Week of February 18 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Exodus 29:45

I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God.

Day 1

Read: Exodus 29:38-46

38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. 39 One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. 40 And with the first lamb a tenth measure of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. 41 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord. 42 It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. 45 I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.

Reflect: What was the point of all of these instructions? What was God’s intention?

Consider: Fifth, the passage (read entire chapter) ends with a statement about the importance of the daily burnt offerings in Israel’s daily life. It was there that God promised to meet with His people. Fellowship with God is on the basis of blood shed for sins. When the priests were consecrated and serving the Lord then God would dwell with them and they would know that He is the Lord their God. God’s condescending to dwell in a tent speaks of the depth of His concern for His people.[1]

Respond: How is fellowship with God now attained? How does knowing God wants to dwell with YOU impact how you live? How you feel about yourself? How you feel about others who are created equally in His image?

 

[1] John D. Hannah, “Exodus,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 153.