God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Exodus 25:1-40

After the people commit themselves to following God, God
gives Moses
instructions for how to build the Tabernacle.

God’s
Dwelling
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Read
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“Have the people of Israel build
me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.
You must build this Tabernacle
and its furnishings exactly according to the
pattern I will show
you. . . .

“Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I
have shown you
here on the mountain.” / (Exodus 25:8-9,
40)

Reflect
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The latter chapters of Exodus can seem tedious
and mundane to modern readers,
especially after the exciting events of the
plagues, the Red Sea, and the Ten
Commandments. Chapters 25 through 31 record
God’s directions for building the
Tabernacle. Chapters 35 through 39 tell how
these instructions were carried
out. But what do these details show
us?

The Tabernacle served as God’s dwelling on earth. The instructions
prepared
the Tabernacle to receive God’s presence among his people. As people
of God,
we seek to create a holy space for God’s presence among us and in our
lives (1
Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20). As you read the second half of
Exodus, consider
how the Tabernacle instructions might shape our own
preparations.

God’s greatness and transcendence are worthy of a
Tabernacle filled with
high-quality, precious materials. God’s perfection
sets him apart the way the
Most Holy Place was separated by a curtain from
the common and unclean. The
Tabernacle’s portability served God’s desire to
be with his people as they
traveled. And the Tabernacle itself, its
furnishings, and the service
performed there illustrate the atonement that
would one day come through the
very embodiment of God with us—Jesus
Christ.

Respond
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God meticulously described how to build the
Tabernacle. He’s equally concerned
with setting you apart to be his dwelling
place. In what ways is God calling
you to build his temple? How can you make
yourself a place fit for God to
dwell in?

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