Exodus 39-40, Matthew 23

Exodus 39:32

32 Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did.

It is good to do what the Lord tells us to do. Things will always go better when we walk in obedience to the Lord, when we do the things He tells us to do. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:16, that if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of our flesh.

Exodus 40:13
13 You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.

As Christians, the word ‘consecrate’ is a very important word. It means ‘to be set apart, to be holy, to show oneself holy, to be treated as holy’. When we gave our lives to Jesus, we were ‘set apart’ as belonging to Him and no longer to ourselves or to the world. We must purpose to always seek Jesus, knowing that as we do, we will remain ‘consecrated’ for His work and His purpose for our lives.

Exodus 40:36-37
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.

I love this picture of the Lord directing our steps, directing our lives. We must learn how to hear from Him clearly, so that when He says go, we go…and when He says stay…we stay. He wants to lead us according to His best for our lives.

Matthew 23:3-4
3 Therefore whatever they (the scribes and Pharisees) tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Seven times in this chapter, the Lord will refer to the scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites (those who say one thing and do another). God hates hypocrisy, so much so that at one time Jesus calls them ‘sons of hell’. We must guard our hearts, at all times, from ever slipping into any form of hypocrisy. It is dangerous and destructive to our relationship with others and with the Lord.

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