Mar 28, 2022

(Exodus 39, John 18; Optional Psalm 62, Proverbs 16:5-9)

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EXODUS 39 – Finishing the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. Note the repeating emphasis that all of this was exactly as Yahweh had commanded (v 1, 5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31, with focused summary statements in v 32, 42-43). We don’t come to God with OUR truth or in OUR way, but only in the way HE has graciously provided as He has revealed in His word.

JOHN 18 – Through this long night of trumped-up trials that tried desperately to find some excuse to execute Jesus, He is mostly silent (fulfilling Isa 53:7). He speaks just enough to remind those with ears to hear that HE is the Judge; all will stand before HIM at the final judgment (John 5:22-24).

Jn 18:4-6 – In Greek, Jesus simply responded “I AM”. From the ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: [“No one could take Jesus’ life from him; he freely laid it down for us (John 10:17–18). A large army of natural enemies, both Jews and Gentiles, tried; but Jesus spoke two words, “I am,” and they fell back to the ground (18:6)—an echo of divine encounters in the past (Ex. 3:14) and a preview of the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord—many to their coronation; many others to their condemnation (Phil. 2:1–11).”]

Jn 18:10-11 – “the cup” – All through the OT is a powerful repeating picture of “the cup” of God’s righteous wrath. Other Gospels powerfully record Jesus praying to His Father that if there was any other way that this cup would pass from Him, but that He wanted the FATHER’S WILL to be done.

Jn 18:28 – They were being so careful not to become ceremonially defiled as they pushed for the execution of the perfect Son of God!

Jn 18:31-32 – Jewish leaders would execute by stoning (they had already picked up stones to start the process twice before in John’s Gospel – Jn 8:59, 10:31). But Jesus had prophesied death on the cross (Matt 20:17-19, Jn 3:14-15, 12:32-33; and Ps 22 and Zech 12:10). See Acts 2:23 and 4:27-28 and worship our sovereign God “who works ALL THINGS according to the counsel of His will.” (Eph 1:11, and cf Gen 50:20)

Optional Psalm 62 – Once again David is under attack (v 3-4). He states the truth (v 1-2) that God alone is his hope and help. In v 5-7, David reminds his own soul of this, in v 8 he reminds the whole congregation of God’s people. In 9-10 we are reminded that people and money aren’t worth trusting in. And he closes with reminders of how wonderful God is and that He WILL bring full justice one day.

Optional Proverbs 16:5-9 – Pr 16:9 – We make our plans, but GOD determines what will actually happen – cf James 4:13-16 (“if the Lord wills…”).