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 I will give you rest.”

Two aspects of this verse are incredible to me.  First, the commentator Harry Orlinsky noted that one aspect of this statement is, “My Divine Presence (the [shekinah Glory] will go, namely, I will not send again any angel; I Myself will go.

The second aspect — “I will give thee rest ...” Coffman states “The true “rest” promised here was not the sabbath day, nor even their entry into Canaan, but “that God’s face would lead men to that rest in which unhindered communion and wholeness will become a reality.”

Finally, does this promise sound familiar?  How about the promise of Jesus for believers in Matthew 11:28:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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  • Artie Shaffer

    “Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah”
    “And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”
    ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭35:30, 34-35‬ ‭

    Over and over we see how God provides all that is needed to accomplish His will! When He wanted the community to build a Tabernacle, God provided men with the skill to accomplish the task. God even made arrangements for the articles needed to build the Tabernacle! How do you think this nation of slaves had all those precious articles to donate for the construction of the Tabernacle? God made it possible for the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians when they left Egypt. One of the things I have learned in this journey is that with God resources are never the issue but our faith and commitment!

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