May 8, 2018

Exodus 25:1-9, 32:1-6; 40:34-38

While Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments, God also laid out in great detail his plans for the tabernacle (Exodus 25-31). God’s plans for the tabernacle began with its financing. The God who had delivered the Israelites out of slavery also compelled the Egyptians to give them such a significant amount of their possessions that the word “plundered” is used in Exodus 12:36. He asks his people to give back to him a portion of that fortune to make a sanctuary for him so that he could dwell among them.

In stark contrast to this mountaintop experience, Moses descended to find the people sacrificing their plunder to the gods of those who enslaved them, instead of to the One True God who freed them. In the closing verses of the book of Exodus, the groundbreaking moment arrived when, despite the rampant disobedience of God’s people, “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle!”