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The next several lessons in Exodus take us through a detail description of the Tabernacle. Before we begin, we’ll review some of the basics of worship as discussed in the Bible.

The Bible has lots to say about worship since it is very important to God. As a matter of fact, our purpose in life is to bring glory to God (to worship Him). What do you learn about worship from the following scriptures?
□ 2 Chronicles 7:3

□ Psalm 30:4

□ Psalm 100:1-5

□ Psalm 134:1-2

□ Psalm 150

□ Luke 7:36-50

□ Revelations 4:8-11

This week observe yourself and note the different ways you worship the Lord. Be sure to consider the following:
 Where do you worship?
 What is your posture during worship?
 What words do you use?
 Are you alone or with others?
 What are your thoughts during worship? Your movements?
 What effect does worship have on you?

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LOVE

Love

When I was young, I learned of love
I knew it as a feeling, an overwhelming rush
a flush, a warmth that spread over me
until it ebbed
it always ebbed

When I was older, I learned of love
I knew it as a decision
I knew it as a choice
a rugged mountain to be climbed
a rough sea to be navigated
a treacherous road covered in black ice
until it left
until he left
then love was just an empty hole
then love just hurt

when I had loved and lost
when all I had I poured out to the last
when my efforts came to nought
when I was empty and alone
my heart pulled out
left to wither
as I withered
as I let go of my dead love
as I learned to leave my dead love

I learned of another love
the Lover of my soul
He’d made it possible for me to love
gave me feelings of love
taught me to choose love
girded me to climb the mountain
emboldened me to navigate the sea
held me to the treacherous road
loved me

and in the loving
I saw
love is not merely a feeling
to be loved is to know security,
to be loved is to exude beauty
to be loved is to know love in return

and in the loving
I saw
love is not merely a choice
to love is to never quit
to love is to never leave
to love is to always hope
to love is to sacrifice
unto death
my death
my beloved’s

but the death of my beloved’s love
was the doorway to a greater love
The Lover of my Soul stood
beckoning me
speaking words of love to me

as I responded
as I walked across the threshold
I fell into the ocean
His thoughts for me
His plans for me

His love is as He is
unending
unselfish
unfailing
unfathomable
under me like wings
His love lifted me
out of my puddle of tears
to the heights of His glory

I and He forever
My Savior
My King
My Friend
My Lord
My love

I shall
as He did
give my life
to prove my love

 

Copyright 2018 Mary Beth Mullin

Read Exodus 22
1. What do you find interesting or noteworthy in this chapter?

Read Exodus 23
2. What prohibitions are given regarding the poor? The stranger?

3. What are the three annual feasts which they are ordered to keep?

4. What promises does God make in Exodus 23:20-33?

Read Exodus 24
5. What is the response of the people when Moses reads the Book of the Covenant to them?

6. Describe the similarities between Exodus 24:8 and Luke 22:20.

 

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Rescued

What is this darkness that descended?
I barely discern its grasp
so wrapped in hypocrisy and self-righteousness
dark forces slither in unnoticed

my heart was glad
my sorrow banished
my thoughts on the future
my life re-engaged

I saw You, a blur on the side of the road
a speed limit sign I was going too fast to register

I ignored the initial pricks of Your correction
and later the thud of Your body thrown under my tires
to slow me down

You sent counselors
they spoke truth
but I could not hear
I would not hear
I refused to heed

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft
Rebellion a power so great it blinds
my rebellion, cloaked in justification
and false purity blinded me to Your truth

the corrective measures,
designed to redirect me
provided only my temporary awareness of being off the path
the rough terrain, the lack of smooth pavement
only provided a twinge of consciousness of my sin
as my focus sharpened on the sin of others,
of my adversary and of my friend,
the log blinded me to my own wickedness

But in Your mercy
You persisted

 

 

Your promises were uttered
You would not relent
You would keep me
You would hedge me in
you would deliver me
from my strong enemy
the enemy within

You know my frame
You know my ways
You know the plans
You know my future
so you woke me from the dullness
You re-sensitized my conscience

My eyes flew opened
I saw the great precipice on which I tottered
the great fall I was about to make
I was suddenly aware of the danger
I was confronted with the evil
I had been nursing and enjoying in my heart
all the trappings and disguises peeled away
the black darkness of my sin
threatening to pull me in became clear

I had almost stumbled
I had almost caused another to stumble
O God!

My heart is crushed by my betrayal of You
You coax me back from the edge
My tears flood my shoes
I grieve but You are close
You never let go
I step behind the protective fence of Your law
safe once again

Teach me anew, O God
Keep me from evil,
from enemies, within and without
Protect me
Forgive my trespasses
Be my God
I need You
Every hour I need You

Copyright 2017 MaryBeth

Exodus – Chapter 21

Review
1. List the 10 commandments (in your own words). This is the righteous standard of holiness set by God. Now put yourself and your conduct next to the standard and measure yourself. How do you measure up?

Read Exodus 21
2. What things stick out to you in this chapter?

3. Exodus 21:5-6 deal with the bond servant, the servant who chooses to stay and be a servant voluntarily. Who, according to the following verses, claimed to be a bond-servant?
 Romans 1:1

 Philippians 2:7

 James 1:1

 2 Peter 1:1

 Jude 1:1

4. Can you put your name here, too? Are you a bond-servant for Christ, a willing servant who chooses to submit herself under the Lordship of Jesus? How does your life evidence this?

5. What provisions does Exodus 21 include for the protection of women?

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Read Exodus 20
This chapter is extremely significant in the plan of salvation. God uses the law (as initially given here and further expounded upon and explained later by Moses and Jesus) as the measuring stick against which all humanity will be measured. As we will see, no man is capable of keeping the law, God’s standard of holiness.

1. Restate each of the 10 commandments in your own words. Which ones are problems for you?

2. What do you notice about the first four commandments? The second six?

3. What does Jesus tell us about the law in Matthew 22:36-40?

4. What is God prohibiting in the first commandment? Why is this significant in the history of the world? History of Israel?

5. What does Deuteronomy 6:14 add to this?

Challenge question: How does idol worship figure into the captivity of Israel?

6. What does God mean in verse 5 when He refers to Himself as “a jealous God?” What do you do that makes God jealous?

7. What kinds if things do we see today that qualify as carved images like those referred to in Exodus 20:4?

8. How does someone take the name of the LORD in vain? (Note: “in vain” means without effect or avail; to no purpose; in an improper or irreverent manner. Source: Dictionary.com)

9. What do you learn about the Sabbath from the following verses?
□ Exodus 31:14-16

□ Isaiah 58:13

□ Matthew 12:8

□ Mark 2:27

10. What does it mean to honor your father and mother? How long does that command last in one’s life?

11. What do these verses add to your understanding?
□ Exodus 21:17

□ Deuteronomy 21:18-21

□ Ephesians 6:2

12. What do you learn about the command not to murder from Matthew 5:21-24?

13. What do you learn about the command not to commit adultery from these verses?
□ Leviticus 20:10

□ Proverbs 6:32

□ Matthew 5:27-28

□ Matthew 5:32

14. What do the following verses teach you about lying or bearing false witness?
□ Exodus 23:1

□ Proverbs 6:19

□ Proverbs 14:5

□ Proverbs 19:5, 9

15. What do you learn about the law from these verses?
□ Psalm 19:7-11

□ Matthew 5:19

□ Romans 3:20

□ Romans 7:7

□ Galatians 2:16

□ Galatians 3:11, 20

□ James 2:10

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Exodus – Chapter 19

Read Exodus 19
1. What does God tell Moses to tell the people in verse 4-6?

2. How did the people respond in verse 8?

3. What must the people do in preparation for God’s coming to them? What restrictions does God give them? Why?

4. This close encounter with God at the end of Exodus 19 is amazing. It must have been so incredibly frightening and intense for the people. God is awesome. What do the following verses teach you about God?
□ Deuteronomy 4:24

□ 1 kings 8:27

□ Jeremiah 23:24

□ Psalm 29:4-5