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
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.
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***