Sorry I was slow in posting today… It was a CRAZY day with the Help Build Hope stuff and all… By the way, that reminds me, if you weren’t at the Help Build Hope project this morning, you definitely missed out on an awesome event! About 130 people built a house in the church parking lot in about 3 hours today… Amazing…
Now, on to the reading for the day… It was definitely a little easier for me than the last one was… Highlights…
Exodus 29:1 — “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.”
God goes on for the next 46 verses to explain in painful detail just what should be done to make a priest worthy of serving Him. And it makes me SO glad I’m a 21st century minister and not a “Old-Testament-wandering-in-the-desert” priest. ‘Cause it’s pretty crazy and involves bulls, rams, blood, fancy clothes and some insane rituals. I’m glad I don’t have to go through all that to prove my worthiness to serve God. But, then I remember a little verse in the New Testament. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…” And I’m reminded that I might live in Ohio in 2009, but I’m a priest in Jesus’ eyes. And so are you if you call yourself a disciple… A Christian… And so I ask you, “What are you doing to prove your worthiness to serve God?” You probably shouldn’t go out and slaughter a bunch of farm animals, but you definitely should take steps to be holy.
Exodus 32:1 — The people come to Aaron and say, “As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt…” and pressure him to make them idols to worship. And, Aaron just kind of looks at them and says, “Uh. Ok.”
What is Aaron thinking? I can almost excuse the people for being freaking idiots but I have a much harder time dealing with Aaron. He’s been chosen by God to speak for Moses. He’s stood before a king and shown God’s miracles. He’s been beside Moses through the desert and the Red Sea. He’s Moses BROTHER, for crying out loud. And now, he wants to do whatever he can to keep the people happy. Unbelievable.
If I ever start living my life and making ministry decisions “just to keep people happy,” please come up, slap me and call me Aaron. You have my permission. 🙂 Acts 5:29 says, “We must obey God rather than men.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 says, “We speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” I refuse to make altars in order to make friends.
Exodus 33:8,10 — “Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship.”
Just a question… What would our community look like if we lived with 1, only 1, priority — “Wait for God to speak?”
Another question… What would our church look like if we did the same?
Exodus 34:29 — “Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.”
Does my face shine?
Keep up the reading y’all! You’re doing great! One week down, just a “few” more to go… 🙂