Making Furniture For The Tabernacle

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

Dwelling

I am amazed as I see how may 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.  Only a little over one chapter was needed to describe the creation of the world, but six chapters were used for the tabernacle.” God has always had a dwelling place in the midst of his people. It was first in the tabernacle, latter in the Old Testament period it was in the temple and now it in the heart of the believer. In the gospels He dwelt among men in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, in the church age, God dwells in the lives of “born again” Christians who make up the Church.

The following: are characteristics of the tabernacle:

 

  1. It was a very functional facility.

          a. It was portable and was able to be moved whenever the people move

          b. It provided a place for a Holy God and sinful men to meet. While this solution was not permanent it did bring communion between God and His people.

  1. It displayed much wealth and beauty. According to Peake’s Commentary on the Bible there was approximately 1,900 lbs of gold, 6,437 lbs of silver and 4,522 lbs of bronze.
  2. It’s construction involved all the people. It permitted them to participate either by donating materials or through skilled labor or both.
  3. It was God’s idea, initiative and design. It was made after the divine pattern shown to Moses (25:9). Bezale and Oholiab were equipped with the spirit of God and with knowledge in craftsmanship (31:2) to supervise the task.

Application

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.

Exodus 37:1-29 (English Standard Version)

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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