Sunday, December 17

Exodus 31-35

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Exodus (Going Out)

Chapters 31-35

     31[1-5]Yahweh said to Moses,”Look, I’ve called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the family of Judah:and I’ve filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of skills to create craftworks of gold, silver, and brass, in stone cutting for setting, and in carving wood, to work in all kinds of skills.

     [6-11]I’ve chosen to work with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the family of Dan; and I’ve put wisdom in the heart of all who are wise, so that they can make all that I’ve told you:the Meeting Place, the Box of the Law, the Seat of Forgiveness that is on it, all the furniture of the Tent,the table and its tools, the pure lamp stand with all its tools, the altar of incense,the altar of burnt offering with all its tools, the pan and its base,the finely worked clothes, both the holy clothes for Aaron the priest  and the clothes of his sons to minister as My priests,the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for the holy place, like all that I’ve told you for them to do.”

     [12-18] Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Also tell the people of Israel, ‘Keep My Seventh Days because they’re a sign between Me and you forever; that you may know that I Am Yahweh who sets you apart.So keep the Seventh Day because it’s holy to you. Everyone who disrespects it will without a doubt be put to death; and whoever does any work on it, they’ll be cut off from among the people.Your work will be done for six days, but on the seventh day is a Day of Rest, set aside to worship Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Seventh Day will without a doubt be put to death.So the people of Israel will keep the Seventh Day, throughout their generations, forever.It’s a sign between Me and the people of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh, your God made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day I rested, and was refreshed.’”After speaking with him on Mount Sinai, God gave to Moses the two stone slabs of the law, written with God’s own finger.

     32[1-5]When the people saw that Moses hadn’t come down from the mountain yet, they gathered together around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods, which will go before us! As for Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t even know what happened to him.”So Aaron said to them, “Take off the golden earrings, which are on your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to Me.”So all the people took off their golden earrings, and brought them to Aaron.So he tookwhat they handed him, and melted it into a golden calf, carving it with an engraving tool; and said, “This is your god, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”Then Aaron built an altar before it; and made an announcement, and said, “Tomorrow will be a feast to Yahweh.”

    [6-10] So they rose up early on the next day, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace-offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and then got up to play.So Yahweh said to Moses, “Go, get down; for your people, who you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have dishonored themselves!They’ve turned away quickly from what I told them. They’ve made themselves a golden calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, `This is your god, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.`”Then Yahweh said to Moses, “I’ve seen these people, and you see, they’re a stubborn people.Now leave Me alone, so that I may destroy them in My anger and make a great nation of you.”

     [11-14] But Moses begged Yahweh, his God, and said, “Yahweh, why are You so angry with Your people, that You’ve brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and a strong hand?Why should the Egyptians say, ‘God brought them out for evil, to kill them in the mountains, and to destroy them from the face of the earth?’ Turn from your great anger, and turn away from this evil against your people.Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom You promised by Your own self, and said to them, `I’ll grow your descendants as the stars of the sky, and all this land that I’ve spoken of I’ll give to your descendants, and they’ll inherit it forever.`”So Yahweh turned away from doing evil to the people.

     [15-19] Then Moses went down from the mountain holding the two slabs of the law, which were written on both sides.The slabs were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, carved on the slabs.When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “The sound of war is in the camp.”But Moses said, “It isn’t the sound of those who win or lose a battle; but I hear the sound of singing.”Then, as soon as they came to the camp, Moses saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses` was very angry, and threw the slabs out of his hands, and broke them at the base of the mountain.

     [20-24] Then Moses took the calf they had made, and burnt it with fire, grounding it to powder, and scattered it on the water, and made the people of Israel drink it.Then Moses said to Aaron, “What did the people do to you, that you’ve let them do this great sin?”Then Aaron said, “Don’t be very angry. You know that these people are set on evil. They said to Me, `Make us gods, which will go before us; as for Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t even know what has happened to him.’ So I said to them, `Whoever has any gold, let them take it off:’ so they gave it me and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”

     [25-28] When Moses saw that the people were out of control, (for Aaron had let them do what they wanted to, so that they would be shamed in front of their enemies,)then he stood at the edge of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on Yahweh’s side, come to Me!” So all the family of Levi went to him.Then he said to them, “Yahweh, the God of Israel says, `Everyone get ready to fight, and go from one end of the camp to the other, and everyone kill your family members, your friends, and your neighbors.”So the family of Levi did what Moses had said: and about 3 thousand people died that day.

     [29-35] Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to Yahweh, yes, every one of you, who has sacrificed your family; so that God may give you a blessing today.”Then on the next day, Moses said to the people, “You’ve done a great sin. Now I’ll go up to Yahweh. Maybe I’ll be able to cover your sins for you, and ask forgiveness for you.”So Moses went back to Yahweh, and said, “Oh, these people have done a great sin, making a god of gold for themselves.Yet now, please forgive their sin, but if not, then take Me out of your book of names.”But Yahweh said to Moses, “I’ll take out of My book whoever has sinned against Me.Now go, lead the people to the place of which I’ve told you about. See, My angel will go before you. But whenever I judge them, I’ll punish them for their sin.”So Yahweh punished the people, because they worshiped the calf, which Aaron made.

     33[1-6]Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Leave, go from here, you and the people that you’ve brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, `I’ll give it to your descendants.`I’ll send an angel to lead you to a land full of milk and honey and I’ll drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I won’t go with you, for you’re a stubborn people, and I would destroy you in the way.”So when the people heard this bad news, they cried.  And no one put on any jewelry either.So Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel, `You are a stubborn people. If I were to go with you for even one moment, I would destroy you. So now take off your jewelry, that I may know what to do to you.”So the people of Israel stripped themselves of their jewelry from Mount Horeb onward.

     [7-10] Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far away from the camp, and he called it “The Meeting Place.” So everyone who sought Yahweh went out to the Meeting Place, which was outside the camp.So when Moses went out to the Tent, all the people rose up, and stood, everyone at their tent door, and watched Moses, until he had gone into the Tent.So, when Moses entered into the Tent, the pillar of cloud came down, stood at the door of the Tent, and spoke with Moses.All the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the door of the Tent, so they all rose up and worshipped at their tent door.

     [11-16] Yahweh spoke to Moses face to face, as someone speaks to a friend. Then Moses turned back toward the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, didn’t go out of the Tent.Then Moses said to Yahweh, “See, you tell me, `Bring up the people: ` and you haven’t let me know whom You’ll send with me. Yet you’ve said, ‘I know you by name, and you’ve also pleased Me.’ So now, if I’ve pleased You, please show Me now Your ways, that I may know You, so that I may please You and think of this nation as Your people.”Then God said, “I will go with you, and give you rest.”So Moses answered, “If You don’t go with Me, then don’t carry us out of here.How would the people know that I’ve pleased You, both I and your people? Isn’t it because You go with us, that sets us apart from all the people who are on the face of the earth?”

     [17-23] Then Yahweh said to Moses, “I’ll do what you ask because you’ve pleased Me, and I know you by name.”Then Moses said, “Please let me see You.”So God said, “I’ll show you all My goodness, and will make what the name of Yahweh means, known to you. I’ll have grace on whomever I choose to have grace, and I’ll forgive whomever I choose to forgive.”Then God said, “You can’t see My face, for a human may not see Me and live.”Then Yahweh also said, “See, You may stand on the rock that is near Me and when My brightness passes by, I’ll put you in a crack of the rock, and will cover you with My hand until I’ve passed by;then I’ll take My hand away and you’ll see My back; but you won’t see My face.”

     34[1-5]Yahweh said to Moses, “Make two stone slabs like the first ones: and I’ll write on them the words that were on the first slabs, which you broke.Be ready by morning, and come up Mount Sinai, and come to Me there on the top of the mountain.No one will come up with you; and don’t let anyone be seen anywhere on the mountain; nor let the flocks and herds feed at the base of the mountain.”So Moses made two stone slabs like the first ones and rose up early in the morning, and went up on Mount Sinai, as Yahweh had told him, carrying the two stone slabs.Then Yahweh came down in a cloud, and stood with Moses, and said, “I Am Yahweh.”

      [6-9]Yahweh passed by before him, and said, “Yahweh! Yahweh, a God full of forgiveness and grace, slow to become angry, great in goodness and truth,having compassion on thousands, forgiving disobedience, sin, and evil; and that will in no way clear the guilty, passing the parents’ sin down to the children, and the grandchildren, up to the third and on the fourth generation.” So Moses bowed his head quickly toward the earth, and worshipped. And Moses said, “If now I’ve pleased You, God, please let the God go with us; even though this is a stubborn people; forgive our sin and our evil, and take us for your inheritance.”

     [10-17]Then God said, “See, I make a promise: I’ll do great things before all your people, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people who you are with will see the work of Yahweh; for it’s an awesome thing that I do with you.Do what I tell you today. See, I drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.Be careful not to make a promise with the people of the land where you’re going, or it will cause the Israelites to sin. Knock down their altars, break in pieces their pillars, and cut down the trees they use to worship their false gods.  Worship no other god because Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.Don’t make a promise with the people of the land, because they’ll falsely worship their gods, and make sacrifices to their gods, and if one calls you, you’ll eat of his sacrifice;and if you take their daughters for your sons, their daughters will falsely worship their gods, and make your sons falsely worship their gods.So don’t make any false gods for yourselves.

     [18-26]Keep the Passover Feast. Eat bread without yeast for seven days, as I told you, at the time chosen in the month Abib; for in the month Abib, in the spring, you came out from Egypt.Every firstborn is mine; all your male cattle, the firstborn of both cows and sheep.The firstborn of a donkey you’ll buy back with a lamb: and if you don’t buy it back, then break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you’ll buy back, too. No one will come to Me without an offering. You’ll work six days, but on the seventh day you’ll rest. In both planting time and in harvest you’ll rest.Keep the Feast of Weeks with the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Harvest Feast at the end of the year.Three times a year all your males will come to Yahweh God, the God of Israel. I’ll drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man want your land when you go up to Yahweh, your God, 3 times a year. Don’t offer the blood of My sacrifice with bread made with yeast; nor let the sacrifice of the Passover Feast be left till the morning.Bring the first of the first-fruits of your ground to the house of Yahweh your God. Don’t boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

     [27-35]Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write these words because the promise that I have made with you and Israel is based on the words I have told you.”So Moses was there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights, neither eating bread, nor drinking water. Then Moses wrote on the slabs the words of the promise, the Ten Laws. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai holding the two slabs of the Law, he didn’t know that the skin of his face was shining brightly because of his speaking with God. So when Aaron and all the people of Israel saw that the skin of his face was shining, they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the people went back to him; and Moses talked with them.Afterward all the people of Israel came to him, and he gave them all of the laws that Yahweh had told him on Mount Sinai. Until Moses was done speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil.But when Moses went in to speak with Yahweh, he took the veil off, until he came out again. When he came out, Moses told the people of Israel what he was told.But when they saw the skin of his face, which was still shining, Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Yahweh.

     35[1-20]Moses gathered all the people of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which Yahweh has told me, that you should do.`You’ll work six days, but on the Seventh day there will be a holy day for you, a Day of Rest to Yahweh. Whoever does any work in it will be put to death.Make no fire in any of your homes on the Seventh Day.’”Then Moses said to all the people of Israel, “This is what Yahweh told me, `Take an offering from you for Yahweh. Let whoever is willing bring Yahweh an offering of gold, silver, brass,blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats` hair,sheepskins dyed red, leather, acacia wood,oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense,onyx stones, and stones to be set for the back piece and for the chest piece.And let everyone who is wise among you come, and make all that Yahweh has told me:the tent, its outer covering, its roof, its hooks, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its holders;the Box, and its poles, the Seat of Forgiveness, the veil of the screen;the table with its poles and all its tools, and the holy bread;the lamp stand also for the light, with its tools, its lamps, and the oil for the light;and the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, the screen for the door, at the door of the tent;the altar of burnt offering, with its grill of brass, it poles, and all its tools, the pan and its base;the hangings of the court, its pillars, their holders, and the screen for the gate of the court;the nails of the tent, the nails of the court, and their cords;the finely worked clothes, for ministering in the holy place, the holy clothes for Aaron the priest, and the clothes of his sons, to minister as your priests.`”Then all the people of Israel left from Moses.

     [21-29]Then everyone who was led to, and everyone who was willing, brought Yahweh’s offering for the work of the Meeting Place, and for all of its jobs, and for the holy clothes. They came, both men and women, as many as were willing, and brought pins, ear-rings, rings, and arm bracelets, all jewels of gold, everyone who offered an offering of gold to Yahweh. Everyone, who had blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats` hair, sheepskins dyed red, and leather, brought it.And everyone who gave an offering of silver and brass brought Yahweh’s offering; and everyone who had acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it. And all the women who knew how to make cloth brought what they had made, the blue, the purple, the scarlet, and the fine linen. And all the women who were led to made cloth out of the goats` hair.The rulers brought the onyx stones, and the stones to be set, for the back piece and for the chest piece;and the spice, and the oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.The people of Israel brought a freewill offering to Yahweh; every man and woman, whose heart was led to, brought what was needed for all the work, which Yahweh had Moses should be made.

     [30-35]Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, Yahweh has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the family of Judah.God has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of skills to make craftworks of gold, silver, and brass,in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to do all kinds of craftworks.God has put it in his heart that he may teach you, both he, and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the family of Dan.God has filled them with wisdom, to understand all kinds of skills, of the engraver, of those who make craftworks, and of those who do fine needlework, in blue, in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, and those who do any other kinds of skills, and of those who make craftworks.


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