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.
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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