Exodus 39-40

  1. Try to picture the tabernacle and its furniture as described here.
    What New Testament truths does it foreshadow?
    Cf. e.g., Heb. 9:8-12.
  2. What phrase occurs repeatedly in this passage concerning the making of the tabernacle?
    What does this teach us about our own service for God?
    Cf. John 15:14.

Note. 40:26. ‘The gold altar’: i.e., the altar of incense, called ‘gold’ to distinguish it from the brazen altar of burnt offering in the outer court (40:29).


Exodus 37:10-38:31

  1. The tabernacle signified both God’s approach to man and also man’s way of drawing near to God.
    In view of this, what is the significance of the table of shewbread, the candlestick or lampstand, and the altar of incense?
    Cf. John 6:57; 8:12; Heb. 4:16.
  2. Where did the brass for the laver come?
    Consider the part played by women in the making of the sanctuary.
    Where did the silver used in the sanctuary come from?
    Cf. also 30:11-16. Is the fact that the tabernacle was founded on atonement money significant?

Exodus 36:8-37:9

  1. 36:8-38. Try to picture the holy place, as seen from within.
    What would the sides, the roof, the ends, and the floor consist of?
    Of what were these a symbol?
  2. 37:1-9. In what way do the ark and the mercy seat speak of Christ?

Exodus 35:1-36:7

  1. What illustration do we find in this passage of the way in which the service of God in his church calls for the contribution of all his people, whatever their talents, rank or age? Cf. 1 Cor. 15:58.
  2. What examples for ourselves can be found in the spirit in which the people brought gifts, and in the value and abundance of their giving? Cf. 2 Cor. 8:1-7.

Exodus 34

  1. Show how fully God answered Moses’ request, fulfilling the promise of 33:19.
    Against what things was Moses, as representative of the people, sternly warned?
  2. As a result of his communion with God the skin of Moses’ face shone. What in the case of Christians, issues from the contemplation of the glory of Christ?
    Cf. 2 Cor. 3:18; Luke 11:36.


Exodus 33

There follows a period of suspense, during which the people mourned, and Moses set up a tent outside the camp. Here God came in the pillar of cloud to speak with him

  1. What was God’s attitude at this time:
    (a) towards the people, and
    (b) towards Moses?
    What were Moses’ three petitions?
    What answers did God give?
  2. How do the prayers and answers of this chapter show:
    (a) the growth of Moses’ desire and faith, and
    (b) the richness of God’s grace?


  1. Verses 1-3. The cause of mourning seems to be that God threatens to revoke the promise of 25:8; 29:45, 46 and to return to the earlier method of guidance by is angels (cf. 14:19; 18:20-23).
  2. Verse 7. This tent of meeting cannot be the tabernacle (although it was sometimes called by that name: 29:42-44; 35:21), because it was not yet built. It was apparently an ordinary tent pitched outside the camp during the period of suspense

Exodus 32

  1. How does Aaron illustrate the dangers of compromise when essentials are at stake?
    What did compromise lead to?
    Why was God’s anger kindled against the people?
  2. What features of Moses’ character stand out in this chapter?
    What can we learn from his example?