Welcome to week #5!
Yay – we made it through almost a whole month and getting ready for the 2nd month. I trust you are blessed by the weekly readings and reflections as much as I have and I hope you are able to grow closer in your walk with God.
This week, we will jump into some of the more “skipped through” sections of the Bible but I promise you that if you stick with it, you are in for a special treat because we get a glimpse of the awesome holiness of the Lord and His desire to see His children follow Him wholeheartedly so that they can enter His Holy presence.
But first, we have to also read about the poor Israelites who are a bit out of sorts in this new place called “freedom from slavery” and don’t quite know how to be their own masters.
No longer had they crossed over the Red sea literally from death into new life, they are bogged down by lack of food and water and begin grumbling….even wishing that they had never left Egypt.
Geez….didn’t they realize that the God who did mighty signs and wonders is also able to provide for their every need….oh boy! Moses and God definitely had their work cut out.
But before we judge them too harshly, let us ask if we are like them. I certainly have. I tend to often look at each problem or challenge I face as if it was the end of the world. For example, why do I often look at the low bank balance wondering if God is going to once again meet my financial needs even though I have seen Him do it countless times before (including taking care of my entire tuition for 2 full years I was seminary…..yes, that was tens of 1000s of dollars). Maybe, its just me…
Yet the awesome big story line I see from the passages I have marked out for this week is that God first and foremost longs for us to enter His presence…..His holy and awesome presence. This is the goal of every single detail we will read in the rest of the book of Exodus….all the pesky little laws….all those instructions on how to build this and that including what kind of garments….etc.
What God is basically showing us here in the design for the Tabernacle is a little miniature of heaven and His throne room in heaven. Why? So, we can get into His presence. That is how much he longs and longs for us to be there with Him.
But before you dive into reading, take a few minutes to get the full picture of this text via this illustrated video done by The Bible Project.
And here is rest of the info for you to embark on this journey on your own….
God is Holy and makes provisions for His sinful unholy children to enter His Holy presence by laying out the required law and other principles establishing a covenant between Himself and His people.
Weekly Reading Plan
And if you want to read more during the week, here is the weekly plan…feel free to read only as much as you have time for. This week since we are starting to get into some not so familiar bible passages, I have decided to also call out the highlights of the text from each day.
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- First read the full text from Exodus 15:22 all the way through the end of chapter 40. Do not get bogged down by the details….just keep reading and highlight the parts that jump out at you.
- Read 1 Peter 1:13-16 against the theme of this week’s text and reflect on God’s desire for holiness in you. How can you “be holy”?
- Read 1 Peter 2:9-10 and compare it with Exodus 19:5-6 and Exodus 29. Reflect on what it means for you to be a holy nation and a royal priesthood. How are we able to attain priesthood today without having to go through all the steps that the Old Testament priests had to?
- Finally, if you are into reading through the whole Bible in a year, then in addition to reading the above texts, if you also read Psalms 13-15, then you should be covered.
And that is it for week 5!
I know this could start getting a little challenging as we move from some of the more familiar passages to the not too familiar or fun passages. But stick with it and and you will not regret it.
Happy Bible Learning!