Exodus 25:31-40 The Lampstand

The intricate design God gave to Moses demonstrates His creative side too.

This is the third internal furniture piece for God’s temple. The lampstand which will be what provides ALL the light within.

When we looked at the other two pieces God commissioned I wondered about how elaborate the design was. We know that the temple Solomon built was extremely intricate and elaborate. I wondered about what embellishing features the ark and the table might contain. I was leaning towards a more minimalistic exterior design but after reading and feeling the design of the lampstand I have changed my mind.

God gave Moses an elegant design to use for the lampstand. He even included embellishments like flower parts. He included almond flowers and their calyxes in His design. To me that speaks of artistry beyond function. He also used on of my favorite principals in creating; symmetry. His design was perfectly balanced. Read more »

Exodus 25:23-30 The Table

The family table with the best dishes.

The next piece of furniture God gives Moses the design for is the table. This is where the showbread will be placed.

I noticed a couple of things about the pattern for the table. First of all, its width and length are smaller than that of the Ark but their height is the same. The dimensions are: Length = 2 cubits = 3 feet = 0.9144 meter, width = 1 cubit = 1.5 feet = 0.4572 meter, and height = 1.5 cubits = 2.25 = 0.6858 meter. The Ark is .5 cubits wider and longer than the table. Read more »

Exodus 25:10-22 The Ark

This is the closest that I can find to God’s textual design description. I wonder what the real one looked like.

It is time to begin the design process. The first piece to be described to Moses in ALL of God’s sanctuary is the ark. The centerpiece of it all.

God is designing His own house. There was nothing like it before and nothing like it since. I know. Solomon built God a home later in which they moved “all His furniture” into. This is His “mobile home” as it would go with the children of Israel. Since it is His house He can make it any way He wants to. Instead of starting with the walls and working His way in, He started with the MOST IMPORTANT PIECE and worked His way out. That piece is what we encounter today. The very place where His presence rested and met with His people. The heart of the house. The Ark. Read more »

Exodus 25:1-9 Building Plans

My granddaughter wearing the dress I made for her mother. (Not the greatest picture of the dress but the baby girl wearing it is precious beyond words.)

God is pleased with the people’s response. He wants to give them a closer relationship with Him by moving into their midst.

When the people left Egypt they carried off gold, silver and textile goods. They got these by asking their Egyptian neighbors for them and their neighbors GAVE it to them! That was one of God’s amazing miracles too. How many people do you know that, when simply asked, will turn their wealth over to another? There was no threat or weapon held to their heads. They gave because GOD gave the Israelites favor in the eyes of the Egyptians.

I have a feeling that there was some fear too because of all the plagues they were suffering. NOBODY wanted to give the Hebrew God another reason to be mad at them. Read more »

Exodus 24:1-18 A Deal Struck

A place prepared for the people’s answer and the confirmation of it.

God has finished giving Moses Israel’s first marching orders. He sends him back down the mountain to gather the elders to seal the deal.

We aren’t told how long Moses was on the mountain for this instruction session. I don’t know if the people were waiting at the foot of the mountain or in camp but it was time for them to hear what God had to say. Let’s rejoin the story as Moses makes his way back down the mountain.

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Moses has been on the mountain receiving instructions from the Lord for some time. He has eagerly taken in every word spoken to him. These are the commands of His God; not just the God of his fathers. Moses’ whole heart longs to please Him and to do exactly as He says. Moses is also anxious for the people to hear the Lord’s words so they too can follow Him with right hearts. Their future depends on it! Read more »