Refreshed! – Exodus 31

Refreshed! – Exodus 31

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Exodus 31:17- “… for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”

The biblical theme of refreshing has a variety of physical and spiritual meanings. In Scripture we read of refreshment by resting on the Sabbath (Ex. 31:17), with cool water after physical activity (Judg. 15:18-19), and by soothing music (1 Sam. 16:23).

This passage is not only talking about our need to rest our physical bodies, but also the need for a refreshment in our spirit.  Our lives get so hectic that it is easy to jump to the physical aspects of this passage because who doesn’t feel the need to rest their bodies after a busy week?

Refreshment can also be an outward concept.  One definition of refreshment is “to give new strength or energy; to reinvigorate”.  God has called us all to the ministry of refreshment.  A refresher seeks out a person in need.  Daily we have the opportunity to minister to others by our presence, our acceptance, our cheerfulness and by our persistent focus on others before ourselves.  If we will trust in God and hear His heart for others, our faithfulness to His calling will be more refreshing than any earthly rest for our bodies ever could be.

Prayer: Thank you so much for how amazing it is to be refreshed emotionally and spiritually.  Lord, I need my spirit refreshed and renewed today. Help me to hear Your heart.

 

Angie Laughrey

Today’s Altar – Exodus 30

Today’s Altar – Exodus 30

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To be honest, so much of the altar seen in the Old Testament is a foreign concept for me.

First, it’s hard for me to envision such a specific list of things to be offered up to the Lord.  Imagine heading to the grocery store for the ingredients needed to make anointing oil! Today, we don’t have such specific things that we need to offer up to the Lord, but we do have things we can offer: our time, our service to others, our finances, and other resources He has given us.

The other thing that I struggle with in this passage is the fact that this altar was built specifically in front of the Mercy Seat, where God would meet with Israel.  And when I say meet with Israel, I really mean meet with the High Priest on their behalf, the Seat itself separated from the people by several walls.  But because of what Jesus did on the cross, all are allowed to meet with the Lord freely.

What challenges me most about this isn’t how abstract the need for these tools to engage and serve the Lord; instead, it makes me wonder why we don’t RUN to the throne room, offering up any and everything we can out of thankfulness for a God who took away our barriers and expectations to be with us more freely!

Take time to thank the Lord for opening His meeting place to us, and respond to Him in offering today!

 

Tessa Black

A Clear Conscience – Hebrews 9

A Clear Conscience – Hebrews 9

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As I read through Hebrews 9, part of verse 14 jumped off the page. Verse 14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Your conscience is that still small voice in you that acts as a guide to doing right or wrong. But notice the next words, cleanse your conscience from dead works (not evil deeds). We already know that we need to confess our sins to God, that is how we clear our conscience, but this is dead works. What are dead works? Dead works usually describes acts that defile a person and create separation from God.  This could also be sins of omission – good acts left undone. Because of God’s grace and forgiveness, we need to live and serve out of gratitude, and make sure we do those good acts that God lays on our hearts. We can have a clear conscience before God, not because of anything we have done, but fully because of what God has done for us through His Son! We need to be on fire serving God. Start doing those random acts of kindness that God lays on your heart! Let’s be outward focused together!

 

Doc Hunsley

Our Daily Offering – Exodus 29

Our Daily Offering – Exodus 29

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“I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.”

Exodus 29: 45-46

We often hear how important daily time with God is, but somewhere between Sunday to Monday, we forget how truly important our time with the Lord is. We learn in Exodus 29 that a lamb was to be sacrificed every morning and every evening as a sign of praise and offering to God. The burnt offering of the lamb was where God promised to meet with his children and speak to them. Now through Jesus, we have complete and unlimited access to communion with God, and we are called to the altar daily to embrace what the Lord has in store for us each day. Our brokenness is always welcome at the foot of the cross, and his mercy is new every morning when we seek His guidance daily.

 

Amanda Epperson

A New Garment – Exodus 28

A New Garment – Exodus 28

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In this passage, directions for priestly attire – specifically for that of the High Priest that would go to God on behalf of Israel – is described in detail.  While we no longer need a High Priest because Jesus fulfilled that need, I can’t help but feel impressed by the intricacies laid out for such an outfit.  (And here I was thinking that we cared a lot about what we wore today!!!)

The thing that challenges me most about this attire though was its purpose.  Verse 3 says “and you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” While it’s easy to assume this beauty was drawn from the clothing itself, it becomes clear that it was meant for something greater, to bring glory to and reflect the beauty of our God!

While we don’t have such intricate clothing to mark our relationship with Christ today, we do have the opportunity to bring Him glory and to reflect His beauty daily.  We continually have opportunities to serve others for Him, to encourage the downtrodden, to seek justice, and to tell the world of what He’s done.  Each moment we choose to do this, He uses us to weave a new garment, one that doesn’t reflect our own goodness, but His.

How will you serve God today in weaving this new masterpiece that brings Him glory and beauty?

 

Tessa Black