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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 18, 2023
God's Speaking

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Exodus 20:18-26 KJV
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

The fear of people as God for the first time speaks to the congregation of the people with the nature shouting and praising God through the volcano and the lightening. People fearful of God, for they had seen the wrath of God and the mercy of God. There need for a mediator or interessor to talk to God. Moses being there choice to speak to God for them.

Advocator/intercessor/the High Priest/ the mediator, the human touch with our humanity. Yet Moses was not Jesus, he was not without sin. Yet Moses would be the man that would teach, aid the people with the knowledge of what God expected of his people. These people would learn to seek God as the need for healing from the fiery serpents came.

The altar they themselves did not cut the stone or break it. Seems like why such detail for a simple Altar for sacrifices to God. Prehaps when we can grasp that God the one chiseling the rocks and not man and that we are the stones around the altar. We grasp we not to be shaped by anyone but God.

This message is short. Got a busy day on Monday. Let me ask you how do you think you would feel seeing the wrath of God and his mercy. Then they experience his voice? This fear of God and need for intercessor was preparation for the time of Christ's coming. Do you try to be the hammer of those around the altar, back off and let God have his way with the individual heart. He is going to shape his people.

Dear Heavenly Father, thak you for the perfect intercessor and advocator to come name Jesus. He came with peace and not the warnings of judgment though he spoke on your judgment. That God wants to place us around His altar as people only cut, chisel by his hands and not our own or others. God wants to be the master builder in our life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: 1 John 2:1-2 KJV
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 KJV
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.


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