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Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Exodus 31-34

 

Exodus 31:3

Right from the start of chapter 31 we see that God is the giver of talent. No one has the right to get puffed-up with pride because of some talent or ability they have. The God that gave it could take it back if He so desired. Likewise no one should feel inferior because they don’t have the talent or ability they would like to have. If God wanted you to have it, you would! I have always wanted to sing. As hard as I try and as much as I would like to, I just can’t sing. I have asked to take voice lessons and have been told to save my money (yes it hurt but I’m glad he was honest). My God, who knows best, has for whatever reason not given me a voice to sing. I don’t fret it!

Exodus 31:17

The importance of the Sabbath is vital for the Jew (children of Israel) as it is a “sign” for them. The God who created all that there is has a special relationship with Israel and Sabbath keeping is proof of that relationship. If I were a Jew, I would keep the Sabbath (as a day of rest) even though I was saved by faith in Christ. That sign was “perpetual” for them. Not being a Jew, I’m not required to keep it and Sunday (the first day of the week) becomes signnificant to me as it identifies me with my risen Savior. It was at this point that Moses had all that the LORD intended him to communicate to Israel so He gives Moses the tablets of stone on which He wrote and sends him “home.”

Exodus 31:7

Our faith is in God, not man. Yet for some reason if we don’t have a spiritually strong man to lead us we lose sight of the one on whom we should focus! It wasn’t Moses that did the miracles in Egypt, it was God and Moses made sure they knew that. Moses was not gone a month and a half before these people lose sight of the one Who is truly leading them and falls back into the foolishness from which they’ve been delivered. WHY? The answer is; for the same reason you do it…fleshly weakness. The Apostle Paul explained it this way; “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. ”  (Romans 7:19-21) That’s not a permission to sin, that’s the problem that allows it but there’s a answer to the problem. “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord…” ( Romans 7:24-25) Jesus is the answer to the problem!! My flesh will fail but my Savior will NEVER! Moses was a compassionate and caring man. When God in His anger (yes, apparently God can be angry…see Psa. 7:11) wants to obliterate these rebellious Jews and start over with Moses, he pleads with God not to do it and appeals to His marvelous grace and mercy. I dare say we would not be so nobel!

Exodus 32:19

Who is angry now? It may be when Moses interceded for Israel that he didn’t realize how bad it was but when he saw the golden calf, he lost it! I can see the rage of Moses in my minds eye. He throws down those precious tables of stone, snatches-up the wicked idol throws it in the fire to melt down (all the while seething at their unfaithfulness) then grinds up the flattened gold to throw it in the water supply and commands the people to drink it. How could he make them drink that? He was the one God used to announce the miraculous judgements on Pharaoh, wouldn’t you have drank if you knew what he was capable of doing? His rage continues as he calls for the faithful to step forward then tests them by sending them out as executioners. Wow, what a day!! Three thousand men die before the anger subsides. Moses then goes back up to God to intercede once again for the people. Note verse 35, the people live with a plague because of their sin. God’s judgment is just but difficult for man to accept. Our society thinks that God lets everything go…”it’s all good,” that’s today’s philosophy. But we see that’s not true. You are buying the lie and you will pay for it!

Exodus 33:15

God had a mind to separate from His rebellious people and send them on their way without Him. Moses once again begs for mercy (don’t think for one minute that Moses was arrogant and demanding…he knew who was BOSS) and refuses to go without God. Keep in mind here that when Moses makes his appeals to God he stresses God’s glory and not his own. Well Moses goes back before God to get a replacement of those precious tablets and recap of the instructions and when he returns to the people this time it is very apparent that he had been with God. ( Exodus 34:35 )

DO PEOPLE KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN WITH GOD?

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