February 2, 2015

Exodus 35-37 - Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel saying, “These are the things that God has commanded you to do:
-    Work six days, but the seventh day will be a holy rest day, God’s holy rest day
-    Gather from among you an offering for God.  Receive on God’s behalf what everyone is willing to give as an offering
-    Come--all of you who have skills-come and make everything that God has commanded re the Dwelling (tent of worship)

So everyone in the community of Israel left the presence of Moses.  Then they came back, everyone whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive, bringing offerings to God for building the Tent of Meeting...

They came, both men and women, all the willing spirits among them...every man and woman in Israel whose heart moved them freely to bring something for the work that God through Moses had commanded them to make, brought it, a voluntary offering for God.   

Moses told the Israelites, “See, God had selected Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah.  He’s filled with the Spirit of God, with skill ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things, to design and work....; to carve...; And he’s also made him a teacher, he and Oholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  He’s gifted them with the know-how needed...they can design and make anything.  The men were eager to get started and engage in the work...the people kept on bringing in their freewill offerings, morning after morning until the artisans came to Moses and asked that he send out a message to the people to stop bringing in offerings given the fact that they had so much.  The artisans began with making tapestries then they framed the dwelling with vertical planks following which Bezalel made the chest and the table with great detail and craftsmanship.  He also made Lamp stands and an altar for burning of incense.

 

John 20:19-20:31 - Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house.  Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”  Then he showed them his hands and sides.  

The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant....Then Jesus took a deep breath and breathed into them.  “Receive the Holy Spirit, if you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good.  If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?“

But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the 12, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”  But Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”  

8 days later, his disciples were again in the room.  This time Thomas was there as well.  Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he focused his attention on Thomas and told him to do those things that he claimed earlier to need in order to believe...”Don’t be unbelieving, Believe!!”  Thomas said, “My Master!  My God!!”  Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes.  Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book.  These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.