Exodus 37:1-38:20 Tabernacle Construction

God gave the visions necessary for His words to be brought to life.

Bezalel continues the work on the Tabernacle. We see that he makes it exactly as God had commanded Moses.

We are told that Bezalel made all the pieces for the Tabernacle. I have a feeling he shared the workload with the other craftsmen who were involved in the Lord’s work but everything was done under his direct authority. He probably left his “fingerprints” all over the project in one way of another. I expect he may have been the one to hammer out the cherubim and the lampstand. These two piece would take a vision from the Lord to actually see what it was He was calling for.

I have to admit that reading that Bezalel followed the specifications given by the Lord is NOT very exciting. We don’t get any insight into what was going on as the work progressed or what kind of detail was added to the projects. It’s pretty cut and dry throughout all the recording of the work. Read more »

Exodus 35:30-36:38 Builders

The Lord even created the very colors He wanted used in His project.

Moses announces God’s chosen builders and everyone gets to work. The whole group is excited to be undertaking this task.

I’m going to have to start off with a confession. We have read the details of the tabernacle so many times that I find myself skimming through this reading. It may be “old news” to us but it was exciting and new to those on “the ground floor” of constructing what God designed.

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The people had been gathering and bringing supplies to Moses as their freewill offerings to the Lord for a week now. There was so much gathered that it covered the floor of the tent of meeting and rose up in heaps. There was gold and silver and bronze articles in every
imaginable design. There were also stacks of spun yarn in blue, scarlet, purple and white Read more »

Exodus 35:4-29 Freewill!

A gift from the heart with NO compunction to give it. A gift of love and gratitude.

The time has come to build the Lord’s house; the Tabernacle. EVERYONE who wants to can contribute to this project.

Moses has already given the people the basics of God’s law. They have the Ten Commandments and every other word that the Lord shared with Moses on Mt. Sinai. There is much more that God will share with Moses and His people but first they need to show their dedication to Him.

God didn’t command ANYONE to bring their goods for His work. NEVER did He compel them to surrender their earthly treasures to Him. He left their contribution completely up to the individual and their heart.

What God did was plant a seed into the hearts of the people. God gave Moses the specifications for the tabernacle. I can imagine his heart was overflowing thinking about the fact that in building this he and the people could give back to the Lord. Then Moses shared that vision with the people. Read more »

Exodus 35:1-3 Sabbath Laws

Observing the Sabbath isn’t about ritual but relationship. It’s a sign of the covenant God made with Israel.

Moses shares God’s command for the Sabbath. This is to be a holy day unto Him for all time.

We discussed the Sabbath laws when God first gave them to Moses. We touched on the fact that this law was for Israel and that most Christians celebrate the first day of the week instead. Israel still adheres to the Sabbath even now as well as some denominations of the Christian faith.

When Moses shares God’s command for a Sabbath rest and separation of that day as holy to the Lord, he is STRICT with his instructions. He was quoting God though. In Exodus 31:15b God states to Moses “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.” This was told to Moses the first time he came up the mountain to meet with God for the stone tablets. NOTHING that was said the first time was forgotten or replaced during his second visit. We don’t hear God using those exact words the second time but Moses KNOWS that the earlier commands still apply. Read more »

Exodus 34:29-35 Glowing

God’s presence “rubbed off” on Moses while they were together.

Moses has spent an incredible time with the Lord and his face clearly shows it. The people are frightened by the change in Moses.

God and Moses spent 40 days and nights together on the mountain. Moses ate and drank nothing while he was there. We aren’t told if he slept or if he even noticed the passage of time. Did God “observe” the Sabbath while with Moses? Did they work and visit straight through the time? If they did observe the Sabbath did they share stories during their down time? Did Moses get to meet any other Heavenly residents?

Whatever they did together changed Moses forever. This change was more than an inward change or even a behavioral change. Moses took on the radiance of God’s presence. We aren’t told if it faded over time but we know the relationship with God didn’t. This facial changed scared the people. I can’t say as I blame them for being scared, I probably would have been too. Read more »