January 29th, 2020
Chapter 28 is all about how Aaron and his sons (the first priests of Israel) would be dressed. A great amount of detail is given which shows just how important this job was. The next chapter then talks about how the priests would be consecrated. A number of different sacrifices and anointments are required. Chapter 30 talks about a separate altar which would be used by Aaron to burn incense upon.
A census tax was to be taken from the people and given to the service of the tent of meeting “that it may bring the people of Israel to remembrance before the Lord, so as to make atonement for your lives.” In chapter 31 we see that God filled certain people with the Holy Spirit and gave them ability to build all the different things that were required. God also spoke to Moses about the importance of keeping the Sabbath.
A couple of key verses are: Exodus 29:35-36
“Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Through seven days shall you ordain them, and every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement.”
These verses are significant to me because they show how hard it was to be in the presence of God before Jesus died for us.
Vision of God
These few chapters show how perfect God is. He is completely holy while we are all sinful. God wanted to “dwell among the people” but cannot tolerate sin. Instead of giving up on His people, He made a way for us to be purified.
Vision of self
This scripture reminds me how much sin separates me from God. He is holy and my sin nature is not. Thankfully God loves me and made a way for me to be made holy. This makes me thankful for Jesus. He is our perfect High Priest, and because of Him it is so much easier to be in the presence of God today then it was back then.
Go with God
God has gone great lengths to ensure that I can be with Him. I am thankful for this and want to do my best to sin no more.
It’s really cool to see the connection between the Old and New Testaments. Before Jesus came, the priests had complicated procedures they had to go through to purify themselves just to make an offering for the people’s sin. And even then, it was never really good enough, which is why they continually had to make sacrifices. Jesus is our perfect High Priest. He never sinned and thus does not need to be atoned for. His sacrifice is the one and only sacrifice that we will ever need.
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The lengths that God has gone to, to make a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him is just mind boggling to me! It overwhelms and challenges me. It gives me perspective and I am grateful. Thank you Tom for sharing.
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Boy oh boy, everything in these chapters: Holy Garments, Holy Salt, Holy Oil, Holy formulas, Holy Smells, Holy Tables, Holy People, Holy meat, Holy day. In chapter 29 it is the blood that makes the garments holy. this reminds me that holiness is something set apart for God and it is made holy by the blood, which makes me think of how the blood of Jesus sets us apart to be holy.
The thing I appreciate is how God is continually directing,instructin g,guiding,teaching,training through this entire process.
Making sure every detail is covered.
God is sovereign over everything.
I like it Tom!! I was thinking similarly about how we can go to God now and what they had to do before through all these specifics or else they would die, Eek! What an amazing God we serve!! Thanks bro