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Exodus 34 [Read]
Exodus 35 [Read]
Exodus 36 [Read]
Matthew 23:1-22 [Read]
Exodus 32-34 is like a detour of the path leading towards the construction of God’s tabernacle. In Ex 25-31, we read the instructions God gave concerning his dwelling place among his people. Then came the golden calf, and God almost destroyed Israelites for their idolatry. Thanks to the intercession of Moses, God relented. Starting from Ex 35, we read a copy of the instruction given before. However, careful readers should notice the changes of personal pronouns from “you” to “they” or “he” (36:8, 10, 14, 16). The action had begun, and the project was back on track.
Meditate on this detour helps us find God’s grace and purpose. Through this detour, Moses became a true intercessor for God’s people. He went beyond being a mouthpiece of God and became a servant who truly knew God’s heart towards his people (Ex 32:12-13, 33:13). Through this detour, God declared his name and characters (Ex 34:6-7), so that his people might know him better. Through this detour, Moses’ face became radiant with godly light which impressed deeply unto the heart of the people (Ex 34:30). Moses became a servant who truly KNEW his Lord, and the radiance of that knowledge could no longer be held back. That’s what a detour in God’s plan can and will do to a true follower of God.
Detour in our everyday driving usually leads to extra time and annoying inconveniences, but detour in God’s plan always turns into blessings. Jacob seemed to have a major detour in his life by going to Paddan Aram, yet he came back to his homeland with a big family and a large possession. But more importantly, he came back to be Israel instead of Jacob. Joseph seemed to have a major detour in his life by going to Egypt, yet he became the conduit of God’s blessings to his family. But more importantly, through him God increased the family of Israel to a formidable nation to take hold of the Promised Land.
Sometimes in our life, we encounter road blocks and cause us to detour. But he who trusts the Lord and follows his way shall eventually see the blessings hidden in such detour. If you are in the midst of such detour right now, I encourage you to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Pt 5:7). Be still, and he will show you that he was and still is the Lord.
Keep on reading, we are almost done with the 2nd book.