In today's Bible study, the Israelites complained to God, then God punished them. Then they complained again and God punished them. They kept doing the same thing over and over, so God kept punishing them over and over.
And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord , and the fire died down.
Today's Bible study, the lampstands made for the Tabernacle weren't cut of soldered together. They were made entirely of one piece of gold, hammered together into an intricately detailed piece of art. Seems like a good metaphor for our Christian walk.
And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.
God told Moses, to tell Aaron, to tell the people of Israel something that would bless all of them.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
In today's Bible study, God was very specific about how the Israelites were to set up their camp. Turns out, it was setup in a shape that if the Israelites had been able to see it, they wouldn't have recognized it.
The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers' houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.
Trying out a new episode format today, Freebie Friday!
Instead of talking about a single verse, I'm going to be talking about some other topic that's on my mind. This week, tipping.
How much should a Christian tip? Should Christians tip more than regular people? Does Jesus say anything about tipping? That's what we're talking about today!
In today's Bible study, God said to honor your elders and stand up before gray haired people.
You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord .
God told the Israelites not to harvest everything they spent the entire year growing. Why is that?
And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
God doesn't want us to be like the world around us, but why does He want that?
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
God didn't want the Israelites to look and act like the other peoples around them. He wants the same thing for you and me.
You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.
The first several chapters of Leviticus several very specific sacrifices the Israelites had to make to God. To modern people, it seems gross and barbaric, but to the Israelites it was revolutionary and freeing.
This is the law of the burnt offering, of the grain offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the ordination offering, and of the peace offering,
The Israelites knew where they were going, but they didn't go anywhere unless God was leading them.
Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up.
When Moses told the Israelites they needed supplies to build the tabernacle, they brought so much stuff Moses had to tell them to stop. When you give to the church, do you give like the Israelite?
for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.
Moses spent enough time alone with God that he literally glowed when he went back to the rest of the Israelites. When was the last time you spent enough time with God that everyone around you knew it?
Sorry about the bad audio. The wind didn't feel very strong, but it turned out to be a big deal...
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
Moses told God he didn't want to go anywhere if God wasn't going too. Is that the attitude you're taking when you're making life decisions?
And he said to him, "If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
Joshua stayed in the tent of meeting longer than Moses. Maybe that's why he got to go into the promised land and Moses didn't.
When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
Moses and God talked to each other like someone talks to their friend. Is that how you talk to God?
Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
The Israelites were all able to go to the tent of meeting to speak to God, but they sent Moses Instead.
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 Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.
Moses pitched the tent of meeting outside the Israelite camp. A lot of times we pitch t our tent of meeting outside our own camps.
Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp.
The first person to be filled with the Holy Spirit was all the way back in Exodus. He was a craftsman just like my dad who died about a year ago.
See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
God lead the Isrealites out of Egypt so He could hang out with them.
And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.
The Israelites vowed to obey God and all of His commands, but we know that they had a really hard time following through with that vow.
Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.
Taking a quick dive into hermeneutics today, talking about cultural context and a super random command from God in Exodus.
You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.
God wanted to make His people different than the rest of the world. One of the ways He did this was by making sure they were good to the helpless.
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.
What does the Bible say about slavery? What does God think about slavery? Exodus 22 has a lot to say about slavery, most of it looks pretty bad...
Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.
There are tons of promises in the Bible, but there's also a lot of "if's"
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;
Israel's first battle was pretty remarkable. the only reason they won is because Aaron and Hit held up Moses' arms. Key Verse: But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:12
God gave the Israelites Manna to eat while they were wandering the wilderness. Sure, bread that shows up everyday is pretty miraculous, but it' was more miraculous than you think!
And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.
Nobody likes a complainer, not even God. The Israelites started complained as soon as they left Egypt. Eventually it started causing them problems.
And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
After crossing the Red Sea, Moses and Israelites stopped to praise God. We should too.
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The Israelites were trapped by the Red Sea and the Egyptians were on their way to take them back into slavery. What did Moses say to them? He said be silent.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent."
God lead the Israelites as a giant pillar of smoke and fire. Even though there's no pillar, God still want to lead you.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
The tenth plague in Egypt was the one that finally made Pharaoh let the Israelites go, but it was also pointing towards Jesus' coming.
For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.'
When God sent the ten plagues to Egypt, they skipped the land of Goshen where the Israelites lived.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.
Pharaoh didn't just go along with the idea when Moses told him to let the Israelites go. In fact Pharaoh made it even worse for the Israelites.
Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words."
Exodus 4 has one of the most bizarre and least talked about stories in the Bible. If you do ever read it, you probably come away scratching your head. Let me try and explain it to you.
Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it and said, "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!"
God told Moses He would cause the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians and take their gold and silver when they left Egypt. God make Israel one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and He wants to do the same for you!
And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."
We know Moses' story from the beginning to the end. But he didn't He thought he wasn't qualified to do what god told him to do. Just like Moses, you are uniquely qualified to do what God calls you to do.
But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
Pharaoh told the midwives to kill all the male babies when they were born, bu they didn't. Instead they did one of the most brave things anyone could do.
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
The more the Egyptians persecuted the Israelites, the stronger they became.
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.
After their dad died, Joseph's brothers thought for sure Joseph would kill them for what they did to him. But that's not what happened.
But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
Jacob prophesied over his son Issachar that he would voluntarily go into slavery. I think you and I should do the same.
Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds. He saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, so he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant at forced labor.
When Jacob blessed his sons he prophesied about them and their descendants, but when he blessed Judah he prophesied about Jesus.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Jacob blessed Joseph's sons, but he didn't bless them how he should have. His words shaped the way these two sons' future for generations.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations."
Have you ever wondered why Joseph isn't one of the 12 tribes of Israel? He's one of Jacob's 12 sons, why doesn't he have his own tribe?
And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.
Joseph saved Egypt and his family by storing food for the famine that he knew was coming, but he also is the reason the Israelite ended up being slaves to the Egyptians.
So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh's. As for the people, he made servants of them from one end of Egypt to the other.
Joseph's brothers spoke before they thought about the consequences. They basically promised to let themselves be put to death.
Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my Lord's servants."
When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream, he also gave him a plan of what to do about it. God doesn't just give touchy feely advice, He give practical instructions you can use.
Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
Joseph didn't take the credit when he interpreted Pharaoh's dream. He gave all the credit to God. We need to do the same.
Joseph answered Pharaoh, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."
Joseph thought that the cup bearer would talk to Pharaoh and get him out of jail, but instead he had to wait for another two years.
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Joseph quickly became the head servant in Potiphar's household, the lead prisoner in jail, then the second in command of a whole nation. God wants to promote His people into high places, we just need to act in a way that'll make Him do it. Key Verse: So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. Genesis 39:4 And: And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. Genesis 39:22
Joseph did something pretty dumb when he told his brothers about his prophetic dream. He should have asked for Godly wisdom before he told them about it.
Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.
I read this verse and something crazy happened! Even though I've read it tons of times, this verse never really clicked in my head. It changes the entire story of Jacob for me.
It's important to read the Bible more than once. If you don't, you're going to miss a lot of little things. Some of these things might be something God wants to use to transform your life.
Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Jacob and Esau were brothers, but they hated each other their whole lives. Jacob thought for sure Esau was going to kill him, but what Esau did surprised everyone!
But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
After working for and being cheated by Laban for 20 years, Jacob finally packed up and left. Even though he spent 20 years being cheated and lied to, Jacob was very wealthy.
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me.
Do you know why you believe the things you believe? If someone was to ask why you're a Christian, could you answer them? It's important to think thorough your beliefs and be able to give a defense for your faith.
Christ suffered and He called us to suffer as well. Persecution and suffering is something we should expect as Christians. The world around us seems more and more against Christian morality, but no real persecution or suffering has happened yet.
Some Christians say they can just have God and they don't need other believers around them. The Bible says several time this isn't true. James also tell us we need someone to confess our sins to. Why is this so important? Let's talk about that today.
Have you ever asked God for something and He didn't give it to you? The Bible has so many verses saying all you need to do is ask, but it still seems like He doesn't always give you what you pray for. James gives us an idea of one reason why this is.
Making decisions can be tough. Both options might look good and you're not sure which one to chose. God wants us to come to Him when making decisions like this, but even when we do it's still not always clear how He wants us to chose. Here's your guide to making those kinds of choices.
God loves people who are steadfast. But when you are that kind of person, it's easy to think you aren't doing anything, that your life is insignificant. What does it mean to be steadfast and how do you know if that's the kind of person you are? Let's talk about that today.
How often do you think about the leaders God placed in your life? When was the last time you stopped to thank them for their leadership? Do you ever pray God would bless them? All leadership is placed in your life by God. Honor them.
Do you dwell on the sins of your past? God doesn't remember those sins once He's forgiven you. Christ paid for those sins, so they're gone. God no longer holds you accountable for those sins, so you don't need to either.
Do you have a vision for your future? Does it seem like God is taking forever to actually get you to where He told you He's going to take you? God expects us to wait with faith and patience to receive the vision He gives us.
The Bible is everywhere; it's the most published book in the world. Is that why it's special? The Bible isn't special because there's so many copies of it, there's so many copies because it's so special.
Jesus didn't like the Pharisees because they followed the law, but were prideful and hypocritical about it. It's important to remember who we were before we met Christ so we don't fall into the same trap.
Prayer is a key pillar in our Christian walk. It is the way we communicate with God, and build a relationship with Him. Even though it's so important, prayer is one of the easiest things to forget to do in my walk with Christ. Is it the same for you?
People who do bad things sometimes get away with it. We see it in high profile cases and we see it between kindergartners. But the Bible promises that no sin ever goes unpunished. How does God do that? let's talk about it today.
Were you told that your life would be easier when you became a Christian? Do you only worship and praise God when he blesses you? Paul tells us he knows how to live with little and he know how to live with much. Being a Christian doesn't mean you're going to be rich.
We are commanded to preach the Gospel, but sometimes it seem like people are doing it for the wrong reasons. Other times you might not be sure the person preaching is even a Christian. What should you do?
Family is one of God's biggest priorities, that's why being a father is a serious undertaking. A Christian father should teach and discipline his children according to the Bible. He must also make sure he doesn't act in a way that closes the open door he has with his children.
How should a man treat his wife? How should a woman treat her husband? What does the Bible say about husbands and wives? What does God think about all this? Does it really even matter? Does Christ really care how each individual marriage functions as long as everyone is still a Christian? Ephesians 5 answers all these questions.
The last couple days we've been talking about doing good. It's not my fault, that's the part of the Bible we're in! Paul tells the Galatians to good good whenever possible, especially to other Christians.
Even though we are supposed to be sons of God, it often feels like we are still slaves to God and even the would around us. What's the difference between a slave and a son? They don't feel any different, but they are.
Following the Old Testament law does not bring salvation. If it did, Jesus didn't need to die on the cross. Only faith in Jesus can save us. But there are still churches around that tell you to follow some or all of the Law. Let's talk about that today.
The bible clearly tells us the sins that will keep us out of heaven. It's easy to see people in the world who are committing these sins and judge them for it. But what we need to remember is at one time, we were in the same boat as the sinners we see around us. It's Christ's love that saved us, and it's Christ's love that can save the sinners around us.
Judge not lest you be judged. It's a verse used all the time about judging, but it's not all the Bible says about the topic. Is there times when you should judge the people around you? Let's take a look at another verse that talks about judgments.
Sharing your faith seems binary. Either the person you talk to becomes a Christian, or they don't. But that's not the way God sees it. When you share your faith, you are either planting a seed, or you are watering a seed someone else planted. It's God who provides the growth.
As Christians, many of us look at the world fondly wishing we could do some of the things we know are wrong. We even think about our old sinful life and remember it as all good instead of how it really was. Let's talk about this today.
It's amazing when we hear stories of people giving their life for someone they love. But you never hear stories of people dying for people on death row. Jesus died for everyone on death row. He even died for you and me.
The Bereans didn't just take what Paul was teaching for granted. They spent time and energy reading the Bible to see if what he was saying was true before they decided to follow his teaching. Let's talk and pray about this today.
In the first century, there were judaizers who said that Christians must also follow the law in the old testament to have salvation in Jesus. Today, there are modern judaizers who are saying the same thing. We discuss and pray about this it today's Daily D.
God sets authority in place. He honors those authorities even if they don't rule the way they should.
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I haven't had a new podcast for a little over a month. The reason isn't because I stopped reading my Bible, it's because my dad died. Today, instead of the normal format I would like to take some time to tell you about my dad.