May 22, 2023
DAY 142 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Exodus 32:30-35
On our journey today, the Israelites make a promise to the Lord through Moses to obey Him (God) in all His laws and ordinances: they fall!
Ask the Lord to give you His understanding of Exodus 29-32. Read Exodus 29-32. Let’s journey!
Exodus 29-32: The Lord provides worship details to be followed by the Israelites. Instructions are given for the consecration of the priests and components of the Tabernacle. Instructions are given on making and using anointing oil and incense, and restrictions on their use. Instructions are given on how a sacrifice to the Lord was to be made. The Lord covered every detail of the construction of the arc of the covenant and how He was to be worshiped. Every detail, in detail, was covered. God is a God of order. The Israelites think Moses may not be returning from his visit with God and urge Aaron to make a golden calf for them to worship. Aaron concedes and makes the golden calf, which the people worship. Moses returns to find the camp embroiled in idol worship. Moses questions his brother, Aaron, regarding what happened while he was away. Aaron returns to visit God, seeking forgiveness for those who worshiped the golden calf. (Exodus 29:132:35)
Our focus verses for today:
30 The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31 So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
33 The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
35 And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
(Exodus 32:30-35, NIV)
Moses returned to God, asking Him to forgive the Israelites of their sin. God was unwavering; “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book… I (God) will punish them for their sin.” Sin is powerful and alluring as the Israelites experienced in the desert. Today, in 2020, sin is still powerful and alluring! Sin’s power and allure are destroyed when the focus is on Christ and not on sin. Where is your focus?
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