30th January: Exodus 38-39 – Each of us must play our part …

Exodus

38:1-31  –  We read, in verse 8, of  ‘the ministering women…’. See also 35:25-26,29 – ‘all women … all the women… All the men and women…’. Male and female – We need each other. We are ‘one in Christ Jesus’. In Him, ‘there is neither male nor female’ (Galatians 3:28). There should never be a competitive spirit. We are to complement each other. In verse 25, we read of ‘the silver from those of the congregation’. God’s work does not depend entirely on those who have been called to be leaders. Each of us must play our part. There should be no pulling in different directions. We belong together. We are to work together. Let’s pull together, pooling our resources, pulling our weight. Among God’s people, there is ‘gold’ – but it must be ‘used for the work’ (24). Will you be worth your weight in gold – for God?
39:1-43  –  ‘As the Lord had commanded…’ (1,5,7,21,26,29,31-32,42-43): Obedience to God – this is the most important thing. ‘And Moses blessed them’ (43): Where there is obedience, there is blessing – there’s a vital connection between the two. In Jesus, we see perfect obedience: ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work’ (John 4:34). Jesus was fully obedient to the Father’s will: ‘He became obedient unto death, even death on a Cross’ (Philippians 2:8). Through His obedience, there is blessing for us: ‘by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous’ (Romans 5:19). We look beyond the Old Testament priesthood to Christ, the ‘High Priest of the good things that have come’ – By ‘His own blood’, He has secured for us ‘an eternal redemption’ (Hebrews 9:11-12).
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