The God of detail

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These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. 
Exodus 25:3-9

Over the next few days, we will look at the tabernacle and all its furnishings and I pray that we will take note of the detailed instructions God gave to Moses. Just as we see the Lord be specific in the offerings the people were to bring. 

In verses 8-9, the Lord states that the Israelites are to make Him a sanctuary and He would dwell among them. He then says,Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings EXACTLY like the pattern I will show you.”

As we read through the next couple of days, we will see that the Lord was very specific about the patterns. This portion of Scripture has always been a great blessing to me in regards to life and service unto the Lord.

  1. Don’t worship serve the Living and True, I Am Who I Am in a haphazard way. He is an Excellent God who is worthy of excellent worship and service. God does care about the details. Draw close and get the details from Him. He still speaks to His children. Trust Him to provide the details, the people/materials needed for His details, and the power to perform the details. “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
  2. Just as the Lord saw the details of the Israelites’ lives, He sees every detail of my life. Just like He moved in their regard, He will move in mine. 
    The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
    I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land…” Exodus 3:7-8

Surely, I do not know all the details of my life, His plans and purposes BUT He does and I can trust Him to complete everything He has begun in me (“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose Philippians 2:13).”

 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Jeremiah 29.11

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Hope for today: finishing my course

Hope But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

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Every day, every thing

Colossians 3.17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17

I was looking for an image and God was so good (as He always is) to bring me to this one. It really says much in so few words so I will let it speak for itself. Selah!

Oh, before I go…how you doing with this verse? 🙂

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Teach them God’s statutes and laws

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15 Moses replied to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God’s statutes and laws.17 “What you’re doing is not good,” Moses’ father-in-law said to him. 18 “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone. 19 Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. 20 Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do. 21 But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place them over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. 22 They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you. 23 If you do this, and God so directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied.”  24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. Exodus 18:15..23

So…you are called to be a leader of God’s people. God uses Jethro to give us some key points of leadership. I won’t take much time but I pray that you will take some ‘selah’ time and examine yourself before the Lord.

  1. Teach the “God’s statutes and laws,” not your opinions. Just lovingly and gently put your finger on the Word…and teach, what God has to say is far more important than your opinions. It is His Word that brings life, not ours UNLESS our words are His Word. 🙂
  2. Represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. This is called prayer, pray for those you lead. I believe this is more that one big swoop, bless them, Lord prayer. We are to bring their specific cases before the Lord.
  3. “Teach  them the way to live and what they must do.” Please note that in verse 2o, instructing the people about the statues and laws is followed by the word “and.”
    It is one thing to know a Bible verse and another to know how to practically apply that verse to one’s life. Leaders are called to teach both, with words and action.
  4. Leaders should be people who are “able, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes.”
  5. Verse 23 – don’t leave God out and go it alone. First, discern that God is in fact leading you and then keep Him as your Leader. It is easy to begin with God and then plow ahead and leave Him behind. When we allow God to lead us, we find that He provides everything we need to carry our our assignments to His glory, lead the people for His glory, and endure while witnessing His glory along the journey. Both the leader and people will find their satisfaction in the Lord. There is no sweeter place to be!
  6. Be able to listen and accept counsel and do all God leads you to do as He sends and uses others give you His wisdom. There is not even a glimmer of Moses being offended or declaring his own importance or knowledge. He listened, received, and moved on a due word in due season to establish the system that God was putting in place.

Selah, pause and ponder and pray!

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