Bible study 75 – Exodus 25

God had one more reason for calling Moses to the mountain: he wanted to give him very detailed instructions for building an awesome portable tent-shrine that God can live in: the tabernacle.

This chapter concerns the furniture in the tabernacle. It is to contain a holy box with a lid which God can live in, and in which a covenant is to be placed. This box is to be placed on a table, together with food and drink, and in front of a lampstand of pure gold.

The text is very specific concerning how extravagantly the box, lid, table and lampstand are to be constructed, going on and on with sentences like this: “The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings.” The cherubim, of course, are made out of pure gold.


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