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 40:13-15

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 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 37:10

Verse 10 “And he made…”

These words, which are found time and time again throughout this chapter and the next, show that the precise instructions given for the construction of the tabernacle, and the exact obedience of Israel in making the tabernacle according to God’s Word, was absolutely essential in the worship of the Lord. True worship of God must be in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We can not worship God just as we please. If our worship is to be acceptable to God, it must be according to God’s Word.

EXODUS 36:35-38

Verses 35-38 “35And he made a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubims made he it of cunning work.
36And he made thereunto four pillars of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold: their hooks were of gold; and he cast for them four sockets of silver.
37And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework;
38And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass.”

All that was in the tabernacle was of great value and of great beauty. Nothing is too valuable to be used for the Lord’s house. A house dedicated to the Lord should be appreciated as a special place. Our church houses are not the temple. The regenerated people of God are the temple today. However, our church buildings are dedicated to the Lord, are sanctified by their use as places of worship, and have been built and maintained by the great sacrifices of God’s people; therefore, there should be a measure of reverence for these buildings.

EXODUS 36:5-7

Verses 5-7 “5And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
6And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.
7For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.”

The people of Israel gave much more than was needed to build the tabernacle. God put it into their hearts to give to that great work. If God’s people today all gave as the Lord led them what a glorious testimony it would be. It is highly unusual, but refreshing, when believers give so much to the Lord’s Work that they have to be restrained from giving. That rarely happens.

EXODUS 33:7-11

Verses 7-11 “7And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
8And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
9And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
10And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
11And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”

The tabernacle mentioned here was not the Levitical tabernacle of worship, which had not been built yet. This tabernacle was a tent used by Moses for a “town hall.” The tabernacle for worship had to be built according to the detailed and specific instructions that God gave to Moses in the Mount. It was a sanctified structure, and could not be used for anything, except the worship of God.

In this case, Moses goes outside the camp to meet with God because of the horrible sins of his people. There is a reasonable, wise, and obedient separation from sin and from sinners which God requires if we would enjoy His presence.

EXODUS 30:22-33

Verses 22-33 “22Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
23Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
24And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:
25And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.
26And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,
27And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,
28And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.
29And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
30And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
31And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.
32Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
33Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.”

Everything in the tabernacle was anointed with holy oil (olive oil mixed with special spices). This tells us that nothing is acceptable to our God that has not been produced by or blessed by the Holy Spirit. The oil is a type of the Holy Spirit, and as such it was not to be put upon human flesh because God’s work must not be done in the flesh (man’s sinful efforts). There was a penalty for counterfeiting the anointing oil, which shows that God hates human sinful efforts to counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit.