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B90X- Tabernacle Construction

I did exactly what I told you all not to do.

Starting in Exodus 25, after a whole lot of arduous reading of laws about thievery, animals which gore people, proper marital relations, fighting, and priestly rules, there is a great big section on how to construct the mobile tabernacle.

Two things captured my imagination.  The first was how in the world primitive weavers made linen and wool panels six feet wide by forty-two feet long, as well as other loops, sewing, looms, shearing sheep, processing materials, needles, thread, techniques, etc.

The second was the wood used and how it would have been worked in all of its intended uses.

Me being me, couldn’t just let it go.  All sorts of questions and ruminations about how this work would have been done puzzled me.  There was nothing asked of folks that wasn’t something that could not be done.  So there had to be systems, tools, and techniques in place for all of it to be done.

The first folks mentioned in the whole Bible who are filled with Spirit of God are two craftsmen, Oholiab and Bezalel.  They were two carpenters who were given all sorts of  wisdom, knowledge, and skill to do some pretty amazing things with wood and their hands.

I started by saying that I did something I told all of you not to do- I stopped reading and did some researching.

Here is some information on shittim wood or acacia wood, the only wood allowed to be used in the tabernacle.  Today we know it as Red Acacia.

This book, Life in Biblical Israel, had all sorts of answers on tools, materials, and craftsman if anyone is interested in a really book to answer all the questions I had.  Additionally, there is tons more information on all sorts of things.

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B90X- Genesis thoughts Pt. 2

Have ever driven down the same road over and over again thinking you know every pothole, every curve, and every sight along the way? Then one day you notice something you have never seen before and wonder how you missed it.   Whether it is a building, a feature to the terrain, art of some sort, or an old sign.

The same thing happens to me every time I read the Bible.  I have no idea how many times I have read through the scriptures.  Whether for a seminary class, preparing for a sermon, B90X, or just feeding my own soul.  Each and every time, there seems to be something that catches my attention I had never seen or had never cognitively ruminated.

point of interestToday’s Biblical “Roadside Point of Interest” is found in Genesis 41.  Joseph has been in prison a full two years.  Pharaoh has a dream, is puzzled by it, and needs it interpreted.  Pharaoh’s cupbearer recalls a young man who can interpret dreams and tells Pharaoh about him.  Pharaoh send for this dream interpreter.

One sentence that grabbed my imagination- “When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh”  (NIV).  What did he look like?  Was he scraggly looking?  Was he dirty and where would he have cleaned up?   What did his clothes look like and where did he get a fresh set?

I digress.  The thought occurred to me on how we present our selves to others.  How we dress when we speak to a public official or stand in a position of authority?  Do we take the time to look neat and tiddy before others.  Did it matter?  The message is the message.  But yes, appearances do matter.  It is the first impression thing.  It was important for Joseph to look presentable as he had his moment in the presence of the Pharaoh.

I thought about the process of taking off and putting on that shows up in the Bible.  There is lots of imagery of taking of something lesser and putting on something greater.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”  (Is. 61:3).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, … and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-23).

“Put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:13).

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12).

Colossians 3:14 tells us to “put on love.”

Let’s shave and put on a fresh set of outerwear.  Blessings.

 

B90X- Genesis thoughts.

As I finished up Genesis last night, I was reminded how messy humanity can be.  The craziness of how different folks acted can take us off guard.  Whether it is Abraham lying a couple of times about Sarah being his sister rather than his wife, the cave scene of Lot and his daughters, or the selling of a younger brother into slavery, there is no lack of wonder as to why this family is the one used to bring salvation and redemption to all of mankind.

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Where the idea started that one has to be perfect to either go to church or begin the Christian walk is beyond me.  If Father used this rag-tag hereditary line to share his story, just about all of us are tame in comparison.  Some of the stories regarding Sodom are perplexing.  And how twisted so many are by not having any moral guidance, left to their own devices and schemes.  As one of our Youth Pastors said last night, “Man, how can this be in my Bible?  Not in my Bible!”

There is a fantastic reminder of respect and honor, as well as the antithesis, every time I read Genesis 9.  The ark has settled on dry land, the water recedes, and Noah plants a vineyard.  For whatever reason Noah imbibes way too much and lay nakedly inebriated in his tent. His three sons have a decision to make- criticize their father or protect him.  Two sons chose to protect while one son says something that shows disrespect and when Noah finds out about it is furious.  So ticked that a curse is brought upon his lineage forever.  And to this day the curse appears to be born out.

The CJB says he is ‘shamefully exposed.’  There will be times in our lives when some folks around us have made some decisions which shamefully expose them.  Rather than further embarrass or bring more trouble on someone, let’s do what we can protect, love, respect, and honor those around us when mistakes are made.  Rather than air them out for the world to see, let’s cover over a multitude of sins.  I think it is something Jesus would do.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Proverbs 15:1

B90X Day One

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There are lots of posts on Facebook of folks getting started with B90X and 21Days of Prayer and Fasting.  You can’t imagine how much this blesses my soul.

In regards to reading through the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, a few thoughts ruminated through my head.

1. Before you start reading each day, pray Psalm 119:18 out-loud before you start- “Father, open my eyes, that I may see the wonderful things in your law.”  Watch what Father does in your reading time as you see things you have never seen before!

2.  Stick to a version of the Bible you know you can read easily.  If you have never undertaken this challenge, grab something readable like the NIV, the Contemporary English Version, or The Message.  Those are written with the intent of the text flowing easily in thought for thought translations.

3.  Really try and read every word.  I know that it is tempting to skip some things.  However, the goal is to read every one of God’s words written to us in scripture.  They are all there for a reason.

4.  Just read.  Don’t stop.  I know it will be tempting to what to know about Abimelech, fight the temptation.  You can do that another time.  The idea now is to stay focused, stay on track, and not get behind.  Once you stray, it will take longer to read, you will fall behind, and get discouraged and stop.  Just read.  Discipline yourself to read through every day.  It will bless your soul, I promise.

5.  Regarding the above statement, I have chosen to read the Complete Jewish Bible.  Rather than read a version I have done before, I took the challenge one step further.  So far all the names in the OT are written out in Hebrew transliteration.  I love to try and pronounce each and every name, but I have to just run over it without stopping.  It is about completing the task in a timely and encouraging manner.

6. I will be praying for our CRBC family and friends believing you will finish the race.  No one will cut in on you.  No one will distract you.  No one or thing will get in the way.  If you find yourself struggling, please let me know personally, so I can pray for you by name specifically.

Lastly, this is not about a feather in the cap, a jewel in the crown, or a notch on handle, it is about knowing our Heavenly Father.  These are his words to us, so that we can know his nature and character better.

Shalom.  PM.

Day 12 Prayer for America 10.9.12

Target: National Protection
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Founding Father Quote “The great pillars of all government and of social life are virtue, morality and religion.  This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”  -Patrick Henry, Patriot Leader in the American Revolution, Governor of Virginia.

Prayer:  ”Lord God, You chose a specific people and this particular parcel of land to create the United States of America.  It is evident that Your grand design was implemented when creating the fabric of our nation so many years ago.  While our nation was in her formative years, we honored You and Your Word and were a protected and prosperous people.  But as time and sin have had its way, we have become the victims of our own folly.  We have become a nation full of deficits, vulnerable to wars in our own home lands.  We beg for Your forgiveness and mercy, that we might return to You, once again doing things Your way.  Thank You Father, that You are our Great Hope and the source of ultimate victory in an otherwise chaotic battle.  May we dwell in the secret place of the Most High God, and abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  May we say as a nation that God is our refuge and our fortress, and in Him will we put our trust.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”