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(82) 23 March : Proverbs 12v8 / Exodus 29v1-31v11 / Psalm 22v7-11

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on

Understanding to grow in
These laws govern the ordination and activity of the priests. We will see a lot more of these elabroate and seemingly strict rituals. Helpfully, the LORD tells us the reason for them (29v45-46). First, they are to enable him to dwell amongst the people. The blood paying sin's penalty, the washing of objects, offerings and priests - it's all to cleanse them from the contamination of sin so that God's holiness doesn't react by destroying them. It's a vivid reminder that being in a close relationship with God isn't an easy thing nor to be considered flippantly. His purity and perfection mean that he must act against even a hint of sin. It causes us to appreciate what Jesus has done so that we can approach God so freely. He is no less holy today. It's just that we are fully cleansed (Heb 9v13-14). Second, these things remind the people that the LORD is their God. The ordination ritual and the daily offerings (29v38-41) would have constantly brought home that Israel were different from the nations in their priviledge of having the Creator live with them. The bread pictured his fellowship with the people, and the burning of incense the pleasing nature of their worship. The section ends with the LORD gifting men with the artistry to make the tabernacle - a reminder that he gives us gifts to be used to his glory. As you read note what the detail says about the impact of sin.
Exodus 29:1-31:11

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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