Understanding Glory, Part 1

Open

Have a group member read Exodus 37 aloud.

If you had been a worker who helped build the tabernacle, what tasks could you have performed?

Reflect

Modern readers may be tempted to look on this chapter (and the next two) as a needless repetition of what has already been said. Why do you think this detailed account of the actual work was given for the original audience of Exodus (the Israelites about to embark on the conquest of Canaan after 40 years in the wilderness)? Why do you think it is given for us?

Of all the furnishings in the tabernacle, only one functions as a place to sit. Which one? Why do you think this is significant? Share some ideas and then look up Hebrews 8:1 to help with your answer.

Look at the drawing of the tabernacle. Note where each of the items described in chapter 37 resides. How does the location they share relate to the materials used in their construction? What do you note about the cost of the materials and the similarities in design?

Apply

Bezalel’s exacting work serves as an example to us. Have a group member read Colossians 3:23-24. What corners are you most prone to cut when it comes to your daily responsibilities at work or home? Where are you most tempted to give half-hearted obedience to God?

Followers of Christ are not to be spiritually sedentary. Have a group member read Colossians 1:24-29, noting Paul’s words in verse 29. In what relationship or circumstance are you most tempted to sit on a throne of self-defeat or complacency instead of doing the work at hand?

What step can you take this week to obey God in that area? How can your group help you in this?

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 37 together and then discuss these questions.

// The instructions for the construction of the ark of the covenant, table, lampstand and altar are very detailed. Why do you think the Lord cares so much about the details?

// The ark is described as having four poles on the sides so that it could be lifted up without a person having to touch the ark. Why do you think no one could touch the ark?

// Look back at Exodus 25:22. What did the Lord tell Moses about the mercy seat?

// What are some ways your family can approach God with confidence? How does Christ’s sacrifice make it so you are able to do so?

Moments

Take advantage of opportunities to discuss God’s holiness—He is completely perfect and separate from sin, but we are still able to approach Him because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Encourage your family to thank the Lord for His mercy—He does not give His children the punishment they deserve. In discipline this week, talk about what we deserve and what mercy looks like in your family.