My answers to BSF study questions for Exodus 25:23-27:21
5. Tabernacle furnishings point to the life and work of Jesus—
- Table with bread of the Presence—The tablewas covered with gold and held twelve loaves of bread divided into two stacks.
- Exodus 25: 23-30—Instructions for building a table 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high (HCSB) (three feet long, eighteen inches wide and eighteen inches high CJB)
- John 6:35; 48—Jesus is the bread of life. When we receive it, we don’t need to partake again and again. It fulfills our spiritual need perpetually.
- Golden lampstand—Since the tabernacle had no windows, thelampstand provided the only light. Aaron and his sons tended to the light. They kept it from going out.
- Exodus 25:31-39—Design description and instructions for fashioning the menorah out of one hammered piece of pure gold. (75 pounds per HCSB; 66 pounds per CJB)
- John 8:12; John 1:4-5; and 9:5)—Jesus is the light of the world and the darkness cannot suppress it. He also called the church the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
- Revelation 21:23—Speaking of the New Jerusalem, there will be no need for the sun or the moon “because God’s Sh’khinah glory gives it light.”
- Inner curtain or veil—The veil allowed God to live among the people while providing separation between sinful Israel and God’s holy presence.
- Altar of burnt offering—On this altar, the priests offered sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people.
- Exodus 27:1-8; 40:6—Instructions for the design and building of a square altar 7½ feet long, and 7½ feet wide by 4½ feet high.
- Leviticus 4:18 & 1 Peter 1:18-19—Jesus replaced the many required sacrifices, and His blood was poured out once and for all our sin.
Every human heart has an invisible altar where the war between the flesh and the spirit rages. When we surrender areas of our lives to the control of the Holy Spirit, we are in effect laying that area on the altar before God. GotQuestions.org
6. a. Repeated command in Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30 and 27:8—…make it according to the plan I have shown you…
b. Why was this command so important?
The tabernacle was a temporary dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant and the other items the Israelites were instructed to put in it.
Its main purpose, though, was to provide a place for Yahweh to live among His chosen people. Exodus 25:8
As a sanctuary for the presence of God, it must be made to His exact specifications.
Re photo — The Plaque reads: “Golden Menorah: was recreated for the first time since the destruction of the second temple according to the research conducted by the Temple Institute”. It overlooks the Western Wall Plaza
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