Daily Archives: February 4, 2014

Exodus 34-36; Matthew 23:1-22

“The Lord said to Moses, Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.”

We are servants of a God of second chances.

Moses had just gone up the mountain to have God give him the first set of tablets and shortly after he breaks them only to return to God once again for new ones.

How many times has God given me instructions and I’ve come back to him with the pieces I have managed to mangle or break?

The Covenant Renewed:  

“And he said, ‘Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.’” 

God takes the first covenant that Moses and his people broke and he give them a Renewed Covenant.

He promises them that he will do marvels

– works that will leave them in wonder and astonishment –

 Wow! God will work with the people despite the fact that the people just broke the covenant and had to send Moses back – God is willing. God is patient. God is showing his steadfast love for his people.

God continues to give instructions for how the people should live – Regulations appropriate for the time.

They sounded like this, “You shall not make for yourselves any Gods; Six days you shall work but on the seventh day you shall rest; You shall construct a Tabernacle using acacia wood, 10 cubits in length and a cubit and a half in breadth…”

God wanted to use his people to do marvelous works and he needed their obedience. It may be easy to look at the Old Testament and say that does not concern me these rules and regulations were written for that people during that time period;

But, aren’t we called to the same obedience?  

Aren’t we called to follow after the Lord and to do whatever he calls us?

“…for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

May I remember to be HIS follower. May I become a better servant of Christ – toward my coworkers, as my husband’s wife, as a teacher to my students, as a daughter and sister to my family.  May my life be lived as Christ’s servant. 

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