Hello, and happy Friday! Today we enter into Exodus as God gives the Israelites instructions for the tabernacle and laws regarding the Sabbath. It is so easy to become consumed with work today that we forget to stop and rest. Today, we get a look into God’s heart regarding why it is so important to take time to be still and rest from our work.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What are the skills and abilities that God has gifted you with?
_ 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 31:1-18]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. 6 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8 the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand,10 and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.”
_ Who did God call in verses 1-11? What were they tasked with doing?
_ How did God equip these men to complete this task? (V. 3)
_ In what fashion does God tell the craftsmen to complete this project? (V. 11)
12 And the Lord said to Moses, 13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.15 Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. 16 Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. 17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed." 18 And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
_ What was the Sabbath a sign for? (V.13, 17)
_ What was the consequence for violating the Sabbath?
_ Why do you think this command was given after the instructions for the tabernacle?
_ What principle can we take away from the Sabbath laws given to the Israelites?
+ HOW am I compelled to respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How am I using the gifts and talents God has given me to glorify Him? Am I stewarding them well?
_ How am I making sure that I have a time of rest in my week?
_ How do I bring glory to God in my rest?
+ 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)