READING: Exodus 39:22-40:38, Matthew 26:1-25
Sometimes the repetition of the scriptures is so obvious that it’s almost impossible to miss what the writer wants us to see. Today’s Old Testament reading is one of those examples. I’ve listed below some of the verses that echo with obedience, but I’ve not listed all of them in this chapter. I encourage you to go back through the reading and see these kinds of statements:
- “They made it [the robe of the ephod] just as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exo. 39:26)
- “They did just as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exo. 39:29)
- “ . . . just as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exo. 39:31)
- “The Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exo. 39:32)
- “The Israelites had done all the work according to everything the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected all the work they had accomplished. They had done just as the Lord commanded. Then Moses blessed them” (Exo. 39:42-43)
- “Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him” (Exo. 40:16).
I cannot imagine what it was like when all the people did exactly as God commanded. No one wavered, and Moses for once saw his people obey God. It’s no wonder that he blessed them – and further, it’s no wonder that God filled the tabernacle with His glory. When we obey God fully, He honors us with His presence.
PRAYER: “God, I want to do whatever You command me to do. Grant me grace to do so.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Leviticus 1-4, Matthew 26:26-56