Life of Moses Lesson 14 Day 3

Fine flour

Leviticus 2-7

6.  Four offerings described in these chapters—After wrestling with details and a concise way to write them, I found a nifty chart.

  • Grain/Cereal offering—
    • Finely ground flour—This took extra effort to produce. They must give God their best.
    • Pour olive oil over it and sprinkle with frankincense.
    • The grain offering “could be offered any of four ways. It could be uncooked (Leviticus 2:1-3), cooked in an oven (Leviticus 2:4), baked in a pan (Leviticus 2:5-6), or fried in a pan (Leviticus 2:7).
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    • No yeast/leaven or honey could be used. This is the only time honey is not allowed. AWMI
    • Must be seasoned with salt.
    • The priest burned a handful or piece of the grain offering with oil and all of the frankincense, “a Fire-Gift, a pleasing fragrance to God.” MSG
    • The rest of the grain offering belonged to the priests.
    • Purpose—The worshiper offered this gift as thanks to God for the earth’s increase.
  • Peace/fellowship/thanksgiving offering/sacrifice—”…we should never forget or take lightly the peace we have with our Lord. Legonier.org
    • An animal from the herd or flock. Male or female but without blemish.
    • Offered voluntarily and spontaneously. Leviticus 19:5
    • Present the animal at the tent of meeting, lay your hand on its head, and slaughter it there.
    • The animal’s blood must be splattered on all sides of the altar.
    • Unleavened and leavened bread with olive oil must be brought along with the animal. They are not burned but belong to the priest. Leviticus 6:11-17
    • The priest must burn on the altar (on top of the burned offering) the fat around the internal organs, the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. If a sheep or goat, include the fat of the broad tail. It is a special gift of food offered by fire, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. NLT
    • The only offering the worshiper could eat.
    • Purpose—Confession or praise
      • Repayment of a vow—”Hannah’s lavish offering when she dedicated Samuel to the Lord is an example of a peace offering given to commemorate the payment of a vow 1 Samuel 1:21-28.”
      • Thanksgiving
      • A free expression of a worshiper’s goodwill
  • Sin offering—”to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the Lord’s commands.” Leviticus 4:2b NLT
    • Like the Peace offering, the sacrifice consists of either an animal from the herd or flock and offered on the altar.
    • If the anointed priest or the whole congregation commits a sin through ignorance, the sin-offering is a young bullock without blemish.
    • If the ruler sins, his offering is a male goat without blemish.
    • When a private individual sins, his offering must be either a female kid or a female lamb without blemish, or, if he is too poor to provide one of these, a turtle-dove.
    • Purpose—to atone for a sin committed unintentionally.
  • Guilt/trespass offering—Lev 5:14-19; 6:1-7; 7:1-6
    • Mandatory
    • Take a ram without blemish to the priest.
    • Make restitution and add 20%.
    • The Lord’s portion of the sacrifice—fat, fat covering inner parts, fat tail, kidneys, lobe of the liver—must be burned on the altar.
    • Any male from among the priests’ families may eat it. But it must be eaten in the court of the tabernacle.
    • Purpose—Atonement for a sin committed unintentionally. The difference between a guilt offering and a sin offering seems to be the need to make restitution. (How can robbery, cheating, committing fraud, etc. be unintentional?)

7.  a.  Atonement—the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ (Meridian Webster Dictionary)

“Atonement is the payment that corrects the relationship between God and man, which was broken through sin.” Tom Brown

This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. 1 John 4:10 MSG

b.  How the various sacrifices are a picture of Jesus Christ’s perfect life and His death on the cross—Romans 3:23-26 

  • Jesus lived a sinless life.
  • He was without blemish or deformity. 1 Peter 1:19
  • He lived on earth as a man.
  • His blood splattered when He was beaten and spilled out when a sword was thrust in His side.
  • “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
  • Jesus became the sacrifice for all who believe in Him.

c.  Sacrifices I’ve offered God recently—

  • Presented myself as a living sacrifice—Romans 12:1-2 Crawling back on that altar multiple times each day, it seems. Oy.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. MSG

  • Imitate God by walking in love—Ephesians 5:1-2—Yesterday, I was feeling sorry for myself, and by doing so, unintentionally made someone feel guilty. Now I feel guilty. If I was walking in love, I would have focused on my friend instead of myself.
  • Give gifts to those in need.—Philippians 4:18—An appropriate reminder at Christmas and every day.
  • Sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.  Hebrews 13:15 AMP
  • Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.  Psalm 100:4 NLT  I’m making a conscious effort to be thankful. I’ve tried to stop complaining. That doesn’t work. Rather than focus on NOT doing something, I need to change my focus. I have so much to be thankful for. 
  • Early morning prayer—My flesh REALLY hates this one.

“In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].” Psalm 5:3 AMP

I’m on day 5 of the 30 day Early to Rise challenge. I’m trying to become a morning person.

I still can’t say that with a straight face.

The author is a Christian and makes it fun.

Okay, fun is a stretch. Let’s say, his advice is often humorous.

Prayer is part of my early morning routine as well as Bible study. I found I was staying up later and later trying to catch up. (Resisting the temptation to complain about all the interruptions and care-giving that consume my days.)

(Lynn, that was a lousy attempt at not complaining. Give thanks. Remember?)

My goal is to get ahead before classes resume after the New Year. “With (me) this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 HCSB

What other verses did you find?

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Life of Moses Lesson 14 Day 2

Worship

Exodus 40:34-35; Leviticus 1

3.  a.  When the Lord called to Moses in Leviticus 1:1, the cloud of God’s glory had just descended on and filled the tabernacle.

b.  In Exodus 29:42-46 God said the priests must offer a daily sacrifice in the Lord’s presence at the tabernacle’s entrance. That’s where He would meet and speak with Moses and the Israelites.

4.  a.  The Israelite worshipers were to bring a male head of cattle, a sheep or goat  without a spot or blemish, or birds—turtledoves or young pigeons— as a burnt offering.

 b.  Worshipers presented their offering of a bull this way:

  • Bring it to the tabernacle entrance.
  • Lay both hands on the animal’s head.
  • Kill the animal in the Lord’s presence.
  • After the priests splattered the blood on all sides of the altar, the man skinned the animal and cut it into pieces.
  • Wash the entrails.
  • The priest lay the pieces on the prepared altar. (Except the skin. See Leviticus 7:8)

Worshipers presented their offering of a male sheep or goat this way:

  • Bring it to the tabernacle entrance.
  • Lay both hands on the animal’s head.
  • Kill the animal on the north side of the altar in the Lord’s presence.
  • After the priests splattered the blood on all sides of the altar, the man skinned the animal and cut it into pieces.
  • Wash the entrails and legs with water.
  • Cut the animal into pieces.
  • The priest lay the pieces on the prepared altar.

Worshipers presented their offering of a turtle dove or a young pigeon.

  • Bring the offering to the priest.
  • The priest wrings off its head, drains the blood on the side of the altar, and disposes of the crop and feathers on the east side of the altar in the ashes.
  • The priest split the bird open and lay it on the altar.

c.  This is what happened to the burnt offering—It was placed on the altar and all of it was burned.

The purpose of the burnt offering—

  • This was a voluntary offering.
  • So that the worshiper may be accepted by God.
  • Laying hands on the head of the animal symbolically transferred his guilt to the victim.
  • Symbolic of atonement for sin. (Not the same as a sin offering.)
  • It was an act of worship.
  • A pleasing, sweet and satisfying odor offered to God.

5.  a.  God dwells with His people differently today—

1 Corinthians 6:19 — Today, the Holy of Holies is inside the body of each believer. Our body is a sacred place.

Ephesians 2:20-22 — God living in us isn’t just for the physical descendants of Abraham anymore. “Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.” NLT

Hebrews 9:26-28 — Jesus became the only sacrifice necessary to atone for our sins. “He (Christ) sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin.” MSG

b.  My prayer of thanks for the indwelling presence of God—

Father, I bless Your holy name. I honor You and glorify You. Thank you for granting me every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm because of my union with Christ, Your only Son. Thank You for providing that sacrifice.

Thank You for extending that offer to me, a Gentile.

Thank You for demonstrating pure love, mercy, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

This old song came to mind—I’m forever grateful…


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Life of Moses Lesson 13 Day 5

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Exodus 40:34-38

11.  a.  Numbers 9:15-23  The cloud directed the Israelites‘ further travel to the Promised Land —

Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. NLT

b.  When Pharaoh’s army pursued the Israelites, the cloud protected them by obscuring the army’s view.

And the Angel of God Who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before them and stood behind them,

Coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come near the other all night. Exodus 14:19-20 AMP

The cloud may have shielded them from the extreme heat of the desert sun by day, and the fire likely provided heat by night. I’d never thought of that. God is so good!

c.  While I was growing up, our family moved across country when my Dad attended seminary. We moved several times afterward and made many shorter trips to conferences and events.

He also took all of us on mission trips to Mexico, an Indian reservation, prisons, orphanages, and a mental hospital.

My parents weren’t the best navigators, so we ended up on some treacherous roads due to wrong turns. Bad weather conditions, too. Even though I was about six or seven, I vividly recall feeling terrified more than once. It’s a miracle we always arrived safely.

Thankfully, through all the times my parents could and by all accounts should have freaked out, they didn’t. And they never complained or expressed fear. Even when finances were scarce. What a wonderful example of faith!

As an adult driver, I a near miss seemed miraculous. I was in the center lane surrounded by traffic. The lane to my left was coming to an end. The cars to my left didn’t stop or have anywhere to go. I couldn’t stop for fear of being rear ended. I braced for what seemed like an inevitable impact on both sides. In an instant, the situation resolved. I still can’t imagine any scenario other than miraculous.

12.  a.  God’s promises to guide us—

Psalm 25:5—We can live with hope because He promises to teach me and save me.

John 8:12—Jesus is our light in this world. If we follow Him, we won’t be left to stumble around in the dark.

Hebrews 1:1-3—Jesus is the mirror image of God. If He led the Israelites, He will lead us, too.

James 1:5—I love the NLT on this—”If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

I would love to research other verses, but don’t have time. If you thought of others, please share in the comments below.

b.  Many times over the years when I’ve asked for guidance about a job opportunity or finances, the Holy Spirit brings the following verse to mind—”Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33

Sadly, I often found that answer frustrating since I was perpetually under-employed, underpaid, or an unpaid volunteer. Like I am now. Volunteer “jobs” are much easier to come by.

One time I think He said, “Use your head.” I’m still unsure if that was God. Although, it did encourage me. I was at my lowest point and had zero self-confidence.

Even though we haven’t starved, it feels like we’ve lived in famine mode for years now. I still find myself trying to think of some way to work a part-time paying job, or find a way to make money at home, but leaving Dad alone isn’t possible.

Maintaining a blog has costs, too.

Since I’m seeking first the kingdom of God, it’s His responsibility??

c.  God guides us today by—

  • speaking to us directly
  • through the words of other people
  • dreams and visions
  • songs
  • discernment or knowing in our “knower” as one minister calls it
  • peace or lack of peace
  • confirmation via one of the ways listed above
  • Unlimited other ways

A Scottish minister I knew years ago said, “We are better led than we know.” I think of that often.

It goes along with Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

I long for the clarity some profess to have.

Although, Mother Theresa didn’t. She said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust.”


 

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Life of Moses Lesson 13 Day 4

TabernacleDrawing

Exodus 40:34-38

9.  a.  When the tabernacle was fully assembled, “…the cloud [the Shekinah, God’s visible presence] covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle!” AMP

b.  God kept the promise He made when He asked Moses to  “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.” Exodus 25:8 NLT

The same thing happened when Solomon’s temple was dedicated. (1 Kings 8:11 and 2 Chronicles 5:14)

c.  The New Testament equivalent of this event is the account of the Holy Spirit’s promised arrival while the disciples and other believers waited in the upper room. Acts 2:1-12

When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. MSG

I love that!  Goose…Glory bumps.

d.  Warning, my answer may be controversial to some BSF-ers. Although receiving the Holy Spirit after Pentecost may not include the wind and flames, throughout the New Testament church, receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate experience. It is also accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in another language.

I believe it is the same today. I find no evidence to the contrary.

At the new birth we are born again by the Spirit. But that isn’t the same as receiving the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 19:1-6, Paul asks some disciples in Ephesus, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” After Paul laid hands on them, “the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy.”

I don’t understand why it is a controversial topic.

Next question…

10.  a.  Immediate impact—Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the Glory of God filled it. Exodus 40:35

One writer says the glory may have been a blinding light.

Perhaps it was a thick darkness. Since the cloud came the same way in Solomon’s temple, that makes sense. Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; 1 Kings 8:12 NIV

b.  I can apply this to my life and service to God. I have received the Holy Spirit, and I want to stay filled with the overflowing manifestation of the presence of God.

I can and will go and make disciples. I can and will teach them everything Jesus said.

I received power to be Christ’s witness; to fulfill the Great Commission in my city, in my state, in my country, and anywhere else God sends me.

Since I was ten, my dream has been a one-way ticket to India. Apparently, it was my idea, and not the Lord’s. I have sent prayers and support to others. Maybe someday.

Amazingly, I can now reach the ends of the earth via the internet.


 

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Life of Moses Lesson 13 Day 3

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Exodus 39:32-40:33

6.  a.  This repeated phrase describes how the Israelites and Moses did the work—

Just as the Lord commanded or according to everything the Lord commanded

b.  As inspector of the work, Moses just have possessed the following qualities:

  • Good eyesight
  • Experience and knowledge about the various crafts and what constituted good workmanship (His days in Pharaoh’s palace certainly prepared him for this.)
  • Discerning eye
  • Good memory of the pictures God put in his head. (I can understand this because of the “pictures” I’ve seen in spiritual dreams and visions. They remain vivid for a long time.)

I think I’m missing something on this question. But don’t have time to keep pondering.

c.  I would like to see an increase of spiritual discernment, a gift of the Spirit.

7.  a.  The tabernacle completed on the anniversary of Israel’s deliverance from slavery, on New Year’s Day. The tabernacle was ready in time for Passover.

b.  They left Egypt to worship their own God in their own way. Now they have a place to offer sacrifices and host the presence of God.

8.  a.  God told Moses to set the ark of the covenant in its place first.  “Put the ark of the testimony there and screen off the ark with the veil.” Exodus 40:3

b.  From Exodus 25:22; Leviticus 16:14-16 The Ark of the Testimony/Covenant was the most important part.  God designed it for His own glorious presence to live and travel with His chosen people. The atonement cover was sprinkled seven times with the blood of the sin offering. “In this way he will make atonement for the Holy of Holies because of the uncleannesses of the Israelites, their acts of rebellion, and all their other sins.” MSG

It’s interesting and significant that the acacia wood used in constructing the Ark, was “incorruptible”—highly resistant to decay.

The first thing to be placed within the tabernacle was the ark of the testimony, as containing the foundation of the covenant between God and Israel, and being the special token of God’s presence with his people. See the comment on Exodus 25:10. Pulpit Commentary

c.  What is most important in my life? Even though my goal is to love and serve the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I have to admit it’s a struggle.

My long-standing behavior of trying to please people wrestles against it.

Often, I find it difficult to even discern the difference between the two. After all, scripture says to—

  • Love our enemies.  Matthew 5:41
  • Love others as well as you love yourself.  Mark 12:30-31
  • Let the little children come. Don’t hinder them.  Matthew 19:14 I’ve found if you bless them, they don’t want to leave. And when they do leave, they come back with their friends! Haha and oh my.
  • Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord. Ephesians 5:22
  • Honor your father Exodus 20:12…even if he messes up his TV for the umpteenth time, looses his glasses, teeth, etc.

Right?

Is this primarily a female problem, or do men deal with this, too? My husband doesn’t seem to.

(At least, I got over institutional-church-pleasing before it killed me. But only because I became a teetotaler.)

Lord, show me any area of my life that does not conform to Your plans.

Help me discern the difference between pleasing You and pleasing others.

Help me to say “no” or “later” and stick to it when You say so. I promise to listen harder.

Heal my deafness to Your voice.

Help me to order my days and stay focused in the midst of all the distractions and interruptions. Amen.


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