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Feb 13, 2019

EXODUS 27-28:
Yesterday in Exodus, we heard the beginning plans given by God for the Tabernacle (or sacred tent) and the Arc of the Covenant that were to become the focal point for worship of God under the Covenant. The whole Tabernacle— and particularly the atonement cover on top of the Arc of the Covenant (called the Mercy Seat), symbolized that God was living among them. (Ex. 25:8) The whole Tabernacle was to be made exquisitely as appropriate for God's own dwelling.

In Psalm 1, the author (probably David) mentioned obeying and studying ‘the Law’. In much of the Old Testament and even in the New, the word ‘Law’ came to mean more than the Mosaic Law or just the first 5 books of the Old Testament. We are within bounds to say that the author intended meditation and study of all of God’s Word.

Today we have our first prophetic Psalm.

Yesterday we heard of Jesus' childhood, and now we hear of John the Baptist's ministry.

GNT Translation notes:
Exo. 27:2 Make projections at the top of the four corners. They are to form one piece with the altar, and the whole [altar] is to be covered with bronze.
[‘Whole’ sounds like ‘hole’!]
Luk. 3:16 So John said to all of them, “I baptize you with water, but someone is coming who is much greater than I am. I am not good enough [to be his slave, the one who unties//even to untie] his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

NLT Translation note:
Luk. 3:19 John also publicly criticized Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, for marrying [Herodiana/Herodias], his brother’s wife, and for many other wrongs he had done.
[In Indonesia, we found it helpful for understanding to change Herodias' name to one that sounds feminine. And anyway, in Greek, one form of her name ends with -anan.]