January 30, 2015

Exodus 24-27 - God said to Moses, “Climb the mountain to God, you and Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and 70 of the elders of Israel.  They will worship from a distance:  only Moses will approach God.  So Moses went to the people and told them everything God had said...they all answered in unison:  “Everything God said, we’ll do.”  

Then Moses wrote it all down, everything God had said.  He got up early the next morning and built an Altar at the foot of the mountain using 12 pillar-stones for the 12 tribes of Israel...Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it as the people listened.  They said, “Everything God said, we’ll do.  Yes, we’ll obey.”  

Then they climbed the mountain--Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the 70 elders of Israel--and saw the God of Israel.  God was standing on a pavement of something like sapphires--pure, clear sky-blue.  He didn’t hurt these pillar-leaders of the Israelites.  They saw God and they ate and drank.

God said to Moses, Climb higher up the mountain and wait there for me...So Moses got up, accompanied by Joshua his aide.  And Moses climbed up the mountain of God.  God then told the elders of Israel, ”Wait for us here until we return to you.  You have Aaron and Hur with you; if there are any problems, go to them.”  

Then Moses climbed the mountain.  The Cloud covered the mountain for 6 days.  On the 7th day, God called out of the Cloud to Moses.  In the view of the Israelites below, the Glory of God looked like a raging fire at the top of the mountain.  Moses entered the middle of the Cloud and climbed the mountain.  Moses was on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights.

God said to Moses:  “Tell the Israelites that they are to set aside offerings for me.  Receive the offerings from everyone who is willing to give...

Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them.  You are to construct it following the plans I’ve given you... First, let them make a Chest using acacia wood...place The Testimony that I give you in the Chest....Next make a Table then Lamp stands (Give each of the 7 for the Table 6 branches - 3 on each side).  Make the Dwelling itself from 10 panels of tapestry and frame the Dwelling with planks while making all of the frames identical.  Make an altar, as well as a courtyard for the Dwelling....

Now, order the Israelites to bring you pure, clear olive oil for light so that the lamps can be kept burning.  In the Tent of Meeting, the area outside the curtain that veils The Testimony, Aaron and his sons will keep this light burning from evening until morning before God.  This is to be a permanent practice down through the generations of Israel.


John 19:1 - 19:15 - So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped.  The soldiers placed a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe over him...then they greeted him with slaps in the face.  

Pilate went back out again and said to them, “I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime.”...Pilate told them, “you take him.  You crucify him.  I find nothing wrong with him.”  The Jews answered, “We have a law, and by that law, he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 

When Pilate heard this, he became even more scared.  He went back into the palace and said to Jesus, “Where did you come from?”  Jesus gave no answer.  Pilate said, “You won’t talk?  Don’t you know that I have the authority to pardon you, and the authority to--crucify you?”  Jesus said, “you haven’t a shred of authority over me except what has been given you from heaven.  That’s why the one who betrayed me to you has committed a far greater fault.”  

At this, Pilate tried his best to pardon him, but the Jews shouted him down, “If you pardon this man, you’re no friend of Caesar’s...”  When Pilate heard these words, he led Jesus outside then sat down in the judgment seat...

It was preparation day for Passover.  The hour was noon.  Pilate said to the Jews, “Here is your king.”  The Jews shouted back for Pilate to kill him.  Pilate said, “I am to crucify your king?”  The high priests answered, “We have no king except Caesar.”