Just last year, I promised myself I was going to get familiar with Bible history starting from Genesis. I was enjoying my study till I got to Exodus then I got stuck. I just started seeing tabernacle, altar, garments, sacrifice, make it this way, that way, every way with this cubic feet, gold, scarlet and that length. I was so distorted. Whenever I picked up the Bible, it was a tiring experience.
MY FIRST LESSON
Nobody forced you to do this, you can ignore it and wish you completed it. Or you complete it and be grateful you ignored the repetition.
Now, in Exodus 1-2, baby Moses was just about to be born and he is about to face a death sentence a few minutes after his birth. God saw this and knew if Moses died either by commission or omission, his divine plan and deliverance mechanism will not work anymore, so what did God do? He caused the midwives who were supposed to kill the males to preserve Moses and his baby friends to show that he needs men to carry out his visions. Potiphar’s daughter that was supposed to be in sync with her father’s visions adopted the baby Moses, took him home and treated him like a crowned prince of Egypt to show God can set a table for us by our enemies.
More boredom exists in Exodus 8:7, “And the magicians did so with their enchantments and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.”
Moses and Aaron were working hard to prove to the Egyptians that God is the only God but they didn’t budge. Thus God just had to let the Egyptians show the foolishness of their god. Aaron caused frogs to come upon the land with his rod and the magicians were like, “yay that’s a cheap trick” and they did the same with their rods causing more frogs to come upon their land. (sighs) At least their dullness could be matured…
Now, I saw in Exodus 19:8, “and all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.”
This is a very casual statement and most people have said that this is what brought punishments upon the children of Israel; however I disagree cos anybody can say, “Lord I’ll do this for/to You”, and fall short somehow and God will not just say, “Hey you promised to do this and failed, now you die!”. The bible made it clear that all sinned and fell short of glory. Rather, the punishments came upon the Israelites cos they failed to acknowledge the might of God. The God that they saw just delivering them from the Egyptians, who made the Red Sea swallow the Egyptians, and feed them with manna yet, they still doubted His greatness. Sadly, they had to dance to the music. This is a great lesson because somehow we have concluded in our hearts that our situations are 10× bigger than God. I know you expect God to just wave the misfortune away but that’s why he gave you dominion to exercise.
I Charged On
God gave us an OS better than IOS, it’s called IQ and I came across Exodus 28:2, “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.”
For glory and beauty? God instructed Moses to make a dress for both glory and beauty… this is crazy! The dress that Aaron was to use to serve should both be beautiful to the human eyes and full of glory – the whole awe of God.
I understood that if God could be so meticulous in planning a dress, I mean just a dress for beauty and glory, how much more will be the plan to make his vessels that carry his very own spirit. All I could think of was, “the believer is just too much on the inside and outside.”
Glory to God!
Next up, I saw Exodus 35:31- 33, “And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.”
At this point, I lost every pop belief mentality. I saw that this Jack-of-all-trade and master-of-none thing might not be true after all. Now I know, Bezalel-of-all-trade is master-of-all, cool right?
Moreover the extremely boring verses and chapters in Exodus 25 – Deuteronomy 35. Almost four books! I saw that God is a detailed God, humans get a whole lot bored and tired of details but God is a perfect God, everything just has to be perfect about him. When he sends us on errands, he knows we have potentials to be perfect cos he gave and installed His Holy Spirit in us who gives us the ability (and usability) for all things. He goes on to even explain to us what he expects from us. We might be careless or less cautious but we can be all He is and represents. This also applies to our walk with God, now whether you believe you’re going to hell when you sin or not is not the focus but the little details we miss. The still voice we hear, the peace in our hearts we ignore, the joy when we have and so on.
We know God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
Are you foolish?
It’s totally a trick question