Introduction & Prayer
Describe an item that you own that you find is special or unique. What makes it special or unique? Is it something that you let others use or have at their own discretion?
Read Exodus 40:1
Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year.
Why did God ask for the first fruits?
Why does God want this tabernacle set up on the first day?
Is there any value to starting each day with God’s Word and prayer? If so, what is the value?
What are the greatest barriers keeping us from prioritizing God as the principle voice in our lives?
Read Exodus 40:3
3 Place the Ark of the Covenant inside, and install the inner curtain to enclose the Ark within the Most Holy Place.
Why was the Ark the first piece of furniture installed in the tabernacle?
What is the importance of the Ark and the cover?
What was in the Ark of the Covenant?
Read Exodus 40:4
4 Then bring in the table, and arrange the utensils on it. And bring in the lampstand, and set up the lamps. 5 “Place the gold incense altar in front of the Ark of the Covenant. Then hang the curtain at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
What is the purpose of the curtain or the veil?
When Christ died, what happened to the temple veil? How did this impact our relationship with Messiah?
What things keep us from the presence of God today?
Read Exodus 40:9-11
9 “Take the anointing oil and anoint the Tabernacle and all its furnishings to consecrate them and make them holy. 10 Anoint the altar of burnt offering and its utensils to consecrate them. Then the altar will become absolutely holy. 11 Next anoint the washbasin and its stand to consecrate them.
Why does God want Moses and the others to anoint the furniture?
What does oil do when it gets on our clothes or on a piece of raw, unfinished leather?
Oil tends to leave a permanent mark, so what is God revealing to us about the oil on furniture, leather and cloth that was unfinished?
Why is it important for us to hear God discussing the anointing of the oil and the holiness?
What does consecrate mean?
How do we live lives that are consecrated to God? (Describe the consecrated life.)
Read Exodus 40:12-15
12 “Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and wash them with water. 13 Dress Aaron with the sacred garments and anoint him, consecrating him to serve me as a priest. 14 Then present his sons and dress them in their tunics. 15 Anoint them as you did their father, so they may also serve me as priests. With their anointing, Aaron’s descendants are set apart for the priesthood forever, from generation to generation.”
Why was it important for the priests to be consecrated to God?
What does anoint mean?
Did the children have a choice in becoming a priest? Were they obedient to God?
What causes us to be disobedient to God?
What causes us to come back to God?
Read Exodus 40:16-17
16 Moses proceeded to do everything just as the Lord had commanded him. 17 So the Tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month of the second year.
How long has it been since the children of Israel left Egypt?
What is the importance of documenting that Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded?
What does disobedience do in our relationship with God?
How is disobedience in the workplace handled?
How is God different/same in handling disobedience?
Read Exodus 40:34
34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.
36 Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. 38 The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.
What do these verses reveal about the Spirit of God leading us? How does God want to lead our lives?
What will others see in our lives, if we follow the leading of the Spirit?