This Tuesday allows us to see three invaluable pieces of art created before our eyes; the Ark, Table, Lampstand, and the Altar of Incense. Exodus 36:2 says, “Then Moses summoned Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.” This group was given specific directions through Moses on how to build these precious pieces for worship, as well as God’s Spirit, skill, ability, and knowledge to craft them beautifully. They simply needed to be willing to worship God by using their gifts. God loves to use, according to Howard Hendricks, FAT people; those who are Faithful, Available, and Teachable! Come join us at this Sunday’s Gathering at 9:00am and 10:45am to hear how you can use your God-given gifts to worship, serve, and love your Lord and Savior, Jesus! Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Share a time when you had the privilege to serve God. Why did you choose to serve?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with to help grow in or discover Jesus? Are they being encouraged to be faithful, available, and teachable in their walk?
_ 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 highlight truth as you read
DISCOVER [Exodus 36:1-29 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
37 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits[a] and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold for its four feet, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. 4 And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold 5 and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark. 6 And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 7 And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two ends of the mercy seat, 8 one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. 9 The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim.
_ Who made the Ark? Does anything in the Scripture above show that he had help from others for this piece?
_ Did he follow the instructions given to him through Moses? Cross Reference Exodus 25:10-22
_ What do you think he thought about as he created this beautiful and functional “home” for the Lord? Are you creating a beautiful and functional “home” for the Lord as you follow Him?
_ As an artist, do you think he had any “artistic license” within the boundaries set before him? Does your “home” for the Lord look different than others?
10 He also made the table of acacia wood. Two cubits was its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made a molding of gold around it. 12 And he made a rim around it a handbreadth[b] wide, and made a molding of gold around the rim. 13 He cast for it four rings of gold and fastened the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 14 Close to the frame were the rings, as holders for the poles to carry the table. 15 He made the poles of acacia wood to carry the table, and overlaid them with gold. 16 And he made the vessels of pure gold that were to be on the table, its plates and dishes for incense, and its bowls and flagons with which to pour drink offerings. 17 He also made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work. Its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers were of one piece with it. 18 And there were 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; 19 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. 20 And on the lampstand itself were four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers, 21 and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out of it. 22 Their calyxes and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole of it was a single piece of hammered work of pure gold. 23 And he made its seven lamps and its tongs and its trays of pure gold. 24 He made it and all its utensils out of a talent[c] of pure gold.25 He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. Its length was a cubit, and its breadth was a cubit. It was square, and two cubits was its height. Its horns were of one piece with it. 26 He overlaid it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And he made a molding of gold around it, 27 and made two rings of gold on it under its molding, on two opposite sides of it, as holders for the poles with which to carry it. 28 And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 29 He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer.
_ Who made the Table, Lampstand, and Altar of Incense? Other translations use the plural pronoun “they” to describe those who made the Table, Lampstand, and altar of Incense. How might that change your answer to the question?
_ Did the artists follow the instructions given to them through Moses? Cross Reference Exodus 25:23-40/Exodus 30:1-5
_ What was the primary covering for all of the pieces to be used in the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place?
_ What does this tell us about the value of these sections of the Tabernacle?
_ What does this tell us about the Temple in which God dwells now remembering that 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?”
_ Why might God have allowed this group of people to fashion His home, when he could have made it Himself? What can we infer about those who are faithful, available and teachable?
_ How does this passage point to God’s larger plan of redemption?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ How might you take steps to use the gifts God has given you to fashion a worship-filled “home” for Jesus?
+ 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)