Saturday, December 28, 2013

Exodus 40:1-19

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 40:1-19. 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?)
  • Today's reading sets up the grand finale of the book of Exodus. After all of the components of the Tabernacle have been assembled by the Israelites, Moses presents them to God. God instructs Moses to assemble everything to match the plan that was originally set forth. Moses obeys, and at long last the Tabernacle is set up.
  • God instructs Moses to dress Aaron in "sacred garments," to "anoint him" and "consecrate him." This was to grant Aaron greater responsibility in serving as a liaison between God and the Israelites: sacred garments were the clothes worn by religious leaders; to "anoint and consecrate" someone is to formally to make it clear that the person is now set apart for service to God. This could be in the form of a ceremony, declaration, or some other announcement.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In the Old Testament times, only select people (such as Moses and Aaron) were set apart by God to have unfettered access to Him. Through Jesus, however, we can all freely talk to God and spend time with him without having to consult a religious leader. This means we can also invite other people to experience life in God; we don't need to get approval from a high-ranking church official or someone with more religious "credibility." 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you've given your life to God, what are you doing to take advantage of the free access you have to God through Jesus? Life often gets in the way of us immersing ourselves in our relationship with God. Make more time today to remember God and talk to him, even if it's just for a few minutes at a time.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that gives an easy-to-understand summary of Exodus chapters 19 through 40: