God With Us
Overview on Exodus 25:1-22
The Israelites have now gone from slaves to the Egyptians to citizens of the kingdom through covenant with God. He has fulfilled his promise to Abraham Genesis 12:1-3, and has made them a great nation. God makes promises and is faithful to keep them. We now move from covenant to the worship of God through the building of the tabernacle. This will be a place where God can dwell with his people. This tent is a pattern of Jesus, a blueprint so that one day his people will see that He is the ultimate fulfilment of the tabernacle John 2:19-22. Jesus has pitched his tent among us and come to live with us John 1:1-5, 14. We behold His glory and receive His redemption. God wants to be with his people and wants us to know he is close. This shatters the idea of deism because God is not distant. He is active and does truly care for us. He is in the center of life our lives and all worship should revolve around Him.
1. What promises of God are you standing on?
- How has He been faithful to fulfill them in your life?
2. Why is it important to know that God is active, and near?
- When have you felt that He is not near, and why?
3. Is Jesus the center of your life?
- Would others know this by observing your actions? How?Is everything you do an act of worship to God? Why or why not?
The Hebrews are now God’s people have been sanctified and become a large nation. They take an offering or contribution to build the tabernacle so that God may dwell among them. This is a free and generous response to Gods love and is a gift given with a willing heart. God has blessed them and now asks them to give. God also gives instructions on how to build the Ark of the Covenant. The ark represents the presence of God and is a throne where He meets with His people. 1 John 2:1-2 The mercy seat is the covering for the ark, a representation of Jesus who is our covering so that we may come into the presence of God. The only way we can tabernacle with God is through Jesus. We get to have fellowship and communion with Him and can meet with him any time. Acts 7:44-50 We see that today God does not dwell in temples made with hands. As Christians we are now temples indwelt by the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 3:10-16. How we live our lives and what we do on earth matters. We should take care of how we build on our foundation, Jesus Christ. Only what we do for Him will last and the rest will burn. He is our starting point and we need to focus on Him. The clearer picture we have of heaven the more our life changes here, and so we must live like eternity is close and matters.
1. Is your treasure Jesus and your hope for heaven?
- Is Jesus enough for you?
2. Where is God in your life?
- How has God moved you?
3. What are you doing in your life that will ultimately burn?
4. How can we have fellowship and communion with Jesus?