Exodus 31-33

Exodus 31:6
6 “And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:

It is God who puts wisdom in our hearts. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”. We should ask God for wisdom on a regular basis.

Exodus 31:15
15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Thank the Lord that we are no longer bound by the law or we’d all be dead, but there is something to be said in making sure that you take a Sabbath rest. A day or time to just rest from work and reflect on the goodness and holiness of the Lord. It can be hard to find such time in the busyness of the week, but it is important.

Exodus 32:1
1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Impatience will get us into a lot of trouble. The Israelites didn’t want to go to the mountain in the first place and told Moses, “You go and listen on our behalf, then we will do what God tells you to do.” Because of their impatience, they bring God’s judgment upon themselves. Waiting patiently on the Lord can be one of the most frustrating things we do, but in the end, the wait is ‘always’ worthwhile…always!

Exodus 32:30
30 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”

All the atonement for sin which we read about in the Old Testament, was a temporary atonement (reconciliation to God through the forgiveness of sin). It wouldn’t be until Jesus was crucified that the final atonement for sin would take place.

Exodus 33:9
9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

Prayer is talking with God and then waiting for Him to talk back. The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized. We cannot expect to know the things God wants of us unless we are willing to talk to Him and then listen to what He has to say. Prayer takes patience, determination and self discipline. Without these things, we will quickly give in to not praying. The benefits of daily prayer are immeasurable.

Exodus 33:20
20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

Whenever we see a reference in the Old Testament of someone seeing or talking to God face to face, we know that it is a Christophany, a physical appearance of Jesus. We know this from this verse, “no man shall see Me (God) and live”.

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