Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 22 - Exodus 39

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 39. 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?)
  • Previous chapters of Exodus have detailed the construction of the structural items, furniture, and accessories that were to be included in the Tabernacle. Today's reading outlines the garments that were sewn and pieced tougher for Moses, Aaron, and Aaron's sons. (Moses served as the liaison between God and the Israelites. Aaron, Moses' brother, was also given priestly responsibilities.)
  • This chapter explains the intricacies of the "ephod" designed for Moses. An ephod was a robe-like garment worn by Jewish leaders.
  • After the wardrobes are assembled, the Israelites present to Moses all the pieces of the Tabernacle they have been tirelessly working on. Moses inspects their work and approves of it because they had "done it just as the Lord had commanded."

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • As they constructed the Tabernacle and its accessories, the Israelites could have looked for ways to cut corners or make it easier on themselves. Instead, they opted to honor God by doing all their work with excellence.
  • In the process of doing things the right way for God, the Israelites honored the leader he gave them (in this case, Moses). This was a win-win-win: the Israelites were on good terms with Moses because of they work they did; Moses was pleased with the work of his people; and God was honored by the Israelites' dedication.
  • We need to show this same commitment and dedication in everything we do. The Bible says in Colossians 3:23 that, no matter what we are doing, we should "work at it with all our heart, as if working for the Lord."

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there something in life to which you are not giving your all? Maybe you're not giving the family the attention and time they deserve, or maybe you're letting valuable relationships fall by the wayside. Ask God to make clear to you the priorities he wants you to have, and take steps today to commit to those priorities with excellence and thoroughness.