Notes on Exodus 30-32

While Moses went up on the mountain to receive the tablet of testimonies, the Israelites started freaking out (Exodus 32). This happens to us all the time. We are waiting on God, and His answer seems to be taking too long for our liking. What do we do? We forget about Him and decide to put other “gods” before him (thus, breaking the first and second commandments).

God does things on His time. Who do we think we are to question that?

God knew what they were doing, and he was prepared to wipe them all out and start the whole Abrahamic line over with Moses. However, Moses intervened on their behalf, as Christ interceded for us. We deserve to die for ignoring our Savior, just as those Israelites should have been destroyed for their sins. Thankfully, Jesus Christ paid for those sins with his life.

When Moses came down from the mountain, the noise from the ungodly acts committed by the Israelites made Joshua think they were under attack. This was not a “joyful noise.” Moses finally put his eyes on their actions, and was so full of anger that he literally broke the Ten Commandments.

Moses confronts Aaron, and the priest did what we all do. He told Moses that he took some gold, threw it into a fire, and “there came out this calf” (Ex. 32:24). He didn’t admit that he’s the one who crafted it, but it just kind of happened.

How often do we do this? We refuse our personal responsibility and blame a circumstance instead. “This isn’t what it looks like.” “I have a sickness.” “Alcoholism is a disease.” “I was abused as a child.” “My parents hate me.” “I was too drunk.” “One thing led to another.” “Her outfit made me do it.”

YOU are responsible for your actions. YOU are the one who makes the choice. Only on the rarest occasions do we find ourselves “at the wrong place, at the wrong time.” If you drink, stay away from bars. If you cannot resist sexual temptation, stay away from dance or strip clubs. If you have difficulty with self-destructive behavior, then don’t put yourself in those sorts of triggering situations.

These poor sinners were naked while dancing and shouting (verse 25). The implication is that there was some serious sexual sin happening at this event. It was a wild party with naked people dancing, probably grinding up on each other, having a “good time.”

Verse 25 says “for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies.” I imagine that if Instagram was a thing, there would be pictures posted on social media, just as the modern Christian cannot seem to help but publicly display their drunken, half naked posts from night clubs or pool parties.

The modern Christian feels no shame among their enemies. That is a problem.

Moses then asked God to blot his name out of the book of life, rather than blot the names of the Israelites who remained loyal to God after the drunken orgy was finished. It is incredible that Moses would risk such a thing for his people. Would you do this for your friends or family?

John 15:13 says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Would you be willing not just to die, but to give up your eternity for others?

Of course, God being the perfect judge, refuses the offer. In verse 33 He says “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” This is where knowledge and understanding of dispensationalism comes in. Any Christian reading this verse may very well believe it is possible to lose salvation. However, this verse applies to a dispensation, or time, that pre-dates Christ’s crucifixion.

The Old Testament method of salvation was of Faith AND works. This is why they were required to offer sacrifices at the tabernacle. Christians have the luxury of eternal security. Jesus Christ removed works from the equation when he suffered and shed his blood for us. His blood is our atonement for sins. He paid our debt.

Unfortunately, we so often take this gift for granted. We treat Christ like a rich relative who bailed us out when at our worst moment, whom we repay by never calling or seeing again until we find ourselves in trouble once again. We want a one-sided relationship with God. One in which only we benefit.

Then, when God decides he won’t help us anymore, we blame HIM for it. We pass this hatred to our children so that we rob them of what could have been a great relationship. I know there are members of my own family who were saved as children or teenagers and refuse to allow their own children to go to church. They will go to Heaven regardless of turning from Christ, because of eternal security, while they do all they can to ensure their kids will go to Hell.

It is a case of spiritual child abuse, and we watch this happen without acting against it. If I saw a family member beating or molesting a child, I would have child protective services there in an instant. Yet, I am silent when these kids are spiritually abused.

Shame on us. Shame on me.

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Notes on Exodus 25-27

The “ark of the covenant” or ark of the testimony (Exodus 25:16) is one of the most amazing artifacts ever built by man. This 5x3x3 ft. box holds a pot of manna, the Tables of the Law (ten commandments), and Aaron’s rod that represent how God feeds the unsaved, convicts the unsaved, and provided the risen Savior.

The ark was placed in the Tabernacle, a portable place of worship that would be erected whenever the Israelites set up camp. The design of the Tabernacle would eventually be reproduced in a more solid form when Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem. Of course, the Temple was destroyed twice, and the Muslim Dome of the Rock sits in the rightful place of the Temple. Eventually the Dome of the Rock will be removed and the Temple will be rebuilt so that the ark of the testimony can be returned to its home.

There is some interesting numerology in these passages. There are three metals, three colors, and three animals used to make the Tabernacle. This is a representation of the holy trinity. The altar is 5 cubits wide and 5 cubits long. There are 5 bars that ran horizontally around the Tabernacle, and there were 5 pillars on the front end of the Tabernacle. 5 is the number of death throughout the Bible.

The ark is covered in gold and requires wooden poles passed through golden hoops along its side as a means to carry it, for if you touch the ark, you will die (Numbers 4:15).

On the lid of the ark is the mercy seat, where Jesus Christ is supposed to sit, but Antichrist will sit there during the tribulation marking the “abomination of desolation” that brings about the worst plagues and judgments from God in recorded human history to that point.

Surrounding the mercy seat are four “cherubim.” These angels are interesting creatures. First of all, Satan is the “anointed cherub” (Ezekiel 28:14) who was covered by “every precious stone” (Ez. 28:13). Cherubim have four wings (Ez. 1:6); two for flying (Ez. 1:11) and two for covering their bodies (Ez. 1:23). They also have cloven hoof feet like a calf (Ez. 1:7).

Notice that other than having feet with hooves, the standard depictions of Satan with a red suit and pitchfork are way off. He would give off light that shines through every precious stone. Imagine how beautiful and colorful this would be.

Cherubim, apparently the highest order of angels, would be appropriate for guarding the mercy seat. They also guarded the garden of Eden with flaming swords after Adam and Eve were kicked out of paradise (Gen. 3:24) and are the pilots of whatever UFO craft Ezekiel described in his vision (Ez. 1:15-25).

Cherubim also have four faces; a human, lion, ox, and eagle (Ez. 1:10). Each of these animals are represented by the four gospels, Matthew- Man, Mark- Lion, Luke- Ox, and John- Eagle. Each of the gospels represents a different perspective of Jesus Christ: Matthew- the man, Mark- the King, Luke- the sacrifice, and John- the divinity.

I would love to hear an explanation of how Moses’ description of the ark and Ezekiel’s description of cherubim could be so in-line with the descriptions of Christ found in the four Gospels written hundreds of years apart (Moses 1400BC; Ezekiel 575BC; Gospels by 70AD), by six different men with such high accuracy that can be rationalized without admitting some sort of supernatural influence.

The Bible is true. It validates itself throughout Scripture, and has been historically verified over and over for centuries. Science and archaeology fail to debunk any truth in the Bible, but only serve to reinforce it. If the history of the Bible is true, then the future will be as well.

Something is coming to Israel. Somehow the Dome of the Rock will be destroyed so the Temple can be rebuilt. The ark of the covenant will return to its rightful place, and the Antichrist will sit on the mercy seat bringing about the tribulation. This will happen. So will the seals, the trumpets and angels who bring about the wrath of God wiping out a majority of the Earth’s population. Those who are left behind will have to survive fiery hail, locusts with scorpion tails, great earthquakes, war, disease, famine, water turning to blood, and the sun getting ten times hotter.

This can be avoided, of course, by simply accepting the gift that God handed us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Accept Jesus into your heart today, because the truth of Antichrist and the “end times” may begin at any moment.

Are you saved?