Reading #1 – Exodus 40
Reading #2 – Psalms 33
Reading #3 – Proverbs 15
Reading #4 – Micah 4
Reading #5 – 1 Timothy 3
Exodus 40 – Sanctifying or setting apart the sanctuary – So all of the pieces of the puzzle were ready to be put together. The first thing that was done was the sanctuary. The second thing was setting up the altar and then the Priests were ordained to minister. The sanctuary was the physical representation of God’s abiding presence in the form of his laws (10 commandments), the mercy seat or ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant had not yet been placed in the building because the sanctuary had not yet been anointed or set aside for God’s purpose. Moses followed God’s direction in the order given to him so as to not offend God. After the Priests had been ordained for the ministry only then did they carry out their assigned jobs. Before the items used to build the temple were made from ordinary things put to use for extra-ordinary God. In the same way, when God builds our lives, he starts with ordinary materials and sets them aside for his purposes.Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. 38 The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys (34-36 NLT).
Psalms 33 – Let the Godly sing for joy to the Lord. “God inhabits the praises of his people” (Psalm 22:3). There is a concept we must understand and that is, that no matter what goes on in our life, God is able to do above and beyond what we could ever expect or imagine if we would only trust him and not try to do his work for him rather, do it in concert with him (Ephesians 3:20).. Many seek to do the work of God without seeking God’s face to get his direction and end up falling flat their faces.The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do. The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you (13-17 NLT).
Proverbs 15 – God’s Morale Compass. It is said, “The needle of a compass is itself a magnet, and thus the north pole of the magnet always points north, except when it is near a strong magnet. … When you take the compass away from the bar magnet, it again points north. So, we can conclude that the north end of a compass is attracted to the south end of a magnet (NDT resource center). The direction we take in life will greatly depend on which person we listen; if the person we listen to is corrupt, we will become corrupt; if we listen to the Godly, we will become Godly (Mike Krier). So, if the we are attracted to negative behaviors, it becomes our polar-north and we will emanate those kind of behaviors. This chapter of Proverbs talks about two different type of people each pointing to their “Polar-north”.There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble (6 NLT).
Micah 4 – The Lord’s Future Reign – It is a funny thing about God’s redemption and restoration, it always comes in times of great struggles, like COVID 19.But why are you now screaming in terror? Have you no king to lead you? Have your wise people all died? Pain has gripped you like a woman in childbirth. Writhe and groan like a woman in labor, you people of Jerusalem, for now you must leave this city to live in the open country. You will soon be sent in exile to distant Babylon. But the Lord will rescue you there; he will redeem you from the grip of your enemies (9-13 NLT). When the Israelites were released from the first Exile in Egypt, it was a time of great struggle for the nation Egypt because of the plague of the first born. When they were released from the 2nd exile to Babylon, it was at the end of the conquest of Babylon in 539.
1 Timothy 3 – Requirements for leaders in the church. Paul outlines some strict requirements for anybody who wants to be a leader. One may think these items are too strict yet, as will be found out in a year or so later, one Nicholas Pro-cantor who was a recent convert to Judaism and later Christianity would teach a people all about “compromise” and it would cause an entire church to be disqualified (Revelations 2:6, 14-15).