Today’s reading is Exodus 37-38.

Why did the Israelites so closely follow God’s instructions about the Tabernacle? Was it because they were a rule-focused people? Was it because they were simply afraid of getting blasted by the falling fire of God? While those things may have played a part, I’m guessing Jesus’s statement in John 7:18 provides the fundamental principle: “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.” The authority of God’s pattern for the Tabernacle mattered to Israel because God’s glory mattered to Israel. The same should be said of us today. The authority of God’s New Covenant pattern matters so much to us today because God’s glory matters that much to us today.

Tomorrow’s reading is Exodus 39-40.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, I sure hope you picked up on what I shared with your parents today. I know these sections of Exodus are extremely tedious. There is part of you probably saying, “Wait a minute! Didn’t we read all of this just the other day?” Israel was that concerned about following God’s plan for His Tabernacle. Later, David and Solomon will be that concerned about following God’s plan for His Temple. As you grow up, you will meet all kinds of people who claim to be Christians and children of God, but doing all kinds of different things whether or not authority for them can be found in the New Covenant. The issue here is not one of rules or fear of punishment. The issue is whether or not God’s glory matters to us. If it does, then we’ll pursue God’s pattern for His temple, the church, today.

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