If we work upon marble, it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumple into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets somethi … More
I am amazed as I see how many chapters in Exodus deal with the tabernacle. It has been said, “God created the whole world in six days but He used forty days to instruct Moses about the tabernacle. God has always had a dwelling place in the midst of his people.
The construction of the tabernacle furniture:
1. The Ark of the Covenant (vv. 1-5).
This was made from acacia wood overlaid with pure gold and pointed to the humanity and Deity of our Lord. It contained the tablets of the law, a golden jar of manna, and Aaron’s rod.
2. The Mercy Seat (vv. 6-9).
The mercy seat was the lid of the ark. As the Cherubim looked down they did not see the contents but the sprinkled blood, which enabled God to be merciful to rebellious sinners.
3. The Table of Showbread (vv. 10-16).
The table of showbread held twelve loaves which showed Israel’s place before God. These loaves also may speak of God’s provision for each of the twelve tribes.
4. The Golden Lampstand (vv. 17-24).
The Golden Lampstand was a type of Christ, the true light of the world (John 8:12). It also typifies the Holy Spirit whose mission is to glorify Christ.
5. The Altar of Incense (vv. 25-28).
The Altar of Incense speaks of Christ being a perpetual sweet aroma of God
6. The Anointing Oil (v. 29).
Oil typifies the Holy Spirit, and the incense speaks of the ever fragrance of our Lord.
The fact that the Lord indwells my life is an awesome thing. Since my body is a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit I need to take good care of it.
Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. And he cast for it four rings of gold for its four feet, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark. And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim. He also made the table of acacia wood. Two cubits was its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made a molding of gold around it. And he made a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and made a molding of gold around the rim. He cast for it four rings of gold and fastened the rings to the four corners at its four legs. Close to the frame were the rings, as holders for the poles to carry the table. He made the poles of acacia wood to carry the table, and overlaid them with gold. And he made the vessels of pure gold that were to be on the table, its plates and dishes for incense, and its bowls and flagons with which to pour drink offerings. He also made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work. Its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers were of one piece with it. And there were six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch--so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. And on the lampstand itself were four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out of it. Their calyxes and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole of it was a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. And he made its seven lamps and its tongs and its trays of pure gold. He made it and all its utensils out of a talent of pure gold. He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. Its length was a cubit, and its breadth was a cubit. It was square, and two cubits was its height. Its horns were of one piece with it. He overlaid it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And he made a molding of gold around it, and made two rings of gold on it under its molding, on two opposite sides of it, as holders for the poles with which to carry it. And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer.
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Exodus 34:1-9Moses Makes The Second Set of Commandments
Exodus 34:10-26The Covenant Renewed
Exodus 34:27-35Moses Face Shines When he Comes Down From Mount Sinai
Exodus 35:1-35Offerings For The Tabernacle
Exodus 36:1-38Building The Tabernacle
Exodus 37:1-29Making Furniture For The Tabernacle
Exodus 38:1-20Materials For The Tabernacle
Exodus 38:21-31Inventory Taken of The Total Construction
Exodus 39:1-43Making The Priestly Clothes
Exodus 40:1-16The Tabernacle Erected And Arranged
Exodus 40:17-33Moses Carefully Carried Out God’s Commands
Exodus 40:34-38The glory of God revealed