The Bible contains rich word pictures/imagery for how God would reveal Himself and His Character as well as Jesus Christ through the Mishkan:

(Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן‎, mishkan, “residence” or “dwelling place”), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable earthly dwelling place of God amongst the children of Israel from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan.) or as we call it the Tabernacle.

Monday nights I have had the privilege of teaching using the technology of “zoom.” We gather together using a link I send out and according to your time zone. You are welcome to join us. A little preparation for our next lesson follows.

In this lesson we will cover:

The Workers—who were they? What was special about them? Exodus 31:1-6 tells us much about them. Read that passage and reflect on how this mirrors what Jesus did with the disciples in Mark 6. (Whenever we read in Exodus “he made” the parts for the Tabernacle we should recall that this refers to Bezalel)

What do you learn about these two “supervisors” chosen by God?  Relate their character to Stephen in Acts 6. How are they similar? https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/bezalel/

The Beginning of the Mishkan – the Tabernacle.  Exodus 27:9-19; 35: 1-20 preparation for the materials needed.

The Fence of the Tabernacle: Ex 35:17-18; Ex 38:20; (What materials were used?)

The Gate – Why only one gate? What does that symbolize? Ex 3:1-6 and Is 59:2; John 14:6-

The Brazen Altar –Ex 27:1-8; What is its purpose? Ex 29:38-46

The Laver – We don’t know much about this piece of “furniture” but we do know the materials used: Ex 38:8;  Exo 30:17-21. We do know the purpose of it: Ex 40:30-32

Today’s thoughts from 1Peter 3:

Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or Pastor Brunson in Turkey. These are truly facing tough times and we do need to not only be aware, be sensitive but also support the efforts to get them released. Yet while they languish, our job is to be educated and to pray and to ask God if we are to do as Job: “I rescued the poor who cried out for help.” But we also need to be discerning. 

Peter has been encouraging his fellow believers who are far from him and experiencing persecution. He has told them these trials will strengthen and prove their faith which is more precious than gold. Peter says don’t forget  to follow the “three musts.” If you missed that post return and read it. He now stops and asks them a pointed question “who is going to harm you if you are devoted/zealous to what is good?” That is a hard question because of what we read on these FB posts and other newsletters that swamp our mailboxes and/or what we may be experiencing, but Paul helps us answer this question in the 8th chapter of the letter to the Romans.

Here’s what we should not only know but cling to:

vs 22 We know…that it is certain…that all of creation is suffering along with us. We and they are not the only Job’s in this world. Jesus told us we will, not maybe but we will face persecution.

Vs 28 We know…that ALL..not some… but ALL things work together for good for those who love God. We are the chosen, the elect, from the foundation of the world. The qualifier is that we love God and as Peter tells us in chapter 1, we are obedient children.

The problem is that we lose heart and like John the Baptist we ask “Are you the One?” Yes He is the One and this is also true:

God is working.

His plans are not like ours. (Isaiah 55:8-10)

Our job is to keep an eternal perspective and trust God.

These are God-sized problems that need God-sized solutions. 

So when the posts send you into a tizzy, or make you feel guilty,  stop and seek wisdom from above.In other words be discerning as Hebrews 5:14 tells us to do.  Ask God what your part should be. And beware of the “spiritual swindlers” who are dogging your every step.

 

Have you ever felt like the job is overwhelming that God has given you to do? Imagine being Titus receiving the instructions to set in order the remaining things on the island of Crete in the first century. This was not a small task for there were over 100 churches at the time of Titus. Not only was he bring order out chaos but he had to appoint elders in each of those churches! And we think our lives are full our tasks are overwhelming! Put yourself in Titus’ shoes. Where do you begin? Thankfully, Paul left him not only with the instructions but the guidelines by which to do the job.

The first task was to be observant and discerning about the men he was to select to bring this order to bear. The author of Hebrews reminds us that one of the character qualities of he who is mature is the ability to discern between what is true and evil. Titus was to appoint elders or overseers and two times Paul said they must be blameless. That word in the original language means basically that he is a man of such integrity that no one can accuse him of anything wrong. And if we look ahead to chapter 2 we find that Titus was to be the example before them: “show yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity,” The word blameless is the same as the word integrity. No one can call you down; your walk is the same as your talk and that is why Paul said he Titus was his “genuine son in the faith.”

Just as Paul left Titus with guidelines, so God has left us those same guidelines. Read through vs 5-9 and see how many of those qualities are yours.

Titus was the man for the job; are you?