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October 11, 2017, 11:03 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE, PART 3


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness. --Leviticus 16:20-22 NIV

 

Thought for Today

The second thing God said would need to happen for Him to come back and dwell with us is that sin must be dealt with. Therefore, God prescribes the Day of Atonement. Every year on that day two goats would be chosen to deal with the sins of the people. The first goat shed its blood to cleanse the holy things in God’s tabernacle. The cleansing with blood for sin was an important part of the picture of what was to come. The second goat, called the scapegoat, was brought out in the middle of the people. The high priest would place his hands on the head of this goat and confess all the sins of the people over it. The sins would pour off of the people and onto the goat. Then the scapegoat was led into the wilderness, carrying the sins of the people, and was left in a place where it could not find its way back. This would deal with sin enough for God to come into their midst. It was not the final reckoning, however. It pointed forward to the day when Jesus would fulfill the role of both goats. He would gather the sins of all humanity and carry them, along with a cross of wood, to a desolate place. There He would shed His blood to atone for sin. As Paul tells us in Romans 3:25, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished....” We have the privilege of looking back on the day when sin was finally dealt with so that there would be no hindrance to God’s desire to dwell with us.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great plan, laid out for me in the pages of the Bible. Lord Jesus, thank You for bringing the plan to fulfillment for my sake. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"God uses no magic wand to simply wave bad things into nonexistence. The sins that He remits, He remits by making them His own and suffering them. The pain and heartaches that He relieves, He relieves by suffering them Himself. These things can be shared and absorbed, but they cannot be simply wished or waved away. They must be suffered." --Stephen E. Robinson

 

Quote of the Day

"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." --Nelson Mandela

 

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October 10, 2017, 7:09 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE, PART 2


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. --Exodus 25:8-9 NIV

 

Thought for Today

God’s desire has always been to dwell among His people. When sin came into the world, God was forced move away from us. He returned to heaven to protect us from being consumed by His holiness. Now that He has brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt, God wants to begin restoring things to the way they should be as a sign for the nations. So, God commissions a special tent for worship, called a tabernacle, to be constructed, so that He may dwell in the midst of His people once more. God would remain amidst His people in a tabernacle or a temple until Jesus of Nazareth would tear in two the curtain that continued to separate God from His people. But that is tomorrow’s story. For today, it is wonderful enough to know that God still has the same desire. He does not want to be the God you worship and serve at a distance. He wants to be the God who lives with you every moment of every day. He will be there today for your ups and your downs and will never leave you nor forsake you. We are so blessed to have a God who loves us that much!

 

Prayer

Lord God, I marvel to think that You want to share this day with me. Help me to remember that You are with me and reach for Your strength and support when I need You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time." --Francis Chan

 

Quote of the Day

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." --Galileo Galilei

 

 

 

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October 9, 2017, 8:09 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” --Exodus 19:3-6 NIV

 

Thought for Today

As God gathers His people around Mount Sinai, He speaks to them of His incredible desire. He calls them to be His “treasured possession.” Think of your most treasured possession. I would be willing to wager that the thing you treasure the most speaks of your heritage. It connects you to family. The Children of Israel would be the people who connect God to His first family, Adam and Eve. When He looked at them they would take Him back to the fond days of walking in the perfect garden with them. They would be “a kingdom of priests.” They would lead the nations of worship of Him. They would be the ones to proclaim His glory throughout the world. What an incredible dream that God laid out for them. Do you know that God has extended that dream to include you? He declares, through the Apostle Peter, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9). You are God’s treasured possession! Let that thought, that dream of God from-of-old, fill you with joy today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that I do not live up to what You say about me, but I rejoice to know that You think of me as Your treasured possession. Help me to live into Your love more fully today.  Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God." --Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

Quote of the Day

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." --H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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