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Obedience Commands a Blessing

Ashley Nixon

Feb 17th 2021 · Day 48

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The book of Exodus has some great stories interspersing the narrative, but much of the book is God providing instructions to Moses on the erection of the tabernacle, its various components, and so on! Then, if the extensive detail given wasn’t enough, the whole process is repeated again as the chosen servants fulfil the design specification. For example, Exodus 28 gives a detailed description of how the priestly garments are to be made. Then, in today’s reading, chapter 39, the priestly garments are made to the precise design specifications.

What’s going on? Why repeat the process? I believe the answer is provided in Exodus 40:34-38: ‘Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. … For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night …’ Just imagine the sight that must have been! How incredible, to witness and experience the glory of Yahweh filling the tabernacle!

I think the simple, yet profound, lesson from this book is that God demands obedience, yet obedience commands a blessing. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but as the Bible also teaches, ‘faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead’ (James 2:17). What we do (our actions) will flow out of what we believe. 

This final section of Exodus reminds me of the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). The risen Jesus had told His disciples to ‘wait for the promise of the Father’ (Acts 1:4-5). They obeyed – and enjoyed the blessings of being baptised in the Holy Spirit!

Pause and reflect: Are you walking in obedience to the Lord? If not, why not come to Him, receive forgiveness, and start afresh? Follow Him closely, and find the blessing of His presence!

Written By

Ashley Nixon

Me and my wife, Maria, joined Victory Church in November 2019 as we moved from Birmingham so I could continue my training as an Elim minister. Within the life of the church, I lead Limitless Victory Church (our new youth ministry), and work as a Recovery Co-Ordinator at the Hope Centre.

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