Exodus 26: 1—27:21
The Israelites would never be able to say that the Lord did not clearly communicate how the tabernacle should be constructed or how they were supposed to set it up. God, unlike all the other fake gods the nations around Israel, did not leave them in the dark to fumble around trying all sorts of things to please a god they did not really know. He was clear, orderly and purposeful. This tabernacle was teaching tool for the Israelites to learn about atonement for their sin. The thought also occurred to me that this would have been a project that this new nation would all be working on together. With all the embroidery that is going to have to happen can you say, “TEAM BUILDING!” They would be a stronger group of people after building the tabernacle.
Does anyone else see how drab it is on the outside but brilliant on the inside? Just made me think about how Jesus talked a few days ago about white washed tombs, and this is like the opposite of that.
Matthew 25: 1-30
Context is KING remember…… Jesus is still teaching us what it will be like when He returns during the time “Daniel the Prophet spoke about.“ He is using parables to teach the disciples and us what it will be like. (Parables are the greatest!) We are in the section where Jesus is teaching about faithfulness during this awful time that can be described as so bad “vultures will circle.”
In the first parable for today Jesus teaches that during this time some people will be prepared for His return and some won’t. This is FOMO, The Holy Bible addition! The unfaithful will be banging on the door to be let into the party but they will have missed out.
In the next parable the master is going away on a long trip. He “entrusts” his money to the servants and expects them to do something with the money. The servants that do something good with the what they are given are rewarded by the master. The servant who does not do something with it not only calls the master a harsh man and calls his character into question, but shows us he really just wanted to keep the wealth he had been given to himself. He did not want the bank to know he had been given money because he would have to tell the bank it was his masters. He was “banking” on the master not coming back, and after a safe amount of time he would go back and dig it up and claim it as his own. Clearly this is the wrong answer because the servant is thrown into outer darkness. So what does this mean? If we have bad investments during our time on earth will we be thrown in outer darkness. As I sit here thinking through this I remembered this is a story designed to teach us about faithfulness (context is King!). The thought I have is that the two servants that did something good with what they were given took the master at his word when he said I am going on a long trip but will be back. Every time they had the thought, “Gosh, that guy is probably never coming back, I’m just gonna go get that money and claim it for myself.” For some reason they didn’t. They reminded themselves that he told them he was coming back. And that is faithfulness folks. Having faith to do what God asks us to do even when the circumstances tell you something different.
Psalm 31: 1-8
The line, “I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord. for you are a faithful God,” really caught my attention. I think about the fact that David seems to always be in a situation where he has to have faith to do what God asks him to do even though he is being chased down by enemies. Davids response to this is entrusting the Lord with his spirit. That is beautiful.
Proverbs 8: 1—11
Wisdom is contrasted here with the seductive woman. The seductive woman is portrayed as hiding and setting a trap. Wisdom is portrayed as being in public places calling to people to be wise. Following wisdom will lead to a wholesome life, were as following the seductive woman leads to death. Wisdom is worth far more than anything else.