Exegetical Notes: Exodus 25:1-9; 31:1-6

25 The Lord said to Moses,

A frequently repeated phrase throughout the book of Exodus. It highlights both the authority of Moses to lead as well as his role as God’s authentic messenger to the nation.

“Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.

“a contribution” -God gives instruction to Moses to begin assembling the raw materials needed to construct the tabernacle of the Lord. Remember, in the request for a contribution, Israel would be giving largely from the spoils God recently supplied the nation as they departed Egypt (Exodus 12:36).

APP: God ultimately provides all that is needed to accomplish those tasks to which He has called His people.

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Exegetical Notes: Exodus 14:13-28

13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.

Moses responds to the people of Israel. Verses 1-4 give the reader insight into what Israel did not have. God has placed Israel in a position of vulnerability in the eyes of Pharaoh. Through the hardness of his heart, Pharaoh has chosen to pursue Israel with great force (v. 6). Verse 4 reveals God’s purpose behind this trap for Pharaoh. “I will get glory over Pharaoh” and “the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” Although God has purposed and planned for this event, Israel responds with great fear (v. 10) instead of faith. In fact, as we progress through this chapter we’ll see that the crossing of the Red Sea proves to be a great faith builder for the nation of Israel (v. 30).

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Exegetical Notes: Exodus 12:1-13

1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,

The importance of passover is highlighted in at least two details in the first couple of verses:
1) The specific identification of Moses and Aaron, the first two Levitical priests serve as an example for all others to follow.
2) The detailed instructions of the act of passover prior to the formal giving of the law on Mt. Sinai.

2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.

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A Body At Rest

Isaac Newton was a 17th Century scientist, mathematician, and physicist. He perhaps known best for his Three Laws of Motion. The first of which is commonly summarized by saying, “a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest.” Some people also think of this as the Law of Inertia. We understand this principle, because we see it at work everyday. If you’ve ever been walking and needed to move left or right quickly, it’s more difficult to move left or right than it is to keep moving forward.

Please know that I don’t think about physics often…or ever really. However, I do think about disciplemaking and following Jesus a good bit. Issac Newton’s three laws can teach us a little bit about our spiritual-self and our tendencies.

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Sticks & Stones

When we were children on the playground, someone would make fun of your Mama, or make fun of the fact that your blue jeans were creased, or the fact that your jeans were a little to short. Maybe your shoes were not name brand. But after the insults, you always had the ultimate comeback. You would always say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

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Pedestals Are For Jesus, Not People

From time to time and for different reasons, we tend to place certain people on pedestals of honor. We look up to them. We elevate them to a status above that of our own. Maybe it’s because of their success. Maybe they’ve attained a certain amount of financial prosperity we admire. Sometimes we elevate individuals because of the entertainment value they bring to our lives. Still, others are placed upon pedestals because they’ve attained some prominent position in society. Some people we elevate because they possess characteristics we admire.

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