Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 36

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: Building the Tabernacle (v 1-38)

Exodus 36 Commentary

(36:1-2) A Specific Design - In the building of the tabernacle, Moses laid out the steps, but Bezaleel, Aholiab, and other skilled craftsmen carried out the actual work. We all have different talents and abilities. God asked Moses not to build the tabernacle himself but to motivate the experts to do it. Look for the areas where God has gifted you and then seek opportunities to use your gifts for God's glory.

(36:6) More than Enough Resources - Moses sent a message throughout the camp for the people to stop giving because the workers had more than enough to finish the project. God is not short on resources (Psalm 50:9-10), and he moves people to give with generosity for the work that he wants to accomplish. Pray for God to move the hearts of people to give, and respond immediately when he moves yours.

(36:8-9) Great Detail in the Building -  Making cloth (spinning and weaving) took a great deal of time in Moses' day. To own more than two or three changes of clothes was a sign of wealth. The effort involved in making enough cloth for the tabernacle was staggering. The tabernacle would never have been built without tremendous community involvement. Today, churches and neighborhoods often require this same kind of pulling together. Without it, many essential services wouldn't get done.

(36:35) Cherubims - Cherubims are mighty angelic beings.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Being Used of God

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 36 and in today's text we see the details in the Tabernacle. The amount of skill and labor was astounding. There was no fabric store but rather fabric was made by hand. Each pin was hand made along with the furniture and every feature that composed in this structure. Each detail has many symbolisms as God gave specific instructions for each part that was made but what catches my eye today is the effort of some of the Israelite's who God used in a mighty way to make this structure. This Tabernacle is what the Lord used to dwell with His People. Not every individual was living in disobedience in this day but some remained righteous through the Exodus process. In making application, I see how the Lord works through individuals to accomplish His Will. Just as in this day - God is looking for individuals that he can work through and if we remain faithful. God will work many miracles through us if we are available and obedient. How about you? Are you obedient enough for the Lord to work through you? Let us learn from today's text and the detail of the Tabernacle to allow the Lord to work in and through us.


Exodus 36

Exodus 36

 1Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded.

 2And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:

 3And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.

 4And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;

 5And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.

 6And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.

 7For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

 8And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.

 9The length of one curtain was twenty and eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: the curtains were all of one size.

 10And he coupled the five curtains one unto another: and the other five curtains he coupled one unto another.

 11And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling: likewise he made in the uttermost side of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.

 12Fifty loops made he in one curtain, and fifty loops made he in the edge of the curtain which was in the coupling of the second: the loops held one curtain to another.

 13And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle.

 14And he made curtains of goats' hair for the tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains he made them.

 15The length of one curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits was the breadth of one curtain: the eleven curtains were of one size.

 16And he coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.

 17And he made fifty loops upon the uttermost edge of the curtain in the coupling, and fifty loops made he upon the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.

 18And he made fifty taches of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be one.

 19And he made a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers' skins above that.

 20And he made boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing up.

 21The length of a board was ten cubits, and the breadth of a board one cubit and a half.

 22One board had two tenons, equally distant one from another: thus did he make for all the boards of the tabernacle.

 23And he made boards for the tabernacle; twenty boards for the south side southward:

 24And forty sockets of silver he made under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.

 25And for the other side of the tabernacle, which is toward the north corner, he made twenty boards,

 26And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.

 27And for the sides of the tabernacle westward he made six boards.

 28And two boards made he for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides.

 29And they were coupled beneath, and coupled together at the head thereof, to one ring: thus he did to both of them in both the corners.

 30And there were eight boards; and their sockets were sixteen sockets of silver, under every board two sockets.

 31And he made bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,

 32And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the sides westward.

 33And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other.

 34And he overlaid the boards with gold, and made their rings of gold to be places for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.

 35And he made a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubims made he it of cunning work.

 36And he made thereunto four pillars of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold: their hooks were of gold; and he cast for them four sockets of silver.

 37And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework;

 38And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass.