Exodus 27

The chapter begins with the building of the alter of burnt offering.  It was to be made of bronze and acacia wood.  Poles were to be inserted in the rings when it was moved.  The alter was hollow.  The courtyard was made for the tabernacle.  The posts, bronze bases and curtains are described.  Everything used in the tabernacle should be bronze.  The lamps were to be kept burning with olive oil.

Exodus 26

This entire chapter describes how the tabernacle is to be built.  It describes the curtains, upright frames, crossbars, and the entrance.

Exodus 25

 God told Moses to have the people bring an offering (things like gold, silver, yarn, fine linen, etc) God gave them a description of how the Ark was to be made.  He was to make the Ark of Acadia wood, the six of it and the rings.  The people were to put the tablets of the covenant law in it.  It was to have an atonement cover made of gold.  It was to have 2 cherubim.  A table was to be made of acacia wood.  The bread of the presence was to be put on the table at all times.  A lampstand of pure gold was to be made.

Exodus 24

The Lord told Moses to go up by himself.  Moses wrote down everything the Lord had said.  He sacrificed 12 bulls and read the Lord’s Covenant and the people agreed to the covenant. 70 of the Israel leaders saw God.  He went up to the mountain with stone tablets to get the commandments with Joshua.  Aaron and Hur were left to judge.  The top of Mt. Sinai was covered with a cloud and for 6 days Moses waited.  On the Sabbath he entered and 40 days and nights he stayed on the mountain.

Exodus 23

This chapter begins with laws on justice and mercy.  “Do not follow a multitude to do evil” “Keep thee far away from a false matter”.  The chapter then moves on to the Sabbath laws.  For six years work the land – on the seventh year rest.  for six days work and on the seventh rest.  The scripture goes on to the three annual feasts.  Celebrate the Feast of the Unleavened Bread.  Celebrate the Festival of the Harvest.  Celebrate the Festival of the Ingathering.  The chapter ends as God’s Angel will prepare the way.  He will drive them out in front of them.

Exodus 17

As the people traveled place to place they came to a place with no water.  The people were again angry.  So the Lord had Moses strike the Rock of Horeb and water came out.  The Amelikites attacked them and Joshua lead the battle against them.  Moses held his hands up the Jews would win but when his hands went down the Amelikites would win.  Aaron and Hur held his hands up and Joshua and his army prevailed.
The visualization of Moses sitting down with his hands in the air is incredible.  The power of the Lord and his desire for us to rely on him is profound.

Exodus 16

The people are once again complaining of lack of food – saying they at least had food in Egypt.  The Lord told Moses he was going to provide them food.  However, they were only to gather enough for one day, other than the sixth day when they would gather enough for two days.  That evening quail came and covered the camp and in the morning Mannah was sent from heaven.  The Israelites were not to keep the bread overnight but some did and the maggots got it – this angered Moses.  There was none on the ground on the Sabbath as Moses had said.  The Lord told the people to keep one jar of the Mannah for generations to come to see what the Lord did for his children.  Aaron put the Mannah with the Law to preserve it.
This drives at the most common theme we have been discussing lately.  Do we truly trust the Lord?

Exodus 15

The Israelites sang a song of praise and conquest about the events that just happened.  Moses then left the Red Sea and went into the Wilderness of Shur.  For three days they could not find water.  They went to Marah and found water that was no good to drink.  Moses cast a tree in the waters and it became sweet.
Finding water and not being able to drink had to be frustrating.  How is our attitude towards God when we get frustrated?

Exodus 14

Pharaoh decided he wasn’t going to let the Israelites go so he sent out soldiers with horses and chariots after them.  When the Eqyptians got close to them the Israelites were angry with Moses for taking out of servitude in Egypt to die in the desert.  Moses told the people the Lord will fight for you.  The Lord told Moses to stretch out his rod over the Red Sea and divide it, so that the Children of Israel may leave on dry ground.  The cloud came between the Egyptians and Israelites and kept them seperated.  The Egyptians pursued him through the sea.  Moses stretched forth his hands again and the waters returned, drowned the Egyptians.  After this the children of Israel feared and believed in the Lord.
This is an incredible thing to visualize.  Consider that the same God that fought for Moses and his people fight for us.

Exodus 13

The Lord spoke to Moses saying to remember this day, when the children of Israel came out of Egypt.  He said to sanctify all of the newborn and eat no unleavened bread.  This happened in the month of Abib.  The Lord told Moses he was going to a land of milk and honey that was promised his forefathers.  They were to have seven days of unleavened bread and then a feast.  The Lord said this would be a memorial and keep this ordinance from year to year.  He reviews how the Israelites will celebrate how the birth of the first born males and the Lord slew all of the first born Egyptians.  The Lord led the people by the way of the Red Sea, which was not the closest route.  Moses took the bones of Joseph with him.  The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud and night by a pillar of fire; which did not depart from the people.
God did not depart from his people.  This is still true today.  Think of a time in your life you leaned heavily on the Lord.