Death to Life

In today’s reading (Ezekiel 35:1-37:26) God shows us two important truths.  First, the condition of lost people is one of utter hopelessness.  They are not merely weak or sick.  They are dead.  Furthermore, their bones are bleached out.  Second, God’s Spirit has power to bring life to such corpses.

Anytime an unbeliever is born again that miracle of transformation of death to life reoccurs.  [See Ephesians 2:1-10].  Have you experienced that transformation?  God promises that “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10: 13).  Praise God for His power.  He is glorified by saving the dead.

[For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Listening and Finishing

Today’s reading: Exodus 38:21-40:38

It’s a great feeling to finish a task, much less a large project. When asked, “Are you doing good?” my friend Dr. Sam Williams says, “I’m doing good and doing well.” Today, may you find joy in doing good and doing it well, to completion.

For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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God’s Gifts and His Glory

Today’s reading: Exodus 36:8-38:20

Local churches around the world meet in a huge variety of structures. These reflect the financial resources of the congregations and the architectural styles of the culture, but they should also bring glory to God and represent the best we can offer to Him. Unlike in the case of the Old Testament tabernacle (and later the temple), God has not given His people a floor plan for the perfect building. We are free to create as long as God is glorified.

Of course, in Old Testament times, this glorification of God was done through the tabernacle by pointing in so many ways to the Messiah who was to come, the Lord Jesus Christ. Today our churches should point to Him, not through things like a bronze altar or a Holy of Holies but by the clear proclamation of the gospel and the right administration of the sacraments.

For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Seeing God’s Glory

Today’s reading: Exodus 33:12-36:7

May you see God’s glory in His word today. See you on Monday.

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Keeping the Sabbath

Today’s reading: Exodus 30:22-33:11

With the Super Bowl only 8 days away, what a great time for me to rant about keeping the Sabbath. Let me hasten to say that I am not the judge of anyone. I know Christians, far more godly than I, who disagree with me on this subject. But this is a matter which we ought to consider, carefully study, and come to our own conclusions about what is and isn’t true. May the Lord guide us in this.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Glory and Beauty

Today’s reading: Exodus 28:31-30:21

In recent years, there has been a notable movement of people out of evangelical churches and into Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. No doubt much of this has been due to the attraction of the pageantry and solemnity found in worship in those churches. I am in no way tempted to follow this exodus, but I do pray that reformed and evangelical churches recover something of the sense of glory and beauty in worship.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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The High Priest

Today’s reading: Exodus 26:1-28:30

While pagans made images of their gods, the true and living God, Yahweh, prescribed a place for His people to meet Him and a reverent way to approach Him. Such is the difference between man-made religion and God-ordained worship.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Acceptable Offerings

Today’s reading: Exodus 23:14-25:40

Giving to the Lord is part of our worship. It must be treated carefully so that our attitudes and practices honor God by our obedience to His Word. Old Testament worship was meticulously prescribed and, though we, living after the coming of Christ and the New Testament, are not held to the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and do well to be sober-minded to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:19-24).

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Words from Heaven

Today’s reading: Exodus 20:22-23:13

We may find some of God’s rules for ancient Israel to be largely irrelevant in our modern society, but they do show that all of life is lived before the face of God. He is properly concerned about how we deal with others: showing care, love, and justice.

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

One People of God

Today’s reading: Exodus 17:1-20:21

God’s purpose down through history was gradually (or progressively) revealed, but it was unchanging and unamended. How great is His wisdom!

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].