Scripture: Exodus 33-35. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Lord told Moses to lead the people and go to the Promised Land. God and Moses talked face to face in the Tent of Meeting. Moses wanted assurance of God’s presence with him as he led the Israelites on their journey to the land God had promised them. The Lord told Moses to chisel out two stone tablets, like the first ones, and He would write the words that were on the first tablets – since Moses broke the first ones out of anger from the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. Moses’ face was radiant after he had spent time with God, and the people could see God’s presence in him. Moses asked people with different abilities and talents to help with the completion of the Tabernacle. Those who wanted to obey God and give to His house cheerfully gave and helped where they could.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Moses relied on God’s wisdom and direction, and friendship with God was a true privilege for Moses. God wants us to openly communicate with Him, as well. We cannot even begin to comprehend God. Moses wanted God’s assurance, and God gave that to him. From these examples of assurances to Moses, we can see that God is truly compassionate, loving, gracious, forgiving and faithful to each and every one of us. God did say that sin would affect children and grandchildren. We need to make sure that we repent and turn from sin, setting good examples for our loved ones. When Moses would spend time with God, his face would become radiant, and the Israelites would notice. Spending alone time with God should have such an effect in our lives that people will know that we have been with God. How much time do you spend alone with God? Moses asked people with a variety of abilities to help build the Tabernacle. We, too, can work on our skills and abilities that could help our churches and communities.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, please help us to communicate openly with You, about anything and everything, all of our worries and fears. Please let us know that You are near. Please forgive us for the many sins that we have committed, and help us to turn away from the sins of the world, setting good examples for our loved ones and those around us. Please help us to set aside all distractions, taking the time each day to spend alone time with You. Help us to lend our helping hands to others, our churches and our communities. We love You and thank You – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.