To our faithful readers,
If you listen to the Christian News you have probably heard some of the controversy over displaying the Ten Commandments in public places. This week’s reading covers the time when God first wrote the Ten Commandments, with His finger, on stone and gave them to Moses. You will see how and why Moses became so angry he threw the stone tablets down, breaking them!
We will read of the various sacrifices that had to be offered so that each time we sinned we would be forgiven and we might remain in a right relationship with God. How thankful we are that God loves us so much that He gave the greatest and final sacrifice, His Son, so that when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice we no longer have to offer sacrifices that merely “cover” our sins (Heb. 10:14); but that they are gone forever (8:12; 10:17).
Don’t let the details of the Tabernacle, priestly garments, and sacrifices sidetrack you. God wrote details so that we would recognize His patterns as they appear later in Scripture. We are now the Temple or Tabernacle of the very presence of God. How awesome is that? We may not be as beautiful as the original, but we are the living-breathing Body of Christ on earth. When we get to the New Testament, we’ll see how Jesus was foretold in the Tabernacle, its furnishings, the sacrifices and feasts. Even the layout of the encampment – if it were seen from “Google Earth”—was in the shape of a cross! God is so-o-o-o awesome!
More than once Jesus said Moses spoke of Him (John 5:46; Luke 24:27). Try to catch the deeper meaning as we read Moses’ words. Then, let’s praise the Lord together!
In Christ, Pastor Rick