AWAKE BIBLE IN A YEAR FEBRUARY 13
Read Exodus 33-36
Reading Exodus and reading Hebrews is one of the most rewarding side by side studies!
Jesus and Moses have so much connection. Moses is on a mountain and his face will glow from the fellowship with God, the glory has a residual effect. By beholding we become changed! 2 Corinthians 3:18 Again Moses glows! Not only THAT BUT he makes some powerful intercession for Israel, remember his ‘blot me out’ statement?
Jesus will also shine on a mountain and both Moses and Elijah will talk with him sounds familiar right? Matthew 17:1-9
Compare Moses to the HIGH PRIEST ROLE of JESUS in Hebrews 3:3, 7:25-27 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, everything Moses did came from God. When Moses sees a priesthood in heaven, a temple, and the design he builds a model of the real thing. When Jesus comes he is the real thing on earth! The invite from Exodus 19:6 still stands for each of us in the new covenant, you are welcomed and made a kingdom of priests 1 Peter 2:9.
There is only one route for remission of sins and cleansing, it’s by the blood. It’s by the priestly work of JESUS. This is grace. The old way of righteousness was weak, only Jesus can change the hearts of men. Only Jesus can offer his perfect blood in our place to finally and forever open the way back to EDEN, the way back to fellowship with GOD. My righteous efforts are of no help here, humbly I hang on to JESUS. AND only JESUS.
Everything Moses builds is after the heavenly pattern. And the maker of the heavens and earth is far greater! Jesus is far greater.
I now read Exodus to show me the LAMB OF GOD, the true deliverer, the LORD of glory, the GOD OF GRACE. My faith is enriched as I understand the expansion of God’s glorious story unfolding throughout time from MOSES to JESUS to ME. WHAT a gift it is to bathe my mind in the awesome wonder of God’s perfect LAMB. AND I BELIEVE JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE ME FROM MY SINS. AND I AM CLEAN. So I come to the communion meal not out of guilt for my shortcomings but out of radical need for the only meal of life.
Hebrews 9:22 AMP [In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.
Jesus fullfills the law, which NO ONE COULD DO. Matthew 5:17-20 Moses gives us the law that somehow shows us our true condition. As I was explaining this to my son, it’s like a medical test which identifies I have a virus. But when Jesus takes the ‘test’ it identifies him as the perfect antibody carrier to cleanse all humans from the death condition of sin.
“As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.”
Exodus 33:9, 11 NIV
Jesus has promised to speak to us! God has promised to be with us! I pray we are hungry, hungry for this type of fellowship with God!
Lord we seek you. We want to hear your voice. We don’t want to be stiff-necked! And we want to be like Joshua, so hungry we stay at the table. Eliminate distraction, in Jesus name.