I got a new phone. I’ve been happily downloading apps all week. I can now track my Christmas purchases, blog, play a myriad of word games, track my running, banking and movie purchases and I have three different reading programs. Just because I thought it was cool I downloaded the entire works of Shakespeare, the US Constitution and the Bible. I signed up for a daily Bible reading program to attempt to keep my priorities straight. Before I allow myself any Facebook or Bananagrams I read my Bible. I’m working my way currently through Exodus.
I’ve read all about how Moses went up the mountain and had a conference with God. God laid out the laws he wanted the people to follow. Three chapters.
I hear people say all the time that the Bible has too many rules. I think God did better than us. The US Civil Code currently has 51 books, its revised annually. In addition to civil code there are currently four thousand four hundred and fifty federal crimes. This does not include any state or local statutes. The American Bar Association website sports eighty four topics of research. My favorite book on their best seller list was The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law. Frankly, I think the Bible was pretty concise.
Moses went down the mountain and gave a report. Mind you, they’d just been dramatically rescued from slavery and seen the Red Sea so they were in an amiable mood to accept rules from the One who’d saved them. Exodus 24:7 says the people said “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!” I like the exclamation point.
Moses goes back up the mountain. God resumes the conference with Moses. He’s gone forty days. It takes eight chapters. God lays out the plan for the tabernacle, offerings, priests clothing, alter and or meeting place. This is very exciting. Slightly overwhelming. I’m sure Moses was panicked. The creator of the universe wanted to spend time with His people. Moses is writing all the details down. Surely he’s trying to figure out where he’s going to find someone who knows how to carve Acacia wood or spin fine linen.
This is what I do. When I feel like God has asked me to do something I charge out with lots of questions. How am I going to do this? Who am I going to find to help?
Guess what. Chapter 31 God says to Moses “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all kinds of craftsmanship to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze…” It goes on from there.
I love this. God had a plan. I need to remember this next time I spin into overdrive.
So Moses goes down the mountain all ready to give the good news to the people. God is coming to meet with you! You promised to listen to what He said so He’s coming to lead us! Moses has been gone a month. And the people….were….worshipping a golden cow. Just lovely.
I do this too. I see God do amazing things in my life. I promise to listen. I get tired of waiting. My attention wavers. I end up over in a corner obsessed with something other than what’s eternal. Sigh. Golden Cows. Like Facebook.