The Rugged Wooden Cross so much depends u p o n a rugged wooden cross out- side the gates of Jerusalem u p o n wh i ch a man ( God in flesh , a mir- a c l e worker) d i e d o f a b r o - k e n h e art. ~Day Williams (1995)
Israel, as you go into the land and attack the nations that are there, the LORD will get rid of them, and you can have their land.
But that’s when you must be especially careful not to ask, “How did those nations worship their gods? Shouldn’t we worship the LORD in the same way?”
Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.
Wait on the Lord
And find new strength;
You’ll fly and run
The entire length.
1 The LORD told Moses, “Come up to see me
Upon this mountain, and bring Aaron and
His two sons Nadab and Abihu, and
Israel’s leaders, seventy of them.
They shall stand back and worship me, 2 but you
Are to come near. Do not let anyone
Else come up.” 3 Moses gave the people God’s
Instructions, and they promised, “We will do
All that God has commanded.” 4 Moses wrote
Down what the LORD had said. Next morning Moses
Rose early, and he built an altar at
The mountain’s foot and set up a large stone
For each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
5 He also had some young men go and burn
Some offerings and sacrifice some bulls
As special offerings unto the LORD.
6 Moses put half the blood from animals
In bowls and sprinkled what remained upon
The altar; 7 then he read aloud the LORD’s
Commands and promises, and people shouted,
“We will obey the LORD and do all that
He has commanded!” 8 Moses took the blood
Out of the bowls and sprinkled it upon
The people. Next, he told them, “With this blood
The LORD makes his agreement with you.” 9 Moses
And Aaron came with Nadab and Abihu,
The seventy leaders too, climbed the mountain
10 And saw the God of Israel. Beneath
His feet was something that looked like a pavement
Made out of sapphire, and as bright as sky.
11 Although these leaders out of Israel
Saw God, he did not punish them, and so
They ate and drank. 12 The LORD told Moses, “Come
Up on the mountain and stay here a while.
I will give you the two flat stones on which
I’ve written laws my people must obey.”
13 Moses and Joshua his assistant got
Prepared, then Moses started up the mountain
To meet with God, 14 for Moses had told leaders,
“Wait here ’til we return, for Hur and Aaron
Will be with you, and they can settle what
Disputes you have while we’re away.” 15 When Moses
Went on Mount Sinai, a cloud covered it,
16 And the bright glory of the LORD came down
And stayed there, and for six days the cloud covered
The mountain. On the seventh day the LORD
Told Moses to come in the cloud, 17-18 so Moses
Did and stayed there for forty days and nights.
And to the people, the LORD’s glory looked
Like blazing fire atop a mountain nook.