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Exodus 25:1-40

After the people commit themselves to following God, God gives Moses instructions for how to build the Tabernacle.

God’s Dwelling


“Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them. You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you. . . .

“Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.”
(Exodus 25:8-9, 40)


The latter chapters of Exodus can seem tedious and mundane to modern readers, especially after the exciting events of the plagues, the Red Sea, and the Ten Commandments. Chapters 25 through 31 record God’s directions for building the Tabernacle. Chapters 35 through 39 tell how these instructions were carried out. But what do these details show us?

The Tabernacle served as God’s dwelling on earth. The instructions prepared the Tabernacle to receive God’s presence among his people. As people of God, we seek to create a holy space for God’s presence among us and in our lives (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20). As you read the second half of Exodus, consider how the Tabernacle instructions might shape our own preparations.

God’s greatness and transcendence are worthy of a Tabernacle filled with high-quality, precious materials. God’s perfection sets him apart the way the Most Holy Place was separated by a curtain from the common and unclean. The Tabernacle’s portability served God’s desire to be with his people as they traveled. And the Tabernacle itself, its furnishings, and the service performed there illustrate the atonement that would one day come through the very embodiment of God with us—Jesus Christ.


God meticulously described how to build the Tabernacle. He’s equally concerned with setting you apart to be his dwelling place. In what ways is God calling you to build his temple? How can you make yourself a place fit for God to dwell in?

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