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Exodus Bible Study – Exodus 36-40 – Conclusion

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We’re on our final post of the Exodus Bible study. If you have missed any posts in this series, you can find them all on the table of contents. Click here to go there.

Please note: If you have trouble keeping up with all of the questions in the study guide, I would suggest that you read a chapter and choose 2 or three questions/day. You don’t have to answer every question, and in fact, you could save those for the next time you go through the study. The questions are designed to help you dig deeper–not overwhelm you. So enjoy yourself and dig into God’s word!

Exodus 36-40 – Questions and Answers

Exodus Chapters 35-37 Questions and Answers

Before they set to work on the tabernacle. What important law did Moses remind them of?

That they were to work six days and rest on the seventh. Even those who do the Lord’s work need to have a day to rest.

What were some of the offerings that the people were invited to bring?

Gold, and silver, and brass. Blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood.

Oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.

And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.

If you remember, in Exodus chapter 12, the Lord gave the Hebrews favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that they lent them jewels and fine clothing. Verse 36 of chapter 12 says, “they spoiled the Egyptians.”

Charles Spurgeon writes, “Let none say that this was robbery. It would have been, had it not been commanded of God; but as a king can set aside his own laws, so God is above his laws, and whatsoever He orders is right… Sometimes necessity has no law: how much more shall that God who is above all necessities be the master of his own laws? The great Potentate, the only wise God, the King of kings, hath a right to make what laws He pleases; and let not vain man dare to question his Maker, when his Maker gives him a command.”

Who brought these offerings to the Lord?

Whoever had a willing heart.

What were these offerings called in verse Exodus 35:29?

A “willing offering” or a “free-will offering”

What did some of the skilled women do?

They spun cloth and goat’s hair.

In addition to skill and wisdom, what ability did God give to Bezalel and Oholiab? See verse Exodus 35:34.

The ability to teach others to do the work.

What do we learn about their generosity from Exodus 36:5-6? How can we apply this to our own lives?

They were so generous that they brought more than they needed.

We can learn from their example to not only give with a willing heart, but to also give generously.

What does their adherence to detail and direction teach us about our walk of faith?

Sometimes it’s easier to cut corners, and other times it makes sense to do things our own way instead of God’s. In fact I’ve often heard people say, “Well my God wouldn’t do this…” or “My God wouldn’t do that…” when their agenda didn’t match the truth of God’s word.

The Israelites could have saved themselves a lot of time and effort if they simplified God’s plan for the tabernacle, but they didn’t because they trusted that His wisdom ran deeper than theirs. Every loop and every stitch went according to plan, because every minute detail was dictated by God.

The more that we read the Word and come to an understanding of His will, the more we find that the details were placed there with purpose. And so we walk by faith adhering to to God’s Word, whether it fits our agenda or not.

Exodus Chapters 38&39 Questions and Answers

What were the basins made out of?

The bronze basins were made from the mirrors of the women who served at the tabernacle entrance.

Who kept a record of the material used?

The Levites kept a record, under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron

What was the total amount of gold used for work on the sanctuary?

The gold weighed about 1,900 pounds according to the Sanctuary standard

How much silver was used?

The silver weighed about 6,437 pounds according to the Sanctuary standard

How much bronze was brought in?

The bronze weighted about 4,522 pounds.

Where did the Israelites get these resources from? See Exodus 12

I actually answered this question in the last chapter:

in Exodus chapter 12, the Lord gave the Hebrews favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that they lent them jewels and fine clothing. Verse 36 of chapter 12 says, “they spoiled the Egyptians.”

Charles Spurgeon writes, “Let none say that this was robbery. It would have been, had it not been commanded of God; but as a king can set aside his own laws, so God is above his laws, and whatsoever He orders is right… Sometimes necessity has no law: how much more shall that God who is above all necessities be the master of his own laws? The great Potentate, the only wise God, the King of kings, hath a right to make what laws He pleases; and let not vain man dare to question his Maker, when his Maker gives him a command.”

What is faith compared to in 1 Peter 1:7?

Gold.

What did they do with the gold in Exodus 39:3?

Gold was hammered flat and then woven into the fine linen that was used to make the ephods for the priests.

The Ephod symbolized Christ. When the High Priest put on the Ephod, he was clothing himself with the righteousness of Christ that comes by faith.

Exodus Chapters 40 Questions and Answers

Let’s establish a timeline? During which month do they set up the tabernacle?

The first month.

When did they celebrate the first Passover? See Exodus 12:18

The 14th day of the first month, at which time the Exodus began. This tells us that they had been in the desert for a year.

What was the name of this month? See Exodus 13:4

Aviv – Also known as Nissan.

What took place when they finished the work on the tabernacle?

A cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

What comparison do we find to 1 Kings 8:10-11?

Once the temple was complete and the priest withdrew from the Holy Place, a cloud descended and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

To me—and this is merely my opinion—I see a similarity to Acts 2:1-3.

Jesus has set up His church, everything was in place, and the disciples had gathered as He had instructed.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” – Acts 2:1-3

Up until this point, God was with them, but He wasn’t dwelling within them. John 7:39 says, “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”

In much the same way, God was with His people throughout the Old Testament, but the tabernacle was a place where God would dwell within. And so the Bible refers to us as the temple of the Holy Ghost, both individually and as the church which is the body of Christ:

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What signified God’s presence during the day, and what signified His presence at night?

A cloud by day and a fire by night, signifying the presence of God.

When did the people of Israel travel and when did they stay put?

They stayed put when the cloud was down and when it was lifted, they traveled.

What does their adherence to detail say about their faith, and what can it teach us about ours?

That we should study so that know the will of God and that we should obey His plan for our lives.

 

 

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