Why are you doing that? Why are you doing that like that? Why don’t you do it a different way? What will come of doing it that way versus any other way? Is there a reason for doing it that way? Is there a purpose behind it? Did you do it that way on purpose? or was it done accidentally? When we do something on purpose for a purpose there tend to be more energy and excitement behind getting it completed. So what are you doing today? How will you do it? How did it turn out?
Today’s reading is interesting to me because of the detail that is provided into the what, the how, and the why. Consider the what, the how, and the why today as you get your day started!
Incense Altar1“You are to make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense. 2It is to be square—one cubit in length, one cubit wide, and two cubits high. The horns must be of one piece with it. 3You are to overlay it with pure gold on top, all around the sides and over the horns. Also you are to make a crown of gold for it all around. 4Make two golden rings for it under the crown on the two sides, and they will be holders for poles to carry it. 5Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6You are to set it in front of the curtain that is in front of the Ark of the Testimony, in front of the atonement cover that is over the Testimony, where I will meet with you. 7“Aaron must burn sweet spices of incense there every morning. When he attends to the lamps, he is to burn it. 8Also when Aaron keeps the lamps lit at dusk he must burn it. There must be incense continually before Adonai, throughout your generations. 9You must not offer up unauthorized incense on it. Nor should any burnt offering or grain offering be there, nor should you pour any drink offering there. 10Aaron is to make atonement upon the horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering throughout your generations. It is most holy to Adonai.”
Census and Ransom Money11Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 12“When you tally the sum of Bnei-Yisrael by numbering them, then every man must pay a ransom for his soul to Adonai when you count them, so that no plague will fall on them. 13Everyone among them who crosses over must give half a shekel according to the Sanctuary shekel (which is 20 gerahs): half a shekel as an offering to Adonai. 14Everyone who crosses over among them who is counted, from 20 years old and upward, is to give the offering to Adonai. 15The rich are not to give more and the poor are not to give less than the half shekel, when they present the offering of Adonai to make atonement for your souls. 16You are to take the atonement money from Bnei-Yisrael and give it for the service of the Tent of Meeting, so that it may be a memorial for Bnei-Yisrael before Adonai, to make atonement for your souls.”
Basin for Washing17Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 18“You will also make a basin of bronze with a bronze stand for washing. You are to place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it. 19Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and their feet there. 20Whenever they go into the Tent of Meeting or come near to the altar to minister, to present an offering made by fire in smoke to Adonai, they are to wash with water so that they do not die. 21They are to wash their hands and their feet, so that they do not die. It is to be an eternal statute for them, to him and to his offspring throughout their generations.”
Holy Anointing Oil22Moreover Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 23“Now take for yourself the best spices: 500 shekels of flowing myrrh, half as much sweet cinnamon (250), also 250 shekels of sweet calamus, 24500 of cassia, after the Sanctuary shekel, plus a hin of olive oil. 25You are to make holy anointing oil from it, a fragrant mixture, blended as the work of a perfumer. It will be holy anointing oil. 26You are to anoint the Tent of Meeting with it, the Ark of the Testimony, 27as well as the table and all its articles, the menorah and its articles, the altar of incense, 28the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin along with its stand. 29You are to consecrate them so that they will be most holy. Whatever touches them will become holy. 30“You are to anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them, so that they may minister to Me as kohanim. 31Speak to Bnei-Yisrael saying, ‘This is to be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 32It must not be poured on human flesh, nor are you to make any like it, with its formula. It is holy and it must be holy to you. 33Whoever mixes any like it, or whoever puts any of it on anyone unauthorized, will be cut off from his people.’” 34Then Adonai said to Moses, “Take the sweet spices—stacte, onycha and galbanum. The spices and pure frankincense are to be in equal measures. 35Make a fragrant mixture from them, a blend like the work of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. 36You are to beat some of it into powder, and set it before the Testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I will meet with you. It is to be most holy to you. 37But the incense which you make, with its formula, you are not to make for yourselves. It is to be holy to you, for Adonai. 38Whoever makes any like it, to breathe in its smell, will be cut off from his people.”–from Exodus 30
God’s plans don’t only tell you the what, the why, the how, it also includes the who!
Ruach-filled Craftsmen1Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 2“See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4to make ingenious designs, to forge with gold, silver and bronze, 5as well as cutting stones for setting and carving wood, to work in all manner of craftsmanship. 6Also look, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. Within the hearts of all who are wise-hearted I have placed skill, so that they may make everything that I have commanded you: 7the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Testimony, the atonement cover that is to be on it, all the furnishings of the Tabernacle, 8the table and its utensils, the menorah of pure gold with all of its utensils, the altar of incense, 9the altar of burnt offering with all of its utensils, the basin and its stand, 10the woven garments, the holy garments for Aaron the kohen, the garments for his sons to minister as kohanim, 11the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for the holy place. They are to make them just as how I commanded you.”
Shabbat: A Perpetual Covenant Sign12Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 13“Speak now to Bnei-Yisrael saying, ‘Surely you must keep My Shabbatot, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so you may know that I am Adonai who sanctifies you. 14Therefore you are to keep the Shabbat, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it will die, for whoever does any work during Shabbat, that soul will be cut off from the midst of his people. 15Work is to be done for six days, but on the seventh day is a Shabbat of complete rest, holy to Adonai. Whoever does any work on the Shabbat will surely be put to death. 16So Bnei-Yisrael is to keep the Shabbat, to observe the Shabbat throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between Me and Bnei-Yisrael forever, for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested.’” 18When He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave the two tablets of the Testimony to Moses—tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.–from Exodus 31
God’s plans also include the when.
Have you given God a place to live in your life? Have you put it out there somewhere or have you invited Him into your heart? Have you decided to have a personal, intimate place? Have you made Him a priority? Are you sharing Him with others?
Promise of Ben-David1A Song of Ascents. Adonai, remember David, all his afflictions, 2and how he swore to Adonai, vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3“I will not enter the tent of my house nor lie on my bed, 4nor will I will give sleep to my eyes, nor slumber to my eyelids, 5till I find a place for Adonai, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6Behold, we heard of it in Ephratha, we found it in the fields of Joar. 7Let us go into His dwelling place, let us bow at His footstool. 8Arise, Adonai, to Your resting place— You, and the Ark of Your might. 9Let Your kohanim wear righteousness, and let Your godly ones sing for joy. 10For Your servant David’s sake do not turn away the face of Your anointed. 11Adonai has sworn to David a true promise He will not revoke: “From the fruit of your body I will set one upon your throne—12if your children keep My covenant and My law that I will teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne forever.” 13For Adonai has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling: 14“This is My resting place forever. Here I dwell, for I have desired it. 15I will abundantly bless her food. I will satisfy her needy ones with bread. 16I will clothe her kohanim with salvation, and her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. 17There will I make a horn spring up for David, I have set up a lamp for My anointed. 18His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon himself his crown will shine.”–from Psalms 132
Jesus has come! He came just as it was said from the line of David! He gave His all to make a way for us! He is now sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and for me. When we invited Him into our hearts we started a relationship and a journey that will make this life and the next different than they would have been otherwise. Have you asked Jesus into your heart? Is today your day? (questions, leave me a note)
Respecting Authority1Let every person submit himself to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are put in place by God. 2So whoever opposes the authority has resisted God’s direction, and those who have resisted will bring judgment on themselves. 3For leaders cause no fear for good behavior, but for bad. Now if you do not want to fear the authority, do what is good and you will get his approval— 4for he is God’s servant to you for your good. But if you do evil, be afraid—for he does not carry the sword for no reason; for he is God’s servant, an avenger who inflicts punishment on the evildoer. 5Therefore it is necessary to be in submission—not only because of punishment but also because of conscience. 6For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, attending diligently to this very thing. 7Pay to everyone what is due them—tribute to whom tribute is due; tax to whom tax is due; respect to whom respect is due; honor to whom honor is due. 8Owe no one anything except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Torah. 9For the commandments—“You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and any other commandment—are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness of the Torah. 11Besides this, you know the time—that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first came to trust. 12The night is almost gone and the day is near, so let us put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly as in the day—not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and envy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Messiah Yeshua, and stop making provision for the flesh—for its cravings.–from Romans 13
Ever noticed how some people walk out of alignment? Ever notice how some people don’t honor and don’t respect authority like they should? Ever wonder how many people don’t understand what God expects? How much do you value LOVE! Do you treasure it? Do you share it? Do you transact it? Is it a commodity in your life? LOVE, not lust, not sex, not strife, not envy, not intoxication…