Just As He Commands
I’ve noticed over the past few years of reading through the One-Year Bible Plan, there are parts of the Bible I enjoy more than others.
I know, I know, I should enjoy reading Leviticus as much as Matthew, but it just doesn’t work that way.
Take for example Exodus chapter 40. It’s a little, shall we say, tedious? Or am I the only one who struggles staying focused as Moses goes through the time-consuming, detailed tasks in setting up the tabernacle?
Verse 13 says this, “Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. (v.14) Bring his sons and dress them in tunics…” (v.16) Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.”
On to verse 18, “When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erecting the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. (v.19) Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.”
Hmm, I’m starting to see a pattern here.
Verse 21 continues, “Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.”
There it is again! Oh but wait, there’s more…
At the end of verse 23, we see the same words, “as the Lord commanded him.” And again at the end of verse 24, 27, 29, and 32.
In fact, this phrase shows up after each and every task Moses completes.
And once again, our faithful, patient God reveals to me that every book, every chapter, every line has significance.
Moses undoubtedly knew the importance of obeying God with exact precision. His job was an important one, and he took it seriously. The responsibility of leading God’s people rested with Moses, and his obedience was his offering.
Moses never felt smart enough or good enough for this position, but He willingly obeyed and did just as he was commanded.
How many times have I complained about a situation or balked at a circumstance, when in truth I was not willing to follow God’s commands? Sometimes in my spiritual laziness, I don’t want to put in the work to see results.
But when we give God our best – listening, seeking, learning and following – God’s plan is revealed in wondrous splendor. Look ahead to verse 34 and see what happens next…
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
I want nothing more than for God’s glory to fill my home, my heart, my life. And in turn, He wants nothing more than to show that glory to me. But am I ready?
Let’s commit today to obey His commands, doing exactly – with precision – what He asks us to do.
God, we are ready for your glory to fill our lives.
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