Brian and Kevin wrap up the book of Exodus with the final Conversational Devotional of this Lenten season. In this reading we see God reminding the people that He is among them. They have built the tabernacle and have created a place for God’s presence to reside. The one on one conversation between God and the people is over for now. However, this leads us to our faith in knowing God is always there. His spirit is with us to guide us everyday.
The Conversational Devotional for today has Brian and Kevin discussing the shining face of Moses. After Moses had seen the glory of God his face shone and frightened the Israelites to the point that Moses would wear a veil when in their presence. Again we can pull this forward to Jesus and the transfiguration as the glory of God is shone upon Him on the mountaintop. The disciples were in fear just like the Israelites.
Brian and Kevin start this last week of the Exodus podcast talking about the remaking of the tablets. This has been a roller coaster of emotions as God once again renews His covenant with His people. As we see Moses continually interceding on behalf of the Israelites we are reminded of Christ interceding on our behalf. As we move into Holy Week it is a good reminder of Jesus taking all of our sin forever on his own shoulders.
Today’s episode centers around two sections of scripture. Brian and Kevin discuss the Lord sending His people to the promised land, but He will not go among them. Leaving the Israelites to wonder what the future holds for them as they are no longer worthy of His presence. However, in the second reading we once again see Moses intercede on behalf of the Israelites to try and calm God’s wrath.
Ohhhhh man is Moses mad!! Today Brian and Kevin welcome Solomon Conrad to the podcast. In this discussion we see Moses unleash his anger on the people when he comes down from the mountain and sees the great sinfulness that is taking place. He punishes the people and we see such human emotion and reactions in these passages. He demands that the people either stand on the side of God or suffer the consequences.
Brian and Pastor Andy Gimbel discuss the text for our final Wednesday Lenten service. The conversation centers around the Israelites’ construction of the golden calf. While Moses has been on Mount Sinai for 40 days, Aaron allows the people to build an idol in violation of the first commandment. This angers God and we see Moses pleading for the people to not be consumed. This points us to the same way Jesus stands between us and God in taking on all of our sin.
Today Brian and Kevin are joined once again by guest Elizabeth Belter. The devotion centers around God’s covenant of the Sabbath day and keeping it holy. We hear God give specific rules to Moses about how to keep this covenant as it is the direct sign between Him and His people. We discuss also how the sacrifice Jesus made grants us freedom from the strict rules the Israelites had to follow regarding the Sabbath.
As we enter the final week of Lent before Holy Week, Brian and Kevin welcome guests Pastor Andy Gimbel and Isaac Conrad. The conversation focuses on the consecrating of the priesthood. We see descriptions of the purpose and meaning behind the vestments that the priests wear. They discuss the anointing and the ties to Jesus and our modern day church.
Brian flies solo in the discussion today with the help of guests Pastor Andy Gimbel and Leah Miget. The conversation revolves around what the Ark of the Covenant means and how it is to be built. A little levity is brought to the discussion as they discuss Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in relation to what the scriptures say the Ark is to look like. The Ark may be lost to us today but we no longer need a place for God to dwell. He sends his Holy Spirit to be with us and in us everyday.
The Conversational Devotional today centers around the establishment of the covenant. Brian, Kevin, and guest Elizabeth Belter discuss Moses’ confirming of God’s covenant with the sprinkling of the sacrificial blood on the people. We also see how Moses gathers 70 of his elders to teach them how to lead the people.
Brian and Kevin continue the roundtable discussion with Gene and Mary Camfield and Elizabeth Belter. The text for today centers around the covenant of the Ten Commandments. These verses can be heard in our Wednesday Lenten services today as well. The Israelites are in awe and almost fearful and ask Moses to speak with God for them. Listen in as we dig through the Commandments and how they center around how we are to treat God and treat our fellow man.
Today Brian and Kevin welcome a roundtable of sorts. Gene and Mary Camfield and Elizabeth Belter join the discussion today on the remainder of Exodus 19. In this reading we see God speak to the people. The Israelites are at the foot of the mountain witnessing the thunder and loud trumpet sounds as God speaks to Moses. Such amazing and awesome power and feeling this passage elicits.
As we move into week four of our Lenten devotional on Exodus, Brian and Kevin welcome avid listener and commentator Mary Camfield. The discussion centers around the Israelites arriving at Mount Sinai and God proclaiming them to be His “treasured possession”. Listen in on some great insights as the Israelites consecrate themselves in preparation for the Lord coming down into the sight of the people to speak.
Brian and Kevin welcome guest Isaac Conrad to discuss chapter 18 of Exodus. The conversation centers around Moses’ need to lean on the elders and create a government of sorts. We can see this mirrored in our own church. Just like Moses, the sole pastor of a congregation must rely on the elders to help with the flock. Such a blessing we have at Holy Cross with all of our volunteers and church leaders!
On today’s podcast Brian and Kevin welcome guest Pastor Andy Gimbel. We are introduced to Joshua during the reading and discussion today. The Israelites face not just physical needs as they wander but also threats from other people in the land. They war against the Amalekites, and we see how Moses needs the support of Aaron and Hur to prevail in the battle. Again one man cannot do it alone.
As Brian and Kevin dive into the text for the third Wednesday in Lent they discuss the Water from the Rock. The trend continues as the Lord hears the grumblings of the Israelites in the desert. We see again our theme of water and its power. From nothing the Lord, through Moses, provides nourishment for his people.
Brian and Kevin continue to discuss the Manna from Heaven on today’s episode. God has provided for his people, and lays down a few simple laws for them to follow. Yet just like us, the Israelites struggle to obey. However, our ever-loving God continues to provide and forgive for 40 years.