Moses Reared Up the Tabernacle

Scripture Passage: 
Exodus 39:32-43; Exodus 40:1-38

INTRODUCTION: Read Exodus 40:17-19. There you will find a description of Moses rearing up the tabernacle. We are told more about the construction of the tabernacle than any other material object in scripture. Not only are materials and dimensions described in great detail, the actual process of making and putting up the tabernacle is carefully told. Since God does nothing haphazardly, this description has much for us today. As such, it is a wonderful picture of the service of God in the church and in the life of the individual.  See how this passage teaches you as you read and study it.

  1. HE RECEIVED THE MATERIALS (Exodus 39:32-41)
    1. The Tabernacle and Its Furniture (Exodus 39:32-38)
      1. The tent (Exodus 39:32-34)
      2. The ark of the testimony (Exodus 39:35)
      3. The table of shewbread (Exodus 39:36)
      4. The candlestick (Exodus 39:37)
      5. The altar of incense (Exodus 39:38)
    2. The Outer Court and Its Furniture (Exodus 39:39-40)
      1. The brasen altar (Exodus 39:39)
      2. The laver (Exodus 39:39)
      3. The hangings of the court (Exodus 39:40)
    3. The Holy Garments for Aaron (Exodus 39:41)
  2. HE INSPECTED THE WORK (Exodus 39:42-43)
    1. It Was According to the Divine Pattern (Exodus 25:8-9, 40).
    2. Their Complete Obedience (Exodus 39:42)
    3. Moses’ Careful Inventory (Exodus 39:43)
      1. He looked everything over.
      2. They had done it as the Lord commanded.
      3. He blessed the people.
  3. HE SET EVERYTHING IN ITS PROPER ORDER (Exodus 40:1-8)
    1. Everything at Its Proper Time (Exodus 40:1-2)
      1. The date for rearing the tabernacle (Exodus 40:2)
        1. The first day
        2. The first month
        3. The second year (Exodus 40:17)
      2. The rearing of the tabernacle (Exodus 40:17)
    2. Everything in Its Proper Place (Exodus 40:3-8)
      1. The ark in its place (Exodus 40:3)
      2. The table in its place (Exodus 40:4)
      3. The candlestick in its place (Exodus 40:4)
      4. The altar of incense in its place (Exodus 40:5)
      5. The brasen altar in its place (Exodus 40:6)
      6. The laver in its place (Exodus 40:7)
    3. Everything with Its Proper Preparation (Exodus 40:4, 7)
      1. Bread on the table (Exodus 40:4)
      2. Lamps in the candlestick (Exodus 40:4)
      3. Water in the laver (Exodus 40:7)
  4. HE SANCTIFIED EVERYTHING TO THE LORD (Exodus 40:9-16)
    1. He Anointed the Tabernacle and Its Furniture (Exodus 40:9).
      1. The ark
      2. The table
      3. The candlestick
      4. The altar of incense
    2. He Anointed the Furniture in the Outer Court (Exodus 40:10-11).
      1. The brasen altar (Exodus 40:10)
      2. The laver (Exodus 40:11)
    3. He Anointed Aaron and His Sons (Exodus 40:12-16).
      1. Washed at the door of the tabernacle (Exodus 40:12)
      2. Clothed with the holy garments (Exodus 40:13-14)
      3. Anointed with the holy oil (Exodus 40:15a)
      4. Established as an everlasting priesthood (Exodus 40:15b)
      5. Done according to the commandment of God (Exodus 40:16)
  5. HE PUT THE COVERING OVER THE TABERNACLE (Exodus 40:17-19)
    1. The Tabernacle Was Set Up (Exodus 40:17-18).
    2. The Covering Was Spread Over (Exodus 40:19).
      1. The curtains of fine twined linen (Exodus 26:1-6)
        1. Called the “tabernacle” (Exodus 26:1, 6, 7; Exodus 36:13-14)
        2. Made of linen, blue, purple and scarlet (Exodus 26:1)
        3. Decorated with cherubims of cunning work (Exodus 26:1)
        4. Served as the inner ceiling of the tabernacle
        5. Made of two sets of five curtains joined together (Exodus 26:2-6)
      2. The curtains of goats’ hair (Exodus 26:7-13)
        1. Called the “tent” (Exodus 26:11-14; Exodus 36:14, 18-19)
        2. Placed over the “tabernacle” as a covering (Exodus 26:7)
        3. Its color would be black.
        4. Made of eleven curtains joined together (Exodus 26:7-13)
      3. The rams skins dyed red (Exodus 26:14)
        1. Called “a covering for the tent”
        2. Colored red as a picture of the blood of Christ and His sacrifice
      4. The badgers’ skins (Exodus 26:14)
        1. Called “a covering above”
        2. Would be all that the common Israelite saw
        3. Would be brown in color (the color of earth)
  6. HE PLACED THE ITEMS IN THEIR PROPER LOCATION (Exodus 40:20-33)
    1. The Tabernacle (Exodus 40:20-27)
    2. The Outer Court (Exodus 40:28-33)
  7. THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE WITH GLORY (Exodus 40:34-38)
    1. The Coming of the Lord (Exodus 40:34)
      1. The cloud to cover
      2. The glory to fill
    2. The Power of the Lord (Exodus 40:35)
    3. The Guidance of the Lord (Exodus 40:36-38)
      1. They journeyed when the cloud was taken up (Exodus 40:36).
      2. They halted when the cloud remained (Exodus 40:37).
      3. The fire replaced the cloud at night (Exodus 40:38).

CONCLUSION: God is not only concerned about rearing the tabernacle. He wants to build you up in Him. He wants to help you with your marriage and your family. Are you allowing Him to construct the life, the family, the church as He pleases?

David Reagan and Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.