Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD: gold, silver, and bronze. ~ Exodus 35:5
Whatever offering I bring to the Lord must come from a willing heart.
Romans 12:1 says I am to offer myself a living sacrifice. It’s a matter of my will.
Do I really want to give up the things, sins, attitudes, selfishness, which keep me from God’s blessing? Isn’t my body, my will, a more acceptable sacrifice than gold or silver?
And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” ~ Exodus 32:4
Aaron took gold and made a god. It is laughable to think we can “make a god”. But when I say, “My god is this”, or, “My god is that”, have I not made my own god?
I must be careful not to represent God in anyway He is not revealed in the Bible lest I make a god of my own design with my hands, or with my words.
So you shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him. You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests. ~ Exodus 28:41
According to 1 Peter 2:9, Christians are, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.
Aaron and his sons, being Levite’s, were chosen, anointed, consecrated, and sanctified from among all the other tribes.
In the same sense I am to be anointed by and reliant upon the Holy Spirit; always overflowing with the presence of God, and set apart to the service of God.
The world and it’s ways should no longer draw us, but our lives should be lived for the glory of God and for the kingdom.
And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. ~ Exodus 27:20
Jesus is the light of the world, the light in the darkness. I need the oil of the Holy Spirit to keep His light burning in me continually living in a way that is illuminating.
But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank. ~ Exodus 24:11
In verse 1 of chapter 24, God invites Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel to come up to Him. Verses 10 and 11 says, “So they saw God.”
It is remarkable to me that when Moses spent 40 days with God to receive the tables of stone, that these men, Aaron and his sons included, so quickly turned to idolatry, to the worship of false gods, and immorality, after having seen God and eaten with Him.
I am reminded of what Jesus told Thomas in John 20:29, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
True faith does not require confirmation of sight.
Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” ~ Exodus 20:19
I find, at times, I am much more willing to hear the word of men over the word of God. But the idea that God wants to kill my fun or take away my joy is simply not true.
By taking time to listen to God I find His word brings life just as He said it would.
Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. ~ Exodus 16:20
They had received bread from heaven and were instructed to gather it every day and not keep any for the next day. But some didn’t listen.
I am instructed by God to read His word, the bread of life, every day and meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8). However, what I read today may not be what the Lord desires me to know tomorrow.
What I receive today may not sustain me tomorrow. His mercies are new every morning and so I should seek His mercies anew every morning.
Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses. ~ Exodus 14:31
People say, “Where is this God you speak of.”
I think one reason why we have little power and why we see few miracles in the church today is because we really don’t believe God does great work. We don’t really believe God answers prayer and so we don’t pray.
If we really believed God we would see the great work, which the Lord does, more frequently, and, perhaps, we’d spend more time seeking God in prayer.
He is the same Lord who said, “Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” ~ John 16:24
So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me. ~ Exodus 10:3
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble, says James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5. So how do I accept the word of God? Do I accept and obey it, or do I doubt and reject it? Can I trust God.
Has He said and will He not do, or has He spoken and will He not make it good? ~ Numbers 23:19.
Pride only brings destruction but humility brings gain. Obeying Gods word brings gain as can be seen through Pharaoh who hardened his heart against God and brought his people and nation to ruin. Whereas Israel received freedom and the promise of better things to come.
We can harden our hearts and reap the consequences or receive God at His word, and salvation, with the promise of better things to come through Jesus.
“I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be.” ~ Exodus 8:23
Through the signs God had Moses perform He showed there was a difference between Gods people and the Egyptians.
Is there a difference between me and the world? Am I being changed by the word of God and His Spirit in me?
1 John 2:15-16 says, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
We live in the world but we don’t need to live like the world. Jesus says, love your neighbours, love your enemies, do good to those that despise you.
Feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit those in hospital or in prison. Be merciful, give grace, forgive as you’ve been forgiven.
These are but a few ways we can live differently.