Welcome to Reading the Bible in a Year – Day 25.
Today were reading Exodus 31, Exodus 32, Exodus 33 and Exodus 34.
Exodus Chapter 31
Exodus 31:1 The LORD said to Moses:
Exodus 31:2 I have chosen Bezalel from the Judah tribe to make the sacred tent and its furnishings.
Exodus 31:3 Not only have I filled him with my Spirit, but I have given him wisdom and made him a skilled craftsman who can create objects of art with gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood.
Exodus 31:4 (SEE 31:3)
Exodus 31:5 (SEE 31:3)
Exodus 31:6 I have appointed Oholiab from the tribe of Dan to work with him, and I have also given skills to those who will help them make everything exactly as I have commanded you:
Exodus 31:7 the sacred tent with its furnishings, the sacred chest with its place of mercy, the table with all that is on it, the lamp with its equipment, the incense altar, the altar for sacrifices with its equipment, the bronze bowl with its stand, the beautiful priestly clothes for Aaron and his sons, the oil for dedication and ordination services, and the sweet-smelling incense for the holy place.
Exodus 31:8 (SEE 31:7)
Exodus 31:9 (SEE 31:7)
Exodus 31:10 (SEE 31:7)
Exodus 31:11 (SEE 31:7)
Exodus 31:12 Moses told the Israelites that the LORD had said: The Sabbath belongs to me. Now I command you and your descendants to always obey the laws of the Sabbath. By doing this, you will know that I have chosen you as my own.
Exodus 31:13 (SEE 31:12)
Exodus 31:14 Keep the Sabbath holy. You have six days to do your work, but the Sabbath is mine, and it must remain a day of rest. If you work on the Sabbath, you will no longer be part of my people, and you will be put to death.
Exodus 31:15 (SEE 31:14)
Exodus 31:16 Every generation of Israelites must respect the Sabbath.
Exodus 31:17 This day will always serve as a reminder, both to me and to the Israelites, that I made the heavens and the earth in six days, then on the seventh day I rested and relaxed.
Exodus 31:18 When God had finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two flat stones on which he had written all of his laws with his own hand.
Exodus Chapter 32
Exodus 32:1 After the people saw that Moses had been on the mountain for a long time, they went to Aaron and said, “Make us an image of a god who will lead and protect us. Moses brought us out of Egypt, but nobody knows what has happened to him.”
Exodus 32:2 Aaron told them, “Bring me the gold earrings that your wives and sons and daughters are wearing.”
Exodus 32:3 Everybody took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron,
Exodus 32:4 then he melted them and made an idol in the shape of a young bull. All the people said to one another, “This is the god who brought us out of Egypt!”
Exodus 32:5 When Aaron saw what was happening, he built an altar in front of the idol and said, “Tomorrow we will celebrate in honor of the LORD.”
Exodus 32:6 The people got up early the next morning and killed some animals to be used for sacrifices and others to be eaten. Then everyone ate and drank so much that they began to carry on like wild people.
Exodus 32:7 The LORD said to Moses: Hurry back down! Those people you led out of Egypt are acting like fools.
Exodus 32:8 They have already stopped obeying me and have made themselves an idol in the shape of a young bull. They have bowed down to it, offered sacrifices, and said that it is the god who brought them out of Egypt.
Exodus 32:9 Moses, I have seen how stubborn these people are,
Exodus 32:10 and I’m angry enough to destroy them, so don’t try to stop me. But I will make your descendants into a great nation.
Exodus 32:11 Moses tried to get the LORD God to change his mind: Our LORD, you used your mighty power to bring these people out of Egypt. Now don’t become angry and destroy them.
Exodus 32:12 If you do, the Egyptians will say that you brought your people out here into the mountains just to get rid of them. Please don’t be angry with your people. Don’t destroy them!
Exodus 32:13 Remember the solemn promise you made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You promised that someday they would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and that you would give them land.
Exodus 32:14 So even though the LORD had threatened to destroy the people, he changed his mind and let them live.
Exodus 32:15 Moses went back down the mountain with the two flat stones on which God had written all of his laws with his own hand, and he had used both sides of the stones.
Exodus 32:16 (SEE 32:15)
Exodus 32:17 When Joshua heard the noisy shouts of the people, he said to Moses, “A battle must be going on down in the camp.”
Exodus 32:18 But Moses replied, “It doesn’t sound like they are shouting because they have won or lost a battle. They are singing wildly!”
Exodus 32:19 As Moses got closer to the camp, he saw the idol, and he also saw the people dancing around. This made him so angry that he threw down the stones and broke them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.
Exodus 32:20 He melted the idol the people had made, and he ground it into powder. He scattered it in their water and made them drink it.
Exodus 32:21 Moses asked Aaron, “What did these people do to harm you? Why did you make them sin in this terrible way?”
Exodus 32:22 Aaron answered: Don’t be angry with me. You know as well as I do that they are determined to do evil.
Exodus 32:23 They even told me, “That man Moses led us out of Egypt, but now we don’t know what has happened to him. Make us a god to lead us.”
Exodus 32:24 Then I asked them to bring me their gold earrings. They took them off and gave them to me. I threw the gold into a fire, and out came this bull.
Exodus 32:25 Moses knew that the people were out of control and that it was Aaron’s fault. And now they had made fools of themselves in front of their enemies.
Exodus 32:26 So Moses stood at the gate of the camp and shouted, “Everyone who is on the LORD’s side come over here!” Then the men of the Levi tribe gathered around Moses,
Exodus 32:27 and he said to them, “The LORD God of Israel commands you to strap on your swords and go through the camp, killing your relatives, your friends, and your neighbors.”
Exodus 32:28 The men of the Levi tribe followed his orders, and that day they killed about three thousand men.
Exodus 32:29 Moses said to them, “You obeyed the LORD and did what was right, and so you will serve as his priests for the people of Israel. It was hard for you to kill your own sons and brothers, but the LORD has blessed you and made you his priests today.”
Exodus 32:30 The next day Moses told the people, “This is a terrible thing you have done. But I will go back to the LORD to see if I can do something to keep this sin from being held against you.”
Exodus 32:31 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “The people have committed a terrible sin. They have made a gold idol to be their god.
Exodus 32:32 But I beg you to forgive them. If you don’t, please wipe my name out of your book.”
Exodus 32:33 The LORD replied, “I will wipe out of my book the name of everyone who has sinned against me.
Exodus 32:34 Now take my people to the place I told you about, and my angel will lead you. But when the time comes, I will punish them for this sin.”
Exodus 32:35 So the LORD punished the people of Israel with a terrible disease for talking Aaron into making the gold idol.
Exodus Chapter 33
Exodus 33:1 The LORD said to Moses: You led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Now get ready to lead them to the land I promised their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Exodus 33:2 It is a land rich with milk and honey, and I will send an angel to force out those people who live there–the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. I would go with my people, but they are so rebellious that I would destroy them before they get there.
Exodus 33:3 (SEE 33:2)
Exodus 33:4 Even before the LORD said these harsh things, he had told Moses, “These people really are rebellious, and I would kill them at once, if I went with them. But tell them to take off their fancy jewelry, then I’ll decide what to do with them.” So the people started mourning,
Exodus 33:5 (SEE 33:4)
Exodus 33:6 and after leaving Mount Sinai, they stopped wearing fancy jewelry.
Exodus 33:7 Moses used to set up a tent far from camp. He called it the “meeting tent,” and whoever needed some message from the LORD would go there.
Exodus 33:8 Each time Moses went out to the tent, everyone would stand at the entrance to their own tents and watch him enter.
Exodus 33:9 Then they would bow down because a thick cloud would come down in front of the tent, and the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, just like a friend. Afterwards, Moses would return to camp, but his young assistant Joshua would stay at the tent.
Exodus 33:10 (SEE 33:9)
Exodus 33:11 (SEE 33:9)
Exodus 33:12 Moses said to the LORD, “I know that you have told me to lead these people to the land you promised them. But you have not told me who my assistant will be. You have said that you are my friend and that you are pleased with me.
Exodus 33:13 If this is true, let me know what your plans are, then I can obey and continue to please you. And don’t forget that you have chosen this nation to be your own.”
Exodus 33:14 The LORD said, “I will go with you and give you peace.”
Exodus 33:15 Then Moses replied, “If you aren’t going with us, please don’t make us leave this place.
Exodus 33:16 But if you do go with us, everyone will know that you are pleased with your people and with me. That way, we will be different from the rest of the people on earth.”
Exodus 33:17 So the LORD told him, “I will do what you have asked, because I am your friend and I am pleased with you.”
Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, “I pray that you will let me see you in all of your glory.”
Exodus 33:19 The LORD answered: All right. I am the LORD, and I show mercy and kindness to anyone I choose. I will let you see my glory and hear my holy name,
Exodus 33:20 but I won’t let you see my face, because anyone who sees my face will die.
Exodus 33:21 There is a rock not far from me. Stand beside it,
Exodus 33:22 and before I pass by in all of my shining glory, I will put you in a large crack in the rock. I will cover your eyes with my hand until I have passed by.
Exodus 33:23 Then I will take my hand away, and you will see my back. You will not see my face.
Exodus Chapter 34
Exodus 34:1 One day the LORD said to Moses, “Cut two flat stones like the first ones I made, and I will write on them the same commandments that were on the two you broke.
Exodus 34:2 Be ready tomorrow morning to come up Mount Sinai and meet me at the top.
Exodus 34:3 No one is to come with you or to be on the mountain at all. Don’t even let the sheep and cattle graze at the foot of the mountain.”
Exodus 34:4 So Moses cut two flat stones like the first ones, and early the next morning he carried them to the top of Mount Sinai, just as the LORD had commanded.
Exodus 34:5 The LORD God came down in a cloud and stood beside Moses there on the mountain. God spoke his holy name, “the LORD.”
Exodus 34:6 Then he passed in front of Moses and called out, “I am the LORD God. I am merciful and very patient with my people. I show great love, and I can be trusted.
Exodus 34:7 I keep my promises to my people forever, but I also punish anyone who sins. When people sin, I punish them and their children, and also their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Exodus 34:8 Moses quickly bowed down to the ground and worshiped the LORD.
Exodus 34:9 He prayed, “LORD, if you really are pleased with me, I pray that you will go with us. It is true that these people are sinful and rebellious, but forgive our sin and let us be your people.”
Exodus 34:10 The LORD said: I promise to perform miracles for you that have never been seen anywhere on earth. Neighboring nations will stand in fear and know that I was the one who did these marvelous things.
Exodus 34:11 I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, but you must do what I command you today.
Exodus 34:12 Don’t make treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like falling into a trap.
Exodus 34:13 Instead, you must destroy their altars and tear down the sacred poles they use in the worship of the goddess Asherah.
Exodus 34:14 I demand your complete loyalty–you must not worship any other god!
Exodus 34:15 Don’t make treaties with the people there, or you will soon find yourselves worshiping their gods and taking part in their sacrificial meals.
Exodus 34:16 Your men will even marry their women and be influenced to worship their gods.
Exodus 34:17 Don’t make metal images of gods.
Exodus 34:18 Don’t fail to observe the Festival of Thin Bread in the month of Abib. Obey me and eat bread without yeast for seven days during Abib, because that is the month you left Egypt.
Exodus 34:19 The first-born males of your families and of your flocks and herds belong to me.
Exodus 34:20 You can save the life of a first-born donkey by sacrificing a lamb; if you don’t, you must break the donkey’s neck. You must save every first-born son. Bring an offering every time you come to worship.
Exodus 34:21 Do your work in six days and rest on the seventh day, even during the seasons for plowing and harvesting.
Exodus 34:22 Celebrate the Harvest Festival each spring when you start harvesting your wheat, and celebrate the Festival of Shelters each autumn when you pick your fruit.
Exodus 34:23 Your men must come to worship me three times a year, because I am the LORD God of Israel.
Exodus 34:24 I will force the nations out of your land and enlarge your borders. Then no one will try to take your property when you come to worship me these three times each year.
Exodus 34:25 When you sacrifice an animal on the altar, don’t offer bread made with yeast. And don’t save any part of the Passover meal for the next day.
Exodus 34:26 I am the LORD your God, and you must bring the first part of your harvest to the place of worship. Don’t boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.
Exodus 34:27 The LORD told Moses to put these laws in writing, as part of his agreement with Israel.
Exodus 34:28 Moses stayed on the mountain with the LORD for forty days and nights, without eating or drinking. And he wrote down the Ten Commandments, the most important part of God’s agreement with his people.
Exodus 34:29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai, carrying the Ten Commandments. His face was shining brightly because the LORD had been speaking to him. But Moses did not know at first that his face was shining.
Exodus 34:30 When Aaron and the others looked at Moses, they saw that his face was shining, and they were afraid to go near him.
Exodus 34:31 Moses called out for Aaron and the leaders to come to him, and he spoke with them.
Exodus 34:32 Then the rest of the people of Israel gathered around Moses, and he gave them the laws that the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
Exodus 34:33 The face of Moses kept shining, and after he had spoken with the people, he covered his face with a veil.
Exodus 34:34 Moses would always remove the veil when he went into the sacred tent to speak with the LORD. And when he came out, he would tell the people everything the LORD had told him to say.
Exodus 34:35 They could see that his face was still shining. So after he had spoken with them, he would put the veil back on and leave it on until the next time he went to speak with the LORD.
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