Above you have myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia and olive oil. These are examples of the ingredients for the holy anointing oil.
Exodus 30:11—31: 18
What stood out to me today was the fact that God was asking them to do all these really specific things, so they would be set apart and holy, AND he gave them people that he gifted with skills to make the items He was asking them to make. I love that about the Lord. When I read through the list of stuff they have to make my type A, Enneagram 3 self starts hyperventilating because I’m like, “Ok, how are we going to tackle this and check this stuff off?” But look, God is responsible for asking them to do these things and God is responsible for supplying the gifts and abilities to the workers.
Matthew 26: 47-68
I totally understand why one of the men with Jesus cut the soldiers ear off. (spoiler alert, guess who it was? that’s right Peter.) The falling apart of expectations, the feelings of “this is not happening,” the desire to do something, all come to surface in us humans. But Jesus is not surprised. These men are not taking Jesus, Jesus is allowing them to take Him.
These Priest are running around trying to convince people to break the 9th commandment, “Do not give false testimony,” and breaking so many of their own laws to try to convict Jesus. And then when Jesus speaks truth, the High Priest tears his robe and yells blasphemy! That is the kind of self righteousness and self deceit we are capable of. This mob of people are so united in getting rid of Jesus they all start to beat Him.
Psalm 32: 1-11
In light of the Matthew passage above, I would say this Psalm states the best news ever for us. “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, who’s sin is put out of sight! Because of Jesus we are free of that guilt.
Proverbs 8: 27-32
Wisdom was God’s right hand man at creation. It even says that she was craftsman of sorts (architect). In the same way God gave the Israelites the wisdom to make the the Tabernacle and all the sacrificial tools! He does the same thing for us, the church, as well!