Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- A recurring theme throughout these chapters is that God is Holy. A lot of these otherwise ordinary objects are made Holy. Think about what it means to you that God is Holy. Think also about God making you Holy. What difference can that make in the lives of the people you come into contact with?
- What significance is there (if any) of rich and poor alike giving the same small amount of half a shekel?
- The instructions for the Holy incense are very precise. It is made very clear that this recipe must not be copied and used for common purposes, why do you think that is?
- God is the one who gifts people for certain specific tasks. What gifts has He given you? How can you use them for His kingdom?
- It seems to us unbelievably harsh to put someone to death for working on the Sabbath. But looking at the clues in the passage, why do you think this decree was put in place?
- Exodus 32 is a fascinating passage. It amazes me that after all the miracles the people have seen God do, they are ready to abandon Him after just 40 days. This shouldn’t really surprise us though when we take a sober reflection of our own hearts. We can so often turn away to other things ahead of God after all He has done. Thank Him for His grace, mercy and patience which remain with us even when we fail Him again and again. He is truly worthy to be worshipped, praised and adored.
- We get to see in this chapter too an amazing insight into the power of prayer. God actually asks Moses to let Him alone so He can destroy the people but Moses intercedes and the Lord relents. Know that your prayers have power to move God’s heart. Pray big prayers of faith today.