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Tabernacle (12 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
Exodus 25-31, 35-40
Alright-we started our study in the book of Exodus the first Sunday of this year, and we are finishing it…today. That's pretty exciting, right? (Some people are going, ''Finally!'') So God had rescued his people from a miserable existence in Egypt; he had brought them out of slavery, and they were headed toward their new land. So now we're in that in-between time, where He's getting them ready for the new life that lies ahead of them.
So God has called Moses up onto Mt. Sinai, and He's given him the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law. And then he calls Moses up onto the mountain a second time. And when he gets there, here's what God says-this is Exodus 25, starting in verse 1: 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 ''Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 ''Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
Now: brutal honesty…How many of you feel spiritually uplifted when you open up a Bible and read about ''goat hair and ram skins…and the hides of sea cows''? Anybody? That just really moves you-maybe you post it to your Facebook page? Nobody, right? So what do we do? We skip those parts of the Bible, right? We quickly move on to the good stuff! The problem is, when we skip it, we miss something incredible. We miss something life-changing! In fact, at the end of this message, I'm going to talk ab ...
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