Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27 - Exodus 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 24. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Moses returns from the mountaintop and informs God's people of everything God has just told him to do.
  • Moses makes an altar and gathers the people to read the laws God has just given him.
  • The next part is a little odd.  God had instructed Moses to make his way up the mountain, along with seventy other leaders of Israel.  The Bible indicates that these men saw a manifestation of God.  While we are not told exactly what this was, the easiest explanation was that it was Jesus.  This may be difficult to understand, but there are a few other times in the Old Testament where God seems to manifest himself on earth (see Daniel 3, Genesis 32, and Genesis 18).  
  • Moses then continues alone up the mountain into what the Bible refers to as God's glory.  God has now manifested himself as a fire on top of the mountain.  

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • When Moses tells the people what God has told him, they respond in unison that it is their duty to do all that God has commanded.
  • Moses makes sure to remind his people again of everything God has told them to do.  
  • Moses then obeys God's command even though it meant entering into a burning mountain. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Some times it can be tough difficult to be obedient to God.  We don't always understand.  But we need to have the same attitude as those in this story.  We need to take God at his word and trust he has a plan for us.
  • Much like the ancient Israelites, we need to be reminded often of what God has asked us to do.  I congratulate you for sticking with these catalyst posts.  When we continually strive to discover God, he will make plain for us our steps in drawing closer to him.
  • Much like Moses, we might find ourselves in a situation where following God or doing the right thing causes us to enter a situation which scares us.  The Bible tells us that God is faithful and will journey with us in all circumstances and that even when this world scares us, we can take comfort in Jesus' victory over the world.