ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHRIST
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST
EXODUS 35 Study Guide & Breakdown
35 Then Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which the Lord has commanded you to do: 2 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
Offerings for the Tabernacle
4 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying: 5 ‘Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; 7 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; 8 oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 9 onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate.
Articles of the Tabernacle
10 ‘All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent, its covering, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets; 12 the ark and its poles, with the mercy seat, and the veil of the covering; 13 the table and its poles, all its utensils, and the showbread; 14 also the lampstand for the light, its utensils, its lamps, and the oil for the light; 15 the incense altar, its poles, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, and the screen for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles, all its utensils, and the laver and its base; 17 the hangings of the court, its pillars, their sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18 the pegs of the tabernacle, the pegs of the court, and their cords; 19 the [a]garments of ministry, for ministering in the holy place—the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.’ ”
The Tabernacle Offerings Presented
20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 Then everyone came whose heart [b]was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22 They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart, and brought earrings and nose rings, rings and necklaces, all jewelry of gold, that is, every man who made an offering of gold to the Lord. 23 And every man, with whom was found blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair, red skins of rams, and [c]badger skins, brought them. 24 Everyone who offered an offering of silver or bronze brought the Lord’s offering. And everyone with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it. 25 All the women who were gifted artisans spun yarn with their hands, and brought what they had spun, of blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. 26 And all the women whose hearts [d]stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair. 27 The rulers brought onyx stones, and the stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate, 28 and spices and oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 29 The children of Israel brought a freewill offering to the Lord, all the men and women whose hearts were willing to bring material for all kinds of work which the Lord, by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be done.
The Artisans Called by God
30 And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship.
34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works.
NOTES EXODUS 35 – (v... 5, 21, 22, 26, 29 have parallels. And v... 31-35)
35 :5, 21, 22, 26, 29: The offering was to be made from a willing heart, for the Law did not force anyone to serve the Lord … The same is true under grace in the New Testament, for the Lord never forces anyone against his will …
35:31-35: The Holy Spirit filled Bezalel and Aholiab with the effects or gifts of His energies: WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, KNOWELDGE, SKILL, and THE ABILITY TO TEACH … By the Holy Spirit they were able to build the tabernacle of testimony … By the Holy Spirit’s variety of gifts in the New Testament, the Church as the Body of Christ is being built – (1Corinthians 12) …
3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus [a]accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are [b]diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works [c]all in all.
These passages are talking about Spiritual gifts, v. 3: The sign of the HOLY SPIRIT speaking is when Christians say from the heart, JESUS IS LORD … Every time Orthodox Christians chant the Nicene Creed sincerely at the Divine Liturgy, one example, we are gifted by the Holy Spirit to do so … vv. 4-6: All true gifts and ministry in the Church manifests the Holy Trinity: THE SPIRIT – (v. 4), the Son, THE LORD – (v. 5) Jesus Christ, and the Father, GOD – (v. 6) … While the working out of our chrismation is primarily the grace of the Holy Spirit, it is the work of the Trinity as well … See, that there are DIVERSITIES OR DIFFERENCES OF GIFTS AND ACTIVITES; no two Christians are alike …
PSALM 93 (94) STUDY & BREAKDOWN
PSALM 93 (94) Is a psalm for the fourth day of the week – (v .1), which is Wednesday, the fourth day of creating in Genesis 1:14-19 … On this day, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and the night … The sun speaks of Christ; the moon, of the Mother of God; and the stars, of the Church – (Philippians 2:15; Revelation 12) … The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars speaks of the light given to the fallen world by Christ through the Mother of God and the Church … This light enlightens the fallen world concerning the eternal KINGDOM OF GOD … However, evil people in this fallen world oppose and persecute Christ, the Mother of God, and the Church – (vv. 5-7) … Throughout the Church history, many martyrs have suffered for the faith … So, the question arises: “How long, O Lord, will this continue???” – (see, vv. 3, 4) … The answer is, THE GOD OF VENGEANCE – (v. 1) will bring persecution to an end when He judges the entire fallen world in righteousness – (vv. 8-23; see also Acts 17:31), at which time He will REPAY THEIR LAWLESSNESS TO THEM – (v. 23) … Meantime, He is patient with people, giving them the opportunity to turn to Christ and to the Church (ALL TRUE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST) in repentance and faith before the GREAT DAY OF JUDGEMENT – (v. 15) …
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great [a]lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
(v. 14) God- H430: אֱלֹהִיםʼĕlôhîym, el-o-heem'; plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:—angels, × exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), × (very) great, judges, × mighty.
15 that you may become blameless and [a]harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,