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Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 37,38; Psalms 19; Acts 11
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, February 4, 2018
Exodus 37 Recounting the making of the ark of the covenant, the table, lampstand, alter of incense and anointing oil.
Exodus 38 Alter of burnt offering, court and materials gathered for the tabernacle
7 “The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold.”
14 “Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my rock, and my redeemer.” RSV
Acts 11:1 “The apostles and the believers throughout Judea “heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.”
18 “When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
Acts 11:3 “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” (How COULD you DO such a thing??)
Note that it doesn’t say the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit, but that they had received the word of God” and that God had granted “repentance” again, not the gift of the Holy Spirit. I just find that interesting… In some places, the Holy Spirit being poured out is the focus. Not so much here… BUT in Cornelius’ house, which is what Peter is explaining… it said while Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit “came on all who heard the message.” But Peter’s focus is not that they spoke in tongues, but that God granted them repentance.
I was curious as to exactly how much gold had been donated for the tabernacle and its value:
One talent = 75lbs x 29 talents = 2,175lbs @ $1,200/oz x 16 oz/lb = $41,760,000
And another $2,000,000 in silver.
I think we should not be afraid to spend time with people who are different from us… The Jews pretty much despised the Gentiles… Jesus loved spending time with the tax collectors and “sinners.” The Holy Spirit came upon all those who received the message.
Note David’s love for God’s word… he compared the Law (statutes, commands, precepts) to pure gold.
Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the Lord: refreshes the soul, makes wise the simple, give joy to the heart and light to the eyes.”
We view the Law as heavy, unattainable, restrictive, death… but David saw life, safety, beauty and the benefit of the Law.
Lord help me to always see the beauty, wisdom and life in Your Word! Help me to walk it out and to share it with others.