Exodus 351 Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, “These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do. 2 Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day.” 4 Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded. 5 Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD's contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; goats' hair, 7 tanned rams' skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, 8 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9 and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
10 “Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12 the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen; 13 the table with its poles and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14 the lampstand also for the light, with its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the light; 15 and the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the door, at the door of the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand; 17 the hangings of the court, its pillars and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18 the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords; 19 the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests.”
20 Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD's contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22 So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the LORD. 23 And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats' hair or tanned rams' skins or goatskins brought them. 2
4 Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the LORD's contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. 25 And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 26 All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats' hair. 27 And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set, for the ephod and for the breastpiece, 28 and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD.
So if you wanted to see proof that Moses - lived - where would you go. Today to the five books in the Living Word - the Bible.
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
And you could go to Rome to see the Temple Tools. The Temple Tools had seen many places. They were the gold in Egypt. They were with Moses and the Living Presence of God while resting in a tent. They were crafted in the 40 years of wandering in the desert. They have seen and held manna. They traveled to Nebuchadnezzar II's Babylon. And were used egregiously in the feast of Belshazzar where the writing was on the wall from the Lord declaring his feasting would be scant in the future. "Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin" and explained God had "numbered" the kingdom of Belshazzar and brought it to an end.
Today we can see the Temple Tools in Archaeology. The city of the Catholic Church, really.
Wadi Moses - River Moses
What of Moses - the chosen of God? His wife traveled with him and threw an almighty fit because Moses wanted to take on the God Calling. And after these events still have the world in awe and wonder from God Almighty - Moses lived in a tent. His wife left and returned. He had two sons - Gershom (the oldest: Ex 2:22) and Eliezer, who were trusted.
Moses was not having a respected marriage. That fight with God seems to say something about circumcision, but is very, very delicately phrased. A private fight. Later, Moses sons were taken far away and returned to Israel by Moses' Father-in-law. Like Samuel and Eli - God did not necessarily believe in dynasty of succession.
So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.
Joshua became the successor of Moses and was diligent for 40 years.
House of David - David's Palace and the view today
i Chronicles 23 has King David listing the descendants of Moses as the Tribe of Levi and they were chiefs among the Levi. David removed them from the Tribe of Dan. For the sons of Moses - David was promoting and redeeming them. (Judges 18).
14 But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17 The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.
1 Chronicles 26:24
24and Shebuel the son of Gershom, son of Moses, was chief officer in charge of the treasuries. 25His brothers: from Eliezer were his son Rehabiah, and his son Jeshaiah, and his son Joram, and his son Zichri, and his son Shelomoth. 26This Shelomoth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the dedicated gifts that David the king and the heads of the fathers’ houses and the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and the commanders of the army had dedicated.
And what does this tell us? David's throne fell within two generations and we rarely read the third generation Abijah reunited the kingdoms briefly. God deals with ups and downs in the generations of life.
He has the experience and the Heart of Hearts. God of Love.
All of this points to two aspects of worshiping God, Loving God and living for God.
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The second example would be Timothy and oddly continues in the same chapter and is the Timothy who lived to be old, old in a time Christians died so often.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Moses - man of God living in a tent. Having disputes with the people around him. Fussing with his brother and sister. Having marital disagreements. Sons not promoted issues. Sometimes being annoyed with God Father of all.
The Scriptures are real. The people of Scripture - real.
God has given us the knowledge of real Moses to understand - we are not apart from God in the millenniums. Jesus was asked if the eighteen people flattened when a Temple tower fell were huge sinners - God said that He only works with sinners. We should all tell God our flaws and be real and very sincere with God. He loves, encourages, supports the sincere and real people.
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
All of us will have our difficulties, our issues, our concerns. Moses did.
We can Trust the Lord
Be the Children of God
Work His Calling in our Lives.
Tell the Truth.
Because in all our concerns - be it hail and fire, death and plague, marital discord, sibling upset, political upheaval, gigantic mutiny - we can Trust God.
In Jesus we are Your Beloved. Jesus has saved us - He is our firm foundation. We bear the seal of Jesus, who dwells within, You tell us we are Your Beloved. In our gratitude, for being covered by the Name of Jesus, we depart from iniquity.
Help us each day to see Your way to be of honorable and meaningful life. We want to be Jesus' ready for the good works you have prepared for us to walk in.
Jesus wants us in righteousness, faith, love, and peace, calling on the Lord from a pure heart. Help us to build a framework where Love, Joy and Encouragement dwell. For the good of those we love and pray for. For our jobs, communities, neighborhoods, Churches and Nation. Joining the 1/3 population of the world asking for an increase of the Holy Spirit bringing more Heaven to earth. We pray diligently and with hope for the concerns of our heart. Thank God You have said to cast our cares upon You, Loving Father. Amen.
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