On verses 32-37: Here a man is found gathering wood on the Sabbath day, even though God had clearly commanded all the Israelites to rest from their work on the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11). This was a case of him intentionally sinning against God, for if he had sinned unintentionally, the consequence would not be death but rather a sacrifice would be given pursuant to Numbers 15:22-29.
God had already said that whoever does any work on the Sabbath must be put to death (Exodus 31:14-15; Exodus 35:2). However, it was not clear what the method of execution should be (v34). So Moses seeks the Lord on the issue, who affirms that the man must die and that the death will be by stoning outside the camp. (v35)
What can we learn from this?
(1) God is deadly serious about us keeping His commands, including having a Sabbath day to rest. When we don't honour a Sabbath day, something in us dies. But when we rest on a Sabbath day, it's a way to honour God, to trust Him, and to allow our bodies, minds and spirits to be rejuvenated and restored for a new week. So once a week, make sure to take time out to rest from your normal work, to have quality time in God's presence and with God's people. You will be so much happier and healthier that way.
(2) When you're not sure what to do, or how to do it, look to God for help. His Holy Spirit is here to counsel you and show you what to do if you're willing to seek Him.
On verses 38-41: Why did the Lord command the Israelites to make tassels on the corners of their garments? It was to remind the Israelites of their commitment to God -- "so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them" (v39) and "be consecrated to your God" (v40).
Similarly, it helps to place within our sight line visual, physical reminders of our commitment to Jesus. That's why some people hang small crosses around their necks or in their car. That's why as a college student I would put up Scripture verses on my dorm room wall. That's why I'll often wear a Thrive Church T-shirt or a Torch church hoodie (and also because I think they look good :) When I see these reminders, my commitment to Jesus is reinforced.
By the way, that's also why we encourage you to take notes during the Sunday sermon. Your notes are a visual reminder of what you learned from God's Word. And even if you never look at those notes again, just the act itself of writing down what you're learning will help you retain and digest the teaching from God's Word. So take notes during the Sunday sermon. You'll gain so much more from the message when you do!
What are some visual, physical reminders you can place in your line of sight to remind you of your commitment to Jesus?