FRIDAY, MARCH 29
“For our conversation
is in heaven …"
AS THE LORD COMMANDED
The workers had brought their individually finished items to Moses. Now Moses was to be the one who put the pieces together and stationed each item in their exact location. Regarding the people’s obedience, Exodus 39:42-43 states, “According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work. And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.” Compare this with Moses, “Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he” (Exod 40:16).
Moses himself was very careful when it came to his turn to do his part of the work. He did not just demand that the people do everything according to God’s commands but ensured that he himself also faithfully did God’s work. He walked the talk and was absolutely careful to obey God’s instructions as was commanded. The phrase “as the LORD commanded” (Exod 40:16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32) is repeatedly used to emphasize this attitude of Moses’. And then the phrase, “So Moses finished the work” (Exod 40:33). Every detail down to tying, direction of items, even placement of the bread, was strictly followed despite its seeming insignificance. Dear reader, how do you read God’s Word? Do you seek to know His commands thoroughly and commit to live strictly by them? Do you tell your children to do so but are careless yourself? Do you watch and scrutinize other’s actions but are lax with your own walk? Moses knew better than to take God’s instructions lightly even in the minutest detail. He understood that when it came to doing what God commanded, there could be no compromise or negotiation with God. That was why he applied the same standard of careful obedience to himself. Church leaders, parents, and every Christian must walk the talk.
THOUGHT: Do I set a high standard for others but a low one for myself?
PRAYER: LORD, I want to be serious about doing as Thou commandest.