END OF EXODUS
|Today is Monday and I just finished my second cup of coffee. I get a cup of coffee and then I sit in my rocker/recliner and start reading the Word. Later, my wife will come by and get me a second cup of coffee. I have a pen in my hand, my reading glasses on, and I'm sitting in my robe reading. After I finish, I pick up my laptop and start typing. I place a few marks with a different mark for each time I read through the Bible so that I have a new thought to share. Here are a few I jotted down today:|
1) WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE? In Exodus 32, judgment had to be carried out against all who were worshiping the golden calves. Moses makes a call in verse 26: "The Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him." There are many times in the Christian life when we must declare whose side we are on. Whether at work or play, we must announce that we serve the LORD. This was not an easy thing to do. Verse 27 tells us that they had to "Put every man his sword by his side", and then "slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour." Wow! That would not be an easy thing to do. But idolatry was just that wicked! The judgment was that severe. Verse 28 tells us that 3,000 died that day. Still, it took Moses pleading for the people of God to see the forgiveness come from the LORD. Are you on the LORD'S side? Do people around you know it? Throw your hat in the ring, and declare whose side you are on!
2) THE LORD, THE LORD GOD- In Exodus 34, God shows Himself to Moses. As God passes by, He announces Himself. Here is what God says: Verse 6,7 "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, (7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." What a wonderful introduction! And it took God to think up such an appropriate introduction for Himself. It's wonderful!
3) WILLING HEARTED, WISE HEARTED- In Exodus 35, we see the gifts given to the tabernacle and the putting of it together. There were people who gave with a willing heart, and there were people who worked on the tabernacle who were wise hearted. It takes both. Givers and Doers, and many of them are the same people! Decide that you will have a willing heart and pray that God would grant you a wise heart for His glory!
Hope you have a blessed day! Pastor Mike Mutchler