Archive for August 20th, 2014

Exodus 30

Exodus 30 has God instructing Moses on the building of the altar for the tent of meeting.  It consists of very detailed instructions and design again and demonstrates just how much God cares about the little things.  God also wants to be sure it honors his glory – as it involves specific wood, gold and other expensive components.  God wants the preparation for worship to be very specific and according to His direction.  That is because this is a very special place.  “It is most holy to the Lord”.

God instructs Moses to count the people and assess them a requirement for an offering to the Lord.  “Everyone who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the Lord’s offering”.  This isn’t optional, God id requiring it of all.  And it isn’t something that can be used for personal gain.  God is very specific.  “The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less”.  This is funding to be sure to keep the priests funded so they can care for the tent of meeting and worship God appropriately.

So what do you give God?  Do you consider the needs of God’s ministers that help us keep God where He belongs?  Are you tithing and providing God what is rightfully His?  We need to give generously to God’s work.  We need to support the work of the ministry.  God asks us to give “that it may bring the people of Israel to remembrance before the Lord”.  One purpose of our worship and adoration is to bring us to a place we are focused on God.  We are to remember.  We need to have a place to do that.

But God isn’t just about us worshipping Him.  He also has requirements for those who serve as priests.  For Aaron and the other priests, God required a basin be made where they could wash before they served God.  And it is a serious requirement.  God indicated that “they shall wash with water, so that they may not die.  They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die”.  That’s a pretty serious way to say ‘get cleaned up before you enter the tent of meeting to serve’.  God wants us clean – inside and out – as we worship Him.  It is God’s way to teach them purity in all ways, and to be possessed with a reverence of God’s holiness.

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