Exodus 36-38

Need a praise song for today??  Try this one: Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech with Hillsong … this will get your praise rolling 🙂 Or if you need a little slower one here is “Here I am to Worship” by Chris Tomlin  Go ahead… and PICK your praise to HIM 🙂

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How are you doing out there??  Am I losing you?  Do you think the details are overwhelming??  If so, just remember when you read that ALL the details are an indication of how much our praise, prayer, and worship mean to our God … our daily… continual… relationship with HIM.  Of course God cannot be in the presence of ANY sin because that is NOT part of WHO HE is, it is NOT part of HIS character.  He is so HOLY, so PURE, and so loving and he LOVES each of us so much that HE wants to be sure when we come before HIM we are cleansed, redeemed, (ONLY by and through Jesus Christ TODAY), reverent, humble, and coming with our whole heart.

I KNOW, I know, life is BUSY.  We all have things to do, places to be, people to love on, but as Moses said in yesterday’s read…. (My personal paraphrase) “I don’t want to go ANY where LORD if YOUR Presence is not there.”   HOW do we remain in HIS Presence??  The first and most crucial step is to have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior (if you have never done this click on the blue block at the top of this page that says “WHAT IF” and it will tell you how you can make this happen.) The next steps are to spend time with HIM daily, moment by moment; sing songs of praise to HIM; memorize a scripture and meditate (let it roll over and over in your mind (all day… just ONE scripture)  all day long, pray to HIM;  DO something for someone in need (this way you become HIS feet and hands in a hurting world; BE involved in a solid Bible based church; SPEAK to HIM… remember HE calls YOU HIS FRIEND John 15:14-17 (NIV) says: “You are my FRIENDS if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”  And Psalm 22:3 states: ”But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”  According to the BLB the definition of Israel includes the name of the descendants and the nation of the descendants of Jacob.”  After reading the BLB definition it would appear that God INHABITS the PRAISES of HIS PEOPLE and through HIS grace and by HIS son Jesus Christ WE are HIS people.  SO PRAISE HIM…. While you are in your car, while you are cooking, while you are in the shower, ….. just everywhere you go.  Just KNOW that everything in the Tabernacle has to do with Jesus…. a foreshadow…. every detail.  I wish I could understand it all myself… but I know I understand more this year that I did last year 🙂  EVEN the placement of the items in the Tabernacle make the shape of a cross!!

LOOK at the chart and picture of the Tabernacle below.  See that ALL Tabernacle items represent a part of Jesus.  WE NOW have DIRECT access to the Father because when Jesus died on the Cross…that veil was torn and we as believers  became the priesthood that can go into the Most Holy Place.  Does that make sense to you?  If not, feel free to send me an email so I can try to explain it differently.

This chart was put together by my mentor, Trish, from last year’s Bible study and thought it might help you as well 🙂

Israelites Communed with God Through the Tabernacle Christians Commune with God Through Jesus
Brazen Alter for Sacrifices Christ’s Sacrifice
Laver of Brass for washing Cleansing through confession
Lampstand Enlightened by the Holy Spirit
Table of Showbread Fed by the Living Word
Alter of Incense Prayer, Communion, Intercession
Through the Veil into the Most Holy Place Entering God’s Presence BOLDLY through Christ
Priests and the Garments Service to God and Others

Chapter 36 – Moses has come down off the mountain for a SECOND time with the INSTRUCTIONS of HOW to build the Tabernacle.  Yes… you have read them before and we will read them AGAIN when the building begins.  JUST hang in there and see what special thing(s) God has for you amidst the details 🙂 Bezelel (means “in the shadow/protection of God”) of the tribe of Judah made the ark, carved the wood, put it together, dipped it in gold, and made the mercy seat/atonement cover, and the Cherubim out of hammered gold.

Another picture of the Ark of the Covenant with the Mercy Seat on top…. doesn’t it just give you chills looking at this knowing that God was sitting between the two Cherubim??

ark_of_covanent

Oholiah (in the BLB it uses the name Aholiab meaning “Father’s tent”) used his skills of weaving the fabrics, embroidering, and in Chapter 38:21 it tells us he was a crafts man and designer and embroider.  ALL people came to use their talents in building the tabernacle.  Verse 2 states all who were “WILLING” came to do the work.  Chapter 35 God uses the word “WILLINGFIVE times and restates it in verse 2 of Chapter 36.  He wanted ONLY those who were WILLING to give to give.  He wanted it to be from their hearts.  And did you notice that by verse SIX they had MORE than enough to build the tabernacle and the Moses had to ask everyone to stop giving!!!  POWERFUL statement about how much we can accomplish when EVERY one who is WILLING does their part.

Chapter 37 – This gives more detail of the items for the Tabernacle.  I actually drew my own temple out so I could understand it better.  (But I am a detailed person and come from a family of builders, craftsmen, and seamstresses.)  This site is a re-post in case you wish to revisit the dimensions and details of the Tabernacle. http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_wmn_AWH_Tabernacle.pdf

Here is another picture from last year’s Bible Study that I found helpful and hope you do as well.

The Tabernacle Tent

Look at the SHAPE of the way the furniture was laid out in the Tabernacle … remind you of anything??

layout of tabernacleFurniture

Chapter 38 – A couple of things stood out to me here.  First God did not instruct Moses to build the temple himself.  God used Moses to be the leader to motivate those willing, who had the gifts necessary to further God’s will.  Moses laid out the design given by the Lord.  Ithamar, son of Aaron, was the director … the project manager … to make sure the work was being done according to the proper specifications.  And we have already touched on Oholiah and Bezalel’s gifts plus they were to teach others how to do things as well.  SPEAKS loudly of how effective we can be when we all work together for one purpose. … working in our specific gifts that God has given us… not working in competition or comparing one to another… but truly together.

Thought you might want to know in today’s US weights and measures, how much gold, silver, and bronze it took to build the move-able Tabernacle as detailed beginning in verse 24.  The total amount of gold was a little over ONE TON; the total amount of silver was a little over 3 ¾ TONS; and about 2 ½ TONS of bronze.  That’s a LOT of gold, silver, and bronze that ALL came for the Egyptians (see Exodus12:35-36).

Our God is such an awesome God and each time I read the OT I am reminded of how deeply we are loved by a GOD who KNOWS we are sinners yet loved us before we CHOSE JESUS .. HE loved us so much HE sent HIS son to live, be brutally crucified, and RISE again so that WE…. as sinners could come before HIS throne and have a PERSONAL relationship with HIM everyday.. all day if we like.  We don’t have to worry about all the details in the Tabernacle or have a HIGH Priest ATONE for our sins ONCE A YEAR because JESUS CHRIST did it all for us on the cross.

Did anything stand out to you today?  Was there anything that for the first time you understood?  What was your favorite scripture?  Tell tell…..

Sharing HIS love,

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