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Exodus 39





BY: Jeremy Witt

We are nearing the end of Exodus.  Quick poll:  what book of the Bible would you like for us to go through that we have not already?  Send replies to   We will be starting a new book mid-week.

I did skip chapters 37 and 38 intentionally.  These chapters give specifics to the articles in the Holy Place and Most Holy Place.  Chapter 39 deals with the priests and what they wore.  Before we dive into this, let us remember that God desired for Israel to be the priests to the nations.  They were to take God to the nations and be the priestly nation.  The tribe of Levi was the tribe who were to be the priests to the Israelites.  Why is that important to us today?  Jesus Christ is our High Priest.  Read Hebrews 8:1-“Here is the main point: we have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.”  You really should read that whole chapter if you can to see more how Jesus is the perfect High Priest.

Verses 2-7  in Exodus 39 focus on the ephod.  This was a vest-like garment worn over the outer piece.  The chestpiece (verses 8-21) was fitted over the ephod and sometimes throughout the Old Testament is just referred to as the ephod for simplicity.  The chestpiece had 12 colored stones, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel.  This was symbolic as the high priest stood in the place of the people before God.  There are two pockets on the chestpiece which held the Urim and the Thummim.  These stones were used to determine the LORD’s will in the Old Testament.  We are not clear exactly of the how/what/why of these items other than it was used to seek the LORD’s direction.  (Wouldn’t you like to have one of those in the times of silence or lack of direction?)

Verses 32-43 show us that Moses inspected everything.  What I see here is accountability to ensure everything is followed specifically to God’s instructions.  Since Moses heard from God, he was the only one who could do this and by following through with the inspection, it taught the people that following God’s Words were critical.  When we are not held accountable, we (or at least I tend to) may not be as thorough as we should.  However, when we know we will be held accountable, we are more thorough or focused upon the task ahead.

Verses 42-43 tells us that the work was done properly and the people received a blessing from Moses.  When we get positive feedback, it is quite encouraging to hear “well done.”  Hmmmm, doesn’t that sound like something we want to hear from the Father in heaven? 

May we hear those from Him, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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Exodus 36






BY: Jeremy Witt

Apologies for the chapter 35 twice.  My error but I will blame it on Josh, ha ha. 

Chapter 36 is putting into motion the building of the tabernacle.  Bezalel, Oholiah, and the other craftsmen are getting to work.  But we come to verse six and we see something extraordinary.  The people give so much that Moses has to tell them to stop!  What a testimony it is to us today, but it also says something about their hearts to God!  You know that had to put a big smile on our LORD’s face. 

We are given the details of the tabernacle pieces in verses 8-37, many of which we may not understand. 

The Ark of the Covenant is a gold rectangular box that held the 10 Commandments, some manna, and Aaron’s rod.  It symbolized God’s covenant with the people and was located in the Most Holy Place.

The atonement cover was the lid to the Ark and symbolized God’s presence among the people.

The curtain divided the two sacred rooms of the Tabernacle, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place.  This symbolized the separation between man and God because of our sin.  When Jesus is crucified the curtain in the temple is torn into two pieces from top to bottom

The table was located in the Holy Place and had the Bread of the Presence and various utensils kept on the table.

The Bread of the Presence are 12 loaves, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel and symbolized the spiritual nourishment God offers His people.

The lamp stands and lamps are in the Holy Place with 7 burning oil lamps and are lit for the priests.

The incense altar is in the Holy Place in front of the curtain and symbolizes God’s acceptance of our prayers. 

The anointing oil is used to anoint the priests and all pieces of the Tabernacle and was a sign of being set apart by God.

The alter of burnt offerings was a bronze altar outside the tabernacle used for sacrifices to symbolize a restored relationship with God.

The washbasin was also outside the tabernacle used by the priests to cleanse themselves before performing their duties and symbolized the need for spiritual cleansing.

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