Sunday School Material 11-24-13: Beginning of the Tabernacle

(Exodus 40:16-30, 34, 38; 11/24/13)

Introduction::A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God has Moses constructing and furnishing the Tabernacle. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to obey and appreciate God’s will.

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Read Exodus 40:16-19

I. Constructing the Tabernacle. In our Sunday School material Moses did what the Lord told him to do. He set up the Tabernacle. There is mention of the bases, frames, crossbars, and posts.

The tent and covering are put in place, as God had commanded. The Tabernacle was a mobile place of God’s presence. It was the precursor to the Temple.

Applications -

- Obeying God’s commands. Notice in vs. 16 of our Sunday School material that Moses was known for doing everything as the Lord commanded. This is a great reputation to have.

Let’s strive to live so that people can say of us that we did everything that the Lord commanded.

Think about how this looks in our families, on our jobs, in our communities, and surely in our churches. Think about God’s command to be the light and salt, to be wise stewards of our health and wealth, and to love one another.

Read Exodus 40:20-30

II. Furnishing the Tabernacle. More details are given about Moses’ obeying the Lord’s commandments. The tablets of the covenant are put in the ark. The ark is placed in the Tabernacle. There is mention of the curtain, table, lamps, and altar. There is also a water basin mentioned. 

Applications -

- Lessons from the Tabernacle. Notice in vss. 20-30 of our Sunday School material the various lessons from what is in the Tabernacle.  

First, the Ark of the Covenant (vs. 20), which held the Ten Commandments, suggests the importance of knowing and obeying God’s word and will. God expects us to be obedient to Him.

Second, the curtain that separated the holy of holies from the less holy area (vs. 21) has been removed by way of Jesus’ ministry on our behalf. We are always in the presence of God.

Third, the bread and table are thought to be symbols of God’s provision of food and necessities for His people. Surely every believer has a testimony of how God has provided, often in mysterious ways.

Forth, the altar of incenses was related to prayers being rendered towards God (see Ps. 141:2). There should be no need to discuss the importance of believers being regular in their prayer lives.

Fifth, the altar of burnt offerings was a place for the various offerings for sin and to show gratitude. Those indwelt by the Holy Spirit know that giving is a part of our relationship with God.

Sixth, the basin was a place to secure ceremonial cleansing. We should be thankful that as dear as water baptism may be to us that we are actually cleansed through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Let’s strive to live by the lessons suggested by the items found in the Tabernacle - obedience, God’s presence, God’s provision, prayer, giving, and purity.

Read Exodus 40:34, 38

III. Presence at the Tabernacle. In our Sunday School material there is mention of the cloud covering the tent of meeting/Tabernacle. The cloud was evidence of God’s presence.

There was a cloud by day and a cloud with fire by night. The cloud was in the sight of the Israelites as they traveled.

Applications -

- The mobility of God. Notice in vss. 34, 38 that the Lord is with His people on their journey, He is not stationary. God is everywhere at the same time - omnipresent.

On one hand, it is good to know that we cannot escape the presence of God. His protection and provision are not restricted by our locations. On the other hand, this also means that we should obey God everywhere we go.

There are some who are on their best behavior in the church house and on their worse behavior in other places. Let’s live like we believe that God is really everywhere.

Such living should include obedience to God’s call for us to be saved and to love Him with all that we have and our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying and appreciating God’s will. God has much for those who obey His will.

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