February 3, 2015

Exodus 38-40 - Bezalel continued by making the Altar of Burnt-offerings and then a bronze washbasin.  He also made the Courtyard.  

This is the inventory of The Dwelling that housed the Testimony drawn up by order of Moses for the work of the Levites under Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest.  Bezalel of the tribe of Judah made everything that God had commanded Moses.  Working with Bezalel was Oholiab of the tribe of Dan.....inventory of gold, silver, etc. provided for the completion of The Dwelling...The people of Israel did what God had commanded Moses.  They did it all.  They presented The Dwelling to Moses, the Tent and all its furnishings...Moses blessed them.

God then said to Moses, “On the first day of the first month, set up the Dwelling, the Tent of Meeting.  Place the Chest of the Testimony in it and screen the Chest with the curtain.”  He then directed Moses on how the furnishings were to be set up ...”finally bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and wash them with water.  Dress Aaron in the sacred vestments.  Anoint him.  Bring his sons and put tunics on them.  Anoint them just as you anointed their father to serve me as priests.  Their anointing will bring them into a perpetual priesthood, down through the generations.  Moses did everything God commanded.  He did it all.  Moses finished the work exactly as God had commanded and laid out.  

The Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling.  Moses couldn’t enter the Tent of Meeting because the Cloud was upon it, and the Glory of God filled the Dwelling.  Whenever the Cloud lifted from The Dwelling, the People of Israel set out on their travels, but if the Cloud did not lift, they wouldn’t set out until it did lift.  The Cloud of God was over The Dwelling during the day and the fire was in it at night, visible to all the Israelites in all their travels. 

John 21 -  After this, Jesus again appeared to the disciples, this time at the Sea of Galilee...Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the brothers Zebedee and two other disciples were together when Simon Peter announce that he was going fishing.. The rest of the disciples went with him but they caught nothing all night.  

When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him.  Jesus spoke to them, “Good morning!  Did you catch anything for breakfast?”  When they answered no, he told them to “Throw the nets off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”  They did what he said.  All of a sudden, there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.  Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!”  When Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea.  The other disciples came in by boat...pulling along the net full of fish.  When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.  Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.”  Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore --153 big fish!  And even with all those fish, the nets didn’t rip.  

Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” ...Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them.  He did the same with the fish.  This was now the 3rd time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.

After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  “Yes, Master, you know I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  Jesus then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  Yes, Master, you know I love you.”  Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”  Then Jesus said it a third time:  “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was upset that he was asked for a third time, “Do you love me?”  so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know.  You’ve got to know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.  I’m telling you the very truth now:  

When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you want to go.”  He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  And then he commanded, “Follow Me.”  

Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind.  When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”  Jesus said, “if I want him to live until I come again, what is that to you?  You-- follow me.”  That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die.  But that is not what Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?”  

This is the same disciple who was eyewitness to all these things and wrote them down.  And we all know that his eyewitness account is reliable and accurate.  There are so many other things Jesus did.  If they were all written down, each one of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books.