Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Planning

Every year I make goals and plans for the year.
Last year was so chaotic that I made no plans. Had very little direction, except to survive. This year I am back on track with goals.

In todays passage it struck me how carefully God plans things.

His goal was to take his people and multiply them into a great nation. So he leads Joseph to the most prosperous country on earth - Egypt where they flourish. He plans for them to conquer the land he had given them, so they endure 40 years of desert as mental and physical preparation.

His people were slaves - penniless. So he gave this odd command back in Egypt:
Exodus 11:2 Tell all the Israelite men and women to ask their Egyptian neighbors for articles of silver and gold.” 3 (Now the Lord had caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the people of Israel.

Get this. The richest people in the world - with huge houses, every comfort, slaves to do their bidding. Their slaves come and ask them, not for a little hand out, no - for thier silver and gold.

After being destroyed by crop failure, plagues and supernatural wonders, the Egyptians freely unloaded their riches on these hapless slaves.

So now they are in the desert as a reasonably weathy people. But what do you use gold for in the desert? Well, God had planned a lavish display of beauty and value as symbols of their faith and worship.

3 "Overlay the top, sides, and horns of the altar with pure gold, and run a gold molding around the entire altar. 4 Make two gold rings, and attach them on opposite sides of the altar below the gold molding to hold the carrying poles. 5 Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6 Place the incense altar just outside the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant,[b] in front of the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that covers the tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant.[c] I will meet with you there."

God is a planner. So when he directs you in ways that seem a little odd, know that God is at work in your life. You may not know the reason why, but he does...

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