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SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 | The People Built the Tabernacle  

  • BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 35-40
  • MEMORY VERSE:
  • PRESCHOOL-SK
  • Come, let’s worship and bow down; let’s kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:6 
  • GRADES 1-5
  • Come, let’s worship and bow down; let’s kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Psalm 95:6-7
  • BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
  • CHRIST CONNECTON: God told the Israelites to build a tabernacle where He would dwell with them. God wants to be with His people. As part of His plan to save sinners, God sent Jesus to dwell on earth with people.  

One of the key themes of the Bible is God’s desire to live with the people He created. We see this first in God's creating the garden of Eden, placing Adam and Eve into this paradise, and then presumably coming down regularly to be with them. But when Adam and Eve rebelled against Creator God, one consequence of their sin was expulsion from the garden. No longer would God live with them as He had before.  

Generations later, God instructed His people to do something curious: build a tent. Why? This tent, the tabernacle, would not be a place for treasures or food; no animals or people would live in it. This would be God’s tent, where He would dwell among His people, pointing back to Eden.  

Note one feature of the tabernacle that would later give way to the permanent temple built in Jerusalem: the veil, or curtain. The innermost chamber of the tabernacle was called the holy of holies, or most holy place. This is where God’s presence would be manifested above the ark of the covenant and mercy seat. This sacred area was separated from the next outer chamber—the holy place—by a heavy curtain.  

When Jesus came and paid the sin penalty for people, that curtain tore from top to bottom, symbolizing that entry into the holy of holies had been made through Jesus. But sin continues to corrupt the world, which is why one day Jesus will return, put an end to sin and death, and renew creation. 

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