Exodus: Tabernacle Pt2

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LESSON SUMMARY

Jesus our Tabernacle

God planned the tabernacle to the smallest detail because each part — every furniture, ritual and sacrifice — was a picture of what His son, Jesus will do to save the world from sin.

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Brazen altar Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for sins
Bronze laver Jesus washes us clean (Heb 10:22) so we can enter God’s presence boldly and with confidence.
Menorrah Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:9).

When we follow Him, we will “never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”. (John 8:12)

Table of Showbread Before He died, Jesus took bread, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying “Take and eat; this is my body.” (Matt 26:26). On the cross, Jesus’ body was broken so that you and I can be made whole.
Altar of Incense Jesus is a pleasing offering; He intercedes for us daily at the right hand of God.
Ark of the Covenant

(Mercy Seat)

Jesus stands between a holy God and sinful man. The High Priest sprinkled animal blood on mercy seat to cover the sins of the Israelites. Christ’s blood was shed to wash away the sins of the entire world.Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement (mercy seat), through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

 

Heb 9:11-12 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

 

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Exodus: The Tabernacle Pt1

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LESSON SUMMARY

God loves to be with His people

God loves us. He wants to spend time with us. He doesn’t want to be a far off and distant God.

When the Israelites were in the desert, He was willing to stay in a tent so He could be wherever they went.

Today, God still wants to live among us.

 

Emmanuel, God with us

When Jesus came to earth, one of His names was Emmanuel, “God with us”.

Jesus, the God of heaven and earth, came to stay in a tent — a physical human body — so He could live among us.

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,

 

Jesus is our Tabernacle — God lives in us forever

In fact, the Bible calls Jesus our Perfect Tabernacle. The tabernacle of Moses was just a picture of the real Tabernacle, Jesus, through whom we can be with God forever.

Heb 9:11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and

more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.                                                 

When we believe in Jesus, we have this Perfect Tabernacle, Jesus, in our hearts.

And that’s how the God’s Holy Spirit can live in us forever and ever.

 

Memory Verse

2 Cor 6:16  For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

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Exodus: The 10 Commandments

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LESSON SUMMARY

No one could keep God’s perfect law …

These were God’s laws. God is perfect, so God’s laws were perfect — They taught us what God’s standards are and what He is like.

And if we want to be perfect, we would have to keep God’s laws perfectly.

But because God’s laws were perfect, you and I will find it very, very difficult to obey all of them. Sometimes it’s very, very difficult to obey just even one.

If we break just 1 commandment, we have broken ALL the commandments. When we break a commandment, we sin — we miss God’s mark of perfection.

So instead of blessings, we deserve punishment!

Ever since, the commandments were given, no one could keep all of God’s perfect laws perfectly.

The Bible tells us, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

Except for the Perfect Man

No one … except the one perfect man, Jesus!

Jesus:

  • Lived a sinless life — kept ALL God’s laws
  • Became the sacrifice for our sins
  • Was raised from the dead, defeating sin and death

Because Jesus kept all of God’s laws, He was entitled to all of God’s blessings.

When we accept Jesus as our Savour, we receive all the blessing that Jesus paid for us at the cross.

 

The Holy Spirit helps us to do what is right

The people of Israel had the Law, but they had not power to keep it. The Law just told them how bad they were, but could not help them change. It’s like holding the mirror — the mirror shows you that your face is dirty; it cannot help you clean your face; you try to clean it, but because your hands are dirty, your face becomes dirtier.

Because Jesus fulfilled the Law on our behalf, when we believe in Him, His Holy Spirit comes and lives in us. We become Jesus boys and girls.

We don’t need a list of hundreds of rules to tell us what is right or wrong. The Holy Spirit teaches us what God wants us to do.

Hebrews 8:10 tells us, “God will put His laws in our minds and write them on our heart.” It’s no longer laws on stone but on minds and hearts!

Even better … the Holy Spirit helps us to do what is right.

We can’t love people we don’t like, but Jesus in us can.

We can’t stop doing naughty things like beating our friend or fighting with our sister/brother, but Jesus in us can be kind and gentle to others.

When we feel we cannot love our friend, tell Jesus, “I cannot love my friend, but I know you can love him and you are in me”.  Instead of thinking all the not –so–nice things about your friend, think about how kind Jesus is and how much he loves you, and you will find yourself loving your friend!

And even when we fail and fall, we will not receive God’s punishment anymore (although sometimes mummy and daddy will still discipline us). Instead, He still loves us unconditionally, and we have His blessings in our lives.

 

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Exodus: The Lord our Banner

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LESSON SUMMARY

The Lord is our Banner

The banner is a symbol of victory. In a war, when one side captures the others’ flag/banner, they can claim victory.

When Moses stood on that hill and raised his staff, the staff was like the flag/banner for the Israelites. As long as it was raised high, the Israelites fought more boldly and confidently. But when it started dropping, their spirits fell too.

So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms, one on each side.
(That’s the importance of good friends. When we see someone is tired or discouraged — whether your teacher, parents, siblings or friends — we can come and support and encourage them. We can say, “Come, let me help you. You don’t have to do it alone.”)

This banner in the hand of Moses was a visible image of God’s presence and power. He was the one who would provide the victory over the Amalalekites. By themselves, the Israelites were sure to be defeated and destroyed. But with God, they could be victorious!

Jehovah Nissi: The Lord is our Banner! 

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Jesus has won the victory for us

What shape do you see when Moses stands up there with his hands stretched out, holding his staff? <demonstrate>

Yes, it’s the Cross.

Today, the Cross is our banner, our flag, our victory.

When we see the Cross, we remember Jesus’ death and finished work on the Cross.

Jesus won the victory over sin and death for us! And unlike Moses’ tired arms, Jesus does not get tired or weary. His work on the Cross stands forever — His victory is forever.

Even Jesus tells us that we will face problems in life. But He also tells us we can have peace and be assured because Jesus has won the victory already! “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So no matter what problems and challenges we face, whether it’s not enough food or an enemy’s army, we can look at the Cross and know He has given us the victory!

Jehovah Nissi: The Lord is our Banner!

 

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Exodus: Water from the Rock

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LESSON SUMMARY

We’ve been learning that we can see Jesus in the whole Bible. He’s not just a New Testament person. Jesus was God, and part of His salvation plan for the whole world.

And in the Old Testament, through God’s interactions with the Israelites, He would leave them clues to show them what He was going to do.

So far, we’ve seen Jesus in the:

Burning Bush:                    Jesus is the I AM
10 Plagues:                         Jesus as the Firstborn who died for our freedom
Passover:                             Jesus as the Perfect Passover Lamb who took away our sin
Passover:                             Jesus as the Unleavened Bread (striped, pierced, burnt for us)
Parting of the Red Sea:    Jesus is our Deliverer
Manna:                                Jesus our Bread from Heaven
Water from the Rock:      Jesus is the Rock!

 

Jesus is the Rock

1 Corinthians 10:4 “for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”

When Moses struck the rock with his staff = Picture of Jesus struck & crucified

 

The Holy Spirit is the Water

Jesus died and rose again. And He went back to heaven, so that God the Holy Spirit could come and live in all of us forever. The Holy Spirit is the stream of living water that flows in all who believes in Jesus.  Jesus makes us righteous so the Holy Spirit (the living water) can live in us forever!

John 7:37 … Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

 

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Exodus: Bread from Heaven

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LESSON SUMMARY

Why Manna?

This was a special food that mysteriously appeared every morning on its own, 6 days a week.

They didn’t have to do anything to get the manna — they didn’t have to plant or toil or harvest … it just appeared and they could enjoy it freely. Taught them to depend and trust in God to provide for them.

It was enough to sustain the Israelites for 40 years in the desert … special energy pack?

It was a good daily reminder to the Israelites that the Lord was with them always — since they saw the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea and still questioned whether God led them out to die in the desert.

 

Jesus our Manna

Thousands of years later, when Jesus was feeding the 5,000, he brought up the time the Israelites’ ancestors ate manna (bread from heaven) in the wilderness.

Then Jesus said many times, “I am the Bread of life from Heaven.” (John 6:31)

Later Jesus explained, “This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world … I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you”. (John 6:51-53)

How is Jesus our Manna?

  • Our relationship with Him is based on His grace — like the Manna, we don’t have to plant or toil or harvest to earn it — we just receive freely, as much as we need
  • Jesus is enough — He is all we need — just like how the Manna sustained the Israelites for 40 years! We just need to depend and trust on Him.

 

Memory Verse

John 6:35
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’”

 

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Moses: Deliverer

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LESSON SUMMARY

God goes before us!

When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have any GPS or Waze to tell them where to go. Instead, the Lord went before them and led the way. How?

During the day, He was seen as a pillar of cloud. The pillar of cloud also protects the Israelites from the heat of the sun, especially in the middle of the desert.

During the night, He was seen as a pillar of fire. The pillar of fire provides warmth to the Israelites in the cold of the night.

God went ahead of the Israelites — His presence gave them direction, protection and comfort!

Today, wherever we are and whatever we do, God also goes before us. He will lead us, guide us, protect us and comfort us always!

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Jesus is our Deliverer

The Egyptians pursued the Israelites. They thought they had trapped them … out in the desert with the Red Sea blocking their way. The Israelites thought they were goners.

But God opened a way through their biggest obstacle (the Red Sea) for them to pass through safely. And God also used that same obstacle to destroy their enemies (the Egyptians)!

When Jesus was on earth, the devil thought he could destroy him by getting him killed.

What he didn’t expect was that God used the devil’s weapon — death (after all, the devil’s job is to steal, kill and destroy) — to destroy the curse of sin completely.
It’s like the devil threw a slingshot, but the stone came back and hit him in his head!

Jesus’ death on the cross opened the way for us through the waters of sin and death and destroyed the power of Satan over us!

We are free!

Jesus set us free!

We don’t have to do anything except walk in the way He has opened for us!

Jesus is our deliverer!

 

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Moses: Let My People Go!

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LESSON SUMMARY


Jesus is the Firstborn

The death of the firstborn in Egypt meant freedom for the Israelites.

The death of Jesus, the Firstborn over all creation (Col 1:15) — the One with no beginning, no end — meant freedom for all of us from sin and Satan’s bondage.

 
From Plagues to Blessings

Moses brought 10 plagues/curses to set the Israelites free.

Jesus died for our freedom and brought us into all God’s blessings — life, freedom, blessings, healing, rest, God’s love, acceptance etc etc.

We have all of Jesus’ inheritance as firstborn and heir of God.

Rom 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,…

 

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Moses: Burning Bush

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LESSON SUMMARY

 

Our God

He is personal: He calls us by name just as He called Moses by name — “Moses Moses”

He is a Covenantal God: He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, keeping His promises and covenant with Abraham that his family will be a great nation.

He cares: He sees, hears and is concerned … whether for the Israelites or for you and me. When we are sad and trouble and think no one cares, remember that God cares and loves you very much.

He acts: He came to rescue the Israelites and bring them out of Egypt. He is always with us to help us and work all things out for good for us, even when we may not realise it.

 

God is the I AM

What does that mean?

It means God is God. He existed before the beginning of time. He is not created by anybody. He is the source of life and He never changes.

God needs no explanation. No description. No identification. Because He is God.

 

Jesus is the I AM

When Jesus was on earth, He revealed Himself to the Jews as “I AM”.
e.g. in John 8:59, he said, “Before Abraham was born, I am.”

Jesus was claiming to be God — the same God who spoke to Moses in the burning bush. And this made the Jews very angry, and they tried to kill him.

Through His teachings, Jesus often identified Himself as “I AM”: I AM the Bread of life, light of the world, door of the sheep, good shepherd, resurrection and the life, the way, truth and life, and the true vine.

Jesus is God. He is the source of life. He never changes!
 

We can come boldly

God told Moses: “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place you are standing is holy ground.”

God is holy, and sinful man cannot come near Him. Moses was afraid of God and hid his face.

 

Today, because of Jesus, God gives us free access to Him. We can “come boldly to the throne of grace” and “obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16)

Thank you, Jesus. You are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are the God of Moses. And you are the God of me!
 

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Moses: Saved for a Purpose

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
God promised to make Abraham’s descendants a great nation.

He sent Joseph to Egypt so he could prepare for the famine.

He brought 70 of Jacob’s family to Egypt to save them from the famine.

Even though the Pharaoh tried to oppress and kill the Israelites, it didn’t stop them from multiplying and growing into a great nation.

 

God saved Moses to accomplish His purposes

Despite Pharaoh’s order to kill all Israelites’ baby boys, God saved Moses in a miraculous way — allowing his own mother to take care of him and letting him be adopted into the princess’ family!

Do you know …

When Jesus was born, King Herod ordered all baby boys to be killed too. King Herod heard that there was a prophecy that a new king would be born, and he was afraid so he tried to get rid of all boys below 2 years old.

But an angel appeared to Jesus’ father, Joseph, in a dream, telling him to bring Jesus and his mother to Egypt. So Jesus was brought to Jesus and hid there until it was safe to return. (Matthew 2:8-20)

 

Conclusion

It seemed like a hopeless and dark time — both when Moses and Jesus was born — but through the hopelessness and darkness, God was putting His plan in motion to raise up a someone special to deliver His people from slavery.

As we study the life of Moses in the book of Exodus, we see how it’s a picture (or foreshadow) of God’s bigger and greater plan of salvation through the life and death of Jesus, many thousands of years later.

 

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