1506.) Exodus 25

"Cherubs on the Cover: Blue"  by Yoram Raanan (born in the USA but now a resident of Israel) 2003

“Cherubs on the Cover: Blue” by Yoram Raanan (born in the USA but now a resident of Israel), 2003

Exodus 25  (NRSV)

Offerings for the Tabernacle

The Lord said to Moses: 2Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me.

When we become givers we become more like God, who is the greatest giver.  As John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.

Psalm 51:17 (English Standard Version)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Romans 12:1-2 (New Living Translation)

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

3This is the offering that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, 4blue, purple, and crimson yarns and fine linen, goats’ hair, 5tanned rams’ skins, fine leather, acacia wood, 6oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 7onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and for the breastpiece.

8And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them.

Revelation 21:1-3 (Contemporary English Version)

I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea. Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.

I heard a loud voice shout from the throne:

God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people.

9In accordance with all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.

The Ark of the Covenant

"The Ark of the Covenant"  digital art by Ted Larson

“The Ark of the Covenant” digital art by Ted Larson

10They shall make an ark of acacia wood; it shall be two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.

The first item God told Moses to build was the ark, later called the Ark of the Covenant. This was the most important single item associated with the tabernacle, modeled after the throne of God in heaven.  Acacia wood is harder and darker than oak. It is also very durable because wood-eating insects avoid it.  Imagine the ark to be about 3 3/4 feet long and 2 1/4 feet wide and high.

11You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside you shall overlay it, and you shall make a molding of gold upon it all around. 12You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side. 13You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 14And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, by which to carry the ark. 15The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16You shall put into the ark the covenant that I shall give you.

About:  the Ark  of the Covenant

  • a golden rectangular box that contained the Ten Commandments
  • symbolized God’s covenant with Israel’s people
  • located in the Most Holy Place

( from Life Application Bible, Tyndale and Zondervan, 1991)

1 Chronicles 28:1-6 (New International Version)

David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the brave warriors.

King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

“Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the house of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.  Of all my sons—and the LORD has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.  He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.”

17Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its width. 18You shall make two cherubim of gold; you shall make them of hammered work, at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19Make one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other; of one piece with the mercy seat you shall make the cherubim at its two ends. 20The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings. They shall face one to another; the faces of the cherubim shall be turned toward the mercy seat. 21You shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the covenant that I shall give you. 22There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the covenant, I will deliver to you all my commands for the Israelites.

About:  the Atonement Cover (mercy seat)

  • the lid to the ark of the covenant
  • symbolized the presence of God among his people

( from Life Application Bible, Tyndale and Zondervan, 1991)

Psalm 80:1-2 (New Living Translation)

Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
display your radiant glory

to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
Come to rescue us!

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Music:

HERE  is “Revelation Song” sung by Kari Jobe.  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, holy, holy is He.  Sing a new song to Him, Who sits on Heaven’s mercy seat.”

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The Table for the Bread of the Presence

"The Table of Showbread"   digital art by Ted Larson

“The Table of Showbread” digital art by Ted Larson

23You shall make a table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high. 24You shall overlay it with pure gold, and make a molding of gold around it. 25You shall make around it a rim a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold around the rim. 26You shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 27The rings that hold the poles used for carrying the table shall be close to the rim. 28You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these. 29You shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. 30And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me always.

About:  the Table

  • a wooden table located in the Holy Place of the tabernacle
  • the bread of the Presence and various utensils were kept on this table

( from Life Application Bible, Tyndale and Zondervan, 1991)

The Lampstand

"Aaron and the Golden Lampstand"   digital art by Ted Larson

“Aaron and the Golden Lampstand” digital art by Ted Larson

31You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The base and the shaft of the lampstand shall be made of hammered work; its cups, its calyxes, and its petals shall be of one piece with it; 32and there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it; 33three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with calyx and petals, on one branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with calyx and petals, on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. 34On the lampstand itself there shall be four cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its calyxes and petals. 35There shall be a calyx of one piece with it under the first pair of branches, a calyx of one piece with it under the next pair of branches, and a calyx of one piece with it under the last pair of branches—so for the six branches that go out of the lampstand. 36Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it one hammered piece of pure gold.

37You shall make the seven lamps for it; and the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it. 38Its snuffers and trays shall be of pure gold. 39It, and all these utensils, shall be made from a talent of pure gold. 40And see that you make them according to the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.

About:  the Lampstand

  • a golden lampstand located in the Holy Place, which held seven burning oil lamps
  • the lampstand lighted the Holy Place for the priests

( from Life Application Bible, Tyndale and Zondervan, 1991)

2 Chronicles 13:10-11 (New International Version)

“As for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the LORD are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. Every morning and evening they present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the LORD. They set out the bread on the ceremonially clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. We are observing the requirements of the LORD our God.”

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Images courtesy of:
Raanan.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/25-raanan-cherubs.jpg?w=450
Larson digital art.   http://digitalartbytedlarson.com/EXODUS%20GALLERY.dwt
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