Saturday, 16 November 2013

Exodus 31-35

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

31:13 Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.

The Sabbaths were a sign. It is the Lord that makes them holy. They were not made holy by keeping the Sabbath.

No doubt the Israelites worked seven days a week as Egyptians slaves now God was insisting they rest one day a week which was suppose to be a blessing. They were to trust him to meet their needs for that day.

Susan said...

32:5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”

(From Constable's Commentary) "The Egyptians viewed the bull as the vehicle on which a god rode in power, and as such they identified it as divine itself."

Aaron believed he was still worshipping the Lord but doing so via means of the calf. However God will not be worshipped according to a man made formula. God wants us to worship him in spirit and truth.

Susan said...

33:7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.

Because of the golden calf incident, Moses set up a tent outside the camp some distance away. This was not what God really wanted as he wanted to dwell with his people but their disobedience had driven him away. Their desire to worship God in their way had actually driven God away.

Susan said...

34:29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.

(From Constable's Commentary) The transformation that Moses experienced as a result of his close fellowship with God showed in his physical appearance, particularly on his face (cf. Matt. 17:1-3). This change made the other Israelites uncomfortable around him. The evidence of his close relationship with God convicted them.

Sometimes our spiritual walk will make others feel uncomfortable.

Susan said...

35:21 Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.

Again (25:2) it is those who are willing and whose hearts were moved who gave. Not those who felt duty bound or under obligation.