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Exodus 40

Good afternoon y’all.  Happy sunday 🙂

So we are in the last chapter of Exodus today…whoop whoop!!!.  All glory to God. For those who have followed the blogs through the whole of Exodus, I’m sure, just like me you have been amazed at the depth and richness of this old testatment book. I pray God will continue to give us understanding of His word and that His word will come alive in us. Amen.

We start the book of Matthew tomorrow. (Excited much 🙂 )

Today we are looking at Exodus 40

Be blessed:)

The tabernacle items have now been completed and God tells Moses how to set them up. We are told in verse 16 that Moses did all that the Lord asked him to do. Can the same be said of us, that we did all that God has asked us to do?

“Moses proceeded to do everything just as the lord had commanded him”. (Exodus 40:16 NLT)

In the last 5 -6 chapters of Exodus,  obedience has been the message that has been constantly impressed on my heart.

Are we fully obeying God? Are we placing ourselves in a position to hear and listen for His instructions? Are we bothered about pleasing him or is our main goal to please and live for ourselves?

Jesus was about his father’s business. That was His goal – to do His father’s will. He was obedient even to the point of death.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”. (John 4:34 NIV)

“And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” (Philippians 2:8 AMP)

The statement “just as the Lord has commanded him” was used 7 times in this chapter (reading from the NLT version). This shows that obedience is very important. If we truly want to enjoy and live the abundant life that Jesus has come to gives us, then we need to make obeying God our business.

Obeying could be difficult sometimes, especially when the instruction is one that is not pleasant to our flesh. But Jesus never asked us to do this by ourselves. He knew that of our own might we cannot obey him. That’s why He gave us the Holyspirit to help us. Holyspirit is there to empower us and supply the grace to be obedient.

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever”. (John 14:16 AMP)

Obedience even in the small things such as not going out ,when we feel the nudge in our spirit to stay home. Obedience not to watch that tv programme, when we know the contents and language are totally against what we believe. Obedience to not listen to that music cos the words don’t glorify God. We have to start obeying in the little things and we would realise that obeying in the big things becomes much easier.

So Moses was done building and arranging the tabernacle and the next thing that happened was amazing. Verse 34 tells us that the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

“Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the lord filled the Tabernacle”. (Exodus 40:34 NLT)

God came down!!!! Whoop whoop. I don’t know about you but I kinda need me some God coming down into my life right now. But it occurred to me that it was obedience that resulted in God coming down. Had Moses not done as the Lord commanded him, I sincerely doubt there would be a verse 34.

“Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the lord filled the Tabernacle”. (Exodus 40:35 NLT)

Gods presence was so strong that Moses could not even go into the tabernacle. That’s awesome!!!. Doesn’t get any better than this. God in all of His fullness and glory came down to dwell amongst His people. Hallelujah!!!!. Good news is because of Jesus obedience to the cross, we too can now boldly say that God indwells us through His Holy Spirit. He doesnt come and go anymore, we are now His permanent dwelling place. Hallelujah!!!! What a privilege and honor for God to choose to indwell us.

“Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?”. (1 Corinthians 3:16 AMP)

Oh! how I love Verses 37 and 38. I would love for that verse in my life. Just to see a physical sign from God every step of the way telling me when to go and when to stay.

“Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted”. (Exodus 40:36-37 NLT)

These people made God their GPS navigation system. This is obedience taken to another level…lol. In those verses, they demonstrated total dependance and reliance on God. If God didn’t move they also didn’t move.

How much easier and sweeter would our lives be if only we would allow God be the one directing and leading us. If we would surrender and give the control over to him.

He knows it all. He created everything. He knows what’s best for us. So why not let Him take the wheel.

Proverbs tells us not to lean on our understanding.

“With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment.  Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow”. (Proverbs 3:5-6 CEVUS06)

Psalmist tell us that those who put their trust in God will not be put to shame.

“No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O  lord ; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you”. (Psalms 25:3-5 NLT)

Today why don’t you hand over the control to God. Ask him for grace to Trust and Obey him fully. 

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We thank you for your love for us. We ask you forgive us for all the times we have been disobedient. Today we ask for Holy spirit to help us obey and trust you. Lord, we give over control of our lives to you. Pls direct and lead us. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

Thank you for joining today.

Have a wonderful sunday basking in God’s goodness 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

Exodus 37 -39: If you love me….

Good evening y’all. Happy Mid Week 🙂

We are almost at the end of the book of Exodus 🙂

We will be starting the book of Matthew on Monday… yaaay 🙂 . I’m looking forward to what God will be teaching us in this book.

Today I’m doing a summary of Exodus 37, 38 and 39.

Be blessed 🙂

In these chapters, Moses recounts to us that they built the tabernacle following, precisely, the instructions given by God. They just didn’t build the Tabernacle as they wished. It was crucial that they obeyed and created just what God instructed. God specifically told him in chapter 25 that He had to build the tabernacle according to the pattern he had been shown.

“You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you”.(Exodus 25:9 NLT)

In chapter 39 we see that they did everything according to how God told them. This was reiterated twice in chapter 39. Once in verse 32 and again in verse 42. Moses wanted us to know the importance of obeying God’s instruction(s) and following His direction.

“Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did”. (Exodus 39:32 NKJV)

“According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work. Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them”. (Exodus 39:42-43 NKJV)

Same with us. It is very important that we obey God fully not just partially.God desires full obedience. I’m reminded of King Saul. God instructed him to completely destroy the Amalekites but instead he partially obeyed God and in the end the throne was taken from him and given to David.

“One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the Lord who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” (1 Samuel 15:1-3)

“Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.(1 Samuel 15:7-9)

“But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1 Samuel 15:20-23)

Obedience is a sign of our Love for God. we can’t say we love Him and then don’t obey His commands. Jesus in John 14:15 said: “If you love me, obey my commandments”

Isaiah 1:19 says “If you are willing and obedient,You shall eat the good of the land”.

Our obedience to God is more for our benefit than for God’s. Whether we obey or not doesn’t change who God is or His standards.

I pray that disobedience will not cost us our destiny; that God will give us the grace to be willing to obey him fully at all times in Jesus Name. Amen

Thanks for joining today.

Have a blessed evening 🙂

***With God all things are possible***