Highlights In Today's Reading:
The Tabernacle and all its furnishings were completed according to detailed specifications given by God. And all were constructed exactly as God instructed leaving no doubt that worship of God must be in accordance with His Word. The Ark, Mercy Seat, Table of Showbread, Candlestick (Lampstand), Altar of Incense, and Tent each provide vital information needed and a graphic illustration of true worship of Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son of God.
The Tabernacle and all its furniture was constructed according to the Word of God. Nothing was added, altered, or left out. And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded. . . . And thou shalt rear up the Tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount (35:10-11; 26:30).
It was more than a worship center. Its design and order of worship were meant to teach Israel the meaning of the Covenant made at Sinai. Furthermore, it was a means whereby the Holy God could fellowship with sinful man through its sacrificial system. It was further designed to lead the believer into the Lord's presence undefiled, with heart, thought, and motives to please Him. The Tabernacle and every item were symbolic of Jesus Christ's life, ministry, and our relationship with Him.
None of the "mixed multitude" could enter the one gate to this enclosure, only a true Israelite.
Jesus, our Savior, said: I am The Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. . . . I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me (John 10:9; 14:6).
Thought for Today:
An unsaved man may enter a church building, hear sermons, sing hymns and read a Bible, but only believers who have received Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives can experience a true relationship with God.
Through the Candlestick (Exodus 35:14). Christ is The Light of the world (John 1:6-9; 8:12; 9:5; compare Luke 1:78-79).
35:10 wise hearted =craftsman; 35:32 curious =skillful.
Pray for The Arabic International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts sponsored by Mr. Bryan A. Key • Staff: Ilene Wallace • Government Officials: Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE) • Country: Bhutan (2 million) in the eastern Himalayas of central Asia • Major languages: Tibetan and Nepalese dialects • Public worship, evangelism, and proselytization are illegal • 50-70% Buddhist; 24-45% Hindu; 5% Muslim; <1% Protestant/Roman Catholic • Prayer Suggestion: Give praise to God that His Word will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).
Optional Reading: Mark 1
Memory Verse for the Week: Philippians 3:10