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• Verse 19: “Then he spread the tent…”

• Verse 19: “He put the covering over the tent…”

• Verse 19: “…as the Lord commanded him”

• Verse 20: “He took…”

• Verse 20: “And he placed it....”

• Verse 20: “He attached the poles…”

• Verse 21: “The he brought the ark...”

• Verse 21: “He hung the shielding curtain…”

• Verse 21: “…as the Lord commanded him.”

• Verse 22: “Moses placed 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.

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