Ahhh… it feels nice to wake up and have some time with God, totally uninterrupted. I loved how God can take two passages and show me how they tie together in some way or another. The Bible is one passage, separated into smaller books but Connected as the True Word of God.
This part of Exodus (the whole book, really) explains all the procuedures of the Tabernacle and how it needs to be built. The Tabernacle is a place where man will be able to meet with God, BUT there are many rules and regulations and if they aren’t followed… well, you may die in the face of a Holy God. They don’t have a mediator yet (Christ), and this really opens ones eyes to the incredible gift that we have in Jesus. We can meet with God whenever we want because Jesus tore the veil. Amen, thank you Lord.
Today there were some drawings of different detailed parts of the Tabernacle, I found it helpful to be able to envision it.
I found it quite astonishing when the Lord asked for offerings of material and talent, they had an over abundance. It was indeed quite amazing.
Acts 10 has a lot of interesting aspects to it. Some of it is a little hard to imagine happening, but it is another beautiful part of the Bible that I love.
Today my verse was
(I feel I need to show the context for you)
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
O: The discussion of clean and unclean as well as common folk and Jews has come up among Cornelius and Peter. Peter responds with something that had been inspired by God…. that He shows no favoritism. All are wanted and called to God. Nobody is more accepted or more “saved” or worthy of salvation. All are equal in God’s eyes.
A: Are we judging who is worthy of salvation? Are we excluding sharing the gospel with certain people due to assumptions? May we not shy away from certain people. Jesus IS what the world needs. God wants all and does not discriminate with ethnicity or race, sex or worldly religion… He loves and wants us equally to come to the throne of Grace.
Give us your heart and help us avoid exclusion or assumptions against others. Open our eyes to see others as you do: loved and worthy of Salvation. Forgive us when we assume somebody isn’t open to the gospel or someone who perhaps is too worldly to be saved. We know this isn’t true, but we certainly are guilty at one point or anothernof thinking it. Show us others through YOUR eyes. Equal, loved and worthy.
In Jesus’ Name,