I figured this would be a great time to pause our little journey through Exodus and take a bird’s-eye-view of where we have been. We just finished 12 chapters of law and I don’t want to lose the forest for the trees.
Chapters 1-14: An epic narrative of the deliverance of the Israelite people from their bondage in Egypt. God works powerfully through Moses and brings the most powerful nation on Earth to its knees.
Chapters 15-18: The beginning of their desert sojourn. God leads them and feeds them but all they can do it complain about it.
Chapters 19-24: The Covenant. God reveals to the people at the foot of the mountain the nature of their relationship. It is very much like a wedding.
What I found most interesting was that in chapter 19 God says the people will be a “kingdom of priests.” But the people get freaked out and don’t want to draw near to God.
After that, God only talks to Moses. That doesn’t seem very “Kingdom of priest-ly” to me.
Did the plan go sour that quickly? If so, wow.
Chapters 25-31: Instructions on the building of the Tabernacle and how to perform the religious rituals. Again, I wonder if Aaron and his sons were always supposed to do this or if the original intent was for all the people to have this kind of access.
Man and Wife
I would like to draw your attention back to one of the first things we ever read in the Bible, Genesis 2.
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Now I would like to draw your attention to something we read very recently, Exodus 25.
And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them.
In Genesis, the man leaves and cleaves. (How about me and rhyming today? Ey?) Meaning he goes and lives with his wife where she is. In Exodus, God has a house built among his people so he can go live with them.
Are you picking up what I am layin’ down here?
What can easily get lost amidst all the laws and blood and gore is how romantic this whole dang thing is.
God comes in and performs this heroic rescue of the damsel in distress. He provides for her in a time of need. He promises to bring her to a good land and commits himself to her forever.
Not bad right? Fellas, you could probably learn a thing or two from this.
Ok, I’m gonna take the day off tomorrow. My fiancé just moved into town (we drove from St. Louis, MO to Corvallis, OR. I am so done driving!) and I am helping her get settled in.