The Israelite’s had left Egypt at the middle of the first month of the year; the tabernacle was erected two weeks before the first anniversary of their exodus. At the start of the month, they marked the beginning of their second year of freedom and nine months after their arrival at Mount Sinai.
Verses 34, 35 – The Lord was revealing Himself to His redeemed people at this meeting place. When Jesus was crucified, God’s glory left the temple because God no longer needed to have a physical building after Jesus rose from the dead. God’s temple now is His church, the body of believers.
Verse 38 – Exodus begins in gloom and ends in glory. This parallels our progress through the Christian life. We begin as slaves to sin, are redeemed by God, and end our journey living with Jesus forever. These lessons the Israelite’s learned along the way, we too can learn.
I hope you have enjoyed the Book of Exodus as much as I have. Please don’t skip the books that follow. God gives us wonderful insight as to what to expect from Him, for He is an awesome God. What He has done for others, He will do for you. We only have to believe!
Verses 30, 31 – This final headdress served as a kind of finishing label for everything they had made, all marked as belonging to the Lord.
Verse 32 – I’ve heard people, even pastors say, “Don’t worry about the details.” I have to differ with that statement when it pertains to the things of God. If you have read all these verses and realized every detail that God instructed then you will know that God cares very much about details. Look what He does when He gives an assignment; He gives the gifts and abilities to people; and He gives more than enough supply for it to be accomplished. God is interested in the small things going on in our lives. Don’t ever think something is too small or that you are bothering God with it. It can be these small details that will accomplish the big things for God when they all come together. Look at Matthew 10:30, who but a loving God would know the number of hairs on your head?
Verse 42 – Moses had learned his management lesson well. He gave important responsibilities to others and then trusted them to do the job. Great leaders like Moses give plans and directions while letting others participate as a team.
Verse 43 – Moses inspected the finished work and saw that it was done the way God wanted. A good leader will follow-up by telling those who worked that they are appreciated. Moses did this by blessing the people for their good work.
Verse 8 – Little is known about these women who served at the entrance of the tabernacle. I would assume they did whatever the priest told them to do.
Verse 21 – In building the tabernacle, Moses laid out the steps but Ithamar supervised. God didn’t ask Moses to build the tabernacle but to motivate the experts. We all have areas where God has gifted us and He will give us opportunities to allow God to use those gifts.
Again everything is repeated. We see a pattern here of our God’s patience with His people. Such a Mighty God taking the time to repeat Himself. How many times has God had to repeat Himself to us before we do what He asks? The Israelite’s had angered God the first time around but instead of getting by with just not doing it, they are getting a second chance to get it right. When God gives us an assignment sometimes we mess up out of ignorance; sometimes we don’t do it, out of rebellion; sometimes we tell God that we will after we do something else. Our God will and does give more chances. When we completely refuse and go into total rebellion, He will accomplish it anyway but through someone else.
Verses 7-9 – The Lord begins to repeat exactly how to build the tabernacle and what to place in it, again. Because the Israelite’s had plundered the Egyptians, they had more than enough to accomplish that task. The effort involved in making enough cloth for the curtains and priest clothing was staggering. This never would have been accomplished without a community involvement.
Verse 8-40:33 – The Lord repeats the instructions and emphasizes the people’s commitment to making everything according to the Lord’s specifications. This time it gets done.
God wanted theses offerings to be given from a generous heart. God loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). Our giving should be from love and generosity, not from a guilty conscience.
Verses 10-19 –Now they’re going to get their tabernacle. Moses asked people with various abilities to help.
Verses 20-24 – Generous people aren’t necessarily faithful to God, but faithful people are always generous. The gold, silver, jewels, linen, skins, and valuables were taken from the Egyptians when they left Egypt.
Verse 26 – The workers who spun the cloth made a beautiful contribution to the tabernacle. Whatever your vocation is, you should reflect the creative abilities God has given you.
Verses 1-4 – Now God tells Moses to cut 2 tablets so He can write the words that were on the first two, “that you broke.” No one is going up the mountain this time but Moses.
Verses 6, 7 – What is God’s glory? It is His character, His nature, His way of relating to us. Notice that God did not give Moses a vision of His power and majesty, but rather His love. God’s glory is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, and justice. We benefit from all this, so why not respond with our characters reflecting His? Even though we are under grace now, children still suffer for the sins of the parents. Let me explain; consider abuse or alcoholism or drug abuse. While these are obvious, selfishness, and greed can be passed along at will. These things may cause you little pain now, but it could sting in a more tender area later on with your children and grandchildren.
Verses 12-14 – If the Israelite’s failed to destroy the idols and pagan worship practices of the land they would enter, they would regret it later. The pagan worship would not be tolerated with worshiping a Holy God. Ashen poles were wooden poles that stood by Baal’s altar (see Judges 6:25). Asherah was the goddess who was the consort (wife) of Baal. She represented good luck in agriculture and fertility.
Verses 15, 16 – If the Israelite’s didn’t destroy the idols that the Lord told them to then God knew they would intermarry with them and their influence would consume them.
Verses 28-35 – Our faces may not light up with brightness like Moses face did, but when you have spent time in prayer, reading the word, and meditating, the effect on your life will be seen by others.