Exodus & Leviticus From 30,000 Feet

In Exodus, God delivers His people from slavery with incredible signs and wonders (Exodus 1-15) and brings them to Sinai (Exodus 16-19), telling them there that they are to be his “kingdom of priests and holy nation.” He confirms their kingdom status by entering into a covenant with them as their King and giving them … Continue reading Exodus & Leviticus From 30,000 Feet

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Our Hearts Are Prone to Wander

Imagine the scene. Moses has been on the mountain meeting with God for a long time. Of course, he is taking his time. This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (in fact, it is even greater than that). God is giving him the law under which He plans to govern His people as a "kingdom of … Continue reading Our Hearts Are Prone to Wander

A Shadow of Christ Our Priest

Just like with the tabernacle itself, the priest, his clothing and his duties are shadows of what is to come. The Lord gave very specific directions regarding the priestly attire in Exodus 28, right down to their underwear! (Exodus 28:42) The problem with priests is that they are supposed to mediate between unholy man and holy God, … Continue reading A Shadow of Christ Our Priest

Jesus Our Tabernacle, Altar and Sacrifice

Because the Bible is one unified gospel narrative, we know that the gospel can even be found in a passage like Exodus 27, which provides detailed specifications for the altar of sacrifice, the courtyard, and the lamp in the tabernacle. The outer altar taught the Old Testament believer that the only way into relationship with God was … Continue reading Jesus Our Tabernacle, Altar and Sacrifice

The Tabernacle & God’s Presence

Read Exodus 25-26, and the first thing I think you will notice is the intricate detail. In fact, you might read it and say, "Wow, that was pretty boring." Few people, except maybe architects, enjoy reading architectural specifications. But, since this is God's Word, it is important to ask the question, "Why was God so interested … Continue reading The Tabernacle & God’s Presence

Moses, the Mediator, and the Mountain of God

In Exodus 23:20-24:18, God reaffirms His covenant with His people on the mountain. Just like in any covenant, there are obligations of both parties. The people are obligated to do two things: Listen to, obey, and not rebel against the Lord's representative, in this case the angel who is going to lead them (Exodus 23:21-22), and … Continue reading Moses, the Mediator, and the Mountain of God

The Fear of the Lord

The giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai was accompanied by a spectacular display of the power of God that was so dramatic the people of Israel feared for their lives: Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, … Continue reading The Fear of the Lord