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Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 39,40; Psalms 15; Acts 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, February 5, 2018
Exodus 39 the priestly garments, the ephod, the breast piece, other priestly garments, Moses inspects all the various aspects of the tabernacle. He blessed the workers (only the workers or all the Israelites?)
Exodus 40 setting up the tabernacle. The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
20 “[Moses] took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark…”
36 “In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.”
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.”
Acts 12 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. 6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.”
The people shouted, 23 “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” “Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died…”
FINALLY, after all the detailed instructions and the offerings, preparation and planning, they constructed the tabernacle!
Exodus 40:2 “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.” 17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.” (After leaving Egypt)
Exodus 19:1-11 “On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai.”
(The construction of the tabernacle took about nine months. The command to build it was given in the third month and it was assembled in the first month of the second year. It seems to me that it’s clear it took about nine months to construct the tabernacle. The command to build it was given two months after they had left Egypt, so it was one year from the day they left Egypt through completion.) I’m not 100% sure, but I’m… pretty sure… (It’s very early lol) Another blog post that I read said it was 18 months total, but I can’t make that math work… Other than I just want this to be accurate, it really isn’t important other than to satisfy my own curiosity and not to spread misinformation.)
Moving on the Peter’s miraculous escape from prison… while bound by chains… between two guards… with another two sentries were standing guard at the entrance… and he… just walked right out. He thought he was dreaming until he had walked some distance from the prison. That’s hilarious. Even Peter didn’t believe what was happening at the time. Then his friends, who were “earnestly praying for him” didn’t believe it was him, even when he was at the door, standing there in front of them!
In Psalm 15, again David gives insight to what it takes to draw close to the Lord in very practical terms. This Psalm aligns perfectly with the passages from Exodus regarding the tabernacle (“sacred tent”) and holy mountain.
I really struggle with who gets rescued from prison and who doesn’t. I get the concept of God’s will and all… I teach this stuff. But I struggle with the fact that Joseph was imprisoned for several years (falsely accused of rape.) John the Baptist (Jesus’ own cousin!) was beheaded for no good reason (mostly for entertainment/sport/just because) while Peter was released by an angel? (We will get to Paul and Silas being imprisoned (Acts 16) when there when there was an earthquake that damaged the jail… they could have walked out, but THEY STAYED??)
(I think I might write a book about that?)
In light of the fact that the Israelites were being led by God’s Presence (in a cloud by day/cloud with fire at night) that covered or hovered over the tabernacle… that’s pretty amazing… I can focus on the bigger picture of God’s Presence…
But the question that begs to be answered is why God (the cloud) didn’t just lead them directly into the Promised Land? I get that they were disobedient, etc… but it still doesn’t really make sense to me. For forty years?? Then Moses doesn’t even get to go into the Promised Land… he only gets to see it. (If I recall correctly, no one from Moses’ generation got to enter either because of their complaining/grumbling/whining/lack of trust in the God…) See Numbers 32:11-12; No one age 20+ (upon leaving Egypt) got to enter the Promised Land…
(I typically don’t have this many questions that I dwell on… But I’m just trying to keep this real…) I know all the right things to say… but I would rather let you know what’s floating around in my head, otherwise this exercise is more about me doing this exercise for you, than for me… This is just me being transparent and real. I hope it gives you permission to be real too. My concern is that MY being transparent somehow hurts YOUR faith along the way…
I thank You Lord that know all the answers. You know all of our questions and concerns. You aren’t wrenching Your hands in heaven over my musings… You are faithful!