Exodus 25 : God gives Moses building plans

February 14, 2024 ·

Summary:
God instructs Moses to collect offerings from those who are willing to contribute. He then commands the construction of a sanctuary for Him.

God details the sanctuary’s construction, including an ark and a table made from acacia wood. The ark, a chest to be coated with gold, is designated to house the tablets inscribed by God and is to be carried on poles. It will also feature two golden cherubim (angels).

The table, also covered in gold and transported on poles, is to hold bowls, pitchers, and the bread of the Presence—twelve pieces, representing each tribe.

A gold lampstand is to be crafted with seven branches, featuring an additional four cups designed like flowers. 

Key verse:
2.  Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.

My thoughts:
Giving was intended to be a voluntary act, not a mandated duty.

The beginning of six chapters detailing the construction instructions might seem repetitive, especially since they are echoed in chapter 36. Nonetheless, the meticulousness with which God outlines the sanctuary’s construction underscores His trust in Israel to create an earthly dwelling that mirrors His perfect temple in heaven. God’s intention to reside among the Israelites on Earth through this tabernacle is evident, aiming to replicate His heavenly abode.

This instance marks the first of three occasions God dictates the construction of His temple: initially, as a mobile tent in the desert; secondly, through Solomon’s construction of a permanent temple, later reconstructed in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah; and thirdly, in the vision revealed to Ezekiel, though that temple has yet to be constructed.

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