Good Monday morning! We shared in a great couple of gatherings yesterday- thanks to Peter, Katie and Michael for offering their musical abilities and to Austin for teaching through the Ten Commandments. Today we find Moses receiving some of the first specific instructions for an environment of worship called the tabernacle. Take time to read slowly through the details and descriptors- allow the intricacies to shape your heart and imaginations. We hope and pray you have a wonderful week! - Joey
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have the Lord ever called you to create something of physical form as a pathway of connection with Jesus?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Exodus 25:1-40]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. 3 And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, 4 blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats' hair, 5 tanned rams' skins, goatskins, acacia wood, 6 oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 7 onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece. 8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. 9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
_ In vs. 1-2 how does God intend to resource the Tabernacle?
_ In vs. 2-7 what are some of the different kinds of contributions that people are encouraged to offer? What does this show you about what the Lord uses?
_ In vs. 8 what is the Lord asking Moses to make in vs. 8?
The Ark of the Covenant
10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. 12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you. 17 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
_ What is the first piece of furniture/art that the Lord instructs them to make in vs. 10?
_ In vs. 10-15 write out some of the unique elements of this ark.
_ What do we learn that the ark functionally holds in vs. 16?
_ What does the Lord ask the people build on top of the ark in vs. 17?
_ In vs. 18-22 describe some of the elements of the mercy seat, what sticks out to you as significant and why?
The Table for Bread
23 “You shall make a table of acacia wood. Two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 24 You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a molding of gold around it. 25 And you shall make a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold around the rim. 26 And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 27 Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the poles to carry the table. 28 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these. 29 And you shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. 30 And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me regularly.
_ In vs. 23 what does the Lord instruct them to craft?
_ What are some of the details o this table that we find in vs. 23-30?
_ Which elements stick out, why do you think they are important?
_ Why do you think gold is so internal to the design?
The Golden Lampstand
31 “You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. 32 And there shall be 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; 33 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. 34 And on the lampstand itself there shall be four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, 35 and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand. 36 Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37 You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it. 38 Its tongs and their trays shall be of pure gold. 39 It shall be made, with all these utensils, out of a talent of pure gold.40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
_ What is the final piece the Lord instructs them to craft?
_ Why do you think the elements described in vs. 31 need to be one piece?
_ What are some of the other elements of the Golden Lampstand? Why do you think this Lampstand is significant?
+ HOW am I compelled to respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action?
_ The Lord pays such close attention to details, are there any details of your life He is calling you to pay attention to?
_ The Tabernacle is a space where God meets his people, is there anything about the physical space you create to meet with God, are there any distractions, are there any elements He would have you include? Music, Candles, Furniture?
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)