Thursday, July 20, 2017

Moses and the Tabernacle

Slide 1
When Moses was on Mount Sinai God gave him instructions to build a place where He could live among them.
Slide 2
It was to be called a Tabernacle, made of materials that could be packed up and moved as they travelled through the wilderness.
Slide 3
Expensive metals, fine wood, leather, rich cloths, dyed threads, wood and precious stones would be needed to make the Tabernacle. The Egyptians had given the Hebrew slaves expensive gifts when they left Egypt but would they be prepared to give a share of these to God?

Slide 4
Exodus 35 v 4-29 When he came down the mountain Moses told everyone, ‘God wants those who a willing to bring their gifts to build a Tabernacle. We need precious metals and stones, strong acacia wood, linen and cloth. We also need skilled workers.’
Slide 5
Every morning people willingly came and gave their gifts to make the Tabernacle. They brought jewellery and objects made of gold, silver and bronze, ram’s skins, leather and acacia wood.
Slide 6
People were happy to give fine linen, goat hair and expensive threads in blue, purple and scarlet. Others gave olive oil, spices and precious stones.

Slide 7
Exodus 35: 30-35 God had told Moses that Bezalel and Oholiab, two fine craftsmen, should be put in charge of the work. They were filled with the Spirit of God to be good in all the skills they needed to design artistically with metals, wood and other materials.
Slide 8
Exodus 36: 1-7 Other skilled workers joined them to make everything that God required.
Slide 9
Every morning people kept coming to bring their gifts. Soon they had more than they needed and Moses told them to stop giving.

Slide 21
Golden poles and a cover were made for the priests to lift and move the ark on their travels.
Slide 22
The altar would be used for people to bring a male animal without defect, cattle, sheep, goats (or birds if they were poor). They would put their hand on the animal to show it was being offered for them to make peace with God (Leviticus 1:4).
Slide 23
The animal would be sacrificed and its blood sprinkled on the altar. This shed blood made it possible for God to forgive them for the wrong things they had done. The animal would then be burnt on the altar.

Slide 24
Exodus 39 Garments for the priests were made of white linen. A special garment was made for the High Priest, Aaron. It had a blue sleeveless tunic.
Slide 25
Bells of pure gold were sewn around the hem with woven pomegranates between them. When the High priest went into the Most Holy Place those outside could hear the bells as he moved around and know he was still alive.
Slide 26
Over the robe a richly embroidered ephod of gold, blue, purple and scarlet was worn. It was made in two pieces joined together at the shoulders with golden clasps. Each clasp was set with an engraved onyx stone.

Slide 27
On his head the High Priest wore a turban made of fine linen which was bound around the head in coils.
Slide 28
On the front of the turban on Aaron’s forehead, attached by a blue lace ribbon, was a golden plate engraved, ‘Holy to the Lord’.

Slide 29
A special breastplate was made for the High priest. It had 12 precious stones each one engraved with the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. (A list of the stones is found in Exodus 39 v 10-13).
Slide 30
The cloud of God was over it by day and the fire of God every night. When the cloud lifted the Israelites would dismantle the Tabernacle and travel on through the wilderness. They would make camp and assemble it again. God’s presence remained with them wherever they were.

Moses and the Tabernacle
Moses and the building of the Tabernacle.
Exodus 25 - 40

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