Daily Word Buddies – February 3 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 3 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 31-33

Bezalel and Oholiab – Exodus 31:1-11 | “God said to Moses…” I filled Bezalel, son of Uri, grandson of Hur, from the tribe of Judah, with my Spirit with wisdom, understanding and knowledge and all kinds of skills to work in gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wo (just like He does with us today). I also appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, from the tribe of Dan to help him, as well as many other skilled workers to make everything God commanded for the Tabernacle: the tent of meeting, the Ark of the Covenant law, the atonement cover, other furnishings of the tent, the table and its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and its utensils, the basin with its stand, the woven garments, the anointing oil, and fragrant incense for the Holy Place.

The Sabbath – Exodus 31:12-18 | “God said to Moses…” the Isrealites must observe the Sabbath day as a sign between them and Me for generations to come. Observe it because it’s Holy. Anyone who desecrates or does work on it shall be put to death. For 6 days God made the Heavens and the earth and on the 7th He rested and was refreshed. When God finished speaking, He gave Moses the 2 stone tablets of Law inscribed by God’s finger.

The Golden Calf – Exodus 32 | the people noticed Moses was gone for a long time – sheep without a proper shepherd go astray – they told Aaron they have no idea what happened to Moses. So, they needed to ‘make gods’ who will go before them. Aaron gathers all their gold and made a idol in the shape of a calf. This pleased them and they declared it their god that brought them out of Israel – are you kidding me?! They saw His very hand and witnessed His presence yet they were so easily led astray by something else! – Aaron built and altar in front of the calf and scheduled a festival for the next day. They were excited, woke up early and got to partying – sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings – they eat, drank, and got crazy-wild! Right about then…”God said to Moses…” go down to your corrupt people, they were quick to turn away from My commandments. They bowed down and sacrificed to a calf idol they made and declared their god who brought them out of Egypt. I have seen these stiff-necked people, now leave Me alone so that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them! – ooh, God was M.A.D., like, mad…mad!!! But Moses plead with God to spare them, he made a great rebuttal and had quite a positive impact. God relented. Moses went down to the people with stone tablets of the Law (inscribed by the  finger of God) one in each hand {I want to note here that the tablets were inscribed on both sides – front and back – that’s a detail I missed before} Joshua and Moses heard great noises – shouting and singing – coming from the camp. And then he saw it… the calf, and the dancing…oh, it was too much even for Moses… and he threw the stone tablets of the Law (inscribed by the finger of God) out of his hands (probably straight to the ground), breaking them to pieces! – Imagine that?! The man who boldly plead with God for their lives was now so infuriated with them that He smashed God’s very tablets to pieces!!!! And Moses doesn’t stop there, next he burned the golden calf down and ground it to powder and made the people drink it!!!! Moses was M.A.D! He asks Aaron what they did to him, for him to lead them into such great sin? (do you dislike them that much?) Aaron’s reply actually made me laugh out loud! He tried to explain but ended his statment with this, “..they gave me the gold and I threw it into the fire and out came this calf!” – sure, ok, just like that LOL – good one! Moses was still MAD, he called out, “Whoever is for the Lord come to me.” and all the levites came. He told them, “This is what God says…each man strap a sword to his side, go back and forth through the camp, from one end to the other each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.” They did as Moses commanded and three thousand of the people died! God set the levites apart and blessed them that day. The next day Moses was calmed down and tried to make atonement with God for their actions – he asked God to forgive them or put the blame on him. But God refused – He will blot out all who sin against Him. He told Moses to lead the people to the place God had spoken of and that His angel will go before them but when the time comes for God to punish He will punish them for their sins and then the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf.

The Golden Calf {cont.} – Exodus 33:1-6 | “God said to Moses…” leave this place and go the the land of milk and honey I promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – I will send my angel to drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. But I will not go with you because you are a stiff-necked people and I might just destroy you want the way! You are a stiff-necked people and if I go with you even for one moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments (jewelry) and I will decide what to do with you.”- Oh, God was still mad but showed His love, mercy, and compassion here and that’s a good reminder to us all.- The people heard this and began to mourn – ya think?! They did as God said and stripped their jewelry at Mt. Horeb.

The Tent of Meeting – Exodus 33:7-11 | Moses had an interim tent of meeting some distance from the camp. Anyone who wanted to inquire of God went up there. All the people stood and watched Moses go there, and when He entered the tent a pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the doorway while God spoke with Moses. When the people saw this they stood and worshipped Him. God spoke to Moses as one speaks to a friend. {I love the thought of this} Afterward, Moses would return to camp but his young aide Joshua would stay there. – I would too!

Moses and the Glory of the Lord – Exodus 33:12-23 | “Moses said to God…” teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You. {Yes, Lord} God said His presence will go with Moses and He will give Moses rest. Moses said, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. {I feel the same way} And then God replied, “I will do the very thing you have asked because I am pleased with you and I know you by name. {Thank You Lord} Moses boldly tells God, “Now show me Your glory!” {this reminded me of that scene in the movie ‘Jerry Maguire’ where Tom Cruise yells, “Show me the money!” Watch “Jerry Maguire – Tom Cruise – Show me the Money” on YouTube Can you picture Moses telling God, “Show me Your Glory!” like that! Ha!} God said no one can see His face and live – so He said He’d shield Moses face with His hand while He passed in front of him, then He’d remove His hand so Moses could see only His back. { what a beautiful relationship Moses had with God! Definitely something to strive for!!}

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 22:1-22

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet – Matthew 22:1-14 | Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who planned and prepared a wedding banquet for his son. Then he sent his servants to get everyone he personally invited but they refused to come. So he sent more of his servants to give them all the details and entice them with a super nice dinner menu but still they paid no attention – some had excuses: one went off to work in his field, another went to handle his business. The rest of the them mistreated and killed the king’s servants. The king was furious. So, he sent his army out and destroyed them and their city. Then he told his servants, the banquet is ready but all those invited didn’t deserve to come. So, he sent his servants out to the streets and gathered all the people that they found there – good and bad alike. Then the wedding banquet was full of guests. (my NASB study Bible says that we should assume they might not have had the appropriate clothing for such a prestigious event on such short notice so the king provided graciously for them) When the king came in and saw that someone in attendance was not dressed appropriately (obviously rejected the king’s generosity). The king called him out and the man had no excuse for himself (meaning it was a blatant disregard for the king’s provision). The king threw the man outside (darkness – weeping and gnashing of teeth). Many are invited (all are called to Salvation) but few are chosen (respond or answer it – pick up their cross daily and follow Him).

Paying Imperial Tax to Caesar – Matthew 22:15-22 | the Pharisees devised plans to trap Jesus with His own words. They sent their guys inside Jesus’ inner circle to talk to and ask Him questions. They asked His thoughts and opinions on paying the imperial tax to Caesar. Does Jesus think they should pay it or not? Jesus knew the evil intent of their hearts and called them out accordingly, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap Me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought it to Him and He asked whose image is on it? Caesars. And then Jesus told them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were amazed and left Him. They went away! – Ha! Shut down by Jesus!

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready?

                           γ€Š—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!

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I missed my 6PM CST submission goal – the OT reading took much longer than usual and I had to break it up throughout the day and then I moved onto the NT reading. Jesus, I am so glad You helped me focus and get this done. Late or not, I am going to thank You anyway!! πŸ™‚

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I hope you enjoyed day 34 πŸ™‚ I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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