Friday, April 08, 2011

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 25

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 25. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

25:1-7 – God introduced the freewill offering. See Exodus 12:35-36 to see where they got the offering from.

25:3 – Gold, because of its rarity and purity, represents God’s deity. See Matthew 2:11, Revelation 21:21-22.

“…we offer God something more precious than gold when we joyfully lay down our sufferings on His altar and agree to be purified by the flames that threaten to consume us.”

“silver was a visual aid by which God introduced and taught the concept of redemption and atonement through ransom money.” See Exodus 30:11-16, Zechariah 11:12-13, Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-10.

bronze appears to represent strength and judgment. See Numbers 21:5-9, Job 40:18. Revelation 1:12-15.

25:4 – blue yarn – blue reminds the Israelites of the tabernacle’s heavenly descent. See Isaiah 54:11, Ezekiel 1:26.

purple yarn – purple represents royalty, kingship and elegance. See Judges 8:26. Mark 15:17-18, Luke 16:19.

scarlet yarn – scarlet represents bloodshed, pain and sacrifice. See Isaiah 1:18.

fine linen symbolized righteousness. See Genesis 41:41-42, 1 Chronicles 15:25-27, Job 29:14, Psalm 132:9, Proverbs 31:24, Luke 23:52-53, Luke 24:12, Revelation 19:6-8, 11-16.

25:7 – precious stones seem to represent God’s children – His treasures. See Revelation 21:18-21.

25:8-9 – see Hebrews 8:5 – the OT tabernacle was a shadow and a copy of a heavenly reality.

“the pattern I will show you” – literally “which you are caused to see.” See 25:40.

this points to Jesus. He is the sanctuary, the tabernacle that would dwell among them. See John 1:14 – dwelt – skenoo – tabernacled.

25:8 – God will dwell with man until man goes to dwell with God.

25:10-20 – Arks were created to preserve things (Noah’s family and animals in Genesis 7:7, Moses in Exodus 2:3). The Hebrew word for “testimony” means witness. So, the ark of the testimony was created to preserve God’s witness. This Hebrew word for ark means coffin. The ark was gold on the outside, representing God the Father. It was wood in the center, representing Christ’s humanity. It was gold on the inside, representing the indwelling Holy Spirit. The atonement cover is pure gold with cherubim sitting at either end of the length of the mercy seat, looking down at the cover’s center with wings spread upward. This is where God would meet with Moses. (See Psalm 80:1; 99:1; Isaiah 37:16). Their posture is representative of John 20:10-13 where the angels watched over Jesus’ lifeless form awaiting the Father’s promise of His resurrection. The ark is filled with the gold jar of manna (Jesus is the bread of life), the budded staff of Aaron (Jesus is the Great High Priest), and the stone tablets containing the 1- commandments (Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. See Matthew 5:17; 22:36-40).

25:23-30 – God’s instructions for making the table. Table – shulchan – meal or spread: this was a place of communion or fellowship.

The bread symbolized Jesus, the bread of life (John 6:32-35).

12 loaves – The number twelve, being the product of three and four, typified the union of the people with God. On the table were twelve loaves of show-bread, and the breastplate of the priest contained twelve precious stones as emblems of the twelve tribes of Israel, which camped round about the Sanctuary. This further solidifies the idea of the table representing communion. Jesus the bread of life, provides that restoration of communion between us and God.

25:25 – Gold rim on table sounds like a crown. Remember, gold symbolizes deity.

See Matthew 2:11 – the wise men presented Jesus with gold. Also see Leviticus 24:5-9 – the bread of the presence is presented with incense – another gift of the wise men.

25:31-40 – God’s instructions for making a lampstand. No measurements are given for the lampstand. God’s illumination cannot be measured. see Revelation 4:1-5 – the seven lamps represent the sevenfold Spirit of God. See Isaiah 11:1-2 for identification of this sevenfold Spirit of God. Today, we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), a lampstand fueled continually by oil (Leviticus 24:2,4). The Holy Spirit is the pure oil that fuels us (John 14:16-17; 16:7).

The lampstand represents Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12).

25:33 – Almond flowers – see Numbers 17:1-11. Aaron’s staff budded, indicating God chose him to serve.

25:40 – “the pattern shown you on the mountain” – which you are caused to see. God causes John to see the same thing which he describes in Revelation 15:5.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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