Drawn In

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Have a group member read Exodus 40 aloud.

How would you summarize this chapter in one sentence?

Reflect

Before the tabernacle and its servants can be put into service, what must be done according to 40:1-15? Based on the history of the materials and people in question, why is this a necessary step?

What obvious repetition occurs in 40:16-33? What significant statement concludes this section of the text? How do both phrases point to One greater than Moses?

God commands a place to be created for Him to dwell. He fills it with everything necessary for worship. He populates it with priests to serve Him. He then descends to inhabit His sanctuary. What parallels do you see to Genesis 1? What parallels do you see to Revelation 21?

Apply

The gold from the golden calf idol has been refashioned for service to God. The priest who commissioned the golden calf has been consecrated for service to God. The people who chased after idols have witnessed the glory of God descend on His tabernacle. How have you seen God redeem the days and the substance of your idolatry and consecrate you for service to Him?

Think back over the course of our time in all 40 chapters of Exodus. What story or passage stands out to you the most? What truths do you most want to remember and apply to your life?

Close

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Ideas for Family Discipleship

Time

Set aside a time this week for your family to read Exodus 40 together and then discuss the following questions.

// Why might God’s presence in the tabernacle be signified by a cloud?

// Imagine together what this cloud might look like. Take a look back at Exodus 19:16-20. How might the cloud look different over a mountain versus over the tabernacle?

// Look at verse 34-38. The tabernacle was set up in the middle of the camp so that the presence and guidance of the Lord could always be seen. How are Christians guided by God today? Where does He
// dwell now? Read 1 Corinthians 3:16 for help with your answer.

// What are some ways your family can better seek and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord?

Moments

When making choices or decisions this week, be ready to talk about what it means to yield to the guidance of the Lord because He is sovereign—God has the right, wisdom and power to do all He pleases—and He is faithful—God always does what He says He will do.

Milestones

In Exodus 40:1, the Lord tells Moses, “On the first day of the first month you shall erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.” The tabernacle being set up on the first day of the year is significant in setting a foundation of worship and celebrating the Lord’s dwelling with man. Create a family tradition of celebrating each new year and dedicating the year to the worship of the Lord. This might be a good time to make spiritually-focused family resolutions or goals.