Risk is taking your faith to move the mountain–now your faith becomes the mountain. ~Y. Alvarado
“So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”
Moses called Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled worker willing to work to come.
The skilled came to construct the sanctuary. The freewill offerings came every morning.
The workers came to Moses and said that the people are bringing more than enough.
Moses sent word throughout the community to restrain from bringing new offerings.
The skilled workers made all the curtains for the tabernacle.
The workers made frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.
They made crossbars of acacia wood.
They made curtains of blue, purple, scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen with cherubims.
The Lord commanded the Israelites to work six days but rest on the Sabbath Day.
If anyone works on the seventh day, they will be put to death.
**Materials for the Tabernacle
The Lord commanded the people to bring an offering to Him as a community.
He ordered those who are skilled to make everything for the Tabernacle; garments for Aaron the priest and his sons.
All the people whose heart was moved brought the work to the Tent of Meeting, for all its service and garments. All who were willing both male and female presented their gifts.
**Bezalel and Oholiab
Bezalel was chosen by the Lord from the tribe of Judah; he will be filled with all knowledge and understanding. He will make artistic designes of gold, silver and bronze.
He will set stones, work in wood and engage in all artistic crafts.
And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has given these two men the teaching skills to teach skilled workers and designers.
The New Stone Tablets
The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
Moses was instructed to meet on the mountain with God.
No human or animal was to be present on or in front of the mountain.
Moses met God on the mountain with the two tablets. The Lord came down in a cloud.
The Lord proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Moses asked God to forgive their wickedness and to go with them into the land he promised.
God promised to make a covenant with Moses and Israel.
God promised to drive out the inhabitants of the land. The people would see his work.
God told Moses to beware of the people in this land and to knock down their idols.
God said, “Do no worship any other God, for the Lord is a jealous God.”
God warned Moses to not make a treaty with the idol worshipers or eat their sacrifices.
Do not make any idols God said.
The Lord said to celebrate the Feast of the Unleavened Bread at the appointed time.
God commanded the first born of every womb belongs to him.
God commanded the people do not appear before Him empty handed.
The people are to Celebrate the Festival Weeks with the firstfruits.
They are to celebrate the Festival of the Ingathering at the turn of the year.
Three times a year the men are to appear before God to drive out nations before you.
The Lord the people to bring the best of the firstfruits to the house of Lord.
Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk God said.
The Lord said to Moses to write these words down as a covenant between Moses and the people.
Moses was with God 40 days, 40 nights without bread or drinking water.
He wrote on the tablets the word of the Covenant–the Ten Commandments.
**The Radiant Face of Moses
Moses came down Mount Sinai with the two tablets and his face was radiant.
Aaron and the people were afraid to go near Moses.
Moses called them to come near. He gave them the Ten Commandments the Lord gave him.
When Moses finished speaking, he put a veil over his face.
When Moses entered God’s presence his face was radiant. Moses put a veil over his face until he spoke with God again.
**Land of Milk and Honey
God asked Moses to leave this place and go to the land I promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.
God promised an angel to drive out the Canaanites and the inhabitants of the land.
Moses and the people were to go to the land flowing with milk and honey without God.
God said the people were stiff necked and he might destroy them.
The people began to mourn and God said to take off their ornaments as He decided what to do.
**The Tent of Meeting
The Lord asked Moses to pitch a tent outside the camp.
The people arose and stood outside their own tent watching Moses as he entered the Tent.
They all stood and worshiped outside their tent, as Moses went into the Tent with God.
God spoke to Moses as a friend. Moses would return to the tent except Joshua son of Nun.
**Moses and the Glory of the Lord
Moses asked God who will go with him and the people, and God found favor in Moses.
Moses said to God this is your nation.
The Lord replied, “I will go with you Moses and give you rest.”
God said to Moses, “I will go with you, I am pleased with you and know you by name.”
Moses asked God to show his glory to him.
The Lord said to Moses, “You may see my goodness but not my face.”
I will put you in the cleft of the rock and you may see my back but not my face.
Daylight is blending the sun with the tree on a sunny day. I added some pink and orange tint to my photo to bring the tree alive. ~Y. Alvarado 2016
God holds us dear as birds in a nest. Now praise Him and the benefits are full protection from harm. ~Y. Alvarado photocredit https://www.pinterest.com/source/chasingthegreenfaerie.tumblr.com
Jesus is the Son of man. He spoke like a man but lived like God. Amen. ~Y. Alvarado 2016
The Golden Calf
**The people saw Moses was long in coming down from the mountain.
They gathered together around Aaron and desired to make gods.
They saw Moses who brought us up out of Egypt had not returned.
Aaron told the people to bring their wives, sons and daughters who wore gold jewelry
The Israelites did as Aaron had said. Aaron made a golden calf.
He announced a festival to the Lord and the next day the people sacrificed burnt offerings.
They sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
The Lord commanded Moses to go down the mountain because the people were corrupt.
They bowed down to the golden calf and sacrificed to it.
They worshiped the idols as their gods who brought them out of Egypt.
God commanded Moses to leave him because he was angry and would not destroy them.
He will make the Israelites into a great nation.
Moses asked God to be merciful to the people and relent his anger.
Moses asked God to remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
To remember he would make their descendants the stars in the sky.
You promised to give this land as an inheritance forever.
Moses Came Down the Mountain
**Moses took the two tablets down the mountain.
The tablets were written on front and back by the hand of God engraved on the tablets.
Joshua heard the noise and the people shouting, he said to Moses their is a war in the camp.
As Moses approached the camp, he saw the calf and dancing and broke the two tablets.
He took the calf and burned it, grounded to powder, scattered the powder on the water.
He made the people drink the water.
Moses asked Aaron why he did this. He said the people were angry.
He said the people commanded him to make gods who will go before us.
Moses said whoever is for the Lord come to me. The Levites came to him.
Moses said the Lord, the God of Israel said to take a sword.
The Levites were to go and kill his brother, friend and neighbor.
That day 3,000 people died.
The next day Moses told the people he will go before the Lord to atone their sins.
Moses asked God to forgive the people of the sin of idolatry.
If not, Moses said to God, then blot me out of this book you have written.
The Lord said whoever has sinned against him will be blotted out of the book.
Now lead the people to the place I have spoken of led by my angel.
When the time comes, I will punish the people.
The Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron made.