Chapter 35

"The Making of the Tabernacle. [35:4 - 40:33]"
"Moses Sixth Descent. [1 - 3]"
"Freewill Offerings Required. [4 - 9]"
"Artificers Called For. [10]"
"The Work Described. [11 - 19]"
"Freewill Offerings Given. [20 - 29]"
"Artificers Fitted. [30-35]"

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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Exodus 35:1 "And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, "These are the words which the Lord hath commanded, that ye should do them."

Moses is talking to the children of Israel, all of the People, and giving them instructions exactly and God instructed him to. These "words" spoken of here are the ten commandments and all the other instructions that basically come from those commandments. So now Moses is getting into the details of those instructions, and lets see also how they apply to us living in these end times.

Exodus 35:2 "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death."

"The sabbath of rest to the Lord" is not for the sake of getting caught up on all our personal jobs around the house, but to rest in the Lord and meditate on Him. So why is this verse demanding such strict respect for this day? This day, "the Sabbath" is a shadow of the real Thing, Jesus the Christ, that shall come in the future from this time of Moses. Our only true rest is in Christ.

Hebrews 4:3 "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, "As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest:" although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."

This verse in Exodus is what Paul was referring to. Jesus Christ is our Sabbath, so when you say the word Sabbath, what you are saying is the word "rest". When by faith we believe and repent and come unto The Sacrifice that Christ made on the cross, we find true rest in Him.

Hebrews 4:4 "For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, "And God did rest the seventh day from all His works."

When you rest in Christ, it is automatically that your rest is to the Lord; to YHVH to be more specific.

Hebrews 4:5 "And in this place again, "If they shall enter into My rest."

When we rest in the Lord, and by repentance we have life, eternal life, but when you rest in our own works for our salvation, there is no eternal life. Only Christ can give eternal life, and it was just as true in Moses day, as it is in our day. This is what Peter talked about in I Peter 3:18 - 20.

I Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: [18] By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; [19] Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. [20]

When Jesus gave up the Ghost while hanging on the cross, He went to that prison for the spirits of the souls of those that had died before, and preached to those souls. Many accepted and when Christ came out of the grave, they came with Him also. This is what Matthew told us about in Matthew 27:50 - 53.

Matthew 27:50-53 "Jesus, when He cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." [50] "And, behold, the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;" [51] "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose," [52] "And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." [53]

Those dear souls that passed on prior to Christ's death were given the same chance of hearing the Word and accepting Christ just as you and I do today. The plan of God that was set from before the foundation of this earth age was set, was and is carried out in this second earth age of flesh man. God is setting the stage for the coming of His only Begotten Son that will take place some fifteen hundred years after the time Moses is preaching to these children of Israel, and the Ten Commandments, the instructions, the Tabernacle and all the things that go with the Tabernacle are shadows of things that are to come, when our Lord Jesus Christ comes into the World, and becomes the one and only sacrifice for sins for one and all times.

Exodus 35:3 "Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day." 

Our Heavenly Father is the consuming fire, and He is sufficient to the day when all evil will be consumed, spiritually speaking.

Exodus 35:4 "And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, "This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying,"

Exodus 35:5 "Take ye from among you an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the Lord; gold, and silver, and brass,"

Is Moses promoting the passing of the offering plate with all sorts of promises given to those that did? No, first of all there must be a willing heart of the one that brought it, and it is to the Lord. Many churches never pass a plate, but have the plate out of the way, for God's people to bring it with their willing heart. When you give is it to a beggars bag, or to fulfill the needs of God from your willing heart. God has His ministry, and the way God comes to the lost in our age is by His people. He blesses us with our many gifts, and it is by our willingness to fulfill the plan of God that the work of the Lord will be fulfilled. If God has blessed you with gifts, how willing are you to use those gifts in doing the work of getting the gospel of Christ out to the lost. Friend, offerings must be from a willing mind, or your giving is not going to do you any good. When your mind is in a giving spirit, it is also open to the Spirit of God, and our Heavenly Father will start the blessings to flow right back to you.

The base of all prosperity and blessings flows from this verse. If the heart and mind of an individual is willing and open to God, and in a giving spirit, so is the flow of blessings that are returned from God to you. Don't get locked into thinking that you are buying gifts from God, no, He sees right into your mind and knows the motives of your giving, and it is from those motives that the blessings flow.

Exodus 36:6 "And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine skins, and shittim wood,"

This the start of the gathering of the goods necessary to build the Tabernacle with all its furniture and things that go along with the worship. Stop and think now for a moment; When we talk of the Tabernacle, what are we talking about? Sure this Tabernacle is a tent with its altars, but the final eternal Tabernacle, or Temple is our Lord.

Revelation 21:22, 23 "And I saw no Temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb [Jesus Christ] are the Temple of it." [22] "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." [23]

In the eternity these beautiful things that Moses and the people are bringing to God, are going into this man build Tabernacle. This Tabernacle tent of Moses' day signify that final temple, the Father and the Son, Jesus the Christ. It this a place where our Heavenly Father could rest? No, for the entire earth is Father's footstool, man needed something to look at and focus on for his purpose to see as an example to us while living in these flesh bodies. God is giving man a part or role to play in His kingdom. When you participate with God, then you become part of that work or purpose. So as we continue, each of these things will be needed to complete the tabernacle and worship, just as each member of the body of Christ is needed and given gifts to fulfill the work of the church today.

Exodus 35:7 "And rams skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood."

So why is shittim wood chooses? because it signifies the Bruisers, God's elect that will make that stand in these last days.

Exodus 35:8 "And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,"

Of course the oil is Olive Oil, the oil of our people, and this oil is what the five virgins of Matthew 25 were out of, it represented the truth from God's Word that would keep them from being deceived right up to the time of our Lord's coming.

Exodus 35:9 "And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate."

That breastplate had twelve stones in it, and each was set in place in according to the birth of the patriarch of each tribe. God saw to it when the children of Israel left Egypt, that the Egyptians provided the children of Israel with enough gold, silver as well as these stones to used in the tabernacle, and this ephod and breastplate. There are twelve tribes, and many people today know only of the one tribe, Judah, and they bunch all of the tribes into that one. Hosea told us how to identify the other 10 tribes that were part of the house of Israel.

Hosea 1:10 "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, `Ye are not My people', there it shall be said unto them, `Ye are the sons of the Living God.' "

This writing of Hosea was written to the house of Israel that are living in the time of the end, for we know the Jews of the "house of Judah" do not claim to know or have anything to do with Jesus Christ, "the Living God". The tribes of the house of Israel are scattered around the world today number into the billions, unlike the Jews, and in those lands where they exist, they do not declare themselves of Israel, yet they are just as much part of Jacob as the Jews are today. Yet in those land where they live, they build their laws and faith on Jesus Christ, and they call themselves "sons of the Living God", or "Christians" after Jesus Christ.

Exodus 35:10 "And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded."

Moses is making a call now for help from the men and women of Israel. He is asking the people that if you have a trade and are committed to God, come and give of your talents to this work. This could apply to any church house today, or any ministry. If you have a gift that will help get the work done, pitch in and help.

Exodus 35:11 "The tabernacle, His tent, and His covering, His taches, and His boards, His bars, His pillars, and His sockets,"

Moses lets us know right from the start who this tabernacle belongs to, for He repeats "His" seven times. It is God's tent and all that goes to make it up belongs to God. All that goes into the tent, goes into God's house.

Exodus 35:12 "The ark, and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the vail of the covering,"

Before this book ends we will cover all these detail and items, and show exactly what each represents even to our day. The mercy seat is the final resting place of our Lord within the holy of Holies, and represents the place where God communes with man. It is the seat of Christ, where mercy extends outwards from God to you.

Exodus 35:13 "The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the shewbread,"

The candle that lights our life is Jesus Christ, and the bread is the body of Christ. Jesus is the Word and His Word can teach us how much our Lord loves each of us.

Exodus 35:14 "The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,"

Again the oil is olive oil, and our use of the olive oil in anointing shows obedience of the person using it to God. Olive oil symbolizes truth and our Heavenly Father, no that oil doesn't do the healing, but it shows our obedience to God, and He does the healing and protecting when we are obedient to Him.

Exodus 35:15 "And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle,"

Both the outer entrance as well as the inner entrance of the holy of Holies are both important to this Tabernacle. When that inner curtain was rent in two at the time of our Lord's death, it allowed us to enter into that sacred place ourselves, and go directly to God. It destroyed that barrier from top to bottom, and took away the need for the sacrifice of lambs and goats. Christ became that sacrifice for one and all times, for he fulfilled that part of the law for each one of us.

Exodus 35:16 "The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,"

"The brasen grate", and the laver are for the cleansing of the physical body, making us ready to approach with our sacrifice. Of course these are done away with and put under the blood of Christ at the cross, when we by faith approach Him in repentance in Jesus name.

Exodus 35:17 "The hanging of the court, his pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court,"

There is symbolizing in each of these items. Jesus spoke of these pillars in Revelation 3:7 - 10 when He was addressing on of the two churches that He found favor with. The churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia knew something that the other five did not know, they knew who the Kenites were, "those that were of the synagogue of Satan, which say their are Jews, and are not, but do lie:"

Revelation 3:8 "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name."

Then those that have trusted in the Lord, read and studied His Word and kept the faith to the end of this earth age, the seventh and last trump; Jesus makes this promise.

Revelation 3:12 "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God; and I will write upon him My new name."

So when Moses talks about God's pillars, "His pillars" this then is symbolic of something yet to come. God pillars are those that have committed themselves to God, and after the great white throne judgment, they are the ones that shall walk into the new Jerusalem that is spoken of that comes down out of heaven for the eternity. So as we mention the word "Pillars" place yourself in that spot, for it is a shadow of things to come, when that pillar is in the eternal kingdom of God, and will not more be subject to the things of Satan and the evils as we know them in this world age. When you look to these pillars, you are looking at yourself, when you have that willing mind to serve God.

Exodus 35:18 "The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords,"

These are the tent pegs that must be pulled and extended out after the death and resurrection of Christ. For when our Lord went to the cross, the plan of salvation was broadened to include all the children of all the races, even the Kenites, when they by faith come to the Lord in repentance. Isaiah 53 gave us the prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ as He went before the Jews, and was crucified as a lamb that went to the slaughter. Following that beautiful chapter of our Lord, Isaiah flowed right into the fifty fourth chapter, of what happened immediately following our Lord's resurrection.

Isaiah 54:1 "Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife," saith the Lord."

God is telling His children, the offspring of Sarah and sons of Isaac to "Shout in triumph", to sing with great joy. This verse is an idiom that Jesus used in Matthew 24:19 and Mark 13:17 and it is directed to those people of the house of Israel, those tribes that are living in the last days when Satan comes to earth to rule. It is referring to those that are not spiritually with child, nor give suck or service to Satan's system.

Those that stay barren are God's elect, for they will have nothing to do with that false messiah. Each of them know exactly who Satan is at his arrival on earth at the sixth trumpet

Isaiah 54:2 "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;"

This is God's guarantee that within the Millennium age we are going to win back many of the souls that would not listen, and even many of those that God sent into the stupor of slumber, that Paul wrote of in Romans 11:7, 8.

Isaiah 54:3 "For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy see shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited."

At the Lord's coming His kingdom will be established right here on earth and those that waited patiently will rule and inherit that kingdom as joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ. "Thy seed" are those souls saved in this age of flesh man, and the saved will even rule over Gentile nations. Remember that at Christ's coming every knee on the earth will bow to Christ on the first day of the Millennium.

So rather than go any deeper into this, the point I am trying to make is that when Moses is talking about the tent pegs, the pins, the cords and the things that seem incidental in the building of the tabernacle, each part fits neatly into His tabernacle that comes later.

Exodus 35:19 "The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office.' " 

When you approach the Lord in His Holy place, you come prepared to give honor and respect to the Lord. It is even important what clothing you wear in the temple of the Millennium age, even though you are in your spiritual incorruptible body at that time. You must be in the proper attire to even approach Christ in that Temple. Ezekiel 44:17 tells us how they shall be clothed, and clean, with their hair done up just right.

Ezekiel 44:17 "And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within."

Ezekiel 44:18 "They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

Remember this chapter of Ezekiel is directed solely to the period of the Millennium age when Jesus kingdom is right here on earth. The seventh trump has sounded and all souls that were living in their flesh and blood bodies had been changed instantly into their new incorruptible bodies, as the angels have. Sweat is something that is common to only these physical bodies, and come when we are exercising that body, or undue mental pressures and stress come on us; so this is using something that we can relate to in these flesh bodies, to explain the ease and comfort that our Lord will provide for those that are of the elect and hold fast to His Word until His coming. However notice the same degree of detail is given to Moses priest's clothing, and to the priest's clothing of Christ's Millennium kingdom. The things that are with in the tabernacle are shadows of the things to come later.

Exodus 35:20 "And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses."

Exodus 35:21 "And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord's offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all His service, and for the holy garments."

Every person in the camp of the children of Israel who had been stirred in their mind and had a willing spirit, did their part in the work of the tabernacle of the congregation. We are not to mentally beat on people to give in their work in the church. God will move the people and give them a willing mind and spirit when it is truly His Work. Tell them to have a good day, and what the needs are, and allow God's Spirit to move on their heats and minds. Don't chase them. God opens willing minds to serve Him, and He provides the gifts that that individual will provide to the body of Christ. God has a plan, and He gives the gifts that are needed to accomplish that plan. This isn't talking about a building construction program, or some super preacher building up his little kingdom that draws attention to him: but God's plan for the spiritual building up of His church, His many membered body of Christ. This is done for the Kingdom of God.

Exodus 35:22 "And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings and tables, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord."

Both men and women that have a willing mind, and the gifts that are needed to participate in the building of this tabernacle were urged to take part. Many times a few women with a willing heart can do more for the Lord than a lot of men that want to sit around and talk. God has always had a role for woman in His ministry, for female participation in His Temple.

The people and Moses are getting together all the material that are necessary to build this Tabernacle for our Heavenly Father.

Exodus 35:23 "And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers' skins, brought them."

Exodus 35:24 "Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the Lord's offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service brought it."

Exodus 35:25 "And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen."

"All the women that were wise hearted" meaning skilled in their craft to spin with their hands and make these cloths and canvas, were willingly accepted in the labor of the building of God's house, the tabernacle. God gave them the talent gifts to do their work with their hands, and they were willing to use that gift in His service.

Exodus 35:26 "And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair."

Sure some women were skilled with threads, and others gifted in working with goat's hair. A gift is something that your were given to accomplish something that is needed. "Wise mindedness" is also a gift from God, and many times this is a reason that there is a difference as to what we are to do, because all the people simply can't do the same job. Some are gifted to be skilled in one area, while other in another, and in the end the church will run smoothly. Some of the the people gifted of prayer, some teaching and preaching, while other singing and giving. This is no different than what we are seeing here in Exodus, and the building of the Tabernacle. We do not all have the same gifts, but we must give allowance to each person that God is leading, for something that God gives one person, will probably have a different meaning to other people. These are both spiritual and and physical meanings to most every verse in the Bible, and that is why it become so difficult for many people to just read the Word with understanding.

Exodus 35:27 "And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate:"

Exodus 35:28 "And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense."

Exodus 35:29 "The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses."

Moses would oversee the job of building the tabernacle, because God gave him those special instructions while he was up on mount Sinai. God also directed Moses as to who He gave special skills to and a willing heart, as well as the wisdom in the task to see it through to the end. God never put more on Moses than He could handle, for God used people from every tribe, throughout the entire camp.

Exodus 35:30 "And Moses said unto the children of Israel; "See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah."

Bezaleel was given special skills so that his gift would see to it that the job was done according to God's instructions.

Exodus 35:31 "And He hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;"

Bezaleel was a walking blueprint in his mind as to what skills and management was necessary to build the tabernacle. He was the engineer of the job, who oversaw the materials and labor and brought them together in order to get the final product; that being the Tabernacle, or house of God.

Exodus 35:32 "And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,"

Each man had a trade, one a stone cutter, another in wood working while still another worked with precious metals. Each man or woman had their gifts, and all of the gifts were necessary in building the tabernacle of God.

Exodus 35:33 "And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work."

The point here is that we are not all alike and we each person does not have the same gifts.

Exodus 35:34 "and He hath put in his heart that the may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan."

Exodus 35:35 "Then hath He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work."

Notice that even the skilled hands of the women were needed to weave and embroider the details that God wanted for and in His tabernacle. So as we are using our gifts and working together, we are reminded of what Paul said in Romans 12:9 - 13.

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; and cleave to that which is good."

Romans 12:10 "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;"

Romans 12:11 "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;"

Romans 12:12 "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;"

Romans 12:13 "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality."

Moses and the children of Israel worked in harmony to build the tabernacle of God out there in the wilderness, and that tabernacle was a shadow of what would come later, when our Lord came to this earth suffered and died so that His eternal tabernacle would come to pass. Every believer goes to make up the body of Christ, the Tabernacle of believers that work together to fulfill the plan of God. God works through people to do the job, and here in Romans 12 God is giving us instruction as to how the workmen and women are to go about their job in building Father's church in this earth age of flesh man. Notice that our instruction here are no different than what God gave Moses for the workmen of that tabernacle back in the wilderness. That tabernacle of Moses day was a shadow of what we have today, and will be in the eternal kingdom, and that is why it is important to see, and understand the plan of God, which is His Word.


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