Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bible Challenge 03/23 - 03/29

Greetings All!

This week we finish up the book of Exodus and read the first two chapters of Leviticus. Chapter 15 up through chapter 20 still deal with the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness to Sinai. Then the rest of Exodus deals with God's law and instructions on the tabernacle and priests. In chapter 31, we find out information about the craftsmen charged with making the tabernacle items and a reminder about the Sabbath. Chapters 32-34 deal with the golden calf, God's response, the second set of tablets and a radiant Moses. That's followed up in chapter 35-38 as the Israelites collect gifts to make the tabernacle and its furnishings and then the tabernacle is setup and filled in chapters 38-40.

I added in a few pictures of our trip to Egypt in 2009. The first was a stop at the supposed well of Marah detailed in Exodus 15:22-26, followed by a picture of Elim, detailed in Exodus 15:27. Next is a picture of the hill where Moses raised his hands so the Israelites could defeat the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-16. Finally there are a couple of pictures taken from the top of Mount Sinai at sunrise. I hope they help you envision what's being talked about in the pages of the Word.

In Leviticus, sometimes the laws and rituals described can seem dry and confusing as you read through them. It helps to remember that the big picture of Leviticus is working out God's covenant with Israel - the consequences of entering into a special relationship with God - special community relationships and behavior. Leviticus can really be divided into two parts: 1) the Priestly Code (chapters 1-16 and 27) and 2) the Holiness Code (chapter 17-26).

Here is the schedule:

23, Sunday: Exodus 15-18

24, Monday: Exodus 19-22

25, Tuesday: Exodus 23-26

26, Wednesday: Exodus 27-30

27, Thursday: Exodus 31-34

28, Friday: Exodus 35-38

29, Saturday: Exodus 39 - Leviticus 2

May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.

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