Day 39: Leviticus 7-9; Matthew 25:31-46
by Jonathan Merki on February 8th, 2023
This morning I had one of those majorly frustrating techno-moments. The thoughts I composed and recorded were ready to be published. When I pushed the 'publish' button, an error message appeared with the instruction to log in again. No problem, I have saved my log-in. Click. Poof. All my wisdom disintegrated into the cloud and all I was left with was the heading. Today was one of those days: accou...  Read More
Day 38: Leviticus 4-6; Matthew 25:1-30
by Jonathan Merki on February 7th, 2023
On Sunday, Pastor Deserea had us all say, "No!" Basically anything that is unlike God, displeases Him, or keeps us from an unbroken relationship with Him is to be avoided at all costs. Likewise, she had us all say, "Yes!" to the limitless possibilities in embracing Christlikeness. Early on in the wilderness journey, Israel encountered God's awesome holiness. We read the fear and awe accounts. In o...  Read More
Day 37: Leviticus 2-3; Matthew 24
by Jonathan Merki on February 6th, 2023
The religious leaders asked for a sign and Jesus rebuked them. Of course, they were asking for Jesus to prove himself to them. His presence, His life was proof enough (Matthew 16:1-4). The disciples asked for a sign and Jesus entertained their question (Matthew 24:3). Of course, the signs have been happening since Jesus ascended to heaven. Martyrs and mayhem have been with us from the start. The d...  Read More
Day 36: Exodus 37 - Leviticus 1; Matthew 23:23-39
by Jonathan Merki on February 5th, 2023
In the emotional frenzy of the moment, the crowd cried out the words that they will one day sing again, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 21:9; 23:39). But, they were hollow words. For that same crowd will again utter a frenzied mob condemnation: "Crucify! Crucify!" (Matthew 27:22-23). The irony is that the fickle crowd is inspired by the same ones who claimed they would ...  Read More
Day 35: Exodus 37 - Leviticus 1; Matthew 23:23-39
by Jonathan Merki on February 4th, 2023
In Exodus 31:1-11 we are introduced to Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled craftsmen appointed by God and filled with His Spirit, to do the work of constructing the tabernacle. They cannot do this alone. In Exodus 35:30-35 we are reintroduced to these men, given their status and reminded of their appointment with the addition of this vital fact that God gave them the ability to teach others their trades ...  Read More
Day 34: Exodus 34-36; Matthew 23:1-22
by Jonathan Merki on February 3rd, 2023
The culture in which I grew up was not prone to excessive gift-giving and did not have a special celebration for every day (though I must say I fancy September 29 and October 1). However, out of respect for a superior, on special occasions, one would bring a gift...a homebaked loaf of bread, a chicken, a carved cane. Our gracious God (Exodus 34:5-8) had an expectation of His forgiven children in w...  Read More
Day 33: Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:23-46-
by Jonathan Merki on February 2nd, 2023
What's that I hear?As Moses and his protégé, Joshua, head down the mountain to respond to the fickle, sinful people who have utterly abandoned God in very short order after encountering His glorious presence, Joshua, before seeing anything, observes: "There is the sound of war in the camp" (Exodus 32:17). Moses sets him straight: "That's not war! That raucous sound is 'the people throwing a party'...  Read More
Day 32: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 22:1-22
by Jonathan Merki on February 1st, 2023
“You are to place the altar in front of the curtain by the ark of the testimony—in front of the mercy seat that is over the testimony—where I will meet with you. Aaron must burn fragrant incense on it; he must burn it every morning when he tends the lamps." (Exodus 30:6-7, CSB)."Another angel, with a golden incense burner, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense to offe...  Read More
Day 31: Exodus 26-28; Matthew 21
by Jonathan Merki on January 31st, 2023
The First High Priest and the Great High PriestAaron's attire certainly set him apart (Exodus 28). It was striking how significant every part of his outfit was, showing that he had a singularly unique place of service as high priest, representing God to His people, and His people to God. Yet, it was all external. It won't be long until we see that Aaron was human, affected by our deadly condition ...  Read More
Day 30: Exodus 23-25; Matthew 20:17-34
by Jonathan Merki on January 30th, 2023
"See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. " (Exodus 23:20, NLT)"For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him." (Psalm 34:7, NLT)"For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone." (Psa...  Read More
Day 29: Exodus 19-22; Matthew 20:1-16
by Jonathan Merki on January 29th, 2023
Last and first, first and last.There are some games I play with my older granddaughter that have no rules. We simply play with them because the game pieces are pretty cool. The one has a farm full of nifty animals with lots of barns. It's a favorite. We have played it enough times for Poppop to be aware that the rules will change...multiple times per game. You see, the person with the most farm an...  Read More
Day 28: Exodus 19-22; Matthew 20:1-16
by Jonathan Merki on January 28th, 2023
God's presence was terrifying to the people of Israel as they anticipated His encounter with Moses that would give them the Law. Even after they were consecrated and prepared, they were afraid to death. Boundaries were set up (Exodus 19:12) so they would not get too close. Even after the Law was given, they begged Moses to be their mediator (Exodus 20:18-19) for fear of dying. God's awesome displa...  Read More