunuch’s response to the gospel was that he wanted to be baptized immediately! “Look! Here is some water!” v 36.
Very poor leadership on Aaron’s part… Moses said, “you led them into such great sin.” He could have led them away from sin and refused to be a part. He didn’t own his role in his heart. Just a job to him?
All these instructions for worship are so clear and specific… Don’t touch the ark, only wash your hands in this bronze basin, only Aaron may enter, etc… 31:11 “They are to make them just as I commanded you.”
The reality is we are all quick to turn away from what God has commanded… Thank God for his mercy.
3,000 were put to the sword for their sin that day… imagine the carnage… the horrific sense of loss and grief. Then God sent a plague to further punish them for what they had done…
Sometimes reconciling the Old and New Testaments can be difficult. This same God who put people to death by the sword and a plague for their sin, now deals with mankind differently. Jesus is now the Great High Priest making intercession (our advocate) with the Father on our behalf! 1 John 2:1, “I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
Does God still punish us, you, me, mankind for our sin? Does he send a tsunami or an earthquake to destroy those that he loves out of anger? Or is it just a tsunami? A natural reaction to the shifting plates of the earth that God created? Does he still send plagues to punish us?
John 14:9, “Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus came to show us the Father. Jesus didn’t bring punishment or plagues. He demonstrated love and compassion. Healing and mercy.
I pray that as I read your word that I would have a clarity as I process these tough questions… Help me as I interact with those who don’t know you… that I would have wisdom like Philip to answer their questions and impart faith!