Category Archives: Exodus

Exodus 36-40 — As the Lord commanded

The last 5 chapters, as I mentioned before, are basically reiterations of all the instructions that God gave Moses for the construction of the tabernacle.  The key difference, of course, is that in these chapters, it’s not just being talked … Continue reading

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Exodus 35-36 — Willing to give, willing to serve

Well, I think we’re down to the final two days of Exodus.  Most of the last few chapters are reiterations of the commands that God gave to Moses in the building of the tabernacle. But one thing that struck me … Continue reading

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Exodus 34:5-7 — A God of love and of justice

What is God like?  What is his character? God revealed the answer as he showed himself to Moses.  He said, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to … Continue reading

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Exodus 33 — A desire to draw near

What made Moses and Joshua special?  What made them different from the rest of the Israelites?  Why could God use them? I think the answer is found in this chapter.  Both had a desire to draw close to God.  While … Continue reading

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Exodus 32 — Hating sin, loving the sinner

Hate the sin.  Love the sinner.  Always a tough balance to reach, and too often people go to one extreme or the other.  We either shout out “You’re going to hell!”  Or we say, “It’s perfectly all right.  Go ahead … Continue reading

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Exodus 32 — Doing what you know you shouldn’t

At last!  Some action!  Unfortunately, they weren’t very good ones by Aaron and the people of Israel.  Only 40 days after Moses went up the mountain to meet with God, only 40 days after they promised to follow God and … Continue reading

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Exodus 31 — Chosen and filled to do God’s work

I love what God said about Bezalel in this passage.  He said, “I have chosen Bezalel…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and knowledge…”  verses (2-3). God had specifically chosen him to make things … Continue reading

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Exodus 30 — Coming before God

This is the final passage concerning the details of the tabernacle, and as I look at it, there are different reminders of our relationship with God. The altar in the Holy Place, for example, was to always have incense burning … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:36-29:46 — Set apart for God

The apostle Paul wrote, “You are not your own.  You were bought with a price.”  (I Corinthians 6:19-20.) These words are reflected in the words that were placed on the high priest’s forehead, “Holy to the Lord.”  The word “holy” … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:30 — God’s truth on our hearts

“Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:4-29 — A priest’s heart

As I read through this passage, two things stood out to me.  First, on the shoulder pieces of the ephod were placed two onyx stones which had the names of the tribes of Israel engraved on them.  Then, on the … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:1-3 — Clothed with dignity and honor

As I read this passage, one phrase struck me concerning the priest’s clothing.  God said it was designed to give the priests “dignity and honor.” The priests were by no means perfect people.  When the high priest entered the Most … Continue reading

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Exodus 27 — Dealing with the problem of sin

Shortly after my wife and I got married, her grandfather passed away, and we went to attend his wake and funeral.  He was a Buddhist, so of course, they were both Buddhist ceremonies.  During the wake, the Buddhist priest said … Continue reading

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Exodus 26 — One way

Now we head into the tabernacle itself.  The thing that is most interesting to me in its description is the “Holy Place” and the “Most Holy Place.” In the Holy Place were placed the bread of the Presence, the lampstand, … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:23-40 — Bread of life, light of the world

Okay, I admit it.  These passages are very dry.  Do we seriously need all these details?  I guess the Israelites did; they had to make these things, after all.  But for the rest of us in the 21st century…well, I … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:10-22 — Where a relationship with God starts

It’s interesting to me that when God starts talking about the making of the tabernacle, he doesn’t start with the tent itself.  Rather, he starts with what’s inside.  And the very first thing he starts describing is the ark of … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:1-9 — A sanctuary and a tabernacle

We come to another section that can be a bit dry taken at face value.  But one thing that should be remembered is that a lot of the things that are described here are symbols of heavenly things.  God alludes … Continue reading

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Exodus 24 — Old covenant, new covenant

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Exodus 24:8) This is my blood of the … Continue reading

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Exodus 23:23-33 — Fighting sin

As I look through this passage and God’s commands to the people concerning the land they were entering, it reminds me of our fight against sin. God told the people that when they entered the land, he would drive out … Continue reading

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Exodus 23:4-9 — Being perfect in love

Some people think that the command to love your enemies was first given by Jesus.  But actually, you can see the roots of this in verses 4-5 of this passage. If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering … Continue reading

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Exodus 23:1-3 — Following the crowd

I have a vague memory of something that happened when I was a kid.  For some reason, some kids were teasing me about something, I can’t remember what.  And I remember one of my friend’s response.  He kind of went … Continue reading

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Exodus 21:12-22:15 — The seriousness of sin

As I look through these laws, they seem to be a running commentary on the ten commandments, namely, “Do not murder,” and “Do not steal,” and “Honor your father and mother.”  You get the idea from reading through these, that … Continue reading

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Exodus 21:1-11 — Service out of love

And so we come to the laws of the Israelite society.  I can’t really say I’ve been looking forward to getting to this part of Exodus.  I have no desire to give a verse by verse commentary on the cultural … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:17 — Getting to the heart of things

We arrive at the final command of the ten commandments, and it’s unique among the ten because of one thing.  It’s the only one that deals with the inner thoughts of the heart.  With the other nine, it’s dealing with … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:16 — Words that destroy

We’ve seen so far in the ten commandments two things we are not to do to the people around us.  We are not to take their lives, and we are not to take their property.  The third is not to … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:15 — Stolen property

When I was a kid, our family was a victim of house theft.  I don’t recall anything of major value being taken from our house.  Someone came through one of our windows, snuck in while we were away, and took … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:14 — Breaking what shouldn’t be broken

God loathes adultery. We live in a world where it’s almost taken as a matter of course.  We see it on TV dramas.  We see it in movies.  We read about it in books.  We see it in gossip magazines, … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:13 — The value of human life

You shall not murder. Probably the most well-known of the ten commandments.  Even among non-Christians.  If you were to poll non-Christians and Christians about the ten commandments, I’d guess this would be the one that would rank number one as … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:12 — A vital relationship

It’s interesting to me the human relationship that God chose to address first and foremost in the ten commandments, the relationship between parents and their children.  He said, “Honor your father and your mother.”  And as Paul mentioned in Ephesians … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:8-11 — A true Sabbath

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me why Christians still follow most of the ten commandments, but don’t follow the fourth, to keep the Sabbath day. There are a couple of answers to this.  One is that in … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:7 — A God who is to be honored

Here in Japan, one phrase that many Japanese seem to know, even the high school students who barely speak a word of English, is “Oh my God.”  They almost never say it in the right context or with the right … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:5-6 — The DNA of sin

After my daughter was born, many people started telling me that she looks like me.  I guess we have the same eyebrows and same nose (or so I’m told), but I think she has my wife’s mouth.  A friend told … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:4-5 — The God who cannot be shaped

In the first command God gave, he revealed himself as the God who stands alone.  There is no God besides him, and he will not accept people worshiping any “gods” besides him. In the second command, God reveals something else … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:3 — A God who stands alone

Who is this God? Back when Moses asked Pharaoh to let the people go to worship God in the desert, Pharaoh asked “Who is this Yahweh?  Why should I listen to him?” Though thousands of years have passed since Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Exodus 20:1-2 — Not arbitrary.

And so we start one of the most famous passages in the Bible:  The ten commandments.  I kind of flirted with the idea of just giving a brief overview of them, but decided they were important enough to give a … Continue reading

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Exodus 19:9-25; 20:18-21 — Kept at a distance

Why did Jesus have to die?  Was it really necessary in order to have a relationship with God? I think we get a big clue to that as we look at the relationship between God and Israel in these passages.  … Continue reading

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Exodus 19:1-8 — A treasured possession, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation

God made a pretty awesome covenant with the people of Israel.  After pulling them out of Egypt and bringing them to himself, he now promised to make them his own treasured possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. … Continue reading

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Exodus 18 — A teachable heart

I was talking to a friend recently, and since I had just celebrated my latest birthday, we were talking a bit about the changes that come with the years.  One thing I mentioned was that I know a lot less … Continue reading

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Exodus 17:8-16 — No need to fight alone

Israel faced their first battle in the desert against the Amalekites.  Apparently, at a time when the Israelites were tired and worn out from traveling in the desert, the Amalekites were killing all the weak ones who were lagging behind … Continue reading

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Exodus 17:1-7 — Pictures of Christ

And the complaining continues.  Not long after complaining about no food, now the Israelites start complaining about no water. But God uses the situation to give a beautiful picture of Christ and his work in our lives.  In I Corinthians … Continue reading

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Exodus 16 — “Will you trust me?”

I would’ve hated to be Moses, trying to lead the people of Israel.  For one thing, they had short memories.  For another, they had ears that apparently didn’t hear very well. Once again, the Israelites were grumbling against God and … Continue reading

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Exodus 15:22-27 — Bitterness, healing, and obedience

As I mentioned in my last blog, it’s amazing how quickly praise can turn into grumbling.  The Israelites were only three days away from the Red Sea when they started complaining about a lack of water.  You’d think that after … Continue reading

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Exodus 15:1-21 — Who God is

Either Moses and Miriam were really talented song writers, or God gave them the song on the spot, or there was a bit of time between the victory over the Egyptians and the singing of the song. At any rate, … Continue reading

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Exodus 14 — Stand firm. Go forward.

It strikes me that Pharaoh probably never intended to let the Israelites leave Egypt.  Up until then, all Moses had ever asked was that they be allowed to go and worship God in the desert.  And when Pharaoh finally gave … Continue reading

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Exodus 13:17-22 — God’s leading

I think this one will be short and sweet today.  There are three things that strike me about God’s leading in this passage. First, he never leads us into situations greater than we can handle.  It says in verse 17, … Continue reading

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Exodus 13:1-16 — Remember

One of my favorite movies of all time is Star Trek — The Wrath of Khan.  In the climatic scene, Spock goes down to the engineering section, and needs to go into a room flooded with radiation to get the … Continue reading

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Exodus 12 — A new start

Lots of symbolism in this chapter.  One of the most striking to me is the creation of a new calendar.  For the Israelites, their deliverance from Egypt was to be the start of their yearly calendar.  It was as if … Continue reading

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Exodus 7-11 — Stubbornness and Pride

It’s really amazing looking at these chapters to see just how stubborn Pharaoh was.  Maybe there was some excuse for the first three miracles as his own magicians were able to produce a counterfeit to Moses’ miracles.  But after that, … Continue reading

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Exodus 7-10 — Counterfeit

Let the games begin! After Pharaoh threw down the gauntlet by rejecting God’s word, and persecuting the Israelites even more, God started to give signs of who he really was to Pharaoh, that he is truly God above all. First, … Continue reading

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Exodus 5-6 — I did what you told me to! Now look what happened!

Well, Moses couldn’t say God didn’t warn him.  God told him that Pharaoh would be hard-hearted and wouldn’t listen to Moses.   But that sure didn’t stop Moses from complaining. Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, and didn’t even ask him … Continue reading

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Exodus 4:24-26 — No small thing

I kind of debated writing about this passage or not.  It’s one of those “uncomfortable” passages in the Bible, as well as being a passage that seems to come out of nowhere. One moment Moses is being told to go … Continue reading

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Exodus 4:1-17 — Concerns? Or excuses?

When God called Moses to deliver his people, Moses had no end of excuses.  “Who am I to go?  For that matter, who are you?”  After God answered those questions, Moses brought up more objections to his going to Egypt. … Continue reading

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Exodus 3:11-17 — Who God is. Who we are.

Moses didn’t seem to want anything to do with delivering the Israelites from Egypt.  He had tried to do so once years before, and had his own people turn on him.  And now, here is God telling him, “Go back … Continue reading

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Exodus 2-3 — Where is God?

Where is God? When we’re going through tough times in our lives, that’s a pretty common question. “God!  I’m suffering here.  Don’t you see?  Don’t you hear?  Where are you?” That’s probably how the Israelite people felt in Egypt.  It … Continue reading

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Exodus 2:11-22 — Outcast

I kind of wonder how Moses felt growing up as a Hebrew in the palace of the Pharaoh.  Was he completely accepted by the Pharaoh and the other court members?  Or was there always some kind of stigma that he … Continue reading

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Exodus 2:1-10 — God’s sense of humor

Sometimes people wonder if God has a sense of humor.  One comedian answered, “Of course!  Haven’t you ever seen a duckbill platypus?  That’s either a joke or a mistake, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” I don’t know if the duckbill … Continue reading

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Exodus 1 — Who do you fear?

And so we hit Exodus.  I kind of get the impression it’s going to take some time to get through the Bible at this pace.  Much longer than a year, anyway. I think that Moses must’ve gotten a kick out … Continue reading

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