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Friday, May 10, 2013

Exodus Explored..and the rest of the story

The Outline of Exodus

1. Israelites Multiply; Oppression in Egypt
Growth in numbers of those who are seeking God

2. Birth, Adoption and Escape of Moses
A leader is born as a child of God, then is given to the world to raise in fear, after maturity he begins to be offended by how the world treats the his people, there is physical death to the oppressor as well as social death to himself.
He is sent into the desert in exile. He finds his people again which revere God. A battle sets forth in the desert as he defends the weaker and unmarried against the opposition who want to take the well of water for themselves. The would be those who seek God but do not want to share Him with other groups of weaker people.

3. Moses and the Burning Bush
Moses experienced the desert, the life in the dry places then the meeting with God .The calling, revelation, and command. Go back to the world from which you lived and get the others and bring them to where you met God.

4. Miraculous Signs through Moses; Aaron as Mouthpiece; Moses Returns
They experience the evidence of God's blessings, His ability to do "the un-thought of " to show God is control. God Also provides leader with a brother to help in his battle with the world and calling of God. (Who is your Aaron?)

5. Pharaoh Rejects Moses' Plea and Increases the Israelites' Labor
The leader of the world refuses to give up his slaves, makes life even harder on those who considered getting away to a different life. Oppression and trials increase from the world in order to weaken the spirit that they could overcome the world and leave it.

6. God Promises to Deliver the Families of Israel
Leader shares the message of Hope from God, and to be ready to go when called.

Attack against the elements and powers of the world.

7. Aaron's Staff; Plague of Blood
The power to change
8. Plagues of Frogs, Gnats and Flies
Pests (Hearing- croaking, small annoying not easily seen, seen and heard-defiling and is attracted to garbage, feces and dead things)
9. Plagues of Livestock, Boils and Hail
Attack in key areas (over those under the worlds dominion as food and energy resources, health and fleshly appearance, harsh loving, truth (frozen water) and warning of judgment(fire) from heaven)
10. Plagues of Locusts and Darkness
(devouring of the grains, the seed bearing foods: the harvest of life)(the sample of separation and absence of the truth)
11. The Plague on the Firstborn
(that worldly first accomplishment of which you are proud, the key part of you that you nurture and grow, the gift you were given.)

12. Passover; Feast; Memorial; Pharaoh Urges Exodus (the battle of the obedient over the stubborn)

13. Consecration of the Firstborn; God Leads the People out

14. Pharaoh Pursues;(The hounds of hell) The Red Sea(water barrier) is Parted

15. Song of Moses and Miriam; ()The Lord Provides Water*(essentials met)

16. Manna (bread), Quail() and the Sabbath(peaceful rest)

17. Water from the Rock;(Christ's living water) the Defeat of the Amalekites(spiritual enemy of the desert area)

18. Jethro Visits and Counsels Moses (God sends an experienced leader and desert survivor)

19. Moses and the Lord at Mount Sinai (meeting God again after bringing them to God, instructions for what to do with them and teach them)

20. The Ten Commandments (rules for a successful and abundantly blessed life)

21. Ordinances for Servants and Personal Injuries (how to treat others)

22. Property Rights and Social Laws (how to respect what each person has been given)

23. Laws of Justice, Mercy, Sabbath, Annual Festivals, Conquest (how to get the greatest harvest from life)

24. The People Affirm Their Covenant with God (Do you?)

25. Tabernacle Offerings, Ark, Table, and Lampstand (what do you have that you will give up -what is worth your deliverance and showing others what you happily do without for being chosen)

26. Instructions for the Tabernacle: Curtains, Boards and Veil (Your body in the flesh)

27. Instructions for the Altar and Courtyard, Oil for the Lampstand ( Your key internal places and their elements)

28. Priestly Garments, Ephod, Breastpiece (Your external appearance)

29. Consecration, Sacrifices, Food of the Priests (What you take in)

30. Altar of Incense, Atonement Money,(offering) Basin, Anointing oil(holiness)

31. Craftsmen Bezaleel and Aholiah; the Sabbath Explained

32. The Golden Calf and Moses' Anger (Baggage from the old life and trying to make God into what they want Him to be)

33. Moses Resumes the Journey(trusting God promise) and Intercedes for the Israelites(hopes they will change their hearts)

34. Tablets Replaced; Covenant Renewed;(second chances) Radiant Face of Moses(transfiguration-holy spirit)

35. Sabbath Rules; Workmen and Gifts for the Tabernacle ( How to rest and work)

Details of the elements we are to build or craft to be incorporated with our service to God.

36. Bezalel and Oholiab (Gifted & Gifts for the following assignments) Tabernacle Construction

37. Ark, Table, Lampstand, Altar of Incense (your life)

38. Altar of Burnt Offering, Basin, Courtyard Completed; Costs Totaled (Your consecrated life's offerings-your seed or fruit)

39. The Priestly Garments; Moses Inspects the Completed Work( your outward appearance before others and how they see you)

40. Tabernacle Erected and Filled by the Glory of the Lord (You are accepted by God, Holy Spirit dwells within)

Exodus -Layer 2
Here are my thoughts of what the whole 40 yrs. of wandering (or being lead through where we are to physically live).
I believe that we miss the whole concept of deliverance and the promised land. Our physical life is to be the desert. Nothing in this world can compare to what we will receive in the promised land. We may be greatly blessed and provided for in the desert by the loving hand of God, but that should not be mistaken for the true promised land of our destiny. I will attempt to explain that our destiny of promise is based on our choices in the desert.

So let's get started! God calls us out into the desert, "and then" reveals himself to us.

We are living in a life of slavery and yet we are delivered out into a place where God has made barren so that there are no distractions. Once we have started to realize the challenges in the desert, many start to remember only the enjoyable parts of their old lives and look behind instead of forward. (Look how that worked out for Lot's wife)

When we are in the desert we are forced to evaluate our priorities and limited resources within ourselves. We cannot deliver that needed food & water for life. We cannot create goods and clothing with a 40 yr. warranty. However the one constant is that power that leads, protects and is with us night and day. The things we can do are given to us on a short list, everything else is in God's hands.

When you think of it, how simple and awesome this deal is. Yet we screw it up with our own selfish desires and embellishments.

We are to go back and bring others into the desert (salvation). God is met in the desert, we are given our instruction there, it is where we wander in our physical life of the first generation of promise, however our offspring given us in the desert will grow up in the desert and will experience the life in that promised land.

Think of it like this…
You were raised in a Christian home (aka-the desert) or in a slave's home (aka-Egypt)

You have a choice of which direction you want to travel...the brochures have already been written on both choose.

We are called to be the shepherds that are to raise, protect and bring the next generation in the desert (under God) and prepare them for that promised land.

Think and compare the challenges after salvation(deliverance), but before period of consecration. There immense joy of experiencing the hoped for, the miraculous and the unexpected in the timing. That experience gets us into the desert. We receives God's words of instruction, experience the testimonies and evidences of his care and love. Then we are left to the test of faith and trust.

Here is where the parable of the sower comes in. You see we all have in the context of salvation have been scattered into the topography of the desert.

 Matthew 13: 3And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow
4and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Exodus/salvation

5“Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. Desert/new lifestyle in wrong environment

6“But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Discouragement/trials

7“Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. Ungodly Influences (weeds)no soil is weed free...has to be maintained. Good soil can grow strong plants of both the good and the bad seeds.

8“And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. Good soil, maintained and harvested...some more than others.

9“He who has ears, let him hear.”

After consecration, the budding into a plant and maturing by producing fruit or seed, we become eligible for the harvest.
Our life in the desert is the challenged growth that we need to have before deliverance out of life ( the harvest).

After the harvest into the other life we are ushered into the throne room of the threshing floor. Which may be in the location of the threshing floor that David consecrated (now in the new Jerusalem!) We are then evaluated weeds and fruitless chaff are burned, the fruit (seed grain) is gathered. Our essence is in the seeds and fruit we produce...that spiritual fruit and seeds of good works are the only thing that God wants. In that he shall that plant you in his renewed garden for eternity.

The parts of the plants that are useless are burned, or even before that used in the stalls of the beasts to be trampled, and dumped on before it is burned. Ironically, some of that fertilized stall scraping can be mixed into the soil to enrich it. The buried compost of other lives can help us to grow in soil that is challenging. If we bury our own compost we create our own fertile ground whereever we are planted.

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