Wow! I have really gotten behind on the blog. Sorry!
We had an awesome Friend Day celebration and have added many new members! We have covered many more chapters in Exodus. We have crossed the Red Sea and travelled to Mount Sinai. Through this study we have seen Jesus foreshadowed as the Passover Lamb, the Deliverer, Redeemer, Manna (bread from heaven), Living Water, the Rock, the Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire, the Angel of the LORD, to name a few. And yes, there is much more to come!!!
Last week, we saw in Exodus 21-24 that God expounded on the commandments that He had given Moses. We have to remember that the Israelites had spent their entire lives as slaves to Egypt. Now that they are a free people – and God’s special people, they needed some civil laws to guide them. God gave them laws on dealing with slaves, personal injury, animal control, restitution and retribution, responsibility for personal property, social justice, and laws about the Sabbath for the people and a Sabbatical year for the land. He also gave them laws about keeping the required Feasts. God again promised the conquest of the land of Canaan. Moses wrote down all the terms of the covenant, Exodus 24:7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” to the people, The covenant was then ratified through a blood sacrifice. This covenant is known as the Mosaic Covenant.
As Christians, we do not have to keep the festivals and sacrifice the offerings of the Mosaic Covenant. We are under the new covenant and the blood of Jesus covers all we need. Here’s some of what the New Testament has to say about it:
Hebrews 9: 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Heb.10:10 “. . . we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
This week, we will begin with Exodus 25 and the instructions God gives Moses for building the tabernacle. We will see the purpose of the tabernacle, the instructions, materials and dimensions. This is a fascinating study as everything about the tabernacle points ahead to Jesus Christ. The tabernacle is a big deal and I’m not talking about size. It is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible and is the primary focus of 37 chapters of the Bible: 13 in Exodus; 18 in Leviticus; 2 in Deuteronomy; 4 in Hebrews. (This does not include the temple which is later built as an amplified permanent structure for the same purpose.) We will try to make it through chapter 29, but we may just get through 28. Much of this I will be summarizing and explaining rather than verse by verse teaching.
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