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2/16/2018 Leviticus Chapters 11-13

As we read from Chapter 11 until roughly Chapter 15 we will see commandments on how the Nation was to remain “clean” by avoiding the eating or touching of certain animals & performing acts of purification.  Now, I had thought that these commandments were established as “sanitary/dietary” hygiene restrictions to keep the people healthy. But

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2/15/2018 Leviticus Chapters 8-10

Several thoughts entered my mind as I read through these chapters.  First, in Chapter 8 we realize the fulfillment of the instructions given Moses in Exodus 28:3-5 on the details of the clothing that would be used to ordain Aaron.  Moses remained obedient to the Lord’s instructions. Secondly, In Chapter 9:23  “Moses and Aaron then

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2/14/2018 Leviticus Chapters 5-7

An element I see in these verses is that the Lord cares for His people, regardless of income.  Take a look at Chapter 5:6-11.  The initial “sin offering” is stated as being a lamb or goat.  However if they cannot afford a lamb the offering can be two doves or pigeons.  If they cannot afford

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2/13/2018 — Leviticus Chapters 1-4

As we prepare to enter the inspired Word of God as written by Moses and recorded in the book of Leviticus, a couple of quick notes: “The book of Leviticus was the first book studied by a Jewish child; yet is often among the last books of the Bible to be studied by a Christian.”

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2/12/2018 — Exodus Chapters 39-40

What pops-out to me in these verses is the reality that for two Chapters the Israelites did something we have not seen them do very often: Chapter 39:32  So all the work on the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses. Chapter 39:42-43   The Israelites

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2/11/2018 — Exodus Chapters 36-38

The description of the building of the tabernacle and all of the implements for worshiping the Lord is quite detailed, as are the talents and skills of the people leading the project.  Reading back in other chapters we see that the contributions of the people were “free will” offerings i.e., everyone who is willing and

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2/10/2018 — Exodus Chapters 33-35

Like so many of our readings these chapters contain an abundance of significant material — God’s relationship with Moses; God’s glory; Moses’s wisdom; the return of the Ten Commandments.  But as I read Chapter 33 the verse that captured me this time is Exodus 33:14:  The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and

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2/9/2018 – Exodus Chapters 30-32

Oh, what differences we see in these chapters — from continued instructions on how the nation of Israel was to worship the Lord (Chapter 30), to the conferring of special gifts to perform this work on Bezalel and Oholiab (Chapter 31) to the utter contempt shown the Lord by the Nation (Chapter 32.) And less

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2/8/2018 Exodus Chapters 28-29

From an earthly perspective I see a great difference between the topics described in these chapters.  In Chapter 28 we see the making of things of beauty — the priestly garments:  the ephod, the breastpiece, the robe of the ephod, the turban, the tunic, and the linen undergarments. Then we move into Chapter 29.  We

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2/7/2018 Exodus Chapters 25-27

What strikes me as I read these passages describing the tabernacle that will house the Ark of the Covenant is the level of detail that the Lord provided.   While we can read the words of these details artists can help us envision the final results of these instructions. The following are artist renditions that show

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2/6/2018 Exodus Chapters 22-24

In Chapter 22 we begin to see the Lord’s detailed instructions for His people.  We will see these instruction embedded in the rest of the chapters of Exodus & continue into Leviticus. But in addition to the instructions we see the Lord continue to unfold His Story for His people.  In Chapter 23:20-26 we see

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2/5/2018 — Exodus Chapters 19-21

In this passage a detail is recorded that I have not really focused on — Exodus 19:24: 24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them. So, not

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2/4/2018 – Exodus Chapters 16-18

The passages contain an episode that I have often used in teaching leadership skills in the business world.  Exodus 18:17-23 states: 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it

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02/03/2018 — Exodus 13-15

Following the crossing of the Red Sea and the salvation of the Israelites from the Egyptians we read the “song of Moses” in Chapter 15.  Verses 2 and 11 are two of my favorite verses as they speak to the power of the Lord that He can use to protect us: 2 “The Lord is my

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02/02/18 – Exodus Chapters 10-12

What a magnificent set of chapters on God’s continued Story but most of all His grace.  In these chapters two thoughts emerge. (1)  In Chapter 12 we see God’s grace for the Israelites unfold at Passover.  (2) But we also see that the Nation had to take actions to receive this grace.  In no way

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02/01/18 Exodus Chapters 7-9

Not unusually for me as I read these chapters a question arose.  In Chapter 7:11 and other passages we see the Egyptian “wise men and sorcerers” apparently mimic several of the miracles performed by Moses — the rods into snakes; the Nile into blood; and the frogs invading the land.  How was this done? Commentators

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01/31/2018 — Exodus Chapters 4-6

So many events to discuss in these chapters that we could spend weeks!  But I wanted to focus on an event that perplexed me on first reading.  Exodus 4:24-26 states: 24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off

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1/30/2018 Exodus Chapters 1-3

Obviously as we begin our reading of Exodus (definition: a going or marching out) we need to remember that the second book of the Torah is the continuation of the first book, Genesis. And we need to consider the time frame.  The events of Exodus occurred 430 years after the end of Genesis.  If we

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1/29/2018 — Genesis Chapters 48 – 50

As we come to the end of Genesis what struck me in these last chapters is that the chapters present a combination — a combination of the history of an earthly family & God’s eternal plan.  The history of the earthly family of Jacob and Joseph is complete with all of the emotions we face

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1/28/2018 – Genesis Chapters 46-47

I always marvel at the reality that the Lord is not limited as we are by the concept of “time.”   We see this in Genesis 46:3-4 in the promise the Lord makes to Jacob. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I

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