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Exodus 29-1 – Setting Apart

It becomes the responsibility of Aaron and his sons to serve the LORD; to come between the people and YHWH; to bring the people, their requests, their need for cleansing to the LORD.  As such Aaron and his sons needed to have one foot on the earth, and the other in the doorway to heaven.  How do you balance the impurity and sin that is so prevalent in the world with the awesome purity and Holiness of God?  Talk about a difficult task; yet that is what Aaron and his sons are charged with doing.

The first steps in fulfilling that role are described here.  Before anything else, Aaron and his sons need to be separated from the group and cleansed both physically and spiritually.  They are responsible for being representatives / ambassadors / spokesmen of men to God.  Therefore in coming into God’s presence they must be as close to clean and pure as humanly possible.  So in this process, Moses is responsible to follow YHWH’s instruction and purify Aaron and his sons.

Could you imagine having the responsibility of being the one that stands between man and YHWH?  Every day you must perform your duties and bring the sacrifices and offerings of the people before Him.  Thus the process of being set apart for God is extremely important.

One thing of interest that i did note, in these first 25 verses of Exodus 29, is that in verse 22 it talks about taking the fat from the ram and from all of these different parts, and then it says, “and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination)“.  When i was looking at this, i thought it was kind of weird that it said to take the fat from the kidneys, and the fat from the entrails, and the fat tail, etc. and then randomly talked about the right thigh because it is a ram of ordination.

It does seem kind of strange, but not so much when you refer back to Genesis 32:24-32.  This passage in Genesis is where Jacob, who had been blessed and set apart by God, wrestles with God.  God touches his thigh socket and he has a limp from then on, and the sons of Jacob do not touch the sinew of the thigh of the meat that they eat.  It is an interesting parallel.  I don’t know beyond a doubt that this is what this is referring to, but it sure does give you pause to think.

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Genesis 45 – Revealed

Some chapters i have to read and read and read the same thing over and over again before i can get it down on paper accurately.  I just have a hard time keeping it all together in my mind long enough for it to get put on paper accurately.  Other times, like today, i start copying the verses down and it all flows so smoothly.

This has to be my favorite part of this story.  He just can’t take it anymore.  Joseph breaks down and lets it all out.  He reveals the truth in the presence of his brothers.  All the work and testing that he has done, has led up to this purpose.  He can now tell them not only who he is, but that this has all been a part of God’s plan.  That they have nothing to fear and that God is blessing them abundantly above all things.

Wow, what it must have been like?  To have all of this happen to you, to look back and know that God was directing and leading it all, and that you now have such a huge part to play in the process.  Then to be able to come back, reconcile with those who “did you harm” and be able to tell them, “Do not fear.  God meant for all of this to happen, and His plan is amazing!”  What must it have been like for the brothers?  Their dark and dirty secret out in the open, but for the good.  All the guilt, pain, and agony that they had buried finally revealed with the ability to let it go.  They still had to deal with the consequences and the backlash.  But, the truth has been revealed, and they can finally be free.

Are their things in our lives that we have hidden that we wish would and could be revealed?  I know that plenty of times in my life this has been the case.  What Jesus told the Pharisees was that if they chose God and became His disciples, they would know the truth, and the truth would set them free. (John 8:32)  They had enslaved themselves to the law and their own rules.  They needed to be released from those chains.  This was their chance and opportunity.  One day, all will be revealed, until then; we may know / reveal the truth, and the truth will set us free.

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