Sunday Scriptures — Follow Instructions

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

My first day of junior high school was a day full of anxiety and unknowns. None of which was helped by the test my 7th grade science teacher handed us as we entered his classroom.

A test on the first day of school? A test covering a subject that was not at the top of the subjects I excelled at? A test where the teacher’s instructions were, “Put your name at the top of your paper, then read the entire test before you begin.”? Good grief.

The only part of the test I got correct was my name. Seriously. That was it.

You want to know the reason why? I didn’t follow the instructions. I didn’t read through the entire test, as instructed, before I began answering the terribly hard end-of-year-type questions.

If I followed the instructions I would have understood why several students put their pencils down so quickly. I would have saved myself an awful lot of unnecessary stress. I would have realized at the end of the test, the very last sentence said, “Put your pencil down when you finish reading this sentence. Do not attempt to answer any of the questions.”

The purpose of the test was to see if we could/would follow directions. It’s purpose was not to test whether we had a grasp of the scientific concepts we would learn during the coming year.

Epic fail on my part.

The ending chapters of the Old Testament book of Exodus detail the construction of the Tabernacle. These instructions came straight from God to Moses. God went into minute detail as to how he wanted the Tabernacle built.

Moses gave the instructions to the people. The people followed those instructions thoroughly and completely. They passed the test.

In his Holy Word, God gives us his instructions on how to build our tabernacle.

We are to believe Jesus is God’s son, the Risen Savior, who willingly laid his life on the cross to pay the debt for our sins which we could never pay, put our trust in him, and live each day according to his will.

But we don’t read to the end of the test, sometimes. We dig right in and try to get through life on our own. We try to earn our salvation through our hard work and answering all the questions correctly. We forget about grace.

Although it did count for how well I followed directions, I am extremely grateful the science test I took in 7th grade didn’t count for a grade. I’m also grateful Jesus has passed the test on my behalf and all I need do now is thank him by living every day of the remainder of my life for him.

I’m sure all of you would have followed the teacher’s directions and read all the way to the end of the test before making that first mark, but can you think of a time when you didn’t follow instructions and wish you had?

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And they brought the entire Tabernacle to Moses:

the sacred tent with all its furnishings, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases;

the tent coverings of tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather;
the inner curtain to shield the Ark;

the Ark of the Covenant and its carrying poles;
the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement;
 the table and all its utensils;
the Bread of the Presence;

the pure gold lampstand with its symmetrical lamp cups, all its accessories, and the olive oil for lighting;
the gold altar;
the anointing oil and fragrant incense;
the curtain for the entrance of the sacred tent;
 the bronze altar;
the bronze grating and its carrying poles and utensils;
the washbasin with its stand;
 the curtains for the walls of the courtyard;
the posts and their bases;
the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard;
the ropes and tent pegs;
all the furnishings to be used in worship at the Tabernacle;
 the beautifully stitched garments for the priests to wear while ministering in the Holy Place—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests.

 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them. Exodus 39:33-43 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Two by Two

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Among the countless things I ponder, one is how all the animals arrived at the ark Noah built all at the same time. In pairs, no less, with extras that would be used as sacrifices once the Ark landed on dry land and Noah and his family exited the very large ship.

One estimate I read of the amount of animals in this roundup based on the dimensions of the ark said it may have been able to fit close to 45,000. That’s a lot of animals.

I would have loved to witness the parade toward the ark at God’s call.

Don’t you think that’s what it was? God’s call.

I believe the animals were so in tune to God, they knew exactly when to set forth toward Noah’s arky-arky built of gopher barky-barky. (How many remember that song?)

Because the animals each proceeded at their own pace, I imagine the snails and snakes set out first, with the cheetahs and birds following later, and the elephants and giraffes somewhere in between. Yet, each reached the ark at the same time.

Amazing. Simply Amazing.

If I’d been the one building the ship that ferried the animals and Noah’s family, I’m pretty positive I’d have worried with the details of getting those animals on board. “LORD, how in the world am I supposed to build this ark, warn the people, stock food, convince my wife I am not crazy, AND gather up the animals? You know I’m not overly thrilled with snakes…could we leave them behind? How do you expect me to do all that? Hmm?”

Well, fortunately, God didn’t choose me for the task. He chose someone who would be obedient and do what God asked him to do, build the ark, and trust God to handle the details of gathering the animals.

Many times I find I worry over things I have no control over, like gathering the animals, and ignore the things I can control, like pounding nails into wood.

Do any of you have the same problem?

Maybe we need to do the job God gives us to do, and leave the details to him.

Any jobs you feel called to do that you need to trust God with the details? I know I sure do.

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All of them went along into the ark to Noah in pairs—all flesh into which God had breathed the breath of life. All those in the ark, males and females of all living flesh, went in just as God had told them to do. And the Eternal One shut them all in for the duration of the flood. Genesis 7:15-16 (Voice)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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