His Presence

Exodus 39:42-34, 40:1-2, 34-38

His Presence

 

In last week’s lesson we read during the 40 days and forty nights when Moses was on the mountain the people were tired of waiting on Moses and the people went to Aaron and said…… “For we do not know what has become of Moses”  

We talked about some of the things they should have been doing like praying for Moses.

The Israelites were pretty much not doing anything expect waiting on Moses to come off the mountain.

They gathered around Aaron, and said, “Come, make a god for us who will go in front of us.

And where did having too much free time get them? In a whole lot of trouble with God.

 

Let’s see what God’s word says about “Idle time”

 

It says is Proverbs 18:9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys

 

Turn to 1 Timothy 5:11-13 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

 

It says is 1 Thessalonians 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,

 

God’s work is good for us, it keeps us busy and focused.

 

And, if we have time to sit around and think, God’s word tells us what to think about too.

 

Turn to Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

 

Let’s look at today’s lesson to see what God’s people are doing and what the results are.

Let’s read in our lesson Exodus 39:42-43 The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43 Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So, Moses blessed them.

 

What had the Israelites been doing?  Working!

But not just any old work, they had been doing exactly what God had set for them to do

 

Making clothing for the Priests

Ø  Exodus 39:1 The craftsmen made beautiful sacred garments of blue, purple, and scarlet cloth—clothing for Aaron to wear while ministering in the Holy Place, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ø  Exodus 39:5 The decorative sash was made of the same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ø  Exodus 39:7 He fastened these stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that the priest represents the people of Israel. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ø  Exodus 39:21 They attached the bottom rings of the chest piece to the rings on the ephod with blue cords. In this way, the chest piece was held securely to the ephod above the decorative sash. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ø  Exodus 39:26 with bells and pomegranates alternating all around the hem. This robe was to be worn whenever the priest ministered before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ø  Exodus 39:31 They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

 

Each time it says that the workers and craftsmen carried out the instructions “just as the Lord had commanded Moses.”

How important is that?

 

Had they been doing “just as the Lord had commanded Moses.”  prior to this?   No, they had made a false idol to be their god.

It’s important to recognize the change it the people’s behavior.

 

God was teaching the Israelites and teaching us that our attitude and our hearts must be in the right place.  

We must be in obedience toward Him.

 

God wants everyone of us to repent and turn back to Him.

It says in Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

 

So, the people were doing what they were supposed to be doing, what did Moses do after they finished their work?

He inspected it to see if it was up to the standards God set for them.

How important is that?

It says in Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

 

It is important that we have someone to hold us accountable and to watch out for our best interest.

 

Turn to Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Go back to what we read in Philippians 4:8 about the way we should think; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy

 

Was the work they were doing excellent or praiseworthy? Yes!

Everyone was working for the Lord.

 

After Moses inspected it and found it as it should be, what did he do? Moses blessed them.

How important is that?

Along with accountability is the responsibility to give encouragement.

 

Turn to 1 Thessalonians 5:11-12 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

 

Encouragement is a two-way street.

We need to encourage those we oversee, and we need to encourage those that oversee us as well.

 

 

Let’s read in our lesson Exodus 40:1-4 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Set up the holy tent, the meeting tent, on the first day of the first month. 3 Put the special box of the Law there. And hang the curtain in front of it. 4 Bring in the table and set its objects on it. Bring in the lamp-stand and light its lamps.

Moses is give specific instruction on when to set up the Tabernacle, which was when?

“On the first day of the first month”

This is a clue for us on how long the Israelites been left Egypt by this time.

If you remember when we studied chapter 12 that during the Passover God had set a new beginning for His people.

It says in Exodus 12:1-2 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.

 

It says in Exodus 40:17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.

So, this tells us that they have been on this desert journey for close to one year.

 

Now everything has been made for the Tabernacle “just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” 

 

Now it was Moses turn to do just as the Lord had instructed him   

 

In verses 3-11 God tells Moses exactly how He wants everything setup in the Tabernacle

Once again, we see the theme of obedience.

 

In the book of Hebrews, it tells of Moses’ faithfulness in the building of the tabernacle

Turn to Hebrews 3:1-6 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

 

Just as everything in the Tabernacle had to be right, our hearts need to be right to accept the Holy Spirit.

Turn to Ephesians 3:16-18 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

It also says in Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  

 

Moses had to hold firmly to the faith that everything had been done just as God had commanded.

 

Let’s read in our lesson Exodus 40:34-38 Then the cloud covered the meeting tent. The shining-greatness of the Lord filled the holy tent. 35 Moses was not able to go into the meeting tent because the cloud had rested upon it and the shining-greatness of the Lord filled the holy tent. 36 When the cloud was lifted from the meeting tent, the people of Israel would go on their way through all their traveling days. 37 But when the cloud was not lifted, they did not move on until the day when it was lifted. 38 For the cloud of the Lord rested on the meeting tent during the day. And fire was in the cloud during the night. It was seen by all the people of Israel as they traveled.

 

This was proof that they had properly followed all the Lord’s instructions. 

The Tabernacle was ready to receive the presence of God.

It says in Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 

It is important to remember that they had 39 more years of wondering. They did not have a permanent home, and they were moving as a group from place to another

The Tabernacle had to be disassembled and reassembled each time they moved.

 

And each time they had to be obedient to experience the Lord’s presence

 

It meant that they could receive God’s guidance, protection, and leadership.

 

Have you ever thought about that in their 40-year journey that not only did God supply their food, water and their clothes never worn out, but that they also were never in darkness?

Throughout their journeys the Lord lead the Israelites by the cloud in the day and the fire at night.

We have that same spiritual opportunity today.

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”