Summary notes from the Introductory Session to A Woman’s Heart ~ God’s Dwelling Place
In the Introductory Session, we focused on Exodus 25:8-9 where God provides the following instruction to Moses: “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell [Hebrew: “tabernacle”] in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.”
This scripture reminds us of the amazing fact that God is in absolute, relentless, pursuit of his creation. God pursued Adam even after his disobedience in the garden (“Where are you?” Genesis 3:9). God desired a dwelling place with man and showed Moses specifically how this could happen through the tabernacle. Even now, He is continually in pursuit of us! No matter who we are, where we are, or what season of life we find ourselves, God is pursuing relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The tabernacle is referenced throughout the Bible, from the first mention in Exodus 25 to the last mention in Revelation 21:3. What does the tabernacle provide for the Israelites? Access, approach, worship, and the very presence of God. Their attention to every detail of construction would be paramount, and we will see why!
The pattern for the tabernacle that God “caused Moses to see” (Exodus 25:40) on the mountain is literally a copy and shadow of a heavenly reality. God also caused the apostle John to see the tabernacle in Revelation 15:5, “After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent [tabernacle] of witness in heaven was opened…” We will worship God and Christ for eternity in this heavenly tabernacle.
We also thought about the notion that “awe precedes faith.” May this study of the Old Testament tabernacle increase our wonder and awe of God. And just as God “caused” Moses and John to see and opened their minds to understand, may He open our minds to understand the meaning of the Old Testament tabernacle.
Viewer Guide answers (page 7 of your study book):
wonder, pursuit. Where are you?
beauty; consistency; verses, devoted, object; caused to see; copy, heavenly, exhibit, imitation, sketch, tracing
glory, Son; open, mind