Exodus 40 - Apply the Scriptures to Your Life
Today's Scripture Meaning
The tabernacle is to be set up, Aaron and his sons to be sanctified. (1-15) Moses performs all as directed. (16-33) The glory of the Lord fills the tabernacle. (34-38) Verses 1-15: When a new year begins, we should seek to serve God better than the year before. In half a year the tabernacle was completed. When the hearts of numbers are earnest in a good cause, much may be done in a short time; and when the commandments of God are continually attended to, as the rule of working, all will be done well. The high-priesthood was in the family of Aaron till Christ came, and in Him, the substance of all these shadows, it continues for ever. Verses 16-33: When the tabernacle and the furniture of it were prepared, they did not put off rearing it till they came to Canaan; but, in obedience to the will of God, they set it up in the midst of their camp. Those who are unsettled in the world, must not think that this will excuse want of religion; as if it were enough to begin to serve God when they begin to be settled in the world. No; a tabernacle for God is very needful, even in a wilderness, especially as we may be in another world before we come to fix in this. And we may justly fear lest we should deceive ourselves with a form of godliness. The thought that so few entered Canaan, should warn young persons especially, not to put off the care of their souls. Verses 34-38: The cloud covered the tabernacle even in the clearest day; it was not a cloud which the sun scatters. This cloud was a token of God's presence to be seen day and night, by all Israel, that they might never again question, Is the Lord among us, or is he not? It guided the camp of Israel through the wilderness. While the cloud rested on the tabernacle, they rested; when it removed, they followed it. The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In light and fire the Shechinah made itself visible: God is Light; our God is a consuming Fire. Yet so dazzling was the light, and so dreadful the fire, that Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, till the splendour was abated. But what Moses could not do, our Lord Jesus has done, whom God caused to draw near; and who has invited us to come boldly, even to the mercy-seat. Being taught by the Holy Spirit to follow the example of Christ, as well as to depend upon him, to attend his ordinances, and obey his precepts, we shall be kept from losing our way, and be led in the midst of the paths of judgment, till we come to heaven, the habitation of his holiness. BLESSED BE GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST!
Today's Scripture Application
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 39 and in today's text we see the Priests garments as he ministers in the tabernacle. In his garment were 12 stones that represent the 12 tribes of Israel. This symbolized how the High Priest represented all the people before God. Today Jesus is our High Priest and His death at Calvary paid for our sin debt if we simply place our faith in His finished work on the Cross. We no longer have to make a personal sacrifice each year for our sins as His blood paid our debt in full. Does this mean we have a license to sin since our sins are forgiven? no, the God who loves has adopted you into His family and just like a good dad - He lovingly disciplines His children. When we are saved we enter into a covenant relationship with Him so our Eternity is secure and His Spirit never leaves us. In making application we see that the Salvation Relationship with God is a daily moment by moment relationship that should motivate us to obey Him. How about you? Are you saved? Do you see Jesus as you personal High Priest paying your sin debt in full? Let us learn from today's text and start obeying the Lord as He is our High Priest.
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