Walk by faith, not by sight
Exodus 30-32/2Corinthians 4-6
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32:25-29 When Moses saw that Aaron had let the people get completely out of control–and much to the amusement of their enemies– he stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, “All of you who are on the LORD’s side, come over here and join me.” And all the Levites came.
He told them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Strap on your swords! Go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other, killing even your brothers, friends, and neighbors.” The Levites obeyed Moses, and about three thousand people died that day.
Then Moses told the Levites, “Today you have been ordained for the service of the LORD, for you obeyed him even though it meant killing your own sons and brothers. Because of this, he will now give you a great blessing.”
4:5-7 We don’t go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. But this precious treasure–this light and power that now shine within us–is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.
:16-18 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
5:1-10 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down–when we die and leave these bodies–we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies. Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and have no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.
OT Flash Points
Table of prayer before the veil – morning and evening
Ransom offering – required from age 20 – 1/4 ounce of gold “that there be no plague among you” appointed for the service of the tabernacle of atonement – redemption
Laver = seeing to wash by the mirror = the Word
Oil – to anoint everything = Spirit
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NT Flash Points
Treasure in earthen vessels, like pearls in oysters, so that the excellence may be obviously God’s
So we don’t focus on the seen, the temporary, but on the unseen, eternal matters
The aim is to please Him, for we will receive what we deserve for the things we’ve done while in our body
If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation
Regard no one according to the flesh
Don’t receive grace in vain
Come out, don’t touch the unclean
The Workmen of God
Separated to the Gospel from the filth of the earth
Surprised at struggles and afflictions?
They are to reveal His Son in us