Exodus 38: More directions for building articles for the Tabernacle.
Lessons for Living Today:
For many centuries women have used mirrors. During the Exodus years mirrors were made of highly polished bronze. They usually had a handle to keep fingerprints off the reflective area. Now consider if I only had one mirror made of bronze, and bronze was needed to make some of the furniture of the Tabernacle. Could I sacrifice my only mirror? Many of the women of that day sacrificed theirs. Most of us are able to sacrifice something we value when we become convinced that another purpose is higher than our own.
Jesus sacrificed His life for our sake. In the Old Testament God required the people to “give up” a perfect animal as restitution for sin. A lamb was often the sacrifice. Jesus came, during the New Testament, and called the perfect Lamb of God. His life was given up on the cross, as the permanent sacrifice for our sins. No longer do we need sacrifice an animal. Jesus sacrificed His sinless life so we could have our sins removed forever from God’s sight. No sin can be in God’s presence and we have all sinned. But Jesus stood in the gap and his forgiveness wipes away our sin.
Jesus considered our salvation more valuable than His life. In human flesh that crucifixion was as painful to Him as to anyone else. He suffered and died that so we might be forgiven. He did that for us because of His great love that knows no boundaries. But what can we to do to get in on His forgiveness. The key to open the door of salvation is to believe on Him as the son of God and follow in His steps of personal sacrifice. I’m sure the women during the Exodus were saddened to give up their mirrors. They willingly did so for the greater good of the community. Jesus too sacrificed. Will we?
God’s Question: What will you sacrifice so others can know Jesus?
God’s Promise: Eternal salvation purchased by Jesus for all.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Jesus’ willingness to die for even me.
I am sorry I am not as eager to sacrifice for others.
Thank You for not giving up on me.
Help me to give of myself fully into Your service for others.