Do you take in the moment? Do you absorb the reality of the situation? Do gloss it over? Do you forget about it? What if you read something that explains how much work and effort, the size, the strength, the durability of something and then later also read about how it tore apart? Don’t miss out on the big deals! Don’t lose out on the benefits! Don’t just skip over it!
Today’s reading starts off with the story of the curtain, it’s the same curtain that ripped apart when Jesus gave up His life on the cross. Let’s learn more about this curtain…
Curtains1“Moreover you are to make the Tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen, of blue , purple and scarlet, with cheruvim made by the work of a skillful craftsman. 2The length of each curtain is to be 28 cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains are to have the same measure. 3Five curtains are to be coupled together one to another, and the other five curtains are also to be coupled one to another. 4Also make loops of violet on the edge of the one curtain that is outermost in the first set, and do likewise within the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set. 5You are to make 50 loops in the first curtain and 50 loops on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set. The loops are to be opposite one another. 6Then make 50 clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to another with the clasps, so that the Tabernacle may be one piece. 7“You are to make curtains of goat hair for a tent over the Tabernacle, 11 curtains in all. 8The length of each curtain is to be 30 cubits and the width of each curtain four cubits. The eleven curtains are to have the same measurement. 9You are to couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and double over the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tent. 10Then make 50 loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outermost in the first set, along with 50 loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set. 11Make 50 bronze clasps, put them into the loops, and couple the tent together, so that it may be one. 12As for the overhanging part that remains of the tent curtains, the half curtain that remains is to hang over the back of the Tabernacle. 13The extra cubit on one side, as well as the cubit on the other side, which remains in the length of the curtains of the tent, is to hang over the sides of the Tabernacle on each side, to cover it. 14You are to make a covering for the tent of ram skins, dyed red, and a covering of sealskins above. 15“You are to make the framework of boards for the Tabernacle from acacia wood, standing upright. 16The length of each board is to be 10 cubits by one and a half cubits wide. 17There are to be two supports in each board, joined one to another. Do this for all the boards of the Tabernacle. 18You are to make the 20 boards for the south side of the Tabernacle, 19and 40 silver bases underneath the 20 boards. Two bases go underneath one board for its supports and two bases under another board for its supports. 20Likewise, for the second side of the Tabernacle, on the north side, there are to be 20 boards, 21with their 40 bases of silver. Two bases go under one board and two bases under the next board. 22For the back part of the Tabernacle, westward, you are to make six boards. 23Make two boards for the corners of the Tabernacle on the back side. 24They are also to be doubled at the bottom, and in the same way joined at the top by the first ring. It is to be this way for them both, and they will provide for the two corners. 25So there will be eight boards, with 16 silver bases, two bases under each board. 26“Also make crossbeams of acacia wood, five for the boards on one side of the Tabernacle, 27five for the boards on the other side of the Tabernacle, and five for the boards on the back part of the Tabernacle to the west. 28The middle crossbeam in the center of the boards will pass through from end to end. 29Then overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings from gold as holders for the crossbeams, and overlay the crossbeams with gold. 30“You are to raise up the Tabernacle according to the plan which you were shown on the mountain. 31“Make a fine woven linen curtain of blue, purple and scarlet, with cheruvim. It is to be the work of a skillful craftsman. 32You are to hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooks being made of gold, atop four bases of silver. 33You are to hang the curtain under the clasps, and bring the Ark within the curtain of the Testimony. The parokhet will divide for you between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. 34“Then you are to put the atonement cover on the Ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies. 35You shall set the table outside the curtain, and the menorah opposite the table on the side of the Tabernacle toward the south. You are to put the table on the north side. 36“For the entrance of the tent, also make a screen of blue, purple and scarlet, finely twisted linen, the work of a color weaver. 37You are also to make for the screen five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks are to be made of gold, and you are to cast five bases of bronze for them.–from Exodus 26
How many times might you have skipped over some reading about curtains? How many other things would the title have made you skip over? Have you missed out on the full story? Have you missed out the miracles? Have you missed out on the blessings by skipping over stuff that God had intended to use to speak into your life? What if had been bolded? Would that have gotten your attention? What if there were more lights? Don’t miss out because you don’t think it doesn’t apply to you! God knows what you are going through! He can speak to you right where you are at in and through His Word! I pick a 365 day walk through the Bible each year and each year God is able to speak to me – He knows even before I do what I need to hear. So don’t gloss over God’s Word! The details are important! They were given because they are important!
Altar, Courtyard, Oil1“Make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide. The altar will be square and its height is to be three cubits. 2Make horns on the four corners—of one piece. Overlay it with bronze. 3You are to make pots for it to take away ashes, along with shovels, basins, forks and fire pans—make all the utensils of bronze. 4Also make a bronze grating net for it, and on the net you are to make four bronze rings on the four corners. 5You are to place it under the ledge around the altar beneath, so that the net may reach halfway up the altar. 6Make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7Its poles are to be put into the rings, on the two sides of the altar, for carrying it. 8You are to make it with planks so that it is hollow. As it has been shown to you in the mountain, they are to make it just so. 9“You are also to make a courtyard for the Tabernacle. For the south side there are to be hangings for the courtyard of finely twisted linen, 100 cubits long. 10There are to be 20 pillars with 20 bronze bases, and the hooks on the pillars along with their bands are to be made of silver. 11Likewise for the north side, in length there are to be 100 cubit long hangings, 20 pillars and 20 bronze bases. The hooks of the pillars and their clasps are to be made of silver. 12“Now for the width of the courtyard on the west side there are to be 50 cubits of hangings, ten pillars and ten bases. 13The width of the courtyard on the east side is to be 50 cubits. 14The hangings on one side of the gate are to be 15 cubits, with three pillars and three bases. 15For the other side there is also to be 15 cubits of hangings, with three pillars and three bases. 16“For the gate of the courtyard there is to be a 20 cubit curtain of blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen, the work of a color weaver, along with their four pillars and their four bases. 17The pillars of the courtyard are to be banded with silver, their hooks of silver, and their bases of bronze all around. 18The length of the courtyard is to be 100 cubits, and the width 50 throughout. The height is to be five cubits, with hangings of finely twisted linen, with their bronze bases. 19All the articles of the Tabernacle for all the services there, along with all the pegs, including all the pegs of the courtyard, are to be bronze. 20“Also you are to command Bnei-Yisrael, that they are to bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. 21In the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons will set it in order, to burn from evening to morning before Adonai. It will be a statute forever throughout their generations, on behalf of Bnei-Yisrael.–from Exodus 27
We need to shine our light into this dark world! We need to allow the light that shone into our lives through Jesus to shine out of our lives into the dark world! It’s not good enough to dim it down so that we assimilate into the world! It’s more important that people see the difference! It’s more important that people will see through the darkness the hope that is within you! It’s more important that people will see through the darkness the reason for the hope that is within you! Will you allow the oil – the anointing of the Holy Spirit to burn within you so that your light will continue to shine all the days of your life? Will you stay with the Holy Spirit so that you will be continually filled up so that you can and will shine? It’s all about choices and decisions, words and actions, faith and hope, love and sacrifice!
Will you be part of the remnant who will stick with God? Will you be part of the starter group who will start up a revival? Will you be part of the group who will take a hold of God’s calling and do what He needs? Will you give? Will you go? Will you do? What is God calling you to do? What is He asking you to do? What will your part be? What does He want to say into your life? What can He do in and through you? Will you allow God to prune? Will you allow God to graft you into the family? into the vine?
Israel Not Rejected1I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected His people whom He knew beforehand. Or do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? 3“Adonai, they have killed your prophets, they have destroyed your altars; I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.” 4But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5So in the same way also at this present time there has come to be a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. 6But if it is by grace, it is no longer by works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. 7What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained; but the elect obtained it, and the rest were hardened— 8just as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes not to see and ears not to hear, until this very day.” 9And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 10Let their eyes be darkened so they do not see, and bend their back continually.” 11I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their false step salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke Israel to jealousy. 12Now if their transgression leads to riches for the world, and their loss riches for the Gentiles, then how much more their fullness! 13But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Insofar as I am an emissary to the Gentiles, I spotlight my ministry 14if somehow I might provoke to jealousy my own flesh and blood and save some of them. 15For if their rejection leads to the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16If the firstfruit is holy, so is the whole batch of dough; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17But if some of the branches were broken off and you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness, 18do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you who support the root but the root supports you. 19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20True enough. They were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear— 21for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you. 22Notice then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who fell; but God’s kindness toward you, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off! 23And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if you were cut out of that which by nature is a wild olive tree, and grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?
The Mystery Revealed!25For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be ignorant of this mystery—lest you be wise in your own eyes—that a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer shall come out of Zion. He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” 28Concerning the Good News, they are hostile for your sake; but concerning chosenness, they are loved on account of the fathers— 29for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30For just as you once were disobedient to God but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31in like manner these also have now been disobedient with the result that, because of the mercy shown to you, they also may receive mercy. 32For God has shut up all in disobedience, so that He might show mercy to all. 33O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how incomprehensible His ways! 34For “who has known the mind of Adonai, or who has been His counselor?” 35Or “who has first given to Him, that it shall be repaid to him?” 36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.–from Romans 11
Let’s live sacrificial lives in love! Let’s allow our lives to be a calling sigh for people to come and to know God through our Lord and Savior Jesus! Let’s shine our lights that others may see it and glorify our Father in Heaven! Let’s live lives in the spirit so that we are in alignment with God’s Holy Spirit and can lead us and guide us every step of every day! Let’s share the grace and the mercy God has poured out on us to flow into the lives of those around us that they may come to the realization of God’s greatness!
The Son Is Risen!1Now after Shabbat, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam came to look at the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of Adonai descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4And those keeping watch were shaken for fear of him and became like dead men. 5But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Yeshua who was crucified. 6He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7Go quickly now and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And behold, He’s going before you to the Galilee. There you will see Him. See, I have told you!” 8They quickly left the tomb, with fear yet with great joy, and ran to bring news to His disciples.
The Good News Cannot Be Hidden9And behold, Yeshua met them. “Shalom!” He said. They drew near, grasped his feet, and worshiped Him. 10“Don’t be afraid,” Yeshua said to them. “Go tell My brothers to head for the Galilee, and there they will see Me.” 11Now while they were going, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the ruling kohanim all that had happened. 12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of silver to the soldiers, 13saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.’ 14And if this is heard by the governor, we’ll appease him and keep you out of trouble.” 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story was spread among the Judeans to this day.
Authority to Make Disciples Everywhere16Now the eleven disciples went to the Galilee, to the mountain Yeshua had designated. 17When they saw Him, they worshiped; but some wavered. 18And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, 20teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”–from Matthew 28
Let’s live in the celebration of our risen Savior! Even as Easter is just around the corner, let’s reflect on the birth, the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus! And then shine that He may be glorified! God’s desire isn’t for us to be afraid! His plan is to give us a message of good news so that we will choose to spend our lives and our eternity with Him!
Angels in the Bible make me laugh – they appear in all their glory and awe which tends to startle or frighten people – then they say “Do not be afraid”. So let’s not walk in fear, let’s walk by faith!
Today’s reading alone, we see “Do not be afraid” and “Don’t be afraid”, first from the angel and secondly from Jesus! So let’s take a hold of that today and not walk in fear!