- 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.
- 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).
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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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).
- 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