August 2, 2018
Read Exodus 37
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Scripture- Exodus 37:1-2- Next Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high. He overlaid it inside and outside with pure gold, and he ran a molding of gold all around it.
Observations- The Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments, was the most holy object for the ancient Israelites. Bezalel fashioned it to the precise specifications Moses received from God. The Ark of the Covenant served to remind the people that God was holy and that He was with them.
Application- In our tradition we don't have objects that we think of as "holy" in quite the way as they did 3400 years ago, but there places and things that are designed to remind us that God is both holy and wants a deepening relationship with us. What some places and things that help call you into a closer connection with God?
Prayer- (an Amish prayer) Come, King of Grace, and fill me with your grace in this life, just as you will fill me in heaven with your eternal glory. Reign over me in the gracious kingdom of your Holy Spirit; yes, prepare your kingdom in me, which is justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Enlighten my heart, rule my life, and sanctify my thoughts so that they all may be reverent and pleasing to you. Surround me with your grace, that I may never be removed from it. Come to me, Holy Trinity! Make me your dwelling and your temple. Spark in me the light of your knowledge, faith, hope, humility, patience, prayer, perseverance, and reverence. Amen.
Grace and Peace,
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