My answers to BSF Life of Moses study questions on Exodus 30-31
b. God through Moses instructed Aaron to burn fragrant incense every morning as the sun rose and every evening as the sun set. Exodus 30:7–8
c. Application: I love that our prayer and worship is a sweet-smelling aroma to God.
I don’t think the timing of the incense offering applies to my prayer and worship. I’m not obligated nor am I limited to a certain time of day. However, I do usually begin the day with prayer, even if it’s short. It orients me for the day. I also usually end the day with prayer.
In between, I used to visualize a phone left off the hook. The Lord and I never hang up. Now, I visualize a Bluetooth earpiece. Throughout the day I ask for wisdom, guidance, patience, direction, and forgiveness. While listening to music, I sing along, worship, and dance a little. (Iwill not be postinga a video. Sorry if youare disappointed. ;-)Sometimes I play the piano and worship. (Not as often as I should.) I pray in the Spirit when driving alone. I pray while I’m gardening, cooking, etc.
I believe my spirit prays and worships while I sleep. I usually wake up to a song playing inside.
10. a. “When Aaron and his sons enter the congregation tent, or when they approach the altar to minister before Me by offering a sacrifice by fire, they must wash their feet and hands so that they will not die.” Exodus 30:19-20
b. We need regular cleansing from our sin nature by renewing our minds with the Word of God. “We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word.”
11. a. If the priest did not wash before entering the tent of meeting, he would die.
b. Consequences for misusing anointing oil or incense, using a formula other than the original “recipe”, or creating similar incense or anointing oil for personal use—This personmust be cut off from the community.Exodus 31:14 seems to indicate cut off means the same thing as put to death. In Strongs, the definition for the word translated as cut off means destruction. If you cut off or cut down a tree, it dies.
Even if it means put them out of the community (alone in the desert?), wouldn’t that result in death, too?
c. The consequences for disobedience were severe because these items are holy (a sacred, dedicated, consecrated, hallowed place or thing—Strongs Hebrew and Greek Concordance
- Anything that touches them will become holy.
- Must be treated as holy.
- Is reserved for ministering before the Lord.
12. a. God filled the craftsmen with Spirit-of-God-Given gifts—
- knowledge in a variety of crafts
- able to devise skillful works
b. God gifts and anoints us for tasks far beyond the five-fold ministry. 1 Corinthians 12 goes into greater detail about gifts of the Spirit. The arts aren’t mentioned there, but it is interesting to take note of the reference to artisans in Exodus.
c. I could use the gifts God has given me to benefit an institutional church. In fact, I did just that for many years. I’ll spare you and myself the details.
Now, the Lord has me ministering to five children of an invalid mother and overwhelmed father. And my father who has dementia.
It is exhausting at times, but I know I’m doing what God wants me to do. I seldom felt that way in church work. I did what I thought I was supposed to do as this question implies.
When I wound up burned out, demoralized, and disillusioned, I went to the Lord about it. He said, “I never asked you to do all those things.”
Whoa, was that a wake-up call! Somewhere along the line, I got the idea I should do whatever I’m asked to do at “church.”
In the New Covenant, God inhabits each of us individually and when we gather together. He no longer inhabits a tent or a building. He inhabits believers.
We are all full-time ministers if we are willing.
Don’t just assume because someone is begging you to help out in an institutional setting, God is behind it. I’m not saying He’s never behind it, I’m just saying…ask Him first. And have the guts to say no, when necessary. As a card-carrying member of PPA—(People-Pleasers Anonymous), I know how hard that can be.
We are stewards of the time, energy, gifts, and resources God entrusts to us. Don’t squander them. In His hands, our efforts multiply and yield eternal results.
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