Moses Part 13

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 13

Tabernacle, the Dwelling place of God

Exo.25 – 31; 36 – 40

God’s redeemed people were taken to Mount Sinai and were kept there for one whole year. What exactly happened in this mount? There,

God gave His LAW and all His instructions to His redeemed people. (Exo.20 – 23) Then the children of Israel agreed to OBEY His Law. (Exo.24: 3, 7) Then God made a COVENANT with them, saying, you will be my people and I will be your God. (Exo.24: 8) Then God commanded His redeemed people to make a SANCTUARY for Him, so that He may DWELL AMONG THEM. (Exo.25: 8, 9)

GOD DESIRES A DWELLING PLACE

God has a deep desire to DWELL in the midst of His redeemed people and intimately COMMUNE with them. Those who are close to the heart of God can feel this great longing of God’s heart. About David, God testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.’ One of the main reasons why God gave this testimony is that David was gripped with this deep longing of God’s heart. And he declared, “Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” (Psa.132: 3 – 5) Are we able to sense and understand this deep desire in the heart of our God? What are we doing about this?

GOD DOES NOT DWELL IN BUILDINGS

During the wilderness journey of the Israelites, God dwelt among them in a Tabernacle. Later when they were in the land of Canaan, God dwelt in the Temple of Jerusalem and communed with His people. But now in this present dispensation, God doesn’t dwell in “temples made with hands.” (Acts 17: 24) God desires to dwell among His redeemed people, who individually and corporately become His dwelling place. (1Cor.3: 16, 6: 19, Matt.18: 20, Eph.2: 21, 22, 1Pet.2: 5) When we study the details of the Tabernacle, built by Moses and the children of Israel, we can learn valuable lessons on how you and me can become a Tabernacle in which God will find rest and will be pleased to dwell.

WILLING HEART

When the children of Israel built the tabernacle it was to be built using materials brought willingly by the people. And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that gives it WILLINGLY WITH HIS HEART you shall take my offering. (Exo.25: 2, 3) When our Lord Jesus Christ faced the cruel cross, He prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt.26: 39) Following His footsteps the apostle Paul could say from his heart, “I will very gladly spend and be spent…” (2Cor.12: 15) God can dwell only among His people who are wholeheartedly willing to offer themselves as a living sacrifice unto God. (Rom.12: 1) Are we prepared to offer unconditionally our wealth, energy, time, etc. at the feet of our Lord?

TOTAL UNCONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE

God wanted that the Tabernacle and all its furniture be built exactly as per the pattern shown by Him. He wanted that every minute detail be strictly as per the pattern given by Him. (Exo.25: 9) Moses was a man taught and trained in the palace of the king of Egypt. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7: 22) Yet, God did not permit him to use his own ability at all in building His dwelling place. Moses did all the work exactly as commanded by God, and when he thus finished the work, the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. (Exo.40: 16, 33, 34) In a similar way only those who willingly submit to God and be totally OBEDIENT to Him, ordering all details of their life only according to His commandments, can become the dwelling place of God. There you will find glory to God and eternal blessings for man.

In Exodus Chapters 25 to 31 we see God giving the pattern of the Tabernacle to Moses, and from Chapters 36 to 40 we find the Tabernacle being constructed. In the next Part of this study we shall try to understand the spiritual meaning of some of the parts and furniture of the Tabernacle.

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