每日诗歌: 神的道路 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gDpAPC-6XQ)
Exodus 39 [Read]
Exodus 40 [Read]
Matthew 24:1-22 [Read]
Finally, all the preparation work for the tabernacle was complete. After inspection and blessing, Moses set up the tabernacle on the first day of the first month, signifying a new beginning in the history of Israel. Anointing oil was put on all items in the tabernacle, including the priests, and all of them become holy. God’s dwelling place was officially finished, and God’s glory came down to fill the tabernacle.
The phrase which repeatedly appears (13 times) in the last two chapters is “as the Lord commanded him/Moses”, and it captures the essence of the entire book of Exodus. God commands and his servants follow to the very detail. No argument and no bargaining, only total obedience and faithful execution. God’s people shall trust and obey their God because he has delivered them from the hands of the wicked king. From now on, God will be their God and they will be his people. The ones who do not honor God’s command, such as Pharaoh and rebellious Israelites, are perished.
The last 5 verses also capture another important theme of the Bible. As God’s people trust and obey his commands, God’s glory will dwell with them and God’s pillar of cloud and fire will lead them day and night “during all their travels” (40:38). The Lord who created heavens and earth will protect them, and “he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps 121:4). All who earnestly want the presence of God in their life must trust and obey, so that his protection and leading will always be with them.
Exodus begins with the Israelites living in Egypt and following Egyptian’s way, but it ends with them wandering in the wilderness of Sinai and following God’s way. The physical condition might have been downgraded, but their spiritual condition was greatly improved. However, the path of the wilderness is long and treacherous, and all of the unbelief must die before they can enter the Promised Land. So the story continues…
You should go out and celebrate, for you have finished the second book. Keep on reading.