EXODUS 40:34-38

Verses 34-38 “34Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
36And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
37But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
38For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

The shekinah glory cloud filled the tabernacle to prove that God was with His people. This glory of God had been with the Israelites since the day that they left Egypt. It was God, guiding them and giving them courage. It would be with them throughout their 40 years in the wilderness. However, God’s special presence and blessing is always linked to the obedience of God’s people. The disobedience of a church, or of an individual life, may cause the glory to depart (see I Sam.4:21-22). This same glory of God will fill the New Jerusalem when it is established on the New Earth, and the Lord Jesus will dwell with His people forever and forever ( see Rev.21: 10,11,22,23). Amen!

EXODUS 40:16

Verse 16 “Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.”

These words are found eight times in this chapter. “As the Lord commanded Moses,” tells us that Moses did exactly as God told him to do. We must do God’s work God’s way and not decide that we know a better way. There are examples in the Bible of those who displeased the Lord by trying to do God’s work their own way. Nadab and Abihu lost their lives while sincerely serving the Lord, but doing so disobediently. (see Numbers 3:4).

EXODUS 40:13-15

Verses 13-15 “13And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
14And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:
15And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”

Not only Aaron and his sons, but also the ark, the table, the candlestick, the gold altar of incense, the brass altar of sacrifice, the laver, and the entire tabernacle were sanctified. Being sanctified means being set aside for God’s use. Especially must God’s people be sanctified, set aside from sin, if they would be useful to Him. There is no substitute for holiness. The Bible says, “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (I Thess 4:7). This is what it means to be separated unto the Lord.

EXODUS 39:43

Verse 43 “And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.”

The tabernacle was built, and when the commands of God were carried out it led to the blessing of the Lord. In building our lives, we can not hope to have God’s blessing if we ignore God’s instructions. James wrote, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25).

EXODUS 39:24-26

Verses 24-26 “24And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.
25And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates;
26A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.”

Bells and pomegranates (dried with the seeds inside) were both placed on the priest’s robe to make a continual sound as the priest worked. As we do any work for the Lord, there will be “a ringing and a rattling,” which will be our testimony. Let’s go make some noise!

EXODUS 39:1

Verse 1 “And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.”

The Old Testament priests had special clothing and each garment had a special spiritual meaning. The clothing mentioned in this chapter consists of an ephod, belts, a breastplate, a robe, coats, bonnets, breeches, and a mitre. The clothing was made of the very finest materials, and was colored in blue, purple, and scarlet. This clothing was decorated with pure gold, precious stones, bells, and pomegranates.

As New Testament believer-priests today, we do not need any special clothing, but we do need to “put on” mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, forbearance, forgiveness, and love (see Col.3:12-15; Eph.6:10-17). Dressed in these beautiful clothes, we will be ready for “service,” representing people to God, and God to people.

EXODUS 38:22-23

Verses 22-23 “22And Bezaleel the son Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.
23And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.”

What a tremendous responsibility was upon Bezaleel and Aholiab to carry out God’s will! However, they were not only chosen by God for a difficult task, they were also given the talent and intelligence to fulfill their mission. When God calls us to a work, He gives us the necessary experiences and training ahead of time. We may never know what God is preparing us for, until the assignment is given. It worked this way for the writers of our Sacred Scriptures; God saw to it that they had the right experiences, vocabulary, and intelligence so that their own words were also the words of God when they wrote them down in the Sacred Text. How marvelous!

EXODUS 38:9-20

Verses 9-20 “9And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
10Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
11And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
12And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
13And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.
14The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
15And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
16All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.
17And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.
18And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.
19And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.
20And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.”

The court of the tabernacle was large enough for all who would come at one time. There is room enough in Christ for all who will come to Him. As the hymn says, “There is room at the cross for you. Though millions have come there is still room for one. Yes, there is room at the cross for you.” Jesus said, “Whosoever believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26).

EXODUS 38:1-7

Verses 1-7 “1And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.
2And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.
3And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.
4And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.
5And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.
6And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.
7And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.”

The brass altar in the court of the tabernacle was for burnt offerings and was in use every day as the people came to worship. This altar was made of wood overlaid with brass. Brass is a symbol of fire and judgment. The offerings burned upon this altar were a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ being sacrificed for our sins. Without Jesus as our substitute, we would be destroyed in the fires of God’s judgment. The Bible says, “but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb.9:26).

EXODUS 37:17-24

Verses 17-24 “17And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:
18And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof:
19Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick.
20And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:
21And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it.
22Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold.
23And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his snuffdishes, of pure gold.
24Of a talent of pure gold made he it, and all the vessels thereof.”

The gold candlestick reminds us that without Jesus we would be stumbling in darkness, for all is dark without Him. The lost people around us are part of the darkness, walking in darkness, and headed toward outer darkness for eternity. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” Thank God for the Light of the World and that by faith in Him we have been translated out of the darkness and into the glorious Light.