“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” - C.S. Lewis
“I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that the leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.” - Charles R. Swindoll
“Don’t always blindly follow guidance and step-by-step instructions; you might run into something interesting.” - Georg Cantor
“Disasters, danger, and disobedience - 3 things that happen when we don’t follow instructions.” - Unknown
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” - 1 Corinthians 12:7. “...by love serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13b.
“Genuine repentance must bear the seal of a corrected life.” - Lewis F. Korns
We come to the most tragic scripture in the book of Exodus. Where Exodus 25 showed us the genuine desire of God’s people to obey God through their freewill offering, Exodus 32 shows us the sinfulness of Israel through their offering to idolatry. Truly the Sermon on the Mount fact, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:21, rings true. We could speak of the beautiful incense of chapter 30, or the equipping of God’s people to the work of God in chapter 31, but it is without question one of the darkest days of Israel’s history in chapter 32.
“We are not to look like or act like other people; rather, we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.” - A.W. Tozer
“Man’s biggest problem is his sin which has separated him from God.”
The instructions from God now come to the organization and construction of the Tabernacle. This really is one of the most primary aspects of the Law given in Exodus. The beauty of the pictures found in the Tabernacle, the furniture, and the events that were to happen in the Tabernacle are almost without equal. Christ is shown in a wonderful and surreal way. In the midst of this beauty and picture is a constant reminder of the current status of man’s brokenness and sin… the Cherubims.
Hearing, understanding, and responding to God’s truth is only half the battle. The other half is fought every day as we DO what God has called us to. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” - James 1:22
“Work without clear instructions, is like swimming without water.” - Christiane Nord
I don’t believe I have ever been more frustrated than working at a job where there was no clear direction, but strict punishments. As a senior in High School, I worked for a man who was pretty rough on his employees. I helped manage his 100 acers; scraping fence, painting, weed eating (he wanted circles around all his trees down to the dirt), clearing brush, and much more. Vividly, I remember being reprimanded on more than one occasion for something I had no clue I was supposed to be doing. He had an expectation that was never communicated, let alone communicated clearly. I loved the man (who I had known since I was a kid), but finally had to leave the job and go back to the Feed Store in Springtown because it was hurting our relationship. Work can be frustrating without any clear direction.
“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.” - Og Mandino
“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems.” - Zig Ziglar
It is hard to be around individuals who grumble and complain about everything. I am convinced that some people could have perfect circumstances and complain that things were too good.
“Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them.” - Veronica Roth
With a child, nothing is more reassuring than when your father is there. A while back, Nate, my oldest son, kept running off while at Wal-Mart. I decided a little lesson was necessary, since he wasn’t listening to my command to “quit running off”. I let him run ahead, and then hid behind a center display when he wasn’t looking. It didn’t take too long, and Nate was frantically looking everywhere for me. My intention was not evil but good… I wanted him to know the feeling of being lost without really being lost. In the future, he will hopefully stay close when asked to.