Posts Tagged ‘growth’

Bathed in God’s Glory

May 18, 2014

God In His Temple


Exodus 40:38: The cloud of the LORD rested on the Tabernacle during the day, and at night there was fire in the cloud so all the people of Israel could see it.


Moses often talked with God in the tent of meeting. He spoke face to face with God, the Bible says, though he did not see the physical face of God(he couldn’t). The Bible means they spoke directly, straightforwardly, without deception.


When Moses came out of a session talking to God, his face glowed. Why did that happen? Because it was like what happens to us when we are close to a fire. Our face and body get warm. In the firelight, our faces might appear to glow.


The glow Moses had stuck with him, though. So when he came out of the temple, everyone looked away from his face. It was bright, like the sun.


Why did this happen? Because spending time in the presence of God is like sitting by a hot fire. You come away joyful, filled with the Spirit. In some ways, you might even glow. God’s presence like that does many things. It warms us, making us feel secure and protected. It cleanses us, so that we become clean in his eyes. It comforts us in the coldness of the night, so that we know we’re not alone.


Those were all reasons that Moses became such a powerful leader of Israel. The presence and nearness of God made him feel strong and never alone. One day we will all bask in the presence of God, seeing him face to face. His love, comfort and care will keep us warm and happy through all eternity.


Prayer: Lord, let me draw near to you to live in your presence and warmth. Amen.

The Lamb of God

May 5, 2014

The Lamb of God


Exodus 12:21: Then Moses called for the leaders of Israel and said, “Tell each of your families to slaughter the lamb they have set apart for the Passover.”


One day imagine your dad comes home with a new pet. It’s a little lamb. He says, “We’re keeping the pet in the house for a few days.”

The lamb is cute and you have fun with it. You teach it a trick or two. At night, it sleeps on your bed. During the day, you run around with the lamb and it bleats and gambols and rolls over. It’s the greatest fun you’ve ever had.


But on the last day of the week, something terrible happens. Dad takes that lamb away. Later, he returns with a dead lamb and its blood in a bowl. He splashes the blood on each side of your front door.


Would you weep? Would you be angry?


God gave the Jews this very situation in the Passover. Jews kept the lamb and then put it to death so none of their own children would have to die.


The lamb represents Jesus. He is the one who died in our place. Have you put your trust in the lamb? Is he your Savior? Why not settle the issue today?


Prayer: Lord, it hurts to see innocent animals die. But I know it was your way of showing us how we should feel about Jesus. Thank you for sending him for me. Amen.