Daily Word Buddies – February 5 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 5 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Exodus 36-38

Bezalel and Oholiab {cont.} – Exodus 36:1-7 | God has given Bezalel, Oholiab, and every skilled person the skill and ability to do all the work as just as He commanded. {as God has done with each one of us – He equips us for every good work – Hebrew 13:21} They received so much donated material that Moses told them to stop giving. {can you imagine having a problem like that!}

The Tabernacle – Exodus 36:8-38 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Tabernacle – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Ark – Exodus 37:1-9 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Ark – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Table – Exodus 37:10-16 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Table – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Lampstand – Exodus 37:17-24 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Lampstand – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Altar of Incense – Exodus 37:25-29 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Tabernacle – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Altar of Burnt Offering – Exodus 38:1-7 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Altar of Burnt Offering – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Basin for Washing – Exodus 38:8 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Basin for Washing – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Courtyard – Exodus 38:9-20 | recounts all the details of everything they made for the Courtyard – in most cases, the details are greater here than in previous sections – each item was made as God instructed.

The Materials Used – Exodus 38:21-31 | amounts of materials used for Tabernacle: gold (from Wave Offering): 29 talents + 730 shekels = a ton, silver (from census of 603,550 men 20 or older): 100 talents (=3 3/4 tons) + 1,775 shekels (= 44 lbs), bronze (Wave Offering): 70 talents + 2,400 shekels = 2 1/2 tons.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 23:1-22

A Warning Against Hypocrisy – Matthew 23:1-12 | Jesus told the crowds and His disciples {notice there are two groups of people here: crowds = fans, disciples = followers} that the hypocrites (the teachers of the law and the Pharisees) sit in the seat of Moses. So, the people are to do everything they say. But the people must not do what the hypocrites do, because they don’t practice what they preach {I love when I recognize phrases like this in the Bible, everything starts with the Word of God} Jesus went on to say that the hypocrites tie cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but the hypocrites aren’t willing to lift a finger to move them. {cumbersome means large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy, slow or complicated and therefore inefficient. – think about that…why would they expect someone to carry such a burden when they wouldn’t carry it themselves? Thank God for Jesus Christ who carried the weight of every burden – ALL of our BURDEN – and redeemed its price with His precious blood. Glory to God!} Jesus continued saying everything the hypocrites do is for show, for people to see (for people to honor and esteem). The hypocrites make their phylacteries wide (these are boxes worn on the arm and forehead that contian Scriptures verses) and the tassels on their garments long (showy and dramatic, attention catching). The hypocrites love the place of honor at  banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues (V.I.P. sections). The hypocrites love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. (to be honored and glorified). Jesus offers them some Truth: “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And don’t call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in Heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” {Jesus’ Words flip things upside down – don’t call each other Rabbi (we have one Teacher the Holy Spirit and as humans we’re all equal), father (should I take this literally? I say ‘your father’ when talking to my kids about their dad. Is that wrong or not?), or instructor (Jesus is the only example/model for us).

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees – Matthew 23:13-22 | 1) Woe to the hypocrites (the teachers of the law and Pharisees) who shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. The hypocrites don’t enter it and then they won’t even let those who are trying to enter either. 2) Woe to the hypocrites who travel across land and sea to win a single convert, but once they win him over, they make the him 2 times as much of a child of hell as the hypocrites are. 3) Woe to the blind guides (fools, hyprocrites) who say, ‘If you swear by the temple, it means nothing; but if you swear by the gold of the temple you’re bound by that oath.’ Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? the blind fools say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? If anyone swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it and if you swear by the temple you swear by it and by the one who dwells in it. If you swear by Heaven you swear by God’s throne and by the One who sits on it {the hypocrites had worth and value completely misplaced, they value things of the world}.

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

                           《—-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 – within the deadline hour. Not quite on time but I am just happy to have it done 🙂 THANK YOU JESUS!

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I hope you enjoyed day 36 🙂 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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