The Finger of God

“The cause [of the plagues] was the Lord’s hand, the hand regularly being symbolic of personal intervention and action, or the Lord’s finger, the finger suggesting a more detailed involvement.” -Alec Motyer, Exodus

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Why the Tabernacle Section is Sooo Long in Exodus

“The importance of the Tabernacle is indicated in the amount of space given to it in the Bible: first (Exod. 25– 31) the materials, measurements, furnishings and personnel of the Tabernacle are spelled out in detail; then (Exod. 36– 40) the same details are repeated, but this time describing the way they were constructed and put in place. We might well ask why such detail, and why twice over! The answer is given in Exodus 29: 42– 5. Far from being needlessly repetitious, the Tabernacle is the very reason why the Lord brought his people out of Egypt. To put it another way: the Tabernacle is the very purpose achieved by redemption through the blood of the lamb—‘ that I may dwell among them’. The beautiful and ornate Tent had a simple, specific purpose: they were a tent-dwelling people, and the Lord wished to dwell among them, and would have his Tent at the centre of theirs, as Numbers 2 shows, so that he could live among his people.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Grace Before Law

“Are you interpreting the ‘visual aid’? Egypt first, then Sinai; Passover first, then the giving of the Law; the divine work of grace first, then the life of responsive obedience, redemption/ salvation first, then walking with God in his appointed way of holiness.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

The Old Testament is Our Book

“The Old Testament does not belong— let me say it to you sensitively— does not belong to the Jewish people. The Old Testament is our book, and the things that happened in the Old Testament are our prehistory, yours and mine because we belong to Jesus. Bishop Maurice Wood was the prince of pulpit anecdotes. ‘A story for every occasion’ could be the title of his biography. He delighted to tell of a Frenchman who became a naturalised Englishman. He was asked, ‘Has it made any difference to you that you are now an English citizen and not a French citizen?’ ‘Oh yes,’ he said, ‘it has made all the difference in the world. You see now I’ve won the Battle of Waterloo!’ The Old Testament is our book. We should never find ourselves saying ‘They came out of Egypt.’ The Exodus redemption is my prehistory and yours. And what we call Old and New Testament is one magnificent story of God working out his age-long purpose of salvation, making promises and keeping them, inspiring predictions and fulfilling them, taking and preserving a people for his name and glory.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Progressive Revelation from Genesis to Exodus

“The nomadic patriarchs are few in number and know/experience God as El Shaddai (El/God Almighty), the only patriarchal divine name of El compounded with a descriptive word and not restricted to a given altar. But the patriarchs have never known/ experienced the name I AM. To be sure, the patriarchs invoke the name I AM, but the patriarchal narratives never assert that the patriarchs “know/experience” this name.” -Bruce Waltke, An Old Testament Theology

Worship as Essential to the Universe’s Upkeep

“later Jewish writers of priestly interests… “saw the maintenance of worship in the temple as one of the pillars of the universe.” R. Alan Cole, Exodus, pg. 17

BTW NOTE: Okay, now think of how Christ is the perfect high priest in the heavenly temple, and that according to Hebrews (which explains all those things) also says that Christ “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (1:3). In other words, Christ fulfills this idea of a worshiper beinge the pillar of the universe.