Episode 61: The Block of Stumbling - Exodus 20

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What is the Law? What is the Torah? How are we to view the instructions that are presented in the Bible? How did Ancient people view the instructions of the Bible? The Torah is not what most of us think it to be. That is a bold claim, but the Bible backs this claim. For many of us, the Torah is a Law. A legal code that defines life. For others the Torah is wisdom literature. Simply a list of wise principles but in no way binding. But if we read scripture neither claim can be the whole truth. And so, just as always, we must consider what the Bible has to say about itself before we can arrive at some semblance of the truth.

Episode 62: The Heart of God - Exodus 21-22

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In an ancient wedding ceremony, there are certain things that always happened. One of those things was that the marriage contract was always read during the ceremony. When we understand the events at Mt. Sinai as a wedding ceremony it becomes clear that Exodus 21-23 are the marriage contract. What is contained in this contract? What does it reveal about how we should live? What does it reveal about our God?

Episode 63: With Justice for All - Exodus 23

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The Wedding ceremony of the ages is still in progress. The contract for the marriage covenant is nearly complete. And in this final section of the ketuvah we continue to read of the heart of God. And we see a shift in the focus in this chapter. No longer is the subject of the text, those who are in need of justice. Rather as we begin this section, the focus is on those who administer justice. This topic, as well as the 7 blessings of the ceremony are all included in this chapter.

Episode 64: The Parable of the Pattern - Exodus 24

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In Exodus 24 the text returns to a narrative once again, and for one chapter only. This narrative though, on closer inspection, acts as a connector. It closes off the wedding narrative that began in Chapter 19, and begins the tabernacle instructions that begin in chapter 25. Throughout this chapter we discover clues that point both ways, which reveals a truth that would have been understood by the original audience. The tabernacle was to be the place where God and Man dwell together as husband and wife. It is a home of sorts and the place where intimacy was accomplished. And this insight into the tabernacle begins our examination of the parable that is contained in the pattern.

Episode 65: God's Approach to Man - Exodus 25:1-26:30

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This week begins a months long exploration of the Tabernacle, priesthood, sacrificial system and worship of the God of Israel. And this conversation begins in the book of Exodus? Why is it that we find that the last half of this book of the Exodus has nothing to do with the events of the Exodus? It is easy for us to simply turn out minds off when we get to these boring and repetitive blueprints. But in doing so we miss something. In fact, we miss a lot. Rather than turning our mind off and wandering away in confusion, let's engage with the text in ways that bring theses instructions to life.

Episode 66: Man's Approach to God - Exodus 26:31-27:19

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As we read through the instructions for the tabernacle we discover that they are told twice in the end of the book of Exodus. And if we examine these sets of instructions and compare them with each other we find that they are told in different order. Last week we examined the pattern that is revealed in the first set of instructions and the path that God takes when He enters into relationship with man. This week, we will examine the corollary and discover the path that man takes when we attempt to discover and reach out to God.

Episode 67: Garments of Honor and Majesty - Exodus 27:20-28:43

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Throughout the Bible, clothing is used as a symbol in various ways. Clothing caries with it the concept of bestowing honor, being beautified, or being covered in righteousness. So when we get to Exodus 28 we need to incorporate these ideas into our understanding of what is happening in this text. One man, one representative is being honored and elevated above his brothers to serve before God. But these clothes, perhaps more than any other, contain an extra layer of symbolism that reveals much more about the role and purpose of our High Priest.

Episode 68: Sanctified as Priests - Exodus 29

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In the midst of the instructions for the Tabernacle we read of the process of ordination that the priests were to go through before they could serve in the tent. But what does it mean to be a priest? What is it that Adam, the first man, can teach us about this role? Peter, as well as John say that we are being built into a royal priesthood. How is this role of priest to be reflected in our own lives?

Episode 69: The Pattern of Prayer - Exodus 30:1-10

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The instructions for the Tabernacle and its items contain within them some amazing insight into just how we should approach God. This week we return to the tabernacle structure and examine a pattern that it contains that reveals perhaps the most important aspect of any relationship. Communication. God communicates with us in many ways, and we are to communicate in return with Him in return. This communication back to God is called prayer. For the simple fact is, without communication and prayer, can you truly be in a relationship with Him?

Episode 70: Separation for Life - Exodus 30:11-38

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As the first round of instructions for the tabernacle draw to a close the book of Exodus goes through a series of things that on the surface seem disconnected. Instructions for a census to be taken. Instructions for the bronze wash basin. And ingredients for the holy oil and the incense. When we dig beneath the surface of these four topics, however, and compare then together we discover something fascinating. A topic comes to the front that is a bit counter intuitive to the modern mind. But once we see it, we can recognize this theme all through scripture.

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