January 31, 2015

Exodus 28-31 - Get your brother Aaron and his sons from among Israel to serve me as priests.  Make vestments for your brother Aaron to symbolize glory and beauty...to set him apart as holy, to act as priest for me.

Have the Ephod made from gold, purple and scarlet material...take two onyx stones and engrave the names of the sons of Israel on them in the order of their birth, six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other...now make a Breastplate of Judgment using the same colors as the Ephod and mount four rows of precious gemstones on it:
1st row: carnelian, topaz, emerald;  2nd row:  ruby, sapphire, crystal; 
3rd Row: jacinth, agate, amethyst;  4th row: beryl, onyx, jasper
The 12 stones correspond to the names of the Israelites, with 12 names engraved, one on each, as on a seal for the 12 tribes.  Aaron will regularly carry the names of the sons of Israel on the Breastplate of Judgment over his heart as he enters the Sanctuary into the presence of God for remembrance.

Make the robe for the Ephod entirely of blue with gold bells.  The bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place and comes into the presence of God and again when he comes out so they will not die.  Then make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it a seal “Holy to God.”  Tie it with a blue cord to the front of the turban...It will always be on Aaron’s forehead so that the offerings will be acceptable to God....weave a tunic of fine linen...to express glory and beauty.  Dress your brother Aaron and his sons in them.  Anoint, ordain, and consecrate them to serve me as priests.  Make linen underwear  to cover their nakedness from waist to thigh...so that they won’t incur guilt and die... 

A detailed explanation of the consecration ceremony of Aaron and his sons as priests starting with anointing their heads with oil followed by the sacrifice of a bull after the laying on of hands...then the sacrifice of a ram after laying on of hands....following this the sacrifice of a second ram.  Splatter a mixture of the blood of the sacrifices with the oil used for anointing onto the clothes of Aaron and his sons.  They were then instructed to take the fat, liver, kidneys, right thigh from the ordination ram, as well as one loaf of bread, an oil cake and a wafer from the breadbasket that is in the presence of God.  

These items were to be placed in the open hands of Aaron and his sons who will wave them before God as a wave offering.  The breast from the ordination ram was also to be waved before God and then given to the priests along with the thigh.  These portions are always to be given to the priests from the Israelites who are to make this offering regularly from their peace offering...Atoned by these offerings, ordained and consecrated, they are the only ones who are to eat them.

This is what you are to offer on the Altar: two year old lambs each and every day, one in the morning and one in the evening...This is to be your regular, daily offering before God, generation after generation, sacrificed at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  

That’s where I’ll meet you; that’s where I’ll speak to you;  that’s where I’ll meet the Israelites, at the place most holy by my Glory...I’ll be their God.  They’ll realize that I am their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live with them, I am God, your God!  Also make an altar of burning incense to be used in the morning and the evening.

God said to Moses:  “When you take a head count of the Israelites t keep track of them, all must pay an atonement tax to God for their life at the time of being registered so that nothing bad will happen because of the registration.  Everyone who gets counted is to give a half-shekel...Everyone counted, age twenty and up, is to make the offering to God.  The rich are not to pay more than the poor nor the poor less than the half-shekel offering to God, the atonement tax for your lives.  This tax is to be used for the maintenance of the Tent of Meeting.  It will be a memorial fund for the Israelites in honor of God, making atonement for your lives.

God also instructed Moses to make a bronze washbasin for Aaron and his sons to wash their hands and feet in, along with the ingredients for a holy anointing oil for the priests as well as the ingredients of the holy incense.

God then informed Moses that he had personally chosen Bezalel, grandson of Hur-tribe of Judah, and filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him skill and know-how....Not only that, but I’ve given Bezalel,  Oholiab - tribe of Dan to work with him.

God spoke to Moses - “Tell the Israelites, ‘Above all, keep my Sabbaths, the sign between me and you, generation after generation to keep the knowledge alive that I am the God who makes you holy.  Keep the Sabbath; it’s holy to you...there are six days for work but the seventh day is Sabbath, pure rest, holy to God....It is a fixed sign between me and the Israelites.     


John 19:16-19:42 - Pilate caved in to their demands.  He turned Jesus over to be crucified.

They took Jesus away.... Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read: Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.... The Jewish high priests objected. “Don’t write,” they said to Pilate, “‘The King of the Jews.’ Make it, ‘This man said, “I am the King of the Jews.”  Pilate said, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.”

When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways, to each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, so they said to each other, “Let’s not tear it up. Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This confirmed the Scripture that said, “They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat.” (The soldiers validated the Scriptures!).

While the soldiers were looking after themselves, Jesus’ mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother.

Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, “I’m thirsty....”  After he took the wine, Jesus said, “It’s done . . . complete.” Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.....

The eyewitness to these things has presented an accurate report. He saw it himself and is telling the truth so that you, also, will believe.  These things that happened confirmed the Scripture, “Not a bone in his body was broken,” and the other Scripture that reads, “They will stare at the one they pierced.”

After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus... 

Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds....  

There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it.