The Tabernacle Erected And Arranged

We are told that when John Huss was arrested and informed that he would be burned to death for his faith, he purposely practiced holding his hand over fire to prepare for his final test. He burned himself in preparation. He wanted to be faithful to the end. (Moody Monthly, April, … More


Moses’ obedience to God’s command is a key theme of the final chapter of Exodus. The people provided all the resources and labor but only the Lord’s servant Moses was authorized to erect the tabernacle and prepare it for the Lord’s entry. This chapter brings us to a certain climax, as the tabernacle is completed, and yet at the same time the reader is prepared for the continuation of the story in the following book of Leviticus. The anointing of the priesthood comes in (Lev. Chap’s 8-9). 

This chapter can be divided into three parts.

1. Divine instructions given to Moses concerning the arranging of the tabernacle and its furnishings, along with the anointing of the holy things (vv. 1-16).

2. A description of the way Moses carefully carried out God’s commands in setting up and sanctifying the tabernacle (vv. 17-33).

3. The glory of God descending upon the tabernacle in the form of the cloud (vv. 34-38). 

These first 17 verses of this chapter are divided into two sections: 

1. The proper arrangement of the furnishings of the temple (vv. 1-8). God commanded that the tabernacle be set up about a year after the Exodus and eight and a half months after Israel’s arrival at Sinai. A place for everything and everything in its proper place. The building of the tabernacle took less than six months.

2. Instructions are given for anointing the tabernacle, its furnishings, and the high priest (vv. 9-17). The predominant terms “anoint” and “consecrate"are brought to light, which results in the object becoming holy (vv. 12-13). Do the same with Aaron and his sons.


God allows people to participate with Him in carrying out His will. My task is not just to sit and watch God work, but to give my best effort when work needs to be done.

Exodus 40:1-16 (English Standard Version)

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "On the first day of the first month you shall erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil. And you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. And you shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court. "Then you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture, so that it may become holy. You shall also anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, so that the altar may become most holy. You shall also anoint the basin and its stand, and consecrate it. Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall wash them with water and put on Aaron the holy garments. And you shall anoint him and consecrate him, that he may serve me as priest. You shall bring his sons also and put coats on them, and anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests. And their anointing shall admit them to a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations." This Moses did; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so he did.

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