Notes: March 4, 2008 – Exodus 24 – 25


Exodus 24

Preliminaries to the public giving of the law

  • Moses alone is to be in God’s presence (1-2)
  • What he heard from God, he wrote down and read to the people (4, 7)
  • Blood sacrifices accompany this solemn occasion (5-6,8)
  • Seeing God (9-11)
  • Moses separates himself from Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel to be alone with God (12-14)
  • The glory of the Lord and the cloud (15-18)


Exodus 25

This chapter begins the detailed instructions for building and operating a portable worship center

Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

  • Construction to be financed by the freewill offerings of the people (1-9)
  • The ark of the covenant and its mercy seat cover (10-22)
  • The table of showbread (23-30)
  • The golden lampstand (31-40)

Meditation Points:

  1. Call it what God called it: a sanctuary (8), a tabernacle (9), a dwelling place (8), a place of communion (22)
  2. Don’t forget the pattern! Moses and the people are not at liberty to devise their own “concept structure”. God is very specific about the size and shape and covering of the structure as well as the furniture in it.
  3. The furniture inside is to be covered with gold.
  4. A box, a table and a lampstand are the furniture inside (along with an incense altar to be described later). No chairs, no pulpit, no piano.
  5. While God has forbidden the making of idols, he requires that two golden cherubim be fashioned for the top of the ark.
  6. No windows?  That’s a good reason to have a lampstand.