go among us

Exodus 34


And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it [is] a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

We should intercede for the Lord's people, like Moses did here.


Psalm 2 - Outline

people try in vain to escape from acknowledging the reality of God
that's a joke to God, and He will be very angry with them
Christ has great power over all
if we think that we're great and high, then we better be humble before the Lord, and put trust our in Him


as a man speaks to his friend

Exodus 33


And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

We should pray to the Lord, according to what is right, and that can make a huge difference. We know that the Lord hears and answers prayers, but it is mind-boggling to think of how He cares so much about us and how we feel, that our prayers can make such a difference to Him.


they rose up early

Exodus 32


And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

The people of Israel got up early in the morning, to serve idols, at that time. Can't we get up early in the morning, to spend time with the Lord?


Psalm 1 - Meaning & Application


But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Our delight is supposed to be in the law of the Lord. We should look forward to spending personal time with the Lord, and delight in His Word.


Having started my new job recently, I have been having difficulty getting up and spending time with the Lord early enough in the morning, before work. I'll go to bed earlier, and get up earlier, to make sure not to neglect my morning time.


Psalm 1 - Outline

Blessed if you don't do certain things
Blessed if you do certain things
What it means to be blessed
...the ungodly shall not stand...
Whether your way is known of the Lord


But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.


Matthew 26:47-75 - Key


And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

Jesus asked Judas, Friend, wherefore art thou come? What if He asked us the same question? Why have we believed in Him?

As believers, we can consider ourselves to be the Lord's close friends. What is our real motivation in coming to Him, as His friends?


Judas came to the Lord, to betray Him, for thirty pieces of silver. Do we have some ulterior motive, to pretend to befriend the Lord, when we come to spend time with Him? I'll consider my motives for coming to the Lord, when I spend time with Him.


Mark 7 - Key


For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash [their] hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

From the way that this verse explains these traditions, this book obviously must have been written to tell to people from other nations, or people at a later time. We should know that the Bible isn't just a message for certain people, back then. Let's be telling the message of the Bible, to all kinds of other people, today.


I have put wisdom

Exodus 31


And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

When people have wisdom, that is because God has made them wise, so that they can do what He commands them to do. We should work on what we have to do, with all our hearts, as if we are working for the Lord, Himself. And, let's be accepting the wisdom and ability we have, as gifts from Him.


Matthew 26:47-75 - Outline

Friend, wherefore art thou come?
Put up again thy sword into his place
All the disciples forsook Him, and fled
Many false witnesses came
The high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy
Peter denied the Lord


Psalm 7-10


I will praise [thee], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

He said that he would show all of the Lord's marvelous works. There are many answers to prayer and great things that the Lord has done. We should take our opportunities to praise and thank Him for more of those things.


Psalms 1-6 - Key

Psalm 1:2

But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.


I'll adjust my schedule to get up a little earlier, so I can spend more time with the Lord in the morning.


every morning

Exodus 30


And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

Just like the perpetual offering of incense, we should spend time with the Lord every day.


morning and evening

Exodus 29


The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:

We should spend time with the Lord, just like they sacrificed the lambs: every day.


Matthew 26:26-46 - Outline

this is my body, this is my blood
the Lord told them about things before they happened, and they should have listened to Him
exceedingly sorrowful, but determined for the will of God
be not weary in well doing


for glory and for beauty

Exodus 28


And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Like the priestly clothes in this chapter, we should be clothed in the Lord's glorious righteousness.

Revelation 19:8
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.


Mark 5 - Key #2


And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

The lady might have wanted to avoid Christ having to stop and take His time to deal with her. However, Jesus still took the time to stop and talk to her.

The Lord wants us to spend time with Him. If we are faithful to do that, then He has a way of working out the other important things to deal with, just fine.


1 Corinthians 15 - Outline

The importance of the gospel
The definition of the gospel
The witnesses of Christ's resurrection
The apostleship of Paul
If there is no resurrection from the dead, then our faith is is vain
Christ is like Adam, and the firstfruits of them that slept
Then comes the end...
Don't live for the moment
Differences in glory
The natural body and the spiritual body
Death is swallowed up in victory.
...your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


the lamp to burn always

Exodus 27


And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

It says, ...the lamp to burn always. (I added the emphasis.) While planning and preparing special ways (times, places, etc.) to reach out to people, we should also always keep in mind to be ready to preach the gospel.


Mark 5 - Key


And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

They saw him healed, and they were afraid? Sometimes, I think that people can get afraid of the wrong thing. At that time, the Lord had done something amazing and great, but they begged Him to leave. If we are receiving Christ's love for us, then we won't have anything to fear.


Mark 4 - Key


And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

The seeds that were planted didn't just grow into a flat amount of fruit, like 30, 60, or 100 "fruits." They grew into thirtyfold, etc. which means, thirty times as much. When the Lord's Word is spread, it doesn't just accumulate; it multiplies.

It is encouraging to think that it is possible for us to grow in the Lord and "produce fruit", by 100 times as much (to 10,000%).


Matthew 25:31-46 - Key


And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

The phrase, the least of these, makes me think of certain people who don't seem very great, and are not, naturally, very easy to love. God doesn't just call us to love great people who are naturally lovable; He specifically notices how we act toward the least of these.


I'll work on how I think about and act towards certain people who do not seem very great or easy to love.


Matthew 25:31-46 - Outline

a definite differentiation
you reap what you sow
surprising rewards
the importance of people who seem unimportant
surprising punishments
radically different everlasting results


the tabernacle today

Exodus 26


Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle [with] ten curtains [of] fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: [with] cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

The Lord's people are the place where He desires to dwell, today. Just like they were supposed to make all these things for the tabernacle, we should work hard to build up the Lord's people.

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