Sunday, December 8, 2013

Exodus 35

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 35. 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?)

  • After reading through several chapters detailing God's instructions to the Israelites regarding how the Tabernacle and its accompanying elements are to be built, and the Israelites' apparent wavering in their commitment to God, today we see rubber meet the road. The Israelites set to work on constructing the Tabernacle and its associated structures.
  • Before they begin working, God reiterates his previous command to take one day of rest for every six they work. Failure to follow this command is punishable by death.
  • The Israelites all gave what they had -- both possessions and skills -- to ensure the Tabernacle was built up to spec so that God could be honored. This was a community effort, and apparently no one held back anything that was needed for construction. Near the end of the chapter we read about Bezalel, a guy who had particularly noteworthy skills.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God is serious about us taking a "sabbath," or day of rest, each week. We need to make sure we do not get so caught up in life's busy-ness that we fail to take regular time to rest.
  • God equips different people to do different things, but they are all intended for the common goal of bringing glory to God and leading people to him. We may not be charged with constructing a holy building, but God still wants us to use our unique skills and abilities to make the church better and stronger. (You can read more about this in 1 Corinthians 12.)

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

  • How serious are you about taking time to rest and relax each week? This week make it a priority to observe a sabbath. If you need help discerning how exactly this could play out in your life, listen to messages from our recent series called 24/6.
  • Are you using your abilities and skills to help make your church better and stronger? At Verve we have several different ways you can serve, and we make it easy for people to find a volunteer role that is perfect for them. You can learn more, and sign up for what we call a "First Serve," on our Volunteering web page.