Parents' Corner | May 19, 2019
Thirteen of the last sixteen chapters of the Book of Exodus consists of instructions for building the tabernacle. The word tabernacle means “dwelling place.” The tabernacle was a portable tent where God met with His people. God had a great purpose for the tabernacle. (See Ex. 29:45-46.)
Moses had been on the mountain talking with God for 40 days. God wrote the Ten Commandments, the words of the covenant, on tablets. When Moses returned, he called all of the Israelite community together and gave them the instructions God had given him. (Ex. 24:3-4)
God’s directions for building the tabernacle were very detailed. God was not trying to burden the people; He was trying to show them His holiness and absolute authority. God appointed Bezalel and Oholiab to oversee the building of the tabernacle, giving them wisdom, understanding, and craftsmanship. Every skilled person “whose heart moved him” eagerly worked on the tabernacle of the Lord. (See Ex. 35:30-35; 36:1-6.)
God gave the Israelites the tabernacle as a visual picture of His dwelling with them. The tabernacle—and later the temple that replaced it—was a temporary place for God’s
glory to dwell until the coming of Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6)
Every part of the tabernacle was designed to illustrate God’s relationship with His people. Christ is the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament tabernacle. John 1:14 says that “the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” Jesus made His dwelling with people. He tabernacled with them. (Rev. 21:3)
As you teach kids about the building of the tabernacle, show them God’s desire to be with His people. Emphasize that Jesus was God’s plan to bring people back to Himself.
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
May 19, 2019
Scripture Memory: Psalm 128:1
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord who walk in His ways.
Big Picture Question:
Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
Bible Story: “The Tabernacle Was Built (Exodus 35:4–40:38)(Exodus 20:12-17)
- God gave the Israelites specific instructions for building the tabernacle.
- The people gave offerings of gold, silver, jewels, and other items to build the tabernacle.
- The Israelites built the tabernacle just as God told them to build it.
Family Discussion Starters:
- What was the purpose of the tabernacle?
- What did the cloud represent?
- How can your family spend time with God?
- Build a model of the tabernacle using craft sticks, fabric, and other supplies.
- Take it further: Read John 1:14 to your kids. Talk about God’s plan to send Jesus to dwell with us on earth and die on the cross to rescue us from sin.
- God Gave Rules for Sacrifice (Leviticus 1–27)