Today’s Reading: Exodus 29-31
Our Sunday School class is currently studying 1 Peter. We recently covered the section in the 2nd chapter about being a royal priesthood and as I reading today’s passage in Exodus I was thinking about what that means. Here Aaron and his sons are being set apart for service to the Lord as priests. One little section caught my attention.
“These burnt offerings are to be made each day from generation to generation. Offer them in the Lord’s presence at the Tabernacle entrance; there I will meet with you and speak with you. I will meet the people of Israel there, in the place made holy by my glorious presence. Yes, I will consecrate the Tabernacle and the altar, and I will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the Lord their God.” (Exodus 29:42-46)
As I was thinking about what it means to be a priest the way that Aaron and his sons had to be sprinkled with blood from the sacrifice reminds me of the way the blood of Christ has been “sprinkled” on me. Not literally of course, but I am covered by the blood of Jesus-His blood sets me apart as holy unto the Lord. (Hebrews 10:10) (Hebrews is a great read right now to compare this time in God’s history with His people to the New Covenant that comes through Christ. see Hebrews 10 & 12:18-24 in particular.) That thought still makes me uncomfortable; that the sacrifice of Jesus sets me apart, consecrates me to serve Him as a priest. But the line that truly gets me this morning is this: “in the place made holy by my glorious presence”. As I think about those words I am reminded that I have God dwelling within me in the form of His Holy Spirit. I am made holy by God's glorious presence in my life. Again, I am finding this an uncomfortable thought because of what it means to be set apart for service to the Lord. It gives me great pause as I consider how I live each day.
May grace abound,
Today's Reading: Exodus 20-21:15
For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. (Exodus 20:5b) This verse does not read like this in my other translations, so I view it as an addition that expands upon the word jealous and what that means.
Webster's definition of jealous:
1: hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage
2: intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness
3: vigilant in guarding a possession
Every time I read it in the New Living Translation it really gives me pause and forces me to think, Do I have affections that compete with God?
May grace abound,
Today’s Reading: Exodus 16-19
I wonder. The subject of a conversation the other night was grumbling or complaining. That is kind of the impression I get about Israel-a bunch of grumblers. But I can relate. The desert is not my favorite place and it generally does not make me happy. I prefer my forests with cool mountain streams and plenty of shade. What gets me is that God has just done these truly amazing things, first in the plagues and then at the Red Sea and they accuse Him of bringing them out of Egpyt to kill them. I wonder what it takes for us to trust God?
As often happens, this thought brings to mind something that happened during Jesus’ walk on earth. "So Jesus said to him, 'Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.’” (John 4:48) The people of Israel had all sorts of signs and wonders and yet they still did not trust God. I wonder what it takes for us to believe and then to trust?
May grace abound,
Debra Davis: wife, mother, quilter, photographer, and above all, follower of Jesus Christ.