Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 25:8 (KJV)
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

It seems to me that the key phrase is “that I may dwell among them.” God indeed is everywhere. 

  • He is in the mountains 
  • He is in the fields
  • He is where the oceans and the lakes are

God is there: when we work, when we rest at home, when we conduct our necessary business. 

But God asks us to prepare a place especially for Him. It’s not that He needs it. It is that we need it. We need a sanctuary, a place designed that God dwells among us. 

He is everywhere. He wants us to come to the one place that is dedicated only to Him. 

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Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 24:16 Even If

Exodus 24:16 (KJV)
And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

Based on this passage, and many others like it, I have to wonder if most of today’s Christians, including preachers, ever really hear from heaven. After God had already prepared Israel to hear from Him, God’s glory rested on the mountain for six days. Six days Moses waited before God called him. And then Moses was on the mountain with God forty days and forty nights. 

  • That long, Moses communed with God to get the message. 
  • That long, and the people transgressed. 

How many preachers never get God’s message because they believe it’s up to them to keep the people from sinning?

Sin is never the right action. But neither is haste. People fed shallow doctrine but forced to conform to church behavior are no better off than people who have heard no truth. It is much better to get the message directly from God and deliver it to those prepared to listen to it, even if it is a fewer number. 

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Exodus 24:16 Even If

Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In a Daily Visit with God out of Exodus 19:5, dated December 6, 2011, I wrote, 

“God has a peculiar treasure among His treasures; in the Old Testament God laid upon Israel a condition; “If ye will obey“. The New Testament does away with the condition and declares as a fact that the believer is a peculiar treasure to the Lord. 

· We are that treasure because we are in Christ
· We are that treasure because of our love for the One God loves

But we ARE that treasure.”

We are God’s treasure, a peculiar people not because of our obedience but because of our faith. We are what Israel never became, “a kingdom of priests.” Every born again, blood-bought child of the Lord is a New Testament priest. 

  • We stand between men and the Lord. 
  • We Intercede to God on behalf of men. 
  • We testify the Word of God to men. 
  • We serve as salt and as light in this dark and corrupt world. 

We are a kingdom of priests. There are no non-priestly Christians. There are only less active, less visible, less effective ones. 

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Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation

Exodus 15:13 (KJV)
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

The promises represented by God’s dealing with Israel are encouraging and heartwarming. 

  • He is merciful 
  • He has redeemed 
  • He is strong
  • He gives guidance 

It is vital that we see where He guides. Those He has mercifully redeemed are directed, not into a better, more successful version of their own plan, but to God’s holy habitation. His plan, His will, is not merely to free us from those obstacles to the destination of our choosing, but to clear a path, through the Red Sea when necessary, to the destination He ordained before the world began.

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Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation

 

Exodus 14:15 Forward. Only Forward

Exodus 14:15 (KJV)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

The Lord knew exactly where He was taking Israel. 

He did not lead them the shortest route, through Philistia. There would surely have been war there. And there would have been the possibility of retreat.

By the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, God led them to the Red Sea’s edge, over against Baalzephon. It was a location that afforded no retreat and no alternative when Pharaoh chased after them. There was only one way to go; forward, into the Sea. 

It wasn’t that GOD set them up for destruction. God set them up for a miracle, one of the most significant in the history of Israel. 

“Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” I tell you that is the only course God gives His children. It is also the only message God gives His preachers. 

  • Forward through the difficult 
  • Forward through the hardships 
  • Forward through the impossible 
  • Forward to victory 

Forward. Only forward. 

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Exodus 14:15 Forward. Only Forward

Exodus 12:30 Hard Hearted Leadership

Exodus 12:30 (KJV)
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Someone may accuse me of splitting hairs, but I don’t think God hardened Pharaoh’s heart against God, but against the Jews. Consider Nebuchadnezzar. God used him to judge Israel but also gave him the opportunity to come to know the Lord. Though it appears Pharaoh never came to God, I think he had the opportunity had he chosen it. God determined to use Pharaoh to grow Israel. That does not mean Pharaoh could not have repented concerning God. 

How heartbreaking it is that Pharaoh’s choices eventually led to this great cry in his land. One hardship after the next grew increasingly difficult, not on Israel, but upon the Egyptians. Finally, the judgment hit home, and the firstborn of every family died. Leadership on a government level led to weeping on the family level. God used it to deliver Israel, but the price in Egypt was huge.

I am afraid we’ll see the same in our nation. Leaders today have hardened hearts toward their own people. They make one decision after the other, sacrificing jobs, increasing cost of living, approving the killing of babies. How long before the cry of the people rises up before these leaders? How long before the unbelieving world has had its fill of government leaders who have no regard for them?

God’s people will surely be delivered. But the cost to the unbeliever will be immense. 

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Exodus 12:30 Hard Hearted Leadership

Exodus 5:22 The Test of Faith

Exodus 5:22 (KJV)
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?

It’s a bit surprising to see Moses’s reaction since God had told him Pharaoh would not listen. This is simply human nature. We tend to ignore those things we would rather not hear. We tend to focus on those things we would rather not go through. Moses disregarded God’s word about Pharaoh but blamed God when things got hard. 

That old adage “it may get worse before it gets better” is very often true. It was quite true in Israel’s case. They believed when they heard the Lord had visited them[1] , but they complained when they found out the consequences.[2]

This is often the test of faith.

  • We have hope for a cure
  • We discover the cure is very trying 
  • We complain about the cure and forget the disease

Trust God through the troublesome times. He has a grand cure when it’s over. 


[1] Exodus 4:31

[2] Exodus 5:20-21

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Exodus 5:22 The Test of Faith

Exodus 2:12 God Always Sees

Exodus 2:12 (KJV)
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Self-defense instructors teach their students to be aware of their surroundings. The Egyptian Moses killed, for instance, was so engrossed in the object of his beating that he did not see Moses. He perhaps could have prevented his death had he seen to protect himself. 

These same instructors teach their students to spot signals of evil intent on the part of others. One of those signals is looking “this way and that way.” A guy planning an evil action takes a look at his surroundings to see if anyone might try to stop him or anyone who might be able to identify him for doing the evil thing. 

Unlike his victim, Moses did look this way and that way. But there were witnesses he did not take into account. 

  • He did not take into account that the Hebrew he rescued would surely tell others
  • He did not take into account that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good”[1]

I reckon that the Hebrew told others his experience, and that word got around very quickly. I also believe God, whose eyes had already been on the children of Israel, saw and, though Moses could not have known it, planned to use this event for His purpose. 

I’ve never met a soul who doesn’t sometimes find himself in a pressure situation. It is tempting in those times to look about and come up with a plan all our own. We may believe no one sees to help us. We might assume no one sees to report us. 

It’s not so. 

God always sees. 


[1] Proverbs 15:3 (KJV)
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

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Exodus 2:12 God Always Sees

Exodus 1:9 A Formula To Follow

Exodus 1:9 (KJV)
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

While Israel was in Egypt, a picture of the world, the Bible says that: 

  • They were fruitful
  • They were multiplied
  • They were mighty

They were also afflicted and, though certainly able, did not retaliate. Instead, they continued to grow and began to cry out to God. 

The Egyptians were grieved because of them. 

It seems to me that this is the formula for believers to follow right now. 

  • We ought to be fruitful in the sense that we win souls
  • We ought to grow mighty in the sense that we learn to observe all things Jesús commanded

This formula will certainly grieve the world around us and, though we might believe we have the upper hand, rather than taking action, we ought to pray and cry out to God.

Until He sends to us a Deliverer, Jesus.

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Exodus 1:9 A Formula To Follow

Exodus 32:31-32 Truly Praying

Exodus 32:31-32 (KJV)
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Moses’ ministry toward Israel is a unique one. He served as: 

  • Deliverer from Egypt, 
  • Prophet of God, 
  • Leader of the nation and, in this instance the 
  • Shepherd of God’s flock 

Fully aware of the sin of this people
Moses pled for them.

Acknowledging the magnitude of their sin 
Moses asked God to forgive them.

Having been blamed for their troubles in the past 
still, Moses asked God to blot out his name rather than their own.

This is truly praying on the behalf of others.

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