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The Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship

Because I’m still me
frailties plague me
pride lifts me
self-reliance walks me out the plank
of this pirate ship
a ship taken by mutiny
a ship of which I made myself master
a rebellious ship
on its own mission
of larceny and murder
stealing from and murdering hope in God

chaos reigns on deck
I fear the worst
I always fear the worst
all is lost
all the years of traveling and scheming
planning and dreaming
of a place
of a love
of a peace

I contemplate my end
each step out
further from safety
closer to the edge
my toes grasp the edge of this plank
through warped pieces of wood
something catches the light of the setting sun
dull, metallic
thick links hang from the side of the ship
the other end hidden
buried in blackness

but I don’t need to see its two hook-like arms to know
my Anchor has dropped
my Anchor of hope
my mooring in the storm

suddenly jolted
my footing temporarily lost
the Anchor hits bottom
this pirate ship full stop
the true Captain emerges from below

I see the question in His eyes
I make my way off the plank
I study my toes

Facing Him
I raise my arms in salute
I raise my arms in surrender
meeting His eyes
those eyes
gentle eyes
of understanding
of forgiveness
of mercy
of restoration

“O Captain, my Captain”
disregarding my feeble salute
He pulls me to Himself
“My child, be still. All is well.”

MaryBeth Mullin
Copyright 2018

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Review:
The Tabernacle was important to the Old Testament believer because it was the place where God had said He would meet with man, but the Tabernacle is also very important to the New Testament believer. It provides a picture, a foretelling (prophecy) of Christ, the Messiah, and it also provides us a glimpse of heaven, where one day we will all be worshiping God.

The Tabernacle was build in approximately 1440 BC, and it was the place where God would dwell with His people for 400 years. It was used as a place of worship from the time of the Exodus until the time of King Solomon, when the Temple was built.

Read Exodus 25:31-40
1. Describe and/or draw a picture of the next item of furniture described in the text and its accessories.

Read Exodus 26:1-14
2. What was to be the length of the curtains? Width? How many were there to be?

3. What four materials were to be used to make curtains and coverings for the tent?

Read Exodus 26:15-30
4. What wood was to be used for the boards of the tabernacle? What was to be the length of each? Width?

5. The boards were to set in sockets made of what material?

Exodus 26:31-37
The veil was a divider between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. It was a barrier between God and man. Only the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place. There was no separation in the middle. The High Priest had to go around the side.

6. What instructions are given in this section of scripture for the making of the veil? The hanging of the veil?

7. What things., according to this section of scripture were to be in the Most holy Place? Holy Place? How were they to be positioned?

Read Exodus 27
Brass or bronze is the metal which represents judgment (in contrast to gold or silver). The Bronze Altar in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle was the most used piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. It was on this altar that the sacrifices specified by God in the book of Leviticus were made. The Outer Court would have been a very bloody place with the blood of the sacrifices. This blood being spilled was to remind the children of Israel of the price of their sin. A life must be sacrificed to atone for sin.

8. Describe and/or draw a picture of the Bronze (Brass) Altar described in the text and its accessories.

Note: The approximate size of the Bronze Altar in modern measurements was 7.5′ long x 7.5′ wide x 4.5′ high. Exodus 27:6-7 describes how the altar was made “mobile.” After all, every time the children of Israel broke camp, the Tabernacle would have to be broken down and moved.

9. Write out Leviticus 17:11 here. What do you learn from this verse? How do you see this applying to your life, your walk with God today?

10. Write out Hebrews 9:22 here. What application do you see for this verse?

11. Describe the court of the Tabernacle discussed in Exodus 27:9-21. What items of furniture/accessories are found there? Of what metal is everything made?

12. Write out Psalm 100:4 here. What is to occur in the court of the Tabernacle?

13. Once you entered the gate of the Tabernacle, you would be in the Outer Court. There was only one entrance to the Tabernacle. What do you learn from the following scriptures about the number of ways that exist to salvation?
□ John 10:9

□ John 14:6

NOTE: The single entrance and path to journey through the Tabernacle sends that same message. There is only one way – Jesus.

14. What were the only two items of furniture found in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle? (Hint: Exod. 27:1; 30:18)

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

 

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

 

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

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