Today’s reading also contains a beautiful prayer to pray for yourself or others and a description of how God wants us to regard His Word.
And finally, if Jesus was to come back today, are you ready? It could happen anytime. Or are you so preoccupied with the everyday things of life that you give it little thought?
Exodus 27 & 28
On Dazzling & the Light of Christ
Exodus 27 & 28
Are You Dazzling?
Verse 28:2, “You shall make a holy garment for Aaron your brother; for glory and for beauty.”
A friend shared the following about this verse, “This is a short but fantastic description of how God does things; in a way that reflects His glory and in a way that is simply beautiful. As you read about all these materials, just imagine the pure gold; the sparkling gems that had the names of Israel’s tribes engraved in them; the magnificent fabrics and the rich wood used. God could’ve made the tabernacle utilitarian – getting the job done but no shine to the place. Instead, He chose the extravagance of beauty and in doing so, gave us a lesson on His character and how He would like for us to live – in a way that ascribes glory to Him and in a way that dazzles those around us!”
Are you living in such a way that even unbelievers see the dazzling light of Christ shining through you?
Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing (Phil. 2.14-16 MSG).
Today’s Other Readings:
A Prayer of Blessing
Go back and read this short passage. Who might you bless today with this prayer?
1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
3 May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
Like the Pupil of Your Eye
Verse 2 says, “Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.”
I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago in talking about God’s care for us that “the apple of your eye” means the pupil.
Do you value God’s Word like the pupil of your eye? Is your heart’s desire to live out the principles and commands of God, not to look good or to earn something from God, but because of your love for Him? Do you value God’s Word the way He values and protects us, “like the pupil of His eye”?
So Also Will the Coming of the Son of Man Be
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
What an incredible thought! It could happen anytime. Are you ready? And are you living your life in a way that inspires others to get ready, too? Often we are so preoccupied with the everyday things of life that we fail to be watching. We fail to be about our Father’s business.
“I’ll witness to that co-worker later. This is not really a good time.”
“I know God wants me to reconcile that relationship, but I’m too upset right now.”
“I know I should spend more time with the kids, but things are really hectic at work right now.”
“I know I should (you fill in the blank) but …”
“…so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
In the coming days, we’ll talk about how some of us might be trying to make minimum payments on sin when the debt has been paid, sheep and goats in the church, and what it really means to be a friend of God.
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Today’s Featured Resources:
Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Do you feel discouraged, even defeated, in your battle against habitual sin? Are you dismayed or surprised by the situations that bring out your fear, anger, or distress? Elyse Fitzpatrick delves into the heart of the problem: deep down, we’re all idol-worshippers who put our loves, desires, and expectations in God’s placeand then suffer the consequences of our misplaced affections. Yet God loves his people and can use even our messy lives and struggles for his glory. Fitzpatrick shows us how to better search and know our hearts, long for our gracious Savior, and resist and crush our false gods. Includes questions for further thought. Revised edition.
How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur
The Bible is the Word of life. As such, studying the Bible is crucial to the life and growth of every believer. In this revised work, John MacArthur examines various Scripture passages in the Old and New Testament to answer both the “why” and the “how” questions of Bible study.
How to Study the Bible can be used alongside or apart from the audio series available from Grace to You in either a personal or group study.
- Corresponds with the audio message series available from Grace to You
- Features revised content and study questions
- For personal or group study use