Understanding Glory, Part 2

Open

Have a few group members read Exodus 38-39 aloud.

Reflect

Look at the drawing of the tabernacle. Note where the basin and the altar are located. Why do you think these two fixtures are placed where they are? Consider both their practical and their symbolic placement. (Hint // What liquid was associated with each?)

For what purpose do you think the writer included the cataloging of materials in 38:21-31? What impression is it meant to give? Why make that impression?

Compare the materials used to construct the curtains (Ex. 38:16-18) with those used for the priestly garments (Ex. 39:27-29). What similarities do you note? How is this symbolically appropriate?

What is the purpose of 39:32-43? What does the writer want us to understand about Israel? About the tabernacle? About God?

Apply

Dressed in their elaborate garments, the priests would have stood out among the general population. Have a group member read Isaiah 59:14-20. Have another read Isaiah 61:10-11. How do these verses shape your understanding of what it means to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ? How is your “spiritual clothing” evident to the general population when they look at your life?

From the outside, the tabernacle would have looked fairly unassuming, even a bit plain. But for those who entered its gates and passed from the outer court to the holy of holies, it would have increasingly revealed its wealth. How is this an accurate portrayal of how we view Christ?

Of your own experience of salvation? Give a specific example of how holiness has taken on increasing value to you as you have matured in Christ.

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 38-39 together and then discuss these questions.

// How many times does the text repeat the phrase, “as the Lord had commanded Moses,” in chapter 39?

// What does it mean to be obedient to the instructions of the Lord?

// What are some ways you and your family have struggled to be obedient to the Lord?

// What would you say to someone who asked, “Why would you base your life off a book written thousands of years ago?”

Moments

In moments of discipline this week, find opportunities to talk about what it means to be obedient and disobedient. Talk about what it means to have self-control—freedom from obedience to our sinful thoughts and emotions. Talk about what it means to glorify God through our obedience to Him—to show, honor and enjoy God as most valuable.