Feb. 25 – (Ex. 29-30) The alter of incense was located just before the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.  This altar represents your emotions (aroma). Remember the table of show bread represents your will. The golden lamp stand represents your intellect or mind. So, your will decides what your mind will think and what emotions you will feel. There was a filigreed crown around the top of the altar of incense. It symbolized the crown of self-control (we are in charge of our emotions not vice versa). We will discuss this more in-depth later.   

Feb. 26 – (Ex. 31-32) As I was reading these chapters, I was stopped at the verses detailing how the Levites were ordained into the service of the Lord.  They chose to be on the Lord’s side, then they were commanded to slay brothers, companions, and neighbors who did not choose to be on the Lord’s side. Of course, we have to look at this as being under the law, but can you imagine what that meant to the families involved?   I am so thankful to be living in a time when we receive God’s grace and mercy because of what Jesus did for us. Thank you, Jesus that while we were yet sinners, You died for us!   

Feb. 27 – (Ex. 33-34) Chapter 33:1-23 describes the difficult time following the golden calf episode. God says He will not go with them to the promised land but through Moses pleading, God says He will go with them.  Did God change His mind? Since God lives in the eternal now and is omniscient (all-knowing) of course He did not.  I believe He said it so that Moses would express his own beliefs and thus it strengthened his trust in His God whom he served.  Praying is part of that for us today.  If we don’t ask God for things or changes etc.  We do not experience an answer which strengthens our relationship with Him. Not asking Him and then recognizing His answer only strengthens our belief that we control what happens.  How silly of us! No, how sinful of us!  Selah  

Feb. 28 – (Ex. 35-36) The rest of the Exodus contains the explanation of how to build the Tabernacle.  Have you ever heard someone say- “I’m just a ____?”  I’m just a carpenter. I’m just a potter. I’m just a work at home mom.”  God never made a “just a”! These chapters show us God put specific gifts in specific people to use for His glory.  He has never stopped!  God put specific gifts in you for you to use for His glory! Let’s not waste gifts we have received!!! God please show us the gifts you have put in each of us. Help us hone them so that they show Your glory!” 

Mar. 1 – (Ex. 37-38) I would like to focus on 38:8. The bronze basin was the Laver situated just before going into the Holy Place.  It was made of highly polished pieces of bronze which were probably among the treasures brought out of Egypt during the exodus. (12:36)  As I read this, I was reminded that many things of our past come from an ungodly source but God can redeem them just as He did with these Egyptian mirrors.  At one time I knew of a dancer who danced in an ungodly place. When she came to the Lord, she donated all that material for banners that were made into serving and worshiping the Lord.  This is redemption at it’s finest.  It just reminds me that God can redeem anything for our good and His Glory!  Selah 

Mar. 2 – (Ex. 39-40) Chapter 39 describes the vestments of the priests which God had shown Moses how to make.  These were sanctified garments, which fitted every high priest and lasted from the time of Aaron until A.D. 70, when the last high priest wore them (until the temple was destroyed by the Romans. Let’s look at a few parts of the garments.  On the ephod there were engraved signets on the shoulder with the names of the children of Israel. The names of the children of Israel were always to be lifted up before the Lord by the high priest – not because the Lord was in danger of forgetting them, but because we need to intercede for one another.

                One other part of the garment was bells attached to the hem.  Here is an explanation by Michael Esses (Jesus in Exodus). When the high priest came into the tabernacle and prepared to enter the Holy of Holies, there was a specific order he had to follow in seeking the Lord.  God is an orderly God, and when He commands that you are to enter a certain way, He says there is no other way to follow.  When Christ came into the world, He said there was only one way to enter in, and that was through Him.  He said, “If you enter in any other way you’re a robber and a thief.” The high priest would go through all the stations from the outer court to the Holy Place in cleansing to be able to enter the Holy of Holies.  The Lord was not in any of those stations but instead resided between the cherubim located in the Holy of Holies. The priest had to make a commitment that he was cleansed and was able to enter into the Holy of Holies by faith.  He had to have faith that he was purified, sanctified, completely right with the Lord; because the minute he entered in he was standing with holiness.  He was totally unrighteous and unholy, but by his faith at that moment the Lord made him righteous and holy. If he stepped into the Holy of Holies not purified, he would immediately drop dead.  Therefore, the people of Israel would tie a rope around the ankle of the high priest before he entered the Holy of Holies.  If they failed to hear the bells tinkling on his garment after he went inside, they knew he was dead, and they would drag him out by the rope.  There are so many correlations but let’s just ponder how they relate to our redeemed worship to the Lord.

                Chapter 40:36-38 describes the itinerary of the Israelites to Canaan. Can you imagine getting up every day and looking to the tabernacle to see whether the cloud covered the tabernacle (stay where you are) or if it was taken up from the tabernacle (time to move on)?  I like to know what each day looks like to plan accordingly. Maybe I should be a little more like how the Israelites had live.  They were learning to make plans only after they observed what the Lord wanted them to do.  Selah  

Mar. 3 – (Lev. 1-2) The book of Leviticus is rather difficult to understand because we lack firsthand experience of the practices it describes.  Let’s try to get a clearer picture before we jump in. Chapters 1-16 describe various “ritual” regulations, while chapters 17-27 focus on ethical commands.  Because the rituals of chs. 1-16 are unfamiliar, they are often seen as being disconnected from the ethical emphasis of the later chapters.  It is more accurate, however, to see the entire book as being concerned with Israel’s being holy to the Lord.

  What does Leviticus have to do with the church today?  The sacrificial system of Leviticus has ceased for the people of God; it has been fulfilled in the coming of Christ.  However, studying these laws is important because the sacrifices point to different aspects of the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice of himself.

There were 5 major offerings in Lev. Chapters 1-6.  1:1-17 explains the burnt offering. This was the most costly offering since it is completely burned up (except for the skin which the priest kept). The motive for the burnt offering is not specified here, but other references to the sacrifice show that it is offered for thanksgiving, penitence, vows and self-dedication.  When a bull was offered in sacrifice, it must be without blemish (no physical defects). This reminds me that when I offer a sacrifice of praise that I need to give Him my very best… not a blemished or half-heart praise!  Lord, please help us with this!  

A grain offering would ordinarily be offered with a burnt or peace offering.  It probably served the same purpose as the offering it accompanied.  More on this later 😊.