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The Tabernacle


Sermon shared by Gordon Curley

March 2010
Summary: Old truths with a modern application - PowerPoint slides are available for this talk on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info
Denomination: Brethren
Audience: General adults
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the table….”
• Verse 23: “Moses set out the bread….as the Lord commanded him”

• Verse 24: “He placed the lampstand…”
• Verse 25: “He set up the lamps….as the Lord commanded him”

• Verse 26: “Moses placed the gold altar…”
• Verse 27: “…as the Lord commanded him”

• Verse 28: “Moses put up the curtain…”
• Verse 29: “Moses set the altar of burnt offering…”

• Verse 29: “Moses offered on it burnt offerings etc… as the Lord commanded him…”
• Verse 30: “Moses placed the basin…”

• Verse 31: “Moses and Aaron and his sons…”
• Verse 32: “They washed…”

• Verse 32: “…as the Lord commanded him…”
• Verse 33: “Then Moses set up…”
• Verse 33: “And so Moses finished the work.”


True obedience is not an act, but an attitude.

• The fact is, a person is either obedient in God’s eyes or he is disobedient.
• You see, God does not measure obedience like we do.

• We look on the outward appearance;
• God looks on the heart.

• Rebellious small boy in car;
• “I may be sitting down in my body, but in my heart I’m standing up!”

True obedience is a right attitude leading onto right actions.

• Ill: John chapter 14 verse 21:
• “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me”

• Ill: John chapter 14 verse 23:
• "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching

An F16 fighter jet is an amazing aircraft with incredible capabilities.

• But there is one thing that a jet pilot requires above all else.
• That the aircraft reacts completely to his control.

• If it were to have "a mind of its own" regardless of how remarkable that might sound,
• It would end up doing as much flying as a door stop.

• In the same vein, even if we had all the gifting under the sun,
• God still must be the ultimate "pilot" of our lives,

• Only then can we do amazing and remarkable things with our lives;
• If we are fully under his control.

• If we insist upon taking our lives into our own hands at every opportunity;
• We will find ourselves as effective as a preverbal door stop,

• And a less gifted by more humble man or woman will be used in our stead.
• Obedience is the golden key to a life of joy and excellence – just ask Peter!

Key word No 3: Glory (vs 34-38):

• No matter how expensive the tabernacle was:
• And it was very expensive (ill: chapter 38 verses 21-31):

• We are told the people gave 1 ton of gold, 4 tons of silver and 3 tons of copper.
• Chapter 36 verse 7 tells us they brought so much they had to be stopped!

• Without the presence of God;
• It was just another tent!

• Ill: Without its contents Tesco’s is just another shop building.
• Ill: Without its cars Rolls Royce is just another factory building.

• Ill: Without teams Wembley Stadium is just another construction.
• It is the content that makes it what it is!

• The Hebrew word translated as ‘Glory’ is often transliterated “Shekinah”;
• Transliteration is when you adopt a word into your language e.g. ‘Rendezvous’ or ‘Baptism’.
• ‘Glory’ or “Shekinah” her both refer to the “dwelling of God”.

• This is the ‘glory’ Moses caught a glimpse of at the beginning of chapter 3;
• This is the ‘glory’ that descended on Mount Sinai in chapter 19.

• This is the ‘glory’ the passed by Moses in chapter 33;
• Now this ‘glory’ descends
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