What does it mean to be wise? What are the qualities of a wise person? In these last verses of the book of Ecclesiastes, we learn that wise people find the right words, follow the one Shepherd, and fear God and keep the commandments.
In this concluding sermon to the series through Exodus, we are privileged to be brought again to the subject of God’s manifest glory and his people’s right response. In Moses, we see a picture of Christ our future mediator, and we are reminded that being His people means being in the world, but not of this world.
In these chapters, we have the people stepping forward to complete all of the articles for the tabernacle according to the plans revealed to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai. As we reflect on its construction, we see six different lessons emphasized that speak to us of God’s character, our place as His people, and the manner in which He is to be worshiped.
Wisdom entails bold action. Too often people are paralyzed by fear and uncertainty about the future that keeps them from acting in wise obedience to Christ. This passage teaches us why we can trust God, keep His commands, and leave the outcome of actions to Him.
Israel is finally to the point of beginning construction on God’s Tabernacle. Through their deliverance from Egypt, the people had come to know YAHWEH as a ‘Giving’ God. Through their sin with the golden calf, they had come to know YAHWEH as a ‘Forgiving’ God. Now was their opportunity to have their perspective of God shape their perspective of obedience and giving to the construction of God’s dwelling place. How does your perspective of God shape your perspective of giving?
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What is a wise person like? This sermon shows that the chief expression of wisdom is found in our words and our works. Quiet wisdom is better than power; calmness is better than anger; gracious words are better than evil words, and work is better than sloth.
Upon descending from his second 40 day stint on Mt. Sinai, Moses is aglow with the glory of God. The manner in which he reflects the splendor of YAHWEH serves to reaffirm Moses’ leadership of Israel and God’s presence among His people. But if we turn to the New Testament, to 2 Corinthians 3, we receive Paul’s interpretation of this text in all of its Christological significance.