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As we are quickly approaching what is hands down the single biggest holiday for Irish-Americans and their closest friends (read drinking buddies) –St Patrick’s Day – what do you really know about this guy – St. Patrick?

The link below is to a clip from the History Channel that has some valuable information. Check it out!

St Patrick on the History Channel

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As we turn our thoughts towards the cross in these final 30 days before Resurrection Sunday (Easter), I invite you to check out some of our posts from years past.  Just click on the links below.

May God prepare your heart to celebrate the incredible truth of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Finding Easter

When All Appears Lost – Easter

Easter – What are We Really Celebrating

To Save a Thief

Why Crucifixion

Waiting in the wake of the cross

Redemption?

Easter Part 2 – Who is Jesus?

Easter Part 3

Final Week of Jesus ministry – Vocabulary

 

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The Tabernacle was a moveable “tent of meeting” that God commanded Moses to build and for which God provided very detailed instructions as to the building, the furnishing, the use, the transportation and the location.

Facts about the Tabernacle:
□ There are 50 chapters in the Bible that discuss the Tabernacle
□ It would have fit in half of a football field
□ God dwelt with his people for 400 years in the Tabernacle (the Exodus to the time of King Solomon)
□ The Tabernacle was in the center of the Israelite camp

Read Exodus Chapter 25
1. What/who was the source of the items used to make the Tabernacle? See also Exodus 12:35-36.

2. With what heart did God ask them to give their offering?

3. What do these verses tell us about giving to the LORD?
□ 2 Corinthians 9:7

□ Luke 6:38

4. Copy Exodus 25:8 here. What is the purpose of the Tabernacle? What does this tell you about the heart of God?

5. How did they know how to build the Tabernacle?

6. According to Hebrews 8:1-5, it was important that Moses followed the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle exactly because it was a shadow of what?

7. What do you learn about the Ark of the Testimony from Exodus 25:10-22; Exodus 37:1-9? If you are able, draw a rough sketch of what it looked like on the back of this page.

8. What will go into the Ark according to verse 16 and 21?

9. Other things were later put into the Ark as well. What were they according to Hebrews 9:4?

10. Each of the items in the Ark were designed to remind the people of an event or action that God took on their behalf. For each of the following, give the event or action they were to remember:
□ Manna (See Exodus 16)

□ Aaron’s rod (See Numbers 17)

□ Tablets of the Law (Exodus 20)

Note: The Ark of the Covenant was to be made form Acacia wood. Acacia wood was durable and resistant to disease and insects, making it the most suitable material for constructing the ark. In addition, the Ark did not have any idols or likenesses of God. Review Exodus 20:4-5. The Israelites were to worship their God without idols or images in contrast to the pagans around them whose gods were often a combination of exaggerated animal and human features.

11. Describe and/or draw a picture of the Mercy seat based on what you read.

Note: The Mercy Seat represented the place where the High Priest would “atone for” or “cover over” the sins of the people. This was the place of the sacrificial payment for sin. Jesus, our High Priest eliminated the need for the sacrifices under the law by becoming the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins on Calvary. The Mercy Seat was where law (10 Commandments) and mercy (blood covering sin) meet.

12. Describe and/or draw the Table described in Exodus 25:23-30.

13. What goes on the table? What does this represent?

14. What do the following verses tell you about bread?
□ John 6:31-35

□ Matthew 4:4

 

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Your Word

I read Your Word
a love letter
the sweet aroma of my Beloved
speaking of Your love for me
Your plans for me
Your desires for my good
the sure hope of our future together

soft pillowy clouds of promise
billow
flutter
settle
in a luscious feather bed
inviting me
embracing me
enveloping me
buoying me
securing me
I lay my head on a soft pillow of Your promises
I press my face to meet its coolness
wisps of lavender are released

I find rest

 

 

Copyright 2018 MaryBeth Mullin

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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

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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

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If you  missed our first post on the book of Exodus, check out Exodus – An Introduction.

Read Exodus 7, Exodus 8, 9 and 10
1. What is the first sign Moses and Aaron do before Pharaoh? What happens?

2. Copy Exodus 7:13 here.

3. The first plague God visits on Egypt is described in Exodus 7:17-19. Provide the following information about it: a description of the Plague, Could the magicians copy it? Did it affect all the inhabitants or just the Egyptians, and what was Pharaoh’s response?

For the remaining plagues, provide the following information the same information.

4. Review your information about the plagues. What do you observe? About Moses? About God? About Pharaoh?

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