Week #10; Wed, 3/07/18: Ex. 13-19

Week #10; Wed, 3/07/18: Exodus 13:1-19:25

13. The consecration of all the firstborn marks the end of slavery and the exit from Egypt and was declared by the Lord as a day of celebration to keep each year in the same month (Abib/Nissan/April). Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days to commemorate the Lord bringing the Hebrew people out of Egypt. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him to bury them. It is noteworthy that the Lord led them with pillars (2) of cloud by day and fire by night to enable them to travel both day and night.

14. These two clouds protected the Hebrew people from Pharaoh, especially at the crossing of the Red Sea. Moses told the people of Israel “the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” to prove to the Egyptians that the Lord is God and get glory over Pharaoh and al his host, his chariots, and his horsemen.
CRITICAL TACTICAL/MIRACULUS MANEUVERS:
1) “The angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel.”
2) Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind until the waters divided.
3) The people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground between the walls of water.
4) The Egyptians until then were held back by the two clouds but later followed after them.
5) Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the water covered the Egyptians and they all drowned.
The Lord saved Israel and the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

15. The Lord provided fresh water from bitter water through a miracle by Moses throwing a log into the water. The people were supplied with with good water to drink in the wilderness.

16. The people were also provided with bread (manna) from heaven in the morning and quail at night to eat. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

17. At Rephidim, again no water was available to drink. The Lord instructed Moses to strike the rock at Horeb (APPARENTLY AT MT. HOREB WHICH IN IN ARABIA). Water gushed out of the rock for the people to drink at Rephidim; the site of a battle with Amalek who was defeated. During the battle Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands until Joshua defeated Amalek by the sword. NOTEWORTHY is that this battle took place AFTER the crossing of the Red Sea.

18. Next, Jethro (Moses father-in-law) came to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God (Horeb). POINT: The people of Israel were beyond the Red Sea crossing beside the Mountain of God in Arabia as Paul alludes to in Galatians 4:25. God instructs Moses to bring the people up near the foot of the mountain and He came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. He called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. The Lord also sent Moses back to get Aaron.

QUESTION: IS MT. SINAI IN ARABIA OR EGYPT? Chapter 20 may shed more light on this question next week.

Week #11; Wed. 3/14/18: Ex. 20-26

Week #11; Wed. 3/14/18: Ex. 20:1-26:37

NOTE:

The account of the Red Sea crossing at: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/bb971126.htm appears support God giving of the Ten Commandments in Arabia at Mt. Jabel El Laws, the mountain of God beyond the Gulf of Acaba in Midian. Archeological presentations appear to also give some support to such a location. My own reading renders a time-line in Scripture that lends credibility to Arabia, as does Paul in Galatians 4:22-26. As we read further, I’ll be looking for other geographical and timeline indicators as to the path the Hebrews took through the wilderness. Please share any you find in your reading.

Chapters:
20. The Ten Commandments are given by God. Note the the fifth commandment on honoring father and mother is the only commandment with a promise (vs. 12).

21. The rules of slavery give strict guidance to the owners. Note how family members are sold into slavery. Rules of conflict have strict penalties too (i.e., eye for an eye, etc.) and other restitution.

22. Other social injustices are heard by the the Lord adjudicates His wrath on evildoers. Note how the firstborn are to be given to God; the Sabbath and feasts are to be observed in season. God sent His angel to guard the people and bring them to the place that He appointed, Canaan.

23. Hornets will drive out the enemies of the people. He set the boundaries for His people (v. 31). He cautioned against serving the Gods of their enemies.

24. Moses came up to the Lord with Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and 70 of the elders of Israel to worship the Lord from afar. Moses alone was allowed to come near to the Lord. God gave him the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandments He wrote for instruction. The people promised they would do what the Lord commanded and be obedient. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

25. The Lord gave Moses the exact instructions for the Sanctuary using the gold, silver and bronze, plus many other things they received from the Egyptians. The Lord instructed Moses to build an ark to hold the testimony to be put into it. It will have a mercy seat and two cherubim of gold. This is where God spoke about meeting with Moses from the mercy seat to give him commandments for the people. Instructions were also given for the table for bread and the golden lampstand of pure gold.

26. The details for the tabernacle were also extensive requiring skillful workers and fine materials including a covering of tanned ram’s skins and goatskins on top. The Most Holy Place is to the location for the mercy seat and the ark of the testimony. Each part of the tabernacle had a directional significance. Note that no provisions were made for a tabernacle prior to the crossing of the Red Sea.

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Week #12; Wed, 3/21/18: Ex. 27-32

Week #12; Wed, 3/21/18: Ex. 27:1-32:35

NOTE:

A. D. Archaeology Discovered with Kevin Fisher on the Crossing of the Red Sea is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y-uiccIiSY&index=2&t=0s&list=PL6NNBo_y_fjMk_bo9u17_2D5BNehXl6m6
This documentary demonstrates authenticity of Scripture found here in Exodus as well as anything I have ever seen. The robotic submarine tells its own story. Looks like amendments to maps in our Bibles could be needed.

CHAPTERS:

Exodus 27—I’m impressed by the exact terms used to describe the Bronze Altar, the court of the Tabernacle, even to the directional specifications and the use of the Oil for the Lamp.

Exodus 28—Likewise the garments for the priests have plentiful detail. The breastpiece with the twelve stones is significant far beyond Exodus in Scripture, even to the end. Much emphasis is on the setting of the Holy Place for worship.

Exodus 29—The priest’s consecration involved significant detail as well. Ordination of Aaron and his sons is spelled out clearly to include sacrificial offerings that produced a pleasing aroma to the Lord when burned. Verse 45 and 46 makes it clear why such preparations for the Temple were made. Note the use of “I Am.”

Exodus 30—God speaks of meeting with the people of Israel at the golden altar of incense. It is most holy to the Lord. The census tax of half a shekel for everyone from twenty years old not only supports the service of the tent of meeting and prevent plagues, but the census also documents the number of the people. The anointing oil and incense ingredients have specific amounts to blend together and may not be used for any other purpose. These details indicate that when the Lord speaks to His people, He demands accuracy in carrying out His instructions. We may want to take note how we line up our tent pegs too.

Exodus 31—Beauty of the works is attributed to those like Oholiab and Bezalel who were filled with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship to devise artistic designs for the gold, silver, bronze, stones, cloth, and wood. In reference to the Sabbath, NO WORK makes it clear that keeping the Sabbath is above all even to death of the person who does not obey. It is a sign forever between God and the people of Israel (and us). The first of the two tablets written by the finger of God were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

Exodus 32—It is amazing how fast the people of Israel gave up on Moses when he went up on Mt. Sinai and stayed for 40 days. They made for themselves a golden calf idol to worship and make sacrifice. The Lord wanted to consume them with fire, but Moses implored the Lord in a convincing manner not to do so using the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Returning to the camp and seeing the calf and the dancing, Moses destroyed the tablets and commanded the Levites to destroy the men of the people. about three thousand men fell that day. Many more died later by a plague from the Lord because they made the calf to worship. Key to their sins was being “blotted out of His Book” which is still part of what people today face pertaining to blasphemy of the Spirit of God. God sent His angel to guide the people to a place where He instructed Moses.

Week #13; Wed, 3/28/18: Ex. 33-38

Week #13; Wed, 3/28/18: Ex. 33:1-38:31

CHAPTERS:
33. In departing Mt. Horeb, God sent an angel before the children of Israel to guide them to the promised land. He required them to strip themselves of their ornaments. The Tent of Meeting was guarded by the pillar of cloud while God spoke to Moses face to face. The people would worship at the front door of their tent while Moses was in the tent. Moses apparently looked at the image of God; however, when he asked the Lord to actually see his face, God said that man could not see His face and live. So, God hid Moses in the “cleft of the rock” until He passed by allowing Moses to only see his back. His face was not seen.

34. Per God’s command, two new tablets were cut by Moses to replace the two that he destroyed. He went up on the mountain where the Lord descended in a cloud and Moses worshiped Him. God promised to drive out the inhabitants of the land where they were going and He commanded them not to worship the gods of those inhabitants and to tear down their altars and break their pillars of worship. God commanded them to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread and all the firstborn are to be redeemed. Details were given for the Feast of Weeks for the first fruits of the wheat harvest, the Feast of Ingathering and the Feast of the Passover. The Sabbath day is designated a day of rest. The Ten Commandments were re-written on the second set of stones. When Moses came down from the mountain with the two new stones, his skin shown brightly and he had to put a veil over his face.

35. Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. The penalty for failing to observe the Sabbath was death. Detailed descriptions for contributions to the Lord for the building of the Tabernacle and the making of the holy garments were also provided and skilled craftsman were assigned to do the work. The construction of the Tabernacle involved detailed instructions including symmetry and directional components.

36. The contributions for the sanctuary were stopped once there was sufficient material to do the work.

37. The Ark of the Covenant and Mercy Seat were also made with the same kind of detailed instructions as the Tabernacle. The two Cherubim, the Table, the Lampstand, and the Altar of Incense, were also described by the Lord in great detail for the craftsmen to follow.

38. The Altar of Burnt Offering, the Bronze Basin, and the Court were constructed next in the same detail as previous items. Moses directed all the Lord commanded. At the time there were 603,550 men from twenty years old and upward.