Women of the Word: Ministering Women In the Tent of Meeting

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After leaving Egypt, the Israelites took part in the construction of God’s sanctuary, also called the tent of meeting, while they sojourned in the desert. So dedicated were the Israelites to the sanctuary that they contributed more than was needed for its construction. They gave so much that the craftsmen in charge of construction told Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” Moses then had to tell the people, “Stop! Do not do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.”

The book of Exodus gives a very detailed account concerning the construction of the temple and the men who were involved in its work. But men weren’t the only ones involved; women and children were involved, as well. Exodus 38:8, in particular, reads:

He [a craftsman named Bezalel] made the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the ministering women who ministered in the entrance of the tent of meeting.

From the verse above we see that these women not only ministered in the tent of meeting, but they also assisted in its construction by allowing the bronze basins to be made out of their mirrors. Continue reading

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Old Testament In a Year: February 28 – Leviticus 11, 12

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Leviticus 11, 12
Focus Verse: For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” – Leviticus 11:45

Be holy, God says.

Why? you ask.

Because I am holy, He says.

God desires for you to become like Him. He will not ask you to be anything that He is not. He has redeemed you and loved you. He has called you His own, and He wants His own to reflect His goodness, grace, and glory. Nothing says you esteem someone more than imitation of them. So, imitate God.

God has chosen to be your God. He has made you His special child. He will protect you and guide you, provide for you and show you kindness, and bring all manner of blessings your way. Therefore, be holy, just as He is holy.

Come out and be separate. Touch not any unclean thing. Do not entertain unholy companions.

Live a holy life. Conduct holy conversations. Bend to His will. Imitate His nature.

Old Testament In a Year: February 27 – Leviticus 8, 9, 10

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Leviticus 8, 9, 10
Focus Verse: You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, – Leviticus 10:10

Abstain from questionable behavior that will make you forget yourself and your God and cause you to act in ways that displease the Lord. Keep your focus on God so that you will be able to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong, what is holy and what is unholy, what is clean and what is unclean.

Do not mistake what is forbidden as something that is favorable to serve God with.

Old Testament In a Year: February 26 – Leviticus 6, 7

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Leviticus 6, 7
Focus Verse: Moreover, you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places. – Leviticus 7:26

The Israelites were forbidden to partake of the blood from the animals they sacrificed. However, the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus the Christ, encourages you to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Jesus said, “For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”

Don’t misunderstand Jesus. He isn’t encouraging you to become a cannibal or a vampire. You eat His flesh by believing that His body was broken to forgive your sin. You drink His blood by believing that His blood was spilled to give you salvation.

When you eat fruits and vegetables and when you drink water, the food and drink enters into you and gives you sustenance so that you can go on living. If you never ate or drank, you would die. It is the same way with Jesus. To “eat” and “drink” Him is to believe in and receive Him. By doing so, He enters into you and gives you His eternal life. Your life is dependent on Jesus. Without Him, you will die. But with Him living inside of you, you will live forever.

Old Testament In a Year: February 25 – Leviticus 3, 4, 5

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Leviticus 3, 4, 5
Focus Verse: And all its fat he shall remove as the fat of the lamb is removed from the sacrifice of peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar, on top of the Lord’s food offerings. And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven. – Leviticus 4:35

These three chapters detail how the Israelites were to make three different offerings to the Lord – peace offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings. They had to repeatedly make these offerings throughout their lifetimes because the blood of bulls, goats, lambs, turtledoves, and pigeons could not permanently take away sin and guilt or permanently give peace. Only the blood of Jesus the Christ can do that.

Once and for all, Jesus shed His blood. And through His sacrifice, your conscience is permanently washed of guilt, your sin is forever forgiven, and peace is yours to have for all of eternity.

Old Testament In a Year: February 24 – Psalm 90; Leviticus 1, 2

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Psalm 90; Leviticus 1, 2
Focus Verse: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90:2

When there was nothing, there was God.

God was God before He created the mountains. God was God before He brought the earth into existence. From beginning (past) to end (future), God is God. God was always God. God will always be God – the one, true God; the never-changing God. His existence does not depend on the existence of anyone or anything else. Changes that happen in His creation and among His creatures does not change Him. Heaven and earth may disappear, the grass may wither, and flowers may fade, but God will always remain.

Before you were born, God was God. And after you are gone, God will still be God. He is the only constant in an ever-changing world. Your only sure place of rest, safety, and love is found in Him.

You will perish. Everyone you love and care for will perish. Everything that brings you happiness and comfort will one day cease to exist. Only God will remain. Only He lives forever. And when you become one in Him, you also will become ever-living.

Old Testament In a Year: February 23 – Exodus 39, 40

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Exodus 39, 40
Focus Verse: Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. – Exodus 40:34

God was pleased with the tabernacle that the people of Israel constructed for Him. All that God commanded, they did, and their obedience was blessed. From the altar to the holy garments, everything was designed according to His plans. God did not have to change any of their work. All of it was done to His satisfaction. So pleased was He that His glory filled the entire tabernacle and no one else was able to enter it for quite some time.

God no longer dwells in tabernacles made with human hands. He dwells in the tabernacle of your body. He desires to fill you completely so that no one and nothing else can enter.

God values your body. He created it. His Son, Jesus the Christ, saved it. And the Holy Spirit lives in it. Take care of and honor your body in such a way that is pleasing to God.

You will not find God in a building. You will find Him in your body. God lives in you. His glory permeates your being.

Old Testament In a Year: February 22 – Exodus 36, 37, 38

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Exodus 36, 37, 38
Focus Verse: Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses; – Exodus 38:22

Every craftsman who was engaged in constructing God’s sanctuary did their work with excellence. They relied on the skill and intelligence that God put in them and created a beautiful place that He was pleased with and in which He could be worshiped in.

What work has God given you skill and intelligence in? Whatever talent God has given you, use it to do amazing things and create beautiful work that pleases Him. Write words. Sing songs. Paint pictures. Create code. Do what God created you to do with all your heart and do it well.

Old Testament In a Year: February 21 – Exodus 34, 35

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Exodus 34, 35
Focus Verse: The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, – Exodus 34:6

Let God remind you of who He is. He is mercy and grace, love and faithfulness.

Instead of treating you with harshness, He treats you with kindness. Your actions have no influence over His attitude toward you. Even when you do wrong, He does not remain angry. After hurting, He heals and He also forgives. Though He has all power and is in a position to punish, He extends His hand in compassion, not wrath. He picks you up when you fall, brushes you off, and gives you another chance to get it right.

God doesn’t leave you to make it on your own. At every stage of your life, He is with you, working for your good, and intervening on your behalf. Instead of darkness, He gives you light. Heaven instead of hell. Life instead of death. When He saw that you could not save yourself, He sent His Son, and by His grace you are saved.

The love God has for you is very plentiful. It is steadfast – meaning it is firmly fixed. God’s love is true, dependable, solid, constant, and dedicated to you. It is without end.