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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 25 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel at Sinai (c 19-40)
Message: The Tabernacle (v 1-40)

Exodus 25 Commentary

(25:1) The Tabernacle Instructions - Exodus 25 through 31 records God's directions for building the tabernacle. Exodus 35 through 39 tells how these instructions were carried out. But what can all these ancient, complicated construction details show us today? First, the high quality of the precious materials making up the tabernacle shows God's excellence and transcendence. Second, the veil surrounding the most holy place shows God's moral perfection, as symbolized by his separation from the common and unclean. Third, the portable nature of the tabernacle shows God's desire to be with his people as they traveled. Fourth, the tabernacle, its furnishings, and the worship and rituals performed there provide a picture of the atonement that would one day come through Jesus Christ.

(25.17) The Mercy Seat - The cover of the ark of the testimony was called the mercy seat. This is where, between two golden cherubim (mighty angels), the presence of God would dwell in a cloud above their outstretched wings. The mercy seat was where the highest and most perfect act of atonement would be made, when the high priest would enter the most holy place on the Day of Atonement to atone for the sins of all the people (30:10).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Wants a Relationship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 25 and in today's text we see the instruction for the Tabernacle its furniture and the ark of the covenant. Great detail was given in the construction of these items as great symbolism is in the materials. The tabernacle housed the spirit of God and His Holiness and served as a symbol of how God desired to dwell with His people, Israel. In making application we see how God wants to dwell with us. God provides a way for sinful man to dwell with a Holy God, and today that is through the blood Jesus-Christ. This truth revealed in today's text shows us more of the character of God. God loves you and wants a relationship with you. How about you? Do you see that God loves you and wants a relationship with you? Receive the love of God by receiving Jesus- Christ as your Lord and Savior and experience the God who wants to dwell with you.


Exodus 25

Exodus 25

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

 3And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

 4And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,

 5And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood,

 6Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,

 7Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.

 8And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

 9According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

 10And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

 11And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.

 12And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.

 13And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

 14And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.

 15The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.

 16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

 17And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

 18And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

 19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

 20And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

 21And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

 22And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

 23Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

 24And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about.

 25And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.

 26And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.

 27Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.

 28And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.

 29And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them.

 30And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.

 31And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

 32And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

 33Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.

 34And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.

 35And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

 36Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

 37And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

 38And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold.

 39Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.

 40And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.