We finish Exodus today, which is really cool, so if you’ve come this far, you’ll have completed your third book.
Exodus 38 – 40
There really isn’t much to talk about here. We have an inventory of what was used and a summary of the completion of the Tabernacle and the Priestly garments.
I’ll just give a few words here. The priests wore a turban with a plaque saying, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” on the forehead. This is probably symbolic of the fact that those who are dedicated to The Lord must bear His holiness, and thus their responsibility to that holiness, in mind at all times.
The priests were also required to wash their hands and feet prior to doing their work. The symbolism here could refer to the fact that people (not only priests) need to be holy and “clean” in everything they do (hands), and walk a path of righteousness (feet).
The tabernacle was the centre of the Old Testament theological system, and bears serious relevance to the plan of salvation. Adventist generally follow the teachings of Ellen White on this matter. While the adventist theology is both complex and controversial, Chapter 30 of Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen white gives a easy to follow summary of what was happening, and is reasonably uncontroversial in my opinion. I am not familiar with Randy Shupe’s Tabernacle series, GeckoDanielle recommended it on day 39 and it may be worth looking up for those who are interested in the symbolism. Shupe’s work may be less controversial than Adventist theology, but it is likely that most people trying to cover this would say something controversial, which is why I’ve tried to stay away from it. So I’d recommend that people interested try to find more than one source and have a look at what best fits, but this will involve a good knowledge of the entire Bible, which is one of the reasons for this reading program.
What are your thoughts?
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