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Devotional

February 22, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 40:34-38

The Book of Exodus ends with a summary of what followed. The Israelites packed up and moved whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle. The cloud during the day and pillar of fire at night were ever-present reminders of God’s presence and guidance, and of His grace and mercy.

The cloud and pillar were what the people followed out of Egypt the year before. Although the people had grumbled against God repeatedly, even though they had rebelled against Him by worshiping the golden calf, the book ends with Him leading them in the same way. He was faithful, even when they were faithless at times. And He would continue to be faithful, even after the people refused to enter the land He had given them.

It’s a fitting end to the book. God’s unchanging faithfulness on display for a people who did not deserve it. It’s a fitting picture for God’s relationship with Israel of the Old Testament, and it is a fitting picture for us. It is a picture of the gospel.

How have you seen God’s undeserved faithfulness to you recently?

February 21, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 40:1-33

God’s timing is perfect. It always is. God instructed the Israelites to set up the tabernacle on the first day of the first month of the year—their New Year’s Day. It is hard to imagine a better way to begin a new year than with the establishment of the tabernacle. But there was even more to God’s timing than that.

The Israelites had been rescued from slavery in Egypt through the Passover in the middle of the first month of the year (Ex. 12:1-11). Now, one year later, they were about to celebrate the first anniversary of the Passover with the tabernacle completed. It was a testament to God’s faithfulness. He had delivered His people and He was with them, guiding them toward their home.

February 20, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 39:1-43

As we have seen, God was precise in giving directions for the construction of the tabernacle, which, at least in part, revealed His character. But attention to details did not end with God; He held His people to the same standard as they constructed the tabernacle. This was why Moses inspected the work before the project was declared officially over. He wanted to make sure that they had done exactly as God had commanded. Not a single corner could be cut. God was worth their full obedience, and that is what they needed to offer Him before a single offering could be given in this new structure.

In a similar way, our faithful obedience reflects our love for and value of God. We too are called on to give God our best—of our time, energy, and resources—and to do so with joy. Nothing less will do. This is our act of worship. This is our sacrifice of praise.

In what areas of your life might you be holding something back from God? Why?

February 19, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 37:1–38:31

For many of us, reading the second half of the Book of Exodus is challenging. It is full of details and can be repetitious. So we might be inclined to speed through these chapters or even skip over them. But we have to resist this urge and instead consider why God gave them to us. What is He wanting to communicate in this large section of Exodus? The answer is found in the very thing that makes us stumble: the preciseness of the details.

As we read of a table being made (37:10-16), it is noteworthy that God didn’t just command His people to make a table. He prescribed the size, the materials, and even the intricate details of the table. In doing so, He expressed two things. First, that worship of Him is serious business. We are not to approach a holy God lightly. God takes His worship seriously, and we should too. And second, the same care for details that God expressed here is given to us as well. God cares no less for the small, seemingly trivial details of our lives than He did for the tabernacle. Knowing this doesn’t make sections like this easier to read, but it at least helps us appreciate them.

What “small” details of your life do you need to trust that God knows and cares about?

February 18, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Exodus 36:1-38

When did Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftspeople understand how God had blessed them with their abilities and that He was going to use them in such an incredible act of worship to Him? Was it only when Moses called on them to begin working on the tabernacle or was it before that?

Even though we do not have the answer to this question in Scripture, it is interesting to think about. We have to wonder if Bezalel and Oholiab ever thought they didn’t have much to offer God before the tabernacle. Did they see the ways in which they were gifted as useless? They weren’t great leaders like Moses. They weren’t priests like Aaron. They may not have even been warriors, but they were artisans.

If they ever had such thoughts and feelings, these crashed down around them the day when Moses called on them to work on the tabernacle. In that one moment, they finally realized that what they had deemed the sacred and the secular could actually be one and the same. Everything we do is to be done for God’s glory as an act of worship. Apart from sin, it is all sacred.

In what “ordinary” ways has God gifted you? How have you or can you use these gifts in service to Him?